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NCTA agricultural education major Kayla Mues of Cambridge visits with high school friends, Megan and Kyleigh, to her left, with Rylee and Taylor, to her right during a District 11 FFA contest in Curtis. Kayla is among NCTA Aggies assisting at FFA convention and contests in Lincoln this week. (Jocelyn Kennicutt / NCTA News photo)
Aggies around the state and nation Tuesday, April 2, 2019

April 2, 2019

NCTA Dean's Message by Ron Rosati, Ph.D.

Aggies of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture are learning by doing in Curtis and also in locations across the country, including Lincoln, Omaha, Texas, Wyoming, and, Kentucky.

Our campus in Curtis is filled with students who are concentrating their studies in our specialties of agriculture and veterinary technology.

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The NCTA Aggies team won first place among 2-year colleges in crops judging. Sophomore and freshmen students combined for this awards photo, from left, Amy Lammers, Ethan Aschenbrenner, Chase Callahan, Jacob Vallery (3rd place individual), Colton Bell, Clade Anderson, Kyle Krantz (1st place individual), Corbin Moore, and Tyler Aschenbrenner. Catherine Ljunggren (5th place individual) was unavailable for the photo. (E. Griffiths / NCTA Photo)
Aggie hosts win crops contest for 2-year colleges Monday, March 11, 2019

March 11, 2019                                                   

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. – Older and newer faces gathered in Curtis Friday for the Collegiate Crops Contest hosted at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

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The NCTA Aggie Crops Judging Team took top honors Saturday in a contest among 2-year colleges. The team won first place and individual members ranked in the top seven placings. (From left) 1st place, Kyle Krantz, Alliance; 2nd, Catherine Lundggren, rural Hamilton County (Harvard); 4th, Jacob Vallery, Plattsmouth; and 7th, Chase Callahan, Gothenburg. (Ramsdale / NCTA Photo)
Crops judging Aggies see green Monday, February 11, 2019

Monday, Feb. 11, 2019                                                 

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. – There were no winter blues for the NCTA Aggies of Curtis, Nebraska on Saturday during the season opener for collegiate crops judging teams gathered at Hutchinson Community College, Kansas.

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Emily Hubbell of Lexington is a member of the NCTA Stock Dog Club and boards Kota at the campus dog kennel. (Angela Crouse photo for NCTA News)
Avenues for NCTA Aggies Wednesday, February 6, 2019

 

Feb. 6, 2019

By NCTA Dean Ron Rosati, Ph.D.

CURTIS, Neb. - The road to college education in Curtis, Nebraska, is a two-way street. Often the travels made by a student to their farm, ranch or home residence involve a pickup truck.

That is because we are a rural campus at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, serving the needs of our NCTA Aggie students who are studying agriculture and veterinary technology programs.

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In April of 2018 the NCTA Aggies capture overall reserve champion two-year college at the North American Colleges and Teachers in Agriculture national contest. (NCTA News file photo)
A successful 2018 at NCTA Thursday, January 3, 2019

January 3, 2019

By NCTA Dean Ron Rosati, Ph.D.

Welcoming the New Year and reflection at year-end brings many images and memories to the fore of our students and campus activities at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

 Our NCTA Aggie students, staff and faculty had another highly successful year.

 An overview of 2018 includes a few of many highlights:

January

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Students use an insect net to catch insects found in crops at the NCTA field laboratory. (Kathy Burr, Nebraska Extension photo)
Planting seeds of success at NCTA Wednesday, August 1, 2018

August 1, 2018

By NCTA Dean Ron Rosati, Ph.D.

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture is dedicated to offering the best educational experience possible to our Aggie students.

Essential to our goal of ensuring student success in their classes and collegiate experience is a regular assessment and review of NCTA’s academic quality.

In 2017, we started a five-year rotation of program review through NCTA’s five academic divisions starting with NCTA’s Agronomy and Agricultural Mechanics Division.

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Dr. Brad Ramsdale, agronomy professor at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, discusses plant and weed identification at the Youth Agronomy Field Day in 2017. Students, ages 8-19, are encouraged to register by August 3 for the 2018 event. (Nebraska Extension photo)
Agronomy roots STEM to youth Monday, July 23, 2018

July 23, 2018

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

Youngsters love bugs.  And, growing things. And, usually, playing in the dirt.

They can do all three and much more during the Third annual Agronomy Youth Field Day on Wednesday, August 8 in Curtis.

Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture are organizing the event together.

“We have had a great turnout by youth the past two year, and lots of fun with hands-on learning activities,” said Brad Ramsdale, Ph.D., NCTA agronomy professor.

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Catherine Ljunggren, an NCTA student from Harvard, at right, studies a plant for crops judging. (Mary Pat Hoag photo)
Salute to a great year Tuesday, April 24, 2018

April 24, 2018

NCTA Dean’s Column by Ron Rosati, Ph.D.

 This final week of April brings the 2017-2018 academic year to a close for the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. And what a year it has been!

We have been fortunate to have another group of enthusiastic Aggie students on campus this spring, with highly dedicated faculty leading their academics.

A stellar support staff in all areas of campus function keeps us on track and operating smoothly in classrooms, residence halls, food services, facilities, business offices, and student services.

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The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis is 2018 Reserve Champion Two-year College in the sweepstakes of 13 contests at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture conference in Norfolk, Nebraska April 19-21. (Photo by Mary Pat Hoag)
NCTA Reserve Champs at nationals Monday, April 23, 2018

April 23, 2018

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

NORFOLK, Neb. – The Aggies at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis have repeated a Reserve Champion title in national agriculture contests hosted in Nebraska.

Twenty five students competed in 12 categories at the North American Colleges and Teachers in Agriculture competitions April 19-21.  Awards were presented Saturday evening.

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Nate Montanez of Grand Island competes on the NCTA crops judging and precision agriculture teams. (Craig Chandler / NCTA photo)
NCTA Aggies set for nationals Monday, April 16, 2018

April 16, 2018

By NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. – Twenty five Aggie students from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis will be putting their academic skills to the test this week at a national collegiate event.

Students from the two-year University of Nebraska institution are entered in 11 different academic and skills contests, and the overall general “Agriculture Knowledge Bowl” of the North American Colleges and Teachers in Agriculture. 

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