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First-year veterinary technology students attend radiology lecture by Department Chair Barb Berg on Wednesday at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. (Photo by M. Crawford / NCTA)
NCTA Discovery Day is March 2 in Curtis Thursday, February 20, 2020

Feb. 20, 2020

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. – High school students seeking unique learning opportunities as part of their academic portfolio in college are invited to “Discovery Day” on March 2 at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

“Our Aggie students and professors always enjoy Discovery Day – a day filled with tours, conversations and fun – as they share their experiences in agriculture and veterinary technology studies at NCTA,” said Jennifer McConville, NCTA associate dean.

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NCTA Crops Judging Team members for the 2020 season are, back row, from left, Jacob Jenkins, Mitchell; Ethan Aschenbrenner, Scottsbluff; Connor Nolan, Lynch; and Tyler Aschenbrenner, Scottsbluff. Front row, Taylor Sayer, Cambridge; Amy Lammers, Axtell; Lilly Calkins, Palmyra; and Chase Callahan, Farnam.  (Ramsdale / NCTA Photo)
Crops team has Oklahoma opener Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Feb. 18, 2020

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. – The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Crops Team opened its judging season Saturday by winning second place among two-year colleges in a contest at Oklahoma Panhandle State University at Goodwell.

The team is coached by NCTA Agronomy Professor Brad Ramsdale.

Members of the team, all sophomores, are Ethan Aschenbrenner of Scottsbluff, Chase Callahan of Farnam, Tyler Aschenbrenner of Scottsbluff and Amy Lammers of Axtell.

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Ross Steward harvests corn at the USDA-ARS Limit Irrigation Research Farm near Greeley, Colorado. The native of Littleton credits trips to his grandparents’ farm and his college years, both in Nebraska, for a career path in crop management. (Courtesy photo)
NCTA grad plants seeds to success Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Jan. 22, 2020

By Nicole Wright and Mary Crawford, NCTA News

Ross Steward is applying complementary college degrees in agronomy to on-farm research on irrigated agriculture.

Since graduating in 2016 from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis and three years later from Colorado State University, Steward now oversees a 40-acre research facility in northeastern Colorado.

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Aggie students and Nebraska producers can participate in the 2020 Sorghum Symposium Thursday, Jan. 30 at the NCTA campus. (NCTA photo)
Sorghum symposium is Jan. 30 Tuesday, January 21, 2020

January 21, 2020

Grain sorghum producers are encouraged to attend the 2020 Sorghum Symposium hosted Thursday, January 30 at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Nebraska Agriculture Industry Education Center.

The symposium is sponsored by the Nebraska Sorghum Producers Association, with the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board and Nebraska Extension.

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NCTA Student Senate Officers, left to right, Aileen Reynosa, KayLee Rasmussen, Sarah Campbell and Nicole Wright.  (NCTA photo)
Student leaders at NCTA Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Dec. 18, 2019

By NCTA News

Aggies who participate in student clubs and campus organizations have a voice in leadership at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

The NCTA Student Senate is comprised of the representatives of the 20 clubs and teams at the agricultural campus, said KayLee Rasmussen of Burwell, Student Senate president.

“Each of the clubs or teams sends a first-year and second-year student to serve on the senate,” said Rasmussen, an animal science major who is secretary of the Aggies Shotgun Sports Team.

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FFA livestock judging was among district contests at NCTA two days this week. (Nutter/NCTA News photo)
Teams, clubs enhance Aggie academics Thursday, November 14, 2019

Nov. 13, 2019                                                         

NCTA Dean’s Message

By Interim Dean Kelly Bruns, Ph.D.

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Dr. Brad Ramsdale (right) NCTA agronomy professor and crops team coach, received a national judging and student service award this summer at Twin Falls, Idaho, shown with Dr. Kevin Donnelly, who nominated him.
Ramsdale wins national honor Tuesday, July 30, 2019

July 30, 2019

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. – Dr. Brad Ramsdale, agronomy professor and crops team coach at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, has received a national award for agricultural college professors.

He was recognized with the NACTA Judging and Student Service Award by the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) organization. The professional society represents two-year and four-year colleges in agriculture.

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Crop development and water use are among topics for the 2019 Agronomy Youth Field Day to be August 7 at NCTA in Curtis.  (Nebraska Extension photo)
Crops and water on tap for field day Monday, July 8, 2019

July 8, 2019

By NCTA News and Nebraska Extension

CURTIS, Neb. – The Fourth annual Agronomy Youth Field Day begins at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, August 7 at the Nebraska Agriculture Industry Education Center in Curtis.

Youth ages 9 to 18 years old, and adults and families, are encouraged to attend this free field day presented by Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, said Kathy Burr, extension educator in Frontier County.

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Kyle Krantz of Alliance examines plant tissue in the NCTA crops lab. (T. Smith / NCTA photo)
Earning and maintaining college credentials Monday, June 17, 2019

June 17, 2019                                                    

NCTA Dean’s Message

By Ron Rosati, Ph.D.

When making a decision about which college to attend, parents and students are encouraged to consider the quality of the academic programs offered at various institutions.

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NCTA alumnus Anson Nielsen of Minden describes a new 6-row planter to NCTA students when he delivered it to campus in April. (NCTA Photo)
Technology goes to the field Friday, May 24, 2019

May 24, 2019

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. – Agronomy students at NCTA now have “the latest and greatest” of modern field technology.

With the delivery last month of a new no-till planter, applied learning at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis took a giant leap forward, says the NCTA alumnus who built the fully-equipped 6-row planter.

Anson Nielsen, a 1999 graduate of NCTA’s Agricultural Production Systems program, is a Minden-area farmer and owner of Nielsen Ag Equipment.

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