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Rebekah Miller rides NCTA’s own Big Gem Surprise in her first Ranch Horse Team contest. (Photo by Shae DeNayer, NCTA)
Aggies: Books, boots and saddles Friday, March 16, 2018

March 16, 2018

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

A national observance of American agriculture begins Sunday for a weeklong salute to those who produce the food, fiber, fuels and families of our country.  A hearty congratulations and THANK YOU to every individual associated with keeping us fed, clothed, sheltered and thriving.

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The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture won first place at the Kansas State University crops judging contest on March 9th.  The top four individuals in the 2-year college division were, from left, Dalon Koubek, North Platte, 2nd; Will Kusant, Comstock, 4th; Nate Montanez, Grand Island, 3rd; and Lee Jespersen, Hemingford, 1st. (Brent Thomas/NCTA News Photo)
NCTA Aggies win K State crops contest Tuesday, March 13, 2018

March 13, 2018

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

A second winning sweep is in the books for an agronomy foursome from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis.

Lee Jespersen, a Hemingford, Nebraska, farmer and NCTA student majoring in diversified agriculture led the Aggies Crops Judging Team to first-place honors at the Kansas State University Crops Judging Contest in Manhattan.

In addition to Jespersen were 2nd, Dalon Koubek, North Platte; 3rd, Nate Montanez, Grand Island; and 4th, Will Kusant, Comstock.

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Agronomy team members flank their coach and instructor, Dr. Brad Ramsdale, after the NCTA Aggies won first place in a contest Saturday at Goodwell, Oklahoma. NCTA had the top four individuals, as well. From left, Jacob Valley, Plattsmouth; Lee Jespersen, Hemingford, tied for 3rd; Will Kusant, Comstock, 2nd; Coach Ramsdale with 1st place team plaque; Nate Montanez, Grand Island, 3rd tie; Dalon Koubek, North Platte, 1st place; and Catherine Ljunggren, Harvard. (Brent Thomas/NCTA News Photo)
NCTA Aggies sweep crops contest Monday, February 12, 2018

February 12, 2018

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News     

CURTIS, Neb. – The Crops Judging Team from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis made a Saturday sweep in their opening contest for the year.

NCTA Aggies won first place team among 2-year colleges while the Aggie students swept the top four individual placings in a contest at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, said Coach Brad Ramsdale, agronomy professor.

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A student’s stock dog from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis has a gentle face-off with a goat at the NCTA campus farm. (Craig Chandler / NCTA-University Communication photo)
Stock dogs, student clubs enrich ag campus and academics Thursday, February 1, 2018

Feb. 1, 2018

Dean’s Column by Ron Rosati, PhD

When Lacey Johnson first came to college at Curtis in 2007 her sights were set primarily on academics in veterinary technology.

Along the way during three years of studies, she was influenced by Professor Judy Bowmaster-Cole in a dog obedience class. Lacey gained interest in how a well-trained stock dog could help in safe handling of livestock.

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Sorghum is a viable alternative for limited irrigation situations. A 2018 Sorghum Symposium will be January 18 at NCTA. (S. Cochrane/UNL Photo)
Sorghum growers to NCTA on Jan. 18th Tuesday, January 9, 2018

January 9, 2018

By NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. – Limited irrigation concerns may prompt crop producers to consider planting grain sorghum this year.

Agronomy students at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture will join the region’s crop producers on January 18th to learn why grain sorghum is a viable crop for southwestern Nebraska.

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Agronomy professor Brad Ramsdale discusses seeding rate and grain drill calibrations with NCTA students at the college farm. (Craig Chandler / University Communication Photo)
NCTA students, crops and machines Monday, December 11, 2017

Dec. 9, 2017

Dean’s Column by Ron Rosati, PhD

Agronomy, agricultural mechanics and urban agriculture are areas featured this week in our four-part series about academic divisions at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

Brad Ramsdale is the chair of the Agronomy and Agricultural Mechanics Division of Agricultural Production Systems. Dr. Ramsdale also coaches the NCTA Crops Judging Team which won the 2017 National Championship among 2-year colleges.

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NCTA students learn about a field crop sprayer during a demonstration by Ag Valley Cooperative in Curtis. (Brad Ramsdale photo)
Sprayer clinic at NCTA on Nov. 15 Monday, November 6, 2017

Nov. 6, 2017

By NCTA News

A “sprayer clinic” for agricultural producers and herbicide applicators of field crops will be November 15 at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.

Agronomists and crop equipment companies will showcase the latest in crop sprayer technologies, along with discussions of safe and efficient use of the herbicide dicamba.

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Twenty students from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture won Reserve Champion Sweepstakes for two-year colleges at a national contest April 6-8.. (NCTA Photo)
NCTA wins reserve sweepstakes; trifecta for colleges in agriculture Monday, April 10, 2017

April 10, 2017

By NCTA News

Manhattan, Kansas – The NCTA Aggies set the academic bar high for their peers in agriculture over the weekend.

Twenty students of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture returned to their Curtis campus from Manhattan, Kansas, bringing home the 2017 Reserve Champion Sweepstakes among two-year colleges.

They repeated as national champs in crops judging, and won team honors in precision agriculture and knowledge bowl.

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The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture 2017 Crops Team (left to right) Brent Thomas, Alliance;  Lee Jespersen, Hemingford; Nate Montanez, Grand Island; Kyle Krantz, Alliance, 4th place; Vincent Jones, Kirwin, Kan., 2nd place; John Paul Kain, McCook, 1st place; Maggie Brunmeier, Bayard, 3rd place; Will Kusant, Comstock; and Dalon Koubek, North Platte. (Ramsdale/NCTA photo)
NCTA Crops Team sweeps Iowa contest Monday, February 13, 2017

February 12, 2017

By NCTA News Service

Ames, Iowa – Agronomy students from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture captured team and the top four individual rankings in collegiate crops judging this weekend.

A foursome of NCTA sophomores won the Iowa State University Crops Judging Contest on Saturday, topping four other schools from 2-year colleges. The Aggies are repeat champions, also taking first place team in 2016.

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Ross Steward, Littleton, Colo., and Amelia Petska, Blue Hill, have been named Aggies of the Month for April by the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.
Agronomy students are Aggies of the Month Thursday, April 28, 2016

Two agronomy majors have been tapped as Aggies of the Month at the University of Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

Ross Steward, Littleton, Colo., and Amelia Petska, Blue Hill, Neb., were selected by faculty and staff as NCTA Aggies for April, announced Ron Rosati, NCTA dean.

“Ross and Amelia bring enthusiasm and a passion to campus for learning about crop science and careers in agronomy,” said Rosati. “Each contributes greatly to their respective competition teams in crops judging and rodeo team, and are outstanding representatives of NCTA’s Class of 2016.”

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