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Stock dog Vanna, students CJ and Paige represented the Aggie Stock Dog Team and Veterinary Technology at the 2019 McCook Farm & Ranch Show. We look forward to being back to the show this week. (NCTA file photo)
Aggie success worth repeating Tuesday, November 16, 2021

By Andela Taylor, NCTA recruiting coordinator

Success is worth repeating!

Our Aggie students are sharing significant experiences here at campus and as they travel from Curtis representing the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

Agronomy students placed fourth among 18 colleges at American Society of Agronomy annual meetings, thanks to the outstanding preparation in the classroom and field laboratories by Professor Brad Ramsdale.

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NCTA Stock Dog Team and coaches prepare for their Fall Herding Clinic on Nov. 12-14. (Courtesy photo)
Stock dog clinic is Nov. 12-14 in Curtis Monday, November 1, 2021

By NCTA News

Stock dog owners are welcome to register themselves and their dogs for a spot in the 2021 Fall Herding Dog Clinic at NCTA.

The Aggie Stock Dog Team at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture will host the clinic Nov. 12-14 on campus and at the indoor arena of the Livestock Teaching Center, said Leighlynn Obermiller, team coach.

Kent and Lori Herbel of the XP Ranch in Putnam, Oklahoma, conduct about 20 clinics per year. They have been training herding dogs to handle livestock in low-stress environments since 1999.

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NCTA recruits with a hay bale at the Frontier County Fair in Stockville – with a 4-H rocketry project theme. (NCTA Photo / Gaylene Stinman)
Celebrating 4-H and our Aggies Monday, September 27, 2021

NCTA Dean’s Message by Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

Each week is a significant one at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. Our students are engaged in academics and campus activities which emphasize their interests in agriculture and veterinary technology.

This next week carries double significance as we observe National 4-H Week on Oct. 3 to 9.

In the midst of the observance is our first Discovery Day for prospective students on Tuesday, Oct. 5.

National 4-H Week

The theme for the 2021 4-H Week is “Find your Spark.”

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Student volunteers with the NCTA Stock Dog Team gathered at City Park for Curtis Fall Festival, 2020. (NCTA photo)
NCTA Aggies at festivals and fairs Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Sept. 8, 2021

NCTA Dean’s Message by Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

We’ve had a whirlwind of activity here at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture campus and we’re only three weeks into the fall semester!

The month of September promises to be equally busy, if not more, as our Aggie recruiters are booked all month with college fairs. The NCTA student teams are competing or hosting contests, too. See some of the upcoming events below.

Fall Festivals

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The NCTA exhibit at the Nebraska State Fair in the University of Nebraska’s Raising Nebraska building. (Andela Taylor photo / NCTA)
Aggies set pace in 2021 Wednesday, September 1, 2021

NCTA Dean’s Message by Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

Thank you, Curtis community, for the warm welcome to Aggies beginning their college careers at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture!

Students enjoyed the New Student Orientation weekend, becoming familiar with the community, businesses, churches, and the region’s recreational sites.

We are grateful to the Medicine Valley Chamber of Commerce for welcome packets. I appreciate representatives from community groups and the pastors of local churches who met and mingled at the Welcome Picnic last Sunday.

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Anna Wyman and her dog, Bella, herd sheep at the farm of Kelly and Jo Popp, located south of Curtis. Whyman will compete in North Platte and at the Nebraska State Fair on Sept. 3. (Mary Crawford photo / NCTA News)
Cattle dog trials to Wild West Arena in North Platte Wednesday, August 11, 2021

By NCTA News

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. – Working cattle dogs will take to the Buffalo Bill Wild West Arena this weekend (August 14-15) for the North Platte Summer Shoot Out.

Spectators can watch for free at any time Saturday and Sunday. Dog handlers will meet at 7 a.m. each day with contests in four categories of skill for the handler and their dog:  Open, Intermediate, Nursery and Novice.

A Meet & Greet at 6 p.m. Saturday gives opportunity to interact directly with handlers and their dogs. A “Shoot Out” competition limited to 20 entries begins at 7 p.m.

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Anna Whyman and her dog, Bella, work on moving sheep during a practice session last fall. She started training and using stock dogs while an agribusiness student at NCTA.  (M. Crawford / NCTA News photo)
Herding Dog Basics workshop June 25 Tuesday, June 8, 2021

By NCTA News

Australian Shepherds and Border Collies are two popular breeds of dogs used for herding sheep or cattle on farms and ranches.

On June 25 in Curtis, Aggie Stock Dog Team coach Leighlynn Obermiller with the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture will share basic background and pointers about working stock dogs.

Frontier County Extension is host of “Herding Dog Basics” for adults and youth in 8th grade through 12th grade, said Kathy Burr, extension educator, Nebraska Extension Frontier County.

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Spring  flowers greet Aggies near Ag Hall. Graduates demonstrated grit and success this year (symbolized here with NCTA's registered livestock brand, the J-H\). Congrats, Class of '21. (Photo by A. Taylor / NCTA)
Aggies: Ride for the brand Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Dean's Message

By NCTA Dean Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

We observe commencement Thursday for our Class of 2021 of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

In many regards, our academic programs have been full speed ahead with in-person classes throughout the fall and spring semester. However, this group of graduates saw some personal and college tests unlike any before seen by those passing under the Aggie arches near Ag Hall.

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The NCTA Rodeo Team gathers at campus for 2021 Rodeo Week in Nebraska prior to the weekend rodeo at the Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln. (Grote / NCTA News Photo)
Aggie Roundup for April Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Dean's Message

By Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

CURTIS, Neb. - Aggie students from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture are packing in as much studying, lab work, and academic travels as possible before finals late next week and graduation on Thursday, May 6.

A tally of upcoming and recent events demonstrates the many opportunities for Aggies studying agriculture and veterinary technology.

Aggie Rodeo:

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Professor Joanna Hergenreder meets with members of the NCTA Ranch Horse Team during a practice session in the indoor arena of Livestock Teaching Center on campus.  (Emily Grote photo / NCTA News
Spring brings Aggie rewards Wednesday, April 14, 2021

NCTA Dean's Message

By Dean Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

An old football field at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture is a wonderful open, green space across from Agriculture Hall.

Looking out from the second- and third-floor classrooms and offices of Ag Hall, I can envision a venue which once hosted hundreds of football games, graduations, and public celebrations of the “Curtis Aggies.”

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