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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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 Participants and their stock dogs watch a Cow Dog Clinic in 2017 at the NCTA campus. (NCTA photo)
Aggie alumna returns with cow dog Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Nov. 13, 2018                                    

By NCTA News                                 

CURTIS, Neb. – Lacey Haskell will return to the livestock arena at her alma mater this weekend with her cow dogs.

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Stock dogs are helpful in safe cattle handling for herding and sorting cattle. (Photo by Dottie Fulton / NCTA Stock Dog Team)
NCTA: Learning and sharing Friday, September 14, 2018

Sept. 13, 2018

By NCTA Dean Ron Rosati, Ph.D.

September is a busy month for agriculture as producers are harvesting crops, weaning spring–born calves and drilling fall cover crops and winter wheat.

The bounty from hard work and commitment to goals also pays off for college students engaged in academic enrichment activities at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

Our Aggie teams in several collegiate sports have started their fall competitions. Individually, they are testing skills each has honed in classes and programs at NCTA in Curtis.

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NCTA equine students work with their horses at the indoor arena of the Livestock Teaching Center. (Craig Chandler / NCTA photo)
NCTA Aggies: Cattle, dogs and kids Wednesday, August 29, 2018

August 29, 2018

By NCTA Dean Ron Rosati, Ph.D.

Animals are an important part of campus life at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis. They are an essential component of our hands-on experiences in veterinary technology and animal science. Animals are part of many of our teams and clubs. And animals can provide support and companionship for students away from home for the first time.

Some NCTA Aggie students bring their horses to Curtis for collegiate competition as members of the NCTA Ranch Horse or NCTA Rodeo Teams.

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NCTA stock dog contestants in the Collegiate Division on Day 1 of the Nebraska State Fair stock dog trials were from left, Brenden Bose and Charlie; Kendra Marxsen and Tank, LeighLynn Obermiller and Griff, and Dorothy Fulton and Tang. (Courtesy photo)
NCTA Aggies lend a hand at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island Monday, August 27, 2018

August 27, 2018                                                               

By NCTA News       

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Past president of the NCTA Stock Dog Team Jolene Chmelik of Idaho and her dog, Gillie during 2017. The club hosts a public trial at campus on April 7th-8th. (Courtesy photo)
Aggies spring into April Tuesday, March 27, 2018

March 27, 2018

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

Students returned to the NCTA campus on Monday after a wonderful spring break and are now in the home stretch before graduation on May 3.

Fortunately, on this agricultural campus students can enjoy the beautiful spring weather as they engage in experiential learning opportunities in our outdoor classrooms and field laboratories.

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Stock dog handlers with the NCTA Stock Dog Team and Outback Stock Dog Club visit while at the Cattlemen's Classic. (Bowmaster-Cole photo)
Livestock sorting – the Aggie way Wednesday, February 28, 2018

March 1, 2018

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. – A slight of hand may be just the right technique for coaxing a wary goat, lamb or cow into the pen or corral.

Add in the well-trained stock dog and gentle persuasion is more convincing.

Stock dog handlers and about 50 of their canine partners are expected from three or four states in Curtis this weekend, finding great weather, hearty stock and energetic college students running the show.

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NCTA Beef Production students attended the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic Career Day on Monday. (Tina Smith/NCTA photo)
I Can. We Will. FFA Week and Nebraska Beef Tuesday, February 20, 2018

February 20, 2018

Dean’s Column by Ron Rosati, Ph.D.

This week marks the annual observance by the National FFA Organization in saluting FFA students and families with National FFA Week. The 2018 theme is “I Can. We Will.”

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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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NCTA hosts a stock dog trial April 1-2 on campus.
NCTA, Outback Stock Dog trial is April 1-2 Tuesday, March 28, 2017

March 27, 2017

By NCTA News

Curtis, Neb. – Skills of man and canine will be on trial this weekend in Curtis.

Efficient and low-stress livestock handling will be April 1-2 in a dog trial hosted by the Outback Stock Dog Association and Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Stock Dog Club.

Events will be in the NCTA Livestock Teaching Center indoor arena beginning with a handlers’ meeting at 8:30 a.m. and contest at 9 a.m. daily.

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