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NCTA graduate Quentin Anderson of Pierce (center with horse) and his rodeo teammates, from left, Bryce Tobiassen, Hildreth; Ryan Smith, Ragan; Anderson, Wyatt Colman, O’Neill; Nathan Burnett, Shelton; and Caprice Christianson, Greenbush, Minnesota. Aggie Rodeo is an intercollegiate traveling team.  (Photo by Crawford/NCTA News)
Join an Aggie team Wednesday, June 10, 2020

June 10, 2020

Dean’s Message from Interim Dean Kelly Bruns, Ph.D.

CURTIS, Neb. – Quentin Anderson wanted to rodeo after his high school years so he headed to a college where he could not only gain a degree but continue his love of calf roping and being horseback.

He joined the Aggie Rodeo and Ranch Horse Teams at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis while studying equine industry management and ag business.

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NCTA agronomy professor Brad Ramsdale, at right, demonstrates adjustments on a planter. Students gain hands-on experiences in technical acadamics at the Curtis campus. NCTA was honored June 9 for career and technical education programs. (NCTA photo)
NCTA honored for technical education Wednesday, June 10, 2020

June 10, 2020                                                                         

Technical programs for high school and college students earned honors this week for the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

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A virtual livestock judging camp will be June 16-18 hosted by the University of Nebraska. It is open to Nebraska youth and nationally. (University Communication photo)
Virtual livestock judging camp will be June 16-18 Friday, June 5, 2020

June 5, 2020

Youth interested in livestock evaluation can participate in a national, virtual Nebraska livestock judging camp on June 16-18.

Daily Zoom sessions from 10 a.m. to noon C.T. will be open to any age of youth, from anywhere in the U.S., said Doug Smith, animal science professor and livestock judging coach at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.

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The Nebraska Agricultural Educators Association 2017 annual meeting at Kearney gathered alumni and future ag teachers from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis. Fourteen NCTA alumni will be teaching in Nebraska ag and FFA programs this fall. (NCTA photo)
NCTA Aggies are educators Thursday, June 4, 2020

June 4, 2020

Dean’s Message from Interim Dean Kelly Bruns, Ph.D.

Graduates of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture are applying skills and knowledge gained through their NCTA experiences in successful careers.

That know-how includes employment in Nebraska high school classrooms and laboratories with agricultural education and FFA programs. And, some are leading 4-H youth through Nebraska Extension, coordinating county programs with local 4-H councils and extension educators.

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Kayla Mues of Cambridge plans to be an Ag Ed teacher and FFA advisor, like Dr. Doug Smith, one of her mentors and professors at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. (Crawford / NCTA News)
NCTA graduate's goal is Ag Ed and FFA Tuesday, June 2, 2020

June 2, 2020

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

Future teacher Kayla Mues comes from a long line of agriculturalists.

The fourth-generation graduate of Cambridge High School says her roots on a family farm and ranch led to wide-ranging interests and leadership roles in FFA and 4-H.

“Agriculture is always flowing in my blood,” says Mues, the oldest of six grandchildren. “Growing up, I was always the teacher for my brother and cousin.”

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Alan Taylor joins NCTA as assistant professor and coordinator of agricultural experiential learning.
Taylor joins NCTA faculty Tuesday, June 2, 2020

June 2, 2020

Alan Taylor has joined the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture as a fulltime faculty and staff member.

Taylor has been a lecturer in animal science and coach of the NCTA Shotgun Sports Team since 2007.

Effective May 1, his new title is assistant professor and Coordinator of Agricultural Experiential Learning.

However, Taylor had been making a gradual transition this spring from private industry employment to the fulltime position at NCTA.

Since 2005, he was sales specialist supervisor in western Nebraska with Purina Animal Nutrition.

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Anna Whyman, a native of Palmyra and animal science graduate, is giving virtual tours of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture campus plus conversations with NCTA faculty and staff. (McConville / NCTA photo)
More ag in store at NCTA for June Tuesday, May 26, 2020

May 26, 2020

Dean’s Message from Interim Dean Kelly Bruns, Ph.D.

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture is gaining traction this final week of May in preparation for a busy month of June ahead.

Field crops and livestock work on the NCTA Farm is progressing, and annual campus maintenance projects are underway in preparation for summer programs.

We have initiatives underway now for new students through virtual tours and enrollment days on June 9 and July 7, plus several events for the third week of June.

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The Aggie Alumni Association represents alumni from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture and its predecessor college, the University of Nebraska School of Technical Agriculture. The group will meet on June 26, 2021 in Curtis.
Aggie Alumni reunion moved to 2021 Tuesday, May 26, 2020

May 26, 2020

By NCTA News

The Aggie Alumni Association reunion for the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture has been postponed until next year.

College alumni from NCTA and its predecessor institution the University of Nebraska School of Technical Agriculture (UNSTA) had planned to meet June 27 at the NCTA campus.

“While we would like to gather in 2020, that isn’t possible right now,” said Aggie Alumni board chair Ann Bruntz of Friend. “Our alumni board of directors who hail from all across Nebraska felt it is best to wait until 2021.”

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Nebraska State FFA officers, from left, Faith Santana, Sam Wilkens, Luke Krabel and Savannah Gerlach attend a District 11 FFA contest at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in February. (NCTA photo)
Aggies share virtual connections Tuesday, May 19, 2020

May 19, 2020

Dean’s Message from Interim Dean Kelly Bruns, Ph.D.

CURTIS, Neb. – Graduates and NCTA Aggie students are sharing their stories of college, summer internships and new careers in a virtual way.

Since classes ended in early May, many of us at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis are staying connected with our newest alumni and returning Aggie students through social media and Zoom conversations.

It’s been enjoyable, frankly, to hear and learn about some of the goals and accomplishments of NCTA Aggies.

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Dalton Keller raises cattle and forage crops just west of the Nebraska-Wyoming state line. He graduated recently as salutatorian of the Class of 2020 at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis. He intends to transfer to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln this fall in animal science. (Courtesy photo to NCTA)
Aggie drawn to raising, showing beef cattle Monday, May 18, 2020

May 18, 2020

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

CURTIS, Neb. – Dalton Keller is well versed in beef cattle and animal science so he decided that in his third year of college he would chart a different path.

Keller added skills in irrigation technology, electricity, ag mechanics, welding and ag safety to his program at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.

Why pursue the irrigation technician course?

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