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Joe Calvo signs with NCTA livestock team Thursday, June 16, 2016

Joe Calvo of Bassett, Nebraska, recently signed a letter of intent with the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis to join the NCTA livestock judging team and major in livestock industry management.

NCTA Livestock Judging Team Coach Douglas Smith and NCTA Dean Ron Rosati met with Joe and his, father, Rick Calvo, seated at left during NCTA’s Standard of Excellence Livestock Camp at the NCTA campus.

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NCTA Ag Education named top program Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Kearney, Neb. – The agricultural education program at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis had been named Outstanding Post-Secondary Program in the state.

The Nebraska Agricultural Education Association recognized Dr. Douglas Smith of Curtis during its annual meeting in Kearney last week.

Smith, who is an assistant professor and livestock judging coach, is chairman of NCTA’s Animal Science and Agricultural Education in Agricultural Production Systems.

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Matzkes will receive an UNSTA-NCTA Honorary Life Membership
NCTA Aggie Alumni weekend is here Monday, June 6, 2016

Registration has topped 100 from alumni and friends of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture who are gathering in Curtis this weekend for an Aggie high school and college reunion.

Honor classes with large groups include NCTA’s graduates of 2001, Class of ‘71 from the University of Nebraska School of Technical Agriculture (UNSTA), and Class of ‘49, high school graduates of the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture (UNSA).

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Courtney Ruda, North Platte, at left, and Jamie Mashino, Spencer, are Community Serviceship Interns with the City of Curtis and the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture this summer.  The University of Nebraska-Lincoln students launched their work in Curtis on June 1. (Photo credit:  Mackenzie Kuhudzayi Photography)
UNL students are Curtis Serviceship interns Monday, June 6, 2016

UNL students are Curtis Serviceship interns

Two students with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will be helping the City of Curtis and the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture with unique projects this summer.

Jamie Mashino of Spencer and Courtney Ruda of North Platte are community interns through the Rural Futures Institute Serviceship Program. They are applying leadership skills during a 9-week project.

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NCTA welcomes residence life manager Monday, June 6, 2016

Curtis, Neb. - A native of Falls City has joined the staff at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture as manager of residence life for student services and campus activities.

Ryan Bauman, a 2011 graduate of Falls City High School and 2015 graduate of Peru State College, assumed duties Tuesday.

Bauman coordinates student services for campus residents, manages the team of 12 resident assistants and will help plan social and recreational activities for an estimated 150 students who will live on campus this fall.

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NCTA’s Lexus Kelsch in high school barrel racing action. (Courtesy photo)
Aggie barrel racer wins region, advances to Casper Monday, May 16, 2016

Curtis, Neb. – NCTA Aggie barrel racer Lexus Kelsch of McLaughlin, S.D., has won the Great Plains Region of National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association and ranks fifth in the national standings.

She will represent the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) at Curtis, Neb., at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., on June 12-18.

The NCTA Aggies completed their spring rodeo schedule last weekend at North Dakota State University in Dickinson with Kelsch as the sole national qualifier, said Bridger Chykta, NCTA rodeo coach.

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An NCTA Ranch Horse Team rider competes in the Working Cow class at Sterling, Colo Collegiate action resumes this fall.  Riders will be competing in open Ranch Horse or Stock Horse Association events over the summer. (Courtesy photo)
NCTA Ranch Horse Team rides strong at Sterling Monday, May 16, 2016

Sterling, Colo. – The Aggie Ranch Horse team concluded its Spring, 2016 season with a strong finish at the Northeastern Junior College Showdown in Sterling.

“This was a wonderful show and perfect way to end the collegiate season,” said NCTA Coach Joanna Hergenreder.  Several of the students rode younger “green” horses as well as their regular season mounts and competed well.

The seven NCTA students, listed by town, horse, and categories are:

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Max Melvin signs with NCTA Livestock Judging Team Monday, May 16, 2016

 

Max Melvin of Sterling, Nebraska, signed a letter of intent Thursday with the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture to join the NCTA livestock judging team and agriculture production systems program in the fall. Max attended Freeman Public Schools in Adams.

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NCTA Class of 2016 graduates rise to move their tassels on their mortarboards from right to left. Governor Pete Ricketts was a keynote speaker for the May 5 commencement in Curtis. (NCTA photo)
NCTA graduates encouraged to serve Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Graduates in the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Class of 2016 were challenged to pursue their agricultural professions with vigor while producing food and agricultural technologies around the globe, and to treat others with love and respect, advised Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts during commencement exercises on Thursday.

Earning a paycheck and being a viable member of society is important, but so is stewardship of community and compassion and love for others, Ricketts said to 67 NCTA graduates.

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Lashley Signs with NCTA Livestock Team Tuesday, May 3, 2016

College-bound freshman Nathan Lashley of Medicine Valley High School in Curtis has signed a letter of intent to serve on the livestock judging team at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.  Lashley, center, is flanked by his parents, Rene and Ted Lashley of Curtis.  Back row, are Douglas Smith, NCTA Livestock Judging Team coach, Tonya Mortensen, MVHS agriculture education teacher, and Steve Gleisberg, MVHS principal. 

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