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Kayla Mues (front, right) is advisor with the Dundy County-Stratton FFA Chapter. The NCTA alumna brought students by the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture exhibit during the 94th Nebraska FFA Convention. (Photo by Andela Taylor / NCTA)
NCTA applauds FFA leaders and teachers Tuesday, April 12, 2022

NCTA Dean’s Message by Dr. Larry Gossen

We added a large checkmark (and a few gold stars) to our NCTA “bucket list” in the past week for FFA programs.

The 94th annual Nebraska State FFA Convention in Lincoln was a grand event. After a two-year pandemic hiatus, it was quite reinvigorating to again assemble in the Star City.

Sixteen of us from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture attended, amid 6,000 FFA members, chapter advisors, family members and future teachers.

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Students from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln participated in national contests last week in North Platte.  The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, also part of UNL, hosted the three-day conference which drew 42 agricultural colleges from the U.S. (Photo by Casey Podsobinski / NCTA)
National awards to 2-year and 4-year ag colleges Friday, April 8, 2022

By NCTA News

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. - National champions in recent collegiate agriculture contests ranging from soils and crops to livestock and horses, were from the states of Illinois, Minnesota, and Nebraska.

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis hosted more than 500 students, plus coaches and instructors at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Contest, “Discover your Hidden Resources.”

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Ranch Horse Team and equine students meet with Coach Jo Hergenreder, center, at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. They host the Punchy in Pink Spring Roundup April 8 to 10 in McCook for open class and college divisions. (George Hipple Photography / NCTA)
Ranch horse show in McCook begins Friday Friday, April 8, 2022

By NCTA News

Horse enthusiasts can get a healthy dose of equine action this weekend as riders test the versatility and value of working horseback at a ranch.

The Punchy in Pink Spring Roundup is Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Red Willow County Fairgrounds in McCook. Events include stock cow work, ranch riding, horse confirmation, and trail course.

The show for open class and college contestants is hosted by the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Ranch Horse Team.

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Collegians in the NACTA Ag Computers Contests completed a knowledge exam and computer application problem. It was one of 13 contests for 42 colleges in the conference hosted by the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. (Photo by M. Crawford / NCTA News)
NACTA students discovered their hidden resource in contests Thursday, April 7, 2022

NCTA Dean’s Message by Dr. Larry Gossen

Nebraskans introduced college students from around the United States to our unique agriculture and natural resources during a national conference last week in North Platte.

We were honored to host the NACTA Judging Contest 2022 “Discover Your Hidden Resource” in west central Nebraska.

In three days, more than 500 students plus coaches and guests represented 42 colleges in contests of ag business, mechanics, crops, livestock, dairy, knowledge bowl, precision ag, horticulture, soils, and equine management.

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FFA members compete in electricity contests. The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture will assist with contests for Ag Technology and Mechanics, Livestock Management, and Livestock Evaluation at the Nebraska State FFA Convention. It resumes April 8 to 10 after a two-year absence. (Photo by D. Stehlik / NCTA)
High schools boost ag programs Wednesday, March 30, 2022

NCTA Dean’s Message by Dr. Larry Gossen

Nebraska’s classrooms are gaining on agricultural academics, thanks to programs such as FFA, 4-H and now a consortium in Northeast Nebraska.

As the sole post-secondary institution in Nebraska that is 100% agricultural, the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture is a key resource for agricultural education.

This week and next, NCTA joins partners in significant events for high school students.

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Students participate in the plant identification portion of an NCTA Crops Judging Contest. The national contest hosted in North Platte this week by the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis has 600 attendees. Crops and livestock judging draw the most competitors. (NCTA File Photo)
National agriculture contest to draw 600 to North Platte Tuesday, March 29, 2022

by NCTA News

Students of agriculture will vie for top honors this week in a national contest of 40 two-year and four-year colleges from across the U.S.

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis is host to nearly 600 students and coaches at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Contest, “Discover your Hidden Resources.”

Teams travel to conference headquarters in North Platte. Events are held at four locations around the community, with the dairy judging Thursday at the Dawson County Fairgrounds in Lexington.

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An animal science student and "farm crew" employee at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture stops to check the feed wagon while doing chores at the NCTA campus farm. (M. Crawford / NCTA News)
National Ag Week Salute Wednesday, March 23, 2022

NCTA Dean’s Message by Dr. Larry Gossen

America observes National Agriculture Week March 20 to 26!

At the Nebraska College of Technical in Curtis, EVERY week is Agriculture Week.

After all, we’ve been known as the Aggies since the regional boarding school was first opened its doors in 1913.

Everywhere one turns on campus and nearby farm and pasture of Aggieland, we emphasize academics through hands-on learning.

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Aggie student athletes from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture practiced for the ACUI National Clay Target Championships with a 2-day workout in New Mexico.  From left, Emily Miller, Cooper Mazza, Kaden Bryant, Trevor Barnhart, Kamren Sitzman, Maddy Carr and Nathaly Dragoo. (Taylor / NCTA)
Aggie trap team aims high Tuesday, March 22, 2022

By NCTA News

Emily Miller has been competing as a student athlete recently in three states.

So have her teammates on the Shotgun Sports Team at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

Miller, a first-year veterinary technician student and vice president of the Aggie team, calls Norton, Kansas home. Miller has been aiming at sporting clays on ranges in Nebraska, New Mexico and Texas.

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Nebraska students accepted for studies in agriculture or veterinary technology courses at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis may be eligible for free tuition with the Nebraska Promise program. Professor Doug Smith, at right, assists students in an animal science laboratory last fall. (Photo by George Hipple for NCTA)
University aid for free tuition to NCTA Monday, March 21, 2022

By NCTA News and University Communications

Nebraska students with family incomes of $65,000 or less will be able to attend the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis tuition-free for 2022-23 under the expanded Nebraska Promise program.

University of Nebraska President Ted Carter last week announced two main changes to Nebraska Promise, which the NU system established in 2020 for its campuses at Curtis, Kearney, Lincoln, and Omaha.

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NCTA Aggie Cauy Bennett of Elwood and his mare, Lena. They compete with the NCTA Ranch Horse Team. (Courtesy photo)
Elwood native rides for ranching career Wednesday, March 16, 2022

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

Cauy Bennett had a busy two days in early March, showing two horses at a Collegiate Ranch Horse contest in Colorado.

The livestock industry management major at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis rides with the NCTA Ranch Horse Team.

Six Aggies competed, hauling seven horses in the college horse trailer from Curtis to Fort Collins.

“Two of those seven were my mares I have with me at college,” said Cauy, who with his parents Shannon and Kelly Bennett, ranch near Elwood, Nebraska.

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