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NCTA Ranch Horse Team members, from left, Devry Bellomy, Emma Hollenback, Cauy Bennett and Macy Zentner. (Photo by Ashley Cole for NCTA)
Ranch Horse riders compete at Colorado Wednesday, March 16, 2022

By NCTA News

Aggie students from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture hit their stride in the show arena recently in a ranch horse competition.

Six members of the NCTA Ranch Horse Team competed, taking seven horses for the collegiate event.

“Our team hit milestones at the Colorado State Celebration,” said Joanna Hergenreder, Aggie coach and animal science professor.  “Each student and horse combination did well and earned strong prizes of experience.”

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Vet tech students Ashley Kowalski, left, and Katie Morten, again weigh Forest, a week after the lamb's birth in February at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. (Photo by L. Obermiller / NCTA)
Lambing offers vet techs new experience Tuesday, March 15, 2022

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

Thanks to newborns named Clover and Dandelion, veterinary technology students at NCTA got some unique, hands-on insight into lambing.

The twin males were born on separate dates to Honey, a Babydoll South Down ewe, owned by Leighlynn Obermiller, Veterinary Technology instructor and alumnus with the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.

For a second year, Obermiller brought several pregnant ewes from her flock to campus. Elizabeth Fraser, DVM, incorporates lambing into the large animal courses and labs she teaches.

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Students discuss NCTA’s Strategic Plan with industry partners and stakeholders last month at the Nebraska Agriculture Industry Education Center on campus. (Andela Taylor / NCTA)
With partners, University’s impact goes beyond numbers Tuesday, March 15, 2022

NCTA’s impact $15 million

By Ted Carter, President University of Nebraska System

Many of us know intuitively that our lives are touched in some way by the University of Nebraska.

Maybe you’ve received care at our world-renowned medical center. Maybe you’re a farmer or rancher who’s benefited from the expertise of Nebraska Extension (and programs at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis).

You’ve probably been to a football game and felt the common bond of cheering for the Huskers with your fellow Nebraskans.

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The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture was 2017 Sweepstakes Runner-up for 2-year schools and repeated their national title for Crops Judging. NCTA teams also won Precision Agriculture and the Ag Knowledge Bowl. NCTA hosts 600 coaches and students in Nebraska for NACTA 2022. (Photo by J. Sievers / NCTA)
Aggies to host nationals in North Platte, Nebraska March 30 to April 2 Monday, March 7, 2022

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

In three short weeks, our NCTA faculty and Aggie students will be welcoming more than 600 students and coaches from agricultural colleges around North America to North Platte, Nebraska.

On March 30 to April 2, the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) holds its student judging contests and competitions in 13 agriculture categories.

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The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Crops Judging Team won Top 2-year College at Kansas State University’s contest on Saturday. From left, Ahren Marburger, first; Codi LaBorde, Koltyn Forbes, second; Allison Wilkens, third; and Garrett Thielen. (Photos by B. Ramsdale / NCTA)
Aggies take K-State contest Sunday, March 6, 2022

By NCTA News

NCTA Aggies tested their agronomy knowledge Saturday and again came back to their Curtis campus with a first-place plaque and the top three placings for individual contestants.

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture led points among three 2-year colleges in the KSU Crop Judging Contest at Manhattan.

Seven 4-year colleges also competed in the competition hosted by Kansas State University, reported Agronomy Professor Brad Ramsdale who coaches the Aggie team.

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NCTA Collegiate Cattlemen volunteered at the Nebraska State Fair Beef Pit in 2019. Members of the 2021-22 club are hosting a burger feed at campus on March 10. (Photo from NCTA files)
Beef club to host burger feed Sunday, March 6, 2022

By NCTA News

Hamburgers and all the fixings are on the menu Thursday in Curtis for a community appreciation meal hosted by the NCTA Collegiate Cattlemen club.

“The purpose of the ‘Feed the Farmers & Ranchers’ meal is to serve the community, socialize with agricultural producers and include them in our event here at the NCTA campus,” said Cassidy Frey, president of Collegiate Cattlemen.

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 The Student Senate at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture represents Aggie clubs, teams, and student organizations on campus. Representatives are selected by their peers. Sixteen Aggies are involved this week in a long-range planning session at NCTA. (Photo by Eric Reed / NCTA)
NCTA plans for students, growth Tuesday, March 1, 2022

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

When I officially started my first day as the new dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture on June 15, 2020, our nation’s higher education system faced great unknowns.

We knew, however, that NCTA at Curtis was the only campus in the University of Nebraska system operating with in-person classes that summer. Two dozen Veterinary Technician students and their instructors were ready for opening day, also on June 15.

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NCTA Agriculture Education majors at the 2016 Nebraska Cattlemen Classic in Kearney. (File Photo)
FFA Salute to Ag Educator Emily Whipple Friday, February 25, 2022

For National FFA Week, February 20-26, we feature alumni of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture who are agriculture educators and chapter advisors for FFA.

They are among 12 UNSTA or NCTA graduates currently in classrooms and leading the 203 FFA chapters in Nebraska.

We appreciate their commitment and dedication to Nebraska youth and agriculture.

Meet Emily Whipple, native of Cambridge
Q: What year did you graduate from NCTA?
A: May of 2016

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The NCTA Crops Judging Team recently traveled to Texas for a collegiate contest. NCTA won the 2-year college division. (Ramsdale / NCTA)
FFA, Crops, Women in Ag Tuesday, February 22, 2022

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

It is National FFA Week.  We are appreciative and proud of all FFA members.

We pay special tribute to the agricultural educators across America, and particularly to the graduates of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

Our NCTA Crops Judging Team won the 2-year college division in a contest Saturday at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.  The team members swept the individual placings, 1-2-3-4. Congratulations, Aggies and Professor Brad Ramsdale.

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McPherson County FFA Chapter Advisor Evey Choat (standing, far left) Ag Educator Choat is a graduate of NCTA and UNL. (Courtesy photo)
FFA salute to Ag Educator Evey Choat Monday, February 21, 2022

For National FFA Week, February 20-26, we feature alumni of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture who are agriculture educators and chapter advisors for FFA chapters.

They are among 12 UNSTA or NCTA graduates currently in classrooms and leading the 203 FFA chapters in Nebraska.

We appreciate their commitment and dedication to Nebraska youth and agriculture.

Meet Evey Choat, native of Cedar Rapids

Q:  What year did you graduate from NCTA?

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