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Celebrate Summer '23 Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Aug. 16, 2023

Celebrate Summer '23

By Andela Taylor/NCTA news

Before kicking off the 2023-24 academic year in just a few days, Aggies, faculty, and staff say goodbye to a glorious summer on campus at NCTA in Curtis and at the beloved Leu Ranch twenty minutes west in Hayes County. These past months were filled with fun, albeit hard work, many notable accomplishments, and exciting announcements to celebrate.

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The Castle family presented the scholarship awards to Donald Rohr, Frontier County, and Tailyn Thompson, Genoa, CO.
Chandra Castle Scholars 2023 Thursday, August 10, 2023

August 10, 2023

Donald Rohr and Tailyn Thompson Awarded the Chandra Castle Memorial Scholarship

By Andela Taylor/NCTA news

CURTIS, Neb. – In a testament to the enduring legacy of Chandra Castle, two promising agriculture students were honored in May as the recipients of the prestigious Chandra Castle Memorial Scholarship for the upcoming academic year at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA).

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Apply for Free to NCTA until November 1, 2023 with code "NCTA".
Free To Apply until Nov. 1 Tuesday, August 8, 2023

By NCTA news


CURTIS, Neb. – The fee waiver code “NCTA” saves applicants the $45 application fee until November 1, 2023, at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis. This expanded waiver period for Nebraska and Out-of-State students supports the NCTA mission of affordability and access.


Beginning now, high school seniors and transfer students applying for the 2024-25 academic year are eligible for the waiver.


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The latest Heifer Link recipient, Hadley Sayer of Wallace and Dean Larry Gossen.
Heifer Link Supports Student Monday, August 7, 2023

By Andela Taylor, NCTA News

The NCTA Heifer Link initiative was launched at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in January 2015 as an integral part of the Ownership Advantage Program. With Heifer Link's introduction, students are given a unique chance to receive a bred heifer during their fourth semester.

This year, Hadley Sayer of Wallace took advantage of this opportunity to support his goal of expanding his operation raising purebred show cattle in Nebraska.

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NCTA Arboretum Walking Tour Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Are you looking for an adventure to one of Nebraska’s hidden treasures? If so, NCTA has created one, just for you!

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Nebraska, Kansas, and Colorado ag teachers gathered for the Tri-State Delta educational conference at NCTA in July.
Ag Teachers in High Demand Wednesday, July 26, 2023

By Dean Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

 It's hard to believe we are already in the last week of July! I'm not sure where the summer has gone. As we near the end of the summer here at NCTA, I take a moment to reflect on some of the events we have hosted on campus.

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Agribusiness intern Nathaly Dragoo '23 has created exciting new content for the NCTA social media pages.
Something Old, Something New Thursday, July 20, 2023

July 19, 2023

Something Old, Something New

By Dr. Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

Celebrating with the alums of every era—NSA, UNSA, UNSTA, NCTA—at the recent Aggie Alumni Day was a generation-bridging event. The impact of the education received, friendships, and memories made was brought to the forefront by an NCTA ’23 Agribusiness graduate intern, Nathaly Dragoo, with a newly created video on the school's history here in Curtis.  

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 Rural Fellow, Maryam Sule has memorable experiences at NCTA Curtis.
Rural Fellow, Maryam Sule at NCTA Monday, July 17, 2023

By Andela Taylor/NCTA news

 Curtis, [July 14, 2023] - Maryam Sule, a Rural Fellow from Bellevue, Nebraska, has experienced small-town summer living at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) in Curtis, Nebraska. Maryam will be a sophomore chemical engineering student at UNL in the fall.

Part of the Rural Prosperity Nebraska outreach programs since 2013, the Rural Fellowships connect college students with rural Nebraska communities as part of a collaborative service-learning experience.

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Jonah Tran | University Communication and Marketing A new grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture and University of Nebraska–Lincoln provide workforce development training for Nebraska’s meat processing industry.
NCTA, UNL collaborate with industry to boost training for meat processing sector Wednesday, July 12, 2023

July 12, 2023

Geitner Simmons, IANR Media

The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture has received a $644,489 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide a targeted curriculum to train potential and current employees for the Nebraska meat processing industry. NCTA is partnering with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Department of Animal Science in developing the curriculum in close consultation with private industry.

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The NCTA Ag Teacher Bootcamp has offered a meats course led by Chad Schimmels the past two years and looks forward to expanding innovative hands-on training with the grant received.
New Era for Meat Processing Wednesday, July 12, 2023

By Dean Larry Gossen, Ph.D.

Many of you may remember the era when every town had a "locker plant" where the local beef and swine producers took their animals for processing. Families rented frozen storage lockers to preserve their annual meat supply, and these plants supplied the local grocery markets or had a butcher shop.

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