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FFA Advisor Wade Overturf, center front, gathered members of the Wisner-Pilger FFA Chapter for a festive holiday scene. (Courtesy photo)
FFA salute to Ag Educator Wade Overturf 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.

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 Wade Overturf, native of Sutton

Q:  What year did you graduate from NCTA?

            A:  2014

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Chapter Advisor Kayla Mues, front, far right, with students from Dundy County-Stratton FFA Chapter. (Courtesy photo)
FFA salute to Ag Educator Kayla Mues 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 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 Kayla Mues, native of Cambridge

Q:   Year of graduation from NCTA?  

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NCTA Crops Judging students are, from left, Kamren Sitzman, Ahren Marburger, Koltyn Forbes, Kaden Bryant, Allison Wilkens, Nolan Buss, Codi LaBorde, and Garrett Thielen. (Photo by B. Ramsdale / NCTA)
NCTA wins Texas crops contest Monday, February 21, 2022

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

For their inaugural trip to Texas, the NCTA Aggie Crop Judging Team swept top four individual placings and won top team honors among two-year colleges.

Eight Aggies from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture and Agronomy Professor Brad Ramsdale, their coach, traveled to West Texas A&M University for Saturday’s collegiate contest.

It was the first time an NCTA crops team competed in Texas and one of the larger contests, thus far, in the 21-22 academic year. National events were halted in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.

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Veterinary Technology students wearing their "scrub tops" staff a booth and share Discovery Day information about careers in animal health. (NCTA Photo)
Aggies to showcase NCTA at Discovery Days Friday, February 18, 2022

By NCTA News

An open house with campus tours for prospective college students is Tuesday, March 1 in Curtis at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

High school juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend and gain insights into campus life, academics, student clubs, a variety of competitive, travel teams, and meet student Aggie Ambassadors who lead the tours.

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Members of FFA Chapters in District 11 evaluate a class of goats during livestock judging at NCTA. (File photo)
NCTA salute to FFA Week Tuesday, February 15, 2022

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

Agriculture educators make a huge impact in the lives of their students, no doubt about it.

And FFA members in 203 chapters in Nebraska make a huge difference in their communities, be it rural or urban areas.

Community friends and residents of southwest Nebraska are familiar with our academic programs and campus of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

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Jaylee Lynn DeGroff of Burwell received the Jim and Helen Gran Scholarship to attend the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. (Annie Bassett / NCTA Photo)
Scholarship assists NCTA Aggie in meat science Friday, February 11, 2022

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

A college scholarship in honor of a longtime Sandhills ranch couple is helping a Burwell student achieve her career goals.

Jaylee Lynn DeGroff received the Jim and Helen Gran Scholarship to the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture through the Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation in 2021.

The $1,200 scholarship from NCF and the Grans, who had ranched near Gordon, helped DeGroff with tuition and college expenses last fall during her third and last semester at NCTA.

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Women in Ag members vote on activities during a club meeting at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. (Crawford/ NCTA file photo)
Women in Ag club at NCTA Friday, February 11, 2022

By NCTA News

Networking with women in agribusiness, farming and ranching, and agriculture education is one of the reasons Allison Wilkens joined the Women in Ag student organization at college.

The native of Gibbon is a double major in agronomy and agribusiness at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.

She serves as vice president of the WIA club, is on the NCTA Crops Judging Team, and more. She also is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the academic honorary.

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Aggie students such as the Livestock Judging Team have a busy month. The team has three contests this week including the Cattlemen’s Classic in Kearney. Look for the NCTA booth at the show. A beef processing plant meeting is Tuesday at 7 p.m. (NCTA  Photo)
Roundup from the Dean’s Desk Wednesday, February 9, 2022

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

Aggies are very fortunate at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture to have started 2022 with plentiful opportunities for hands-on, practical experiences at campus, in travels, and with Nebraska agriculture producers.

This Dean’s Desk roundup is full of good news about our Aggies and stakeholders plus what’s ahead in February.

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Cows at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture will begin calving in March. A public program on the beef packing industry is Feb. 15 at campus. (Annie Bassett photo / NCTA News)
Beef plant program is Feb. 15 at NCTA Monday, February 7, 2022

By NCTA News with James Lee

Do the “Big Four” meat packers in the U.S. have a monopoly on the cattle industry?

“If you ask Nebraska producers, the answer is typically yes,” says James Lee.

Lee is a second-year Ag Business major at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis. He also farms and ranches with his family near Sutherland.

He invites the public to attend a meeting on Tuesday, February 15 at 7 p.m. at NCTA to learn about Sustainable Beef LLC, a producer-initiated company proposing to build a packing plant near North Platte.

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Sarai Reed enjoys promoting the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture and merchandise in the Aggie Store on campus. Agribusiness Management students help staff and stock the store. (George Hipple Photography / NCTA)
Olympic spirit at Aggie Store Thursday, February 3, 2022

By Mary Crawford, NCTA News

An international flair arrives this month in the Aggie Store of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

Winter Olympics bingo and a word puzzle, along with coffee and hot chocolate, are among the fun promotions shoppers will find when they visit the student-run store.

Stocking caps, scarves, mittens, holiday-themed socks or warm gear are on popular. So are gifts for Valentine’s Day.

And hospital scrubs (tops and pants) which are required attire for veterinary technology students in lab courses. Along, common school supplies.

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