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The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture was represented at the 2022 Young Farmer and Rancher Conference by (from left) Ahren Marburger, James Lee, Kamren Sitzman and Agronomy Professor Brad Ramsdale. (Nebraska Farm Bureau courtesy photo)
Partners are mentors for ag careers Wednesday, February 2, 2022

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

Give Aggie students two days chatting with other young ag producers and it’s likely that investment pays off.

Our students from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture will frequently return from an industry conference or a class field trip with greater resolve for their educational pathway or career choice.

They like sharing ideas, asking questions, and being part of group with similar interests.

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NCTA students (L-R) Katie Morton, Ashley Kowalski and Jurnny Thornbrugh are hosting a pancake breakfast Saturday to raise funds for travel to a conference and to the Student Technicians of Veterinary Medical Association. (Melody MacDonald Photo / NCTA)
Vet Techs to flip flapjacks Monday, January 31, 2022

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Pancakes are on the menu from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, February 5 for a student club fundraiser at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

The Student Technicians of Veterinary Medical Association will be serving pancakes with various toppings, coffee and hot cocoa to raise funds for STVMA projects and attendance at a national educational conference.

The public is invited to attend at The Barn (NCTA student union). In addition to the breakfast, attendees can purchase additional tickets to be entered in a drawing for prizes donated to STVMA.

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Students with the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture ranch crew sort and load cows at the corrals built last summer at the Leu Ranch in Hayes County. From left are, Jacob Surridge of Lexington, Emma Hollenback of Ewing, and Ahren Marburger of Malvern, Iowa. (Photo by Alan Taylor / NCTA)
Riding on the ranch crew Thursday, January 27, 2022

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

Jacob Surridge of Lexington and Maddy Carr of North Platte enjoy their work.

Whether on horseback sorting and moving cattle, in a tractor feeding cows, or running the side-by-side for other agricultural duties, the two are among seven student employees on the “ranch crew” of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

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Rulon Taylor shares information about the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at the 2021 National FFA Convention. NCTA is an exhibitor at ag expos this winter, including the Colorado Farm Show at Grove Island Park in Greeley on January 25-27. (A. Taylor photo / NCTA)
Rounding up interest at arenas, expos, schools Friday, January 21, 2022

Colorado Farm Show is Jan 25-27

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Rulon Taylor has spent most of life around agriculture.

Coming from a family of ag producers and educators, he is on familiar ground whether in a pasture sorting cattle, talking with members of an FFA chapter, or meeting rodeo athletes in the arena.

“This past week I visited with about 100 students, at Ainsworth High School, and then hosted two school groups here on campus,” said Taylor, one of two recruiting coordinators with the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis.

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David Jibben (upper left) collects project papers while students in his Ag Marketing class at NCTA work on cost of production calculations. Jibben, a 25-year employee, was among six staff and faculty members recently recognized with University of Nebraska Years of Service Awards.  (George Hipple Photo / NCTA)
Service awards to NCTA employees Friday, January 21, 2022

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The University of Nebraska annually recognizes employees across Nebraska for their years of service.

Larry Gossen, dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis, presented 2021 employee service awards at a staff and faculty in-service on campus prior to this spring semester.

Employees receive awards based on five-year increments, with a plaque, clock or other memento provided by the NU system.

25 Years:

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The NCTA Ag Business Club recently saw first hand an entrepreneurial businesss of an NCTA alumnus who owns the Camelot Camel Dairy in Colorado. (Photo by M. Rittenhouse / NCTA)
Of cattle, camels, and college Thursday, January 20, 2022

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

An array of interesting conversations can result when cattle and camels are used in the same sentence.

Our Aggie students expect to learn about the cattle industry when they enroll for animal science classes at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. But camels?

And, even more interesting a camel dairy?

Last week, NCTA had students majoring in animal science or agribusiness who traveled to Colorado for the National Western Stock Show.

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NCTA Aggies named to academic honors lists this week for the Fall Semester include Devry Bellomy of Keyes, Oklahoma. Devry is on the NCTA Ranch Horse team and assisted with a photo day at campus in October.  (George Hipple Photography / NCTA)
NCTA announces Fall Dean's List, Honor Roll Wednesday, January 12, 2022

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Academic honors for 55 Aggie students at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture were announced Thursday.

“I am proud of these students making the Deans’ List and Honor Roll for the fall semester of 2021,” said NCTA Dean Larry Gossen.

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Noel Ochoa, left, joined the NCTA Veterinary Technology teaching staff in August. (George Hipple Photography / NCTA)
NCTA Recap for 2021 – Part 2 Tuesday, January 11, 2022

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

The year of 2021 was both successful and eventful at the Aggie campus of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. Here’s a recap from the second half of the year:

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Officers with the Shotgun Sports Team are among student leaders at the NCTA Aggie campus. (George Hipple Photography / NCTA)
NCTA Recap for 2021 – Part 1 Monday, January 3, 2022

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

The year of 2021 was both successful and eventful at the Aggie campus of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

Here’s a brief recap of the first six months:

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Vicky Luke receives the Excellence in Service Award from NCTA Dean Larry Gossen. (J. McConville photo)
Luke is NCTA staff leader, award recipient Monday, January 10, 2022

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A well-known cliché fits a well-known Curtis woman. Vicky Luke wears many hats.

Luke is a wife, mother, grandmother, volunteer, outdoorswoman, animal lover, and one who enjoys riding horses and raising Labradors with her husband, Dave Luke.

Professionally, her career at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis calls for various duty hats, as well.

Currently, her job titles at NCTA include assistant registrar, financial aid liaison, and VA certifying official.

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