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NCTA rodeo hosts PRCA steer wrestler Monday, February 22, 2016

Curtis, Neb. – The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Rodeo Team will host two-time world champion steer wrestler Dean Gorsuch of Gering, Neb., for a Bulldogging Clinic March 4-6 in Curtis.
NCTA Aggie Rodeo Coach Bridger Chytka said Gorsuch will demonstrate basics for rodeo athletes from chute preparation and horseback technique to wrestling style in the rodeo sport also known as bulldogging.
Gorsuch won World Champion Bulldogging titles in 2006 and 2010. He continues to compete in Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association events around the U.S. and in Canada.

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NCTA Ranch Horse team winners from Curtis, Nebraska, with 2015 Colorado-Wyoming-Nebraska Stock Horse Association year-end awards presented last weekend are, from left Drake Johnson, Thurston; Hanna Christenson, Ord; Makala Forsythe, Garland,and Patrick Zochol, NCTA alumnus of Bennington. (J. Hergender/NCTA photo)
NCTA Ranch Horse 2015 success Friday, February 19, 2016

Curtis, Neb. – Four Aggie ranch horse athletes rode to victories during their 2015 collegiate season with the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.
The NCTA foursome was joined by coach and animal science assistant professor Joanna Hergenreder for the 2015 Awards Banquet of the CoWN Stock Horse Association.  The group represents ranch horse students and competitors from Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska.

NCTA students earning awards were:

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Second year team members include: Ross Steward of Littleton, Colo., Dalton Johnson of Gering, Nolan Breece of Holdrege, and Aaron Jensen of Goehner.
NCTA Crops Team top 2-year schools Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Curtis, Neb. – Agronomy students from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture proved they are outstanding in their field.A foursome of NCTA sophomores won a Crops Judging Contest on Saturday hosted by Iowa State University, topping the field of teams from 2-year colleges.
Team members are: Ross Steward of Littleton, Colo., Dalton Johnson of Gering, Nolan Breece of Holdrege, and Aaron Jensen of Goehner.

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(Photo Credit to Shawn Hartman Photography)
NCTA Ranch Horse Team Kicks Off 2016 in Black Hills Thursday, February 11, 2016

Curtis, Neb. – Nine collegians with the NCTA Ranch Horse Team competed strong in their 2016 season opener at the Black Hills Stock Show in Rapid City, S.D.
“We had a great warm-up event for our students and they did very well, with many riding our school horses from NCTA,” said Joanna Hergenreder, team coach and assistant professor of animal science at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, Neb.

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"Aspen Prize Top 150 U.S. Community College."
NCTA at Curtis named in top 150 Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Curtis, Neb. – The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis has been named as a Top 150 two-year institution by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program.

“NCTA is proud to be selected for this prestigious honor which recognizes the college’s statewide mission with the University of Nebraska system for an affordable, quality education,” said Ron Rosati, NCTA dean. “We educate skilled, career-ready graduates in agriculture.”

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2015-16 NCTA Livestock Judging Team
NCTA Livestock Judging Team bring home awards Monday, February 1, 2016

Our competition teams at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture are starting their winter and spring travel season.  This means they put in many hours of hard work on campus, in addition to off-campus team workouts and miles on the road.

The livestock judging team coached by Dr. Doug Smith just returned from a weekend contest at Sioux Falls, S.D., where the team place sixth overall.  These livestock evaluators are a great group of students. I am very proud of their commitment and perseverance.

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2015 NCTA Graduation
NCTA names Dean’s Awards Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Curtis, Neb. – The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis announced academic honors for the fall semester of 2015.

Eleven students were named to the Dean’s List with a 4.00 grade point average and 51 students were named to the Dean’s Honor Roll with 3.50-3.99 GPA, said Ron Rosati, NCTA dean.

Students must be fulltime enrollees, with at least 12 credit hours for the semester to be eligible for this designation.

NCTA Dean’s List:  (4.0 GPA, Nebraska students unless noted)

Aaron Doxon, Maywood

Trevor Ginkens, Harrison

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Irrigation management strategies at NCTA workshop Monday, January 25, 2016

Curtis, Neb. – Successful irrigation strategies by Nebraska crop growers will be on tap January 28 in Curtis for the “Low to High Tech Water Solutions” workshop hosted at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

“The conference for irrigators focuses on choosing tools that work for their specific operations,” said Brad Ramsdale, PhD, NCTA agronomy professor. “In addition to growers discussing what works best in their cropping systems, 10 speakers will outline management considerations for success.”

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Ted Tietjen of Grant, Neb., discusses irrigation technology and tools with Jared Kruntorad, Ewing, Neb., sales manager of FieldWise LLC, during the 2015 irrigation management conference at NCTA in Curtis. (NCTA photo)
NCTA to host Water Solutions workshop on Jan. 28 Thursday, December 10, 2015

Curtis, Neb. – “Low to High Tech Water Solutions” will the theme for the 2016 irrigation management forum to be hosted at the University of Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis on Jan. 28.

 “The workshop targets crop producers and irrigation management – choosing tools that work for their specific operations,” said Brad Ramsdale, PhD, agronomy and agricultural mechanics division chairman. “Our NCTA agronomy students will be joining irrigators and crop producers in receiving excellent management information.”

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Ann Bruntz of Friend, a 1971 graduate of the NCTA veterinary technology program, was recognized at the NCTA 50th anniversary event by Ron Rosati, NCTA dean, for her dedicated service to development and alumni efforts at college. (NCTA photo)
NCTA recognizes ag leaders at 50th celebration Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Curtis, Neb. – Graduates and agricultural leaders were recently honored by the University of Nebraska at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.

 Five decades of technical agriculture education was applauded by Stan Matzke, keynote speaker at the NCTA program.  Matzke, now of Lincoln, served as the first superintendent of the “tech school” from 1965-1968. He outlined the challenges in starting the new post-secondary institution on a bare-bones budget.

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