NCTA Associate Professor Joanna Hergenreder teaches and coaches on horseback and in the classroom.
Equine Program Centers on the Horse Friday, December 9, 2022

Dec. 5, 2022

By Associate Professor Joanna Hergenreder

Tucked away in the hills of southwest Nebraska is an experience unlike any other, one that is challenging yet infinitely rewarding. The experience is offered through the NCTA Equine Industry Management Option which uses a unique teaching model, the horse at its center.

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NCTA Campaign Committee members for Only in Nebraska, a Campaign for Our University's Future
NCTA Campaign Committee Monday, December 5, 2022

From the beginning, it took determined and visionary citizens to make a school for agricultural excellence in Curtis a reality. This group is the next generation to carry that torch.

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Plans for "The Barn" to take on a new life and other initiatives through the Only in Nebraska Campaign.
Only in Nebraska Saturday, December 3, 2022


Dr. Larry Gossen

Even before Thanksgiving is over, the Christmas music starts to play in our house and vehicles. It’s just one of those traditions that we have had for years. It’s not unique since most people I know do the same thing.

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Joanna Hergenreder (standing far right) and the NCTA Ranch Horse Team students hosted Sherman Tegtmeier (on horseback 3rd from left) in Curtis.
Esteemed Horsemanship Clinic held at the LTC Monday, November 28, 2022


CURTIS, Neb. (Nov. 21, 2022)

Students and equine enthusiasts were back in the saddle for the Sherman Tegtmeier Reining and Horsemanship Clinic held November 19-20 at the Livestock Teaching Center (LTC). For the past decade, Tegtmeier, a certified trainer with the National Reining Horse Association, has taught students and various area riders and observers here at NCTA in Curtis.

Attending were 16 NCTA Ranch Horse team members, 4 NCTA equine students, 2 youth riders, and 16 adult participants for a total of 38 clinic spots completed this weekend.

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Emily Miller, women's champion and team members competing at the NCSSAA meet in Wichita, Kansas.
Shotgun Sports Champion Monday, November 28, 2022

By NCTA News

November 7, 2022

Group photo from L-R Cody Flint, Herald, CA; Nolan Buss, Stockton, KS; Gavin Tremblay, Hoxie, KS; Emily Miller, Norton, KS; Maddy Carr, North Platte; and Cooper Mazza, Potter.

Emily Miller, an NCTA Veterinary Technology student from Norton, Kansas was the Champion of the Women's Division at the National Collegiate Shooting Sports Athletic Association regional meet in Wichita, Kansas.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Dean Dr. Larry and Fay Gossen.
Give Thanks Wednesday, November 23, 2022

November 21, 2022

Dean’s Column

Give Thanks—Dr. Larry Gossen

This week is a time to reflect on our blessings and show our gratitude to those around us. I have had the privilege of serving as the Dean of NCTA for 2 ½ years now. What an amazing time it has been. Fay and I have been able to meet so many wonderful people in Curtis and the surrounding communities.

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Impactful Service Wednesday, November 23, 2022

November 14, 2022

 Impactful Service

By Andela Taylor, Recruiting Coordinator

 Last week we celebrated Veterans Day by honoring all service members and their families in many ways. Area schools and the American Legion and Auxiliary members hosted patriotic programs, people posted tributes to their loved one’s service, children write notes of thanks to service members, and the list goes on.

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Fun for NCTA students includes dummy roping, dances, group painting activities, and a variety of intramural sports.
Student Activities - Campus and Community Thursday, November 10, 2022

November 7, 2022

Student Activities – Campus and Community

By NCTA Associate Dean Jennifer McConville

We are well into the fall semester and have been enjoying the fall days the past two weeks.  I took a break one day last week to watch a group of visiting high school students from Perkins County interact with our recruiter on the football field. 

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Aggie Ambassador Maddy Carr, far right, leads a group of prospective students and parents at Discovery Day on campus. (A. Taylor photo)
Fall Recruiting Wrap-up Friday, November 4, 2022

By NCTA Dean Larry Gossen

It’s November and I’m still wondering where September went! I don’t know about you, but time flies way too fast. I mentioned last week in this column that a key person responsible for making sure this column appeared each week, Mary Crawford, was retiring. We again wish Mary all the best.

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Aggie Alumni Association President David Fulton of Pleasanton presents the 2021 Alumni Achievement Award to Gary L. Troester of Santa Maria, California. The two were 1980 graduates in agribusiness management at UNSTA. (NCTA photo)
Alumni Achievement to Gary L. Troester Monday, October 31, 2022

Gary Troester will tell you that a small, ag college in Curtis, Nebraska was the first of many steppingstones that led him 25 years later to Southern California.

Farming for seven years at his family’s farm near Hampton, Nebraska farm between two college degrees, two jobs with Cooperative Extension in Nebraska and South Dakota, a stint with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and then an offer to become an ag lender for USDA’s Farm Service Agency came in 2005.

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