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American FFA Degree recipients currently attending NCTA are, from left, John Ford, Centura; Ryan Liakos and Braden Johnson, Bayard; Keaton Moore, Ansley; Cassidy Frey, Superior; and Rylie Borgerding, Valley Heights. Alexxandra Malchow, Beatrice (Tri County FFA) was unavailable. (Photo by Annie Bassett / NCTA News)
A Fall Roundup Tuesday, November 2, 2021

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

Time has flown by for all of us the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, and here we are with six weeks of classes left in the semester before final exams.

Come November, it’s easy for students to lose focus with so many activities and demands on their time, and much harder to realign priorities if one tends to easily stray from the path of self-discipline.

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The NCTA Aggie Shotgun Sports Team wrapped up its fall season at ACUI Upper Midwest Championships. From left, Emily Miller, Kaden Bryant, Trey Barnhart, Kamren Sitzman and Cooper Mazza. (Jennifer Miller for NCTA)
Aggies season finale from Heartland Tuesday, November 2, 2021

By NCTA News

Five members of the Shotgun Sports Team from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture competed over the weekend at Heartland Shooting Park west of Grand Island.

Aggie competitors were Cooper Mazza of Potter, Trey Barnhart of McCook, Kamren Sitzman of McCook, Kaden

Bryant of Firth, and Emily Miller of Norton, Kansas.

Coach Alan Taylor said overall, the team shot well in skeet and sporting clays. The final match of the fall season was Saturday and Sunday in the ACUI Upper Mid-West Championship.

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NCTA Stock Dog Team and coaches prepare for their Fall Herding Clinic on Nov. 12-14. (Courtesy photo)
Stock dog clinic is Nov. 12-14 in Curtis Monday, November 1, 2021

By NCTA News

Stock dog owners are welcome to register themselves and their dogs for a spot in the 2021 Fall Herding Dog Clinic at NCTA.

The Aggie Stock Dog Team at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture will host the clinic Nov. 12-14 on campus and at the indoor arena of the Livestock Teaching Center, said Leighlynn Obermiller, team coach.

Kent and Lori Herbel of the XP Ranch in Putnam, Oklahoma, conduct about 20 clinics per year. They have been training herding dogs to handle livestock in low-stress environments since 1999.

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An animal science Aggie visits with Schwartz Farms about job prospects at the NCTA Career Fair in 2017. (NCTA File Photo)
NCTA Career Fair is Thursday Friday, October 29, 2021

By NCTA News

Agricultural industry employers plan for some engaging conversations in Curtis Thursday, Nov. 4 at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

The NCTA Career Fair will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Student Union, located near 404 E. 7th Street, said Kevin Martin, with NCTA Student Services.

Aggie students and attendees will have opportunity to visit with about 20 employment recruiters from agricultural businesses, animal health companies, and industries such as agronomy, livestock management and natural resources.

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Aggies who receive their American FFA Degrees meet with NCTA Dean Larry Gossen in advance of the National FFA Convention. From left, John Ford, Centura; Ryan Liakos and Braden Johnson, Bayard; Keaton Moore, Ansley; Cassidy Frey, Superior; and Rylie Borgerding, Valley Heights. Alexxandra Malchow, Beatrice (Tri County FFA) was unavailable. (Photo by Annie Bassett / NCTA News)
Aggies at National FFA Tuesday, October 26, 2021

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

As you read my weekly Dean’s Message from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, hundreds of Nebraskans are headed to Indianapolis for the 94th Annual FFA Convention and Expo.

After sharing much of our educational and youth leadership activities by virtual methods over the past year, we are looking forward to a “hybrid” convention.

Preliminary competitions, officer interviews, team and individual projects were virtual. Finals are on site at the Oct. 27-30 convention.

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Student Technicians of Veterinary Medicine Association members celebrate at an NCTA Halloween dance in 2019. Costumes are encouraged for Thursday's Fun Run in Curtis. (Photo by STVMA Club)
5K Halloween Fun Run Tuesday, October 26, 2021

By NCTA News

This article is part of a series of news stories from Aggie students in Dr. Eric Reed's Human Relations class.

Start this year’s Halloween off right with 5-K fun for all ages!

Test out those costumes and get that ghoulish blood pumping by walking or running around NCTA’s creepy campus on Thursday (Oct. 28).

Three students at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture are coordinating the event for the Curtis community.

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Trent Loos will speak Monday at a 6 p.m. public forum at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. (PTH photo)
NCTA hosts ag speaker on Monday Friday, October 22, 2021

By NCTA News

Agricultural advocacy and industry influence will be among topics discussed in Curtis on Monday (Oct. 25) at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

“We Must Stand United” is the theme for the 6 p.m. free public forum by Trent Loos, a Nebraska ag producer who represents the Protect the Harvest, a national organization.

Loos has served on the PTHt Advisory Committee since May. He will present the group’s views on agriculture, land use, and the rural-versus-urban divide across the country.

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Emma Hollenback, a Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Aggie feeds a giraffe at the Children's Zoo in Lincoln. The Student Technicians of Veterinary Medicine Association enjoyed a field trip over fall break. (Photo by Melody MacDonald)
Our salute to veterinary technicians Thursday, October 21, 2021

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

Melody MacDonald and her classmates in veterinary technology are in their ninth week of the fall semester at NCTA (the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture).

They also are immersed in two weeks of acronyms celebrating their chosen profession. National Veterinary Technician Week is Oct. 17-23, which they will observe next week, as well.

A native of Fullerton, Nebraska, Melody is a third-year Aggie at NCTA, in veterinary technology with a large animal emphasis.

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As an NCTA student, Christopher Brooks of North Platte helped with fall cleanup near the Veterinary Technology building in October 2019. Students frequently volunteer for community service at NCTA and around Curtis. (Crawford photo / NCTA News)
Blending lessons with life skills Wednesday, October 13, 2021

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

One may think our college courses at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture are primarily crops and cattle, horses and horticulture, or engines and equines.

That is our bread and butter so to speak.

Preparing students for successful careers in agriculture, veterinary technology, and related industries is emphasized in our mission statement.

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Aggie Shotgun Sports team members from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture are identified by NCTA vests. They shot last weekend in a match at Heartland Shooting Park near Grand Island. Coach Alan Taylor is second from left. (Photo by Kaden Bryant / NCTA)
Aggies vie in shotgun match Tuesday, October 12, 2021

By NCTA News

Five members of the Shotgun Sports Team from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture competed over the weekend at the Hastings College meet at the Heartland Shooting Park.

Kaden Bryant of Firth led the team with 339 points in five events, trap, skeet, double skeet, sporting clays and super sporting clays. His best event was skeet with 97 of 100.

Cooper Mazza of rural Potter led the team with 46 out of 50 in super sporting clays and posted 310 points overall.

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