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CURTIS, Neb. – As I end my first semester as interim Dean at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture I have been blessed to get to know the many students who fill our classrooms, work in our fields and care for our livestock and the many unique animals across our campus.

These students come from a wide range of backgrounds and places across our country, but the majority of them are from our great state of Nebraska. Many could have chosen to attend college at a campus closer to their home but they chose NCTA and I am very thankful that they did!

It is our students who make our campus successful.  They are the pages in our story book.  Each of them brings a unique background with future aspirations that we can only help them build upon.

It is our faculty, staff and graduate teaching assistants who deserve the credit, as these dedicated individuals engage our students one-on-one, helping them as they work toward their future goals.

The NCTA staff work diligently to ensure the student experiences here at the Curtis campus of the University of Nebraska are pleasant and memorable ones.  It takes dedicated work and a commitment from all students, faculty and staff to develop and deliver an outstanding educational program.

Our University of Nebraska vice president of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mike Boehm, as well as our interim president Susan Fritz and newly-appointed president Ted Carter are committed to supporting NCTA at the highest level.

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents is dedicated to Nebraska agriculture and our statewide mission in education and workforce development. With their valued and steadfast commitment to agricultural families and rural communities, NCTA, IANR and Nebraska Extension can flourish.

As we end this fall semester at NCTA and look forward to the next, I am confident that we will be able to find and recruit a new campus dean who shares these same critical values of developing students and leaders who will sustain our agricultural industry.

I am looking forward to the spring semester of 2020. Our NCTA faculty are prepared for an important reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. The NCTA campus community, alumni and agricultural partners have designed a robust set of goals for NCTA’s strategic plan which guides the institution through 2025. Thank you to the many individuals and groups who have been engaged in this new strategic plan. See 2020-25 Strategic Plans at this link: https://ncta.unl.edu/mission-statement.

It has been my pleasure to serve this fine institution during this interim role as dean. Myself and our faculty, as well as the leadership in IANR, are committed to a national search to find and hire a new dean who appreciates and values the hands-on learning environment that we prioritize at NCTA. We look forward to your input and questions at any time.

I want to extend my appreciation to the Curtis community, as well, for your support to our Aggie students as they take semester exams next week and wrap up their fall semester. You’ve enhanced their home-away-from-home with your warm hospitality and kind friendship.

For a few students who are completing their NCTA career this month and are eligible to walk with their classmates at NCTA’s only commencement in May, 2020, I say thank you for being a part of our Aggie family.  We congratulate you and wish you the very best in your new careers in Nebraska’s workforce.

NCTA and our agricultural industry is well served by your dedication and leadership.

Until next week, go AGGIES!

NCTA is devoted to a statewide mission of preparing students for successful careers in agriculture, veterinary technology, and related industries. The college provides open access to innovative technical education resulting in associate degrees, certificates, and other credentials.


Upcoming events

Dec. 12: Curtis Hometown Christmas

Dec. 16-19: Fall Semester exams

Dec. 23-Jan. 2, 2020 – University campuses closed

Jan. 13, 2020 – Spring Semester begins

KEARNEY, Neb. – Four members of Collegiate Farm Bureau from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis got a glimpse of member advocacy and policy development at a state convention in Kearney this week.

This was my first time experiencing this great event,” freshman Jacob Jenkins of Mitchell said about the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation’s annual conference.

“I was glad to hear all the news of post-flooding reports and the stories of how Farm Bureau’s disaster fund helped out so many families that were affected by the storms last spring,” he said. NCTA campus fundraisers helped in the disaster response.

“It’s also nice to see how, or what, the organization and our membership does for us as farmers in the State Capitol,” Jenkins added.

Club advisor Brad Ramsdale says the annual trip to a state convention is helpful in understanding how grassroots policy development occurs.

“This heightens awareness of issues which are of concern to agricultural production, rural areas and farm ownership, for example,” said Ramsdale, chair of NCTA’s agronomy and ag mechanics division.

“It’s also helpful for these students who may be future agricultural leaders to interact with other young people and producers in the industry,” he said.

Club president Clade Anderson of Otis, Kansas, is a sophomore majoring in agronomy at NCTA. He is one of two students representing Nebraska’s collegiate clubs as a voting delegate in the business sessions.

Collegiate chapters are located at Curtis, Chadron, Norfolk and Lincoln.

Anderson also serves on the Young Farmer-Rancher state board which hosts the annual YF&R Discussion Meet at each convention, and is preparing the for YF&R Conference which will be Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2020 in Kearney.

Jenkins and Anderson were joined by classmates Gilberto Herrera of Lexington and Tucker Hodsden of Lyman.

Ramsdale also encourages Aggie students from the club to participate in an annual legislative visit to the Nebraska Unicameral next spring. There, they meet with state senators and observe floor debate at the State Capitol.

LOVELAND, Colo. – The NCTA Aggie Ranch Horse riders recently brought awards home to Curtis, Nebraska.

“The show last weekend was huge with close to 300-plus entries,” said Joanna Hergenreder, Ranch Horse team coach and associate professor with the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

“It was great to hear how big the show has become compared to previous years,” Hergenreder said of the CoWN Winterfest for Colorado Wyoming Nebraska Stock Horse Association.

Madisyn Cutler of Elsie, Nebraska, rode her gelding, Leftys Sanchita, to fourth place overall among 12 rides in the Collegiate Limited/Intermediate division. She won second in reining, fourth in ranch pleasure, and was sixth in both cow work and ranch trail categories.

In December, the Wallace High School graduate wraps up her second year studying livestock industry management at NCTA to return to the Cutler family’s ranching enterprise.

“Madisyn will be truly missed by not only the Ranch Horse team but the animal science division itself,” said Huntra Christensen, assistant coach. “She is actually taking what she has been learning in the classroom out into the real world, back to her operation.”

Damian Wellman of Prairie View, Kansas competed aboard a Cutler-owned horse, Legend Nic, in the largest contestant category, Collegiate Novice.

The third-year student in livestock industry management captured first in reining, sixth in cow work, and eighth place in both ranch pleasure and ranch trail. Wellman placed second overall among 16 riders in Collegiate Novice.

Freshman Annie Bassett of Ogallala and her mare, Annabelle, competed in two events for her first time as an NCTA Aggie. She finished 10th in ranch trail and 11th in ranch pleasure in Collegiate Novice.

Hergenreder appreciates a fourth student, Jessica Burghardt, for working as the “ground support” to the team. The sophomore veterinary technology major is from South Dakota.

“Jessica was essential to the trip and will apply all that she learned to her horse for the spring semester,” Hergenreder said.

See https://ncta.unl.edu/equine-industry-management for details on NCTA equine and Ranch Horse programs, e-mail Hergenreder at jhergenreder2@unl.edu or call 308-367-5291.

CURTIS, Neb. – A national beef industry slogan – “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner” could have been the theme last week for students and faculty at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

The NCTA Aggies who attended a four-state Range Beef Cow Symposium in Mitchell, Nebraska, definitely consumed their share of beef at the dining table and from educational sessions.

Eight animal science students from, NCTA, an agricultural college in southwest Nebraska, joined their Feeds and Feeding instructor Tasha King for the 2 ½ -day symposium.

It was sponsored by the Extension Services and Animal Science departments of the University of Nebraska, South Dakota State University, Colorado State University and the University of Wyoming,

“We really had a great time and learned a lot,” said Addie Villwok, an animal science major from Randolph, Nebraska.

The students heard from more than 30 speakers on cattle nutrition and grazing techniques, policy and issues, health and animal handling, reproduction, research, financial management and economics, and more including informal “bull sessions” each evening where continued Q&A interactions occurred with the day’s speakers and panelists.

In addition to the students and instructor King, two others attended in separate capacities related to their professions. Libby Fraser, DVM, faculty member in NCTA’s veterinary technology division, attended and received continuing education credits. Alan Taylor, adjunct lecturer in animal nutrition and the NCTA Shotgun Sports Team coach, is a representative for Purina Feeds, which one of the vendors at the event.

CURTIS, Neb. – Equine enthusiasts will again fill an indoor arena next weekend to gain riding and reining tips from trainer Sherman Tegtmeier.

The Ranch Horse Team from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis welcomes Tegtmeier back to the Livestock Teaching Center arena on Nov. 16-17 for a clinic on reining and horsemanship.

“Sherm works with any level of rider or horse and focuses on basic horsemanship skills along with skills for competitions in the show ring,” said Joanna Hergenreder, NCTA equine professor and coach of the Aggie Ranch Horse.

Tegtmeier, of Blair, Nebraska, provides individual 90-minute training sessions while he, provides demonstrations and instruction while horseback.

He is a National Reining Horse Association trainer and renowned non-professional coach, Hergenreder said. The clinic is open to the public. NCTA students and 4-H youth can ride for a reduced rate.

The Ranch Horse Team competes at the intercollegiate level and at stock cow events primarily in Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska.

They’ll compete at the end of November in Loveland, Colorado. The team also hosts a large two-day competition in April called, “Punchy in Pink” at the Red Willow county fairgrounds.

Spectators are invited to LTC arena this weekend to audit some of Tegtmeier’s sessions, and to meet some of the Aggie students in the equine programs.

Individuals bringing horses, livestock or stock dogs to campus must follow health and biosecurity measures.

For criteria on health certifications or the Tegtmeier clinic, contact Hergenreder, interim chair of the NCTA Animal Science and Agricultural Education Division, at (308) 367-5293 or jhergenreder2@unl.edu.