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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.