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CURTIS, Neb. – Disaster relief for Nebraska farmers and ranchers continues to roll onto the campus of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.
Baled hay, livestock feed and fencing supplies are being collected at the NCTA for distribution to livestock operations affected by the March 13-15 blizzard and catastrophic flooding.
A pasta benefit hosted March 26 by the NCTA Aggie students, faculty and staff generated more than $4,100.  All donations will be sent to disaster funds established by the Nebraska Cattlemen and Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation.
“We are so thankful for the community of Curtis and their support towards this effort,” says Tina Smith, admissions coordinator for NCTA. “Without them, this would not have been possible.
When the call for help went out to assist rural Nebraskans, particularly livestock producers and farm families with critical needs to feed and care for animals, the college organized the NCTA Nebraska Disaster Relief efforts.
Students returned from their spring break which occurred the week after the disasters struck the state, and immediately asked how they could help, Smith said.
Faculty and staff spearheaded donations and preparation of main course items of pasta, sauces, and vegetables while students made desserts. All Aggies pitched in for set-up, serving, and clean-up for the dinner which was hosted at the Curtis Community Center.
Additionally, NCTA is a collection point for deliveries of hay, feedstuffs and fencing supplies. Plains Equipment Group of North Platte assisted in donating 50 hours of use on a tractor and front-end loader which they have delivered to campus.
“It’s great to see the enthusiastic support from faculty, staff, students, and local community members in response to this disaster,” said NCTA Dean Ron Rosati. “The Curtis community is doing everything it can to accommodate those in need.”
To make donations or receive feed or supplies, contact 308-367-5200 or 402-741-0833.

CURTIS, Neb. – Agricultural development and livestock production in the country of Rwanda will be the topic for a public program Monday evening in Curtis.

The public is invited to join the campus community of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at 7 p.m. on April 1 to hear about the African country’s plan for agriculture, said Ron Rosati, NCTA dean.

Douglas Smith, Ph.D., associate professor of animal science and agriculture education at NCTA, traveled last month to Kigali, the capital and largest city of Rwanda, with University of Nebraska team members.

They are helping with an international initiative to develop a higher education institution in Africa called the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture.


Monday, Professor Smith will share information and a slide show on the efforts to develop agricultural sustenance for the country of 15 million people.

Additionally, students from Rwanda will be part of a second summer experience to Curtis during May and June as they take NCTA courses in the NU Undergraduate Scholars Program.

NCTA staff will outline the proposed program, cultural opportunities and answer questions for the 2019 session during Monday’s program. It begins at 7 p.m. at the Nebraska Agriculture Industry Education Center auditorium.

CURTIS, Neb. – Animal science is a profession and passion for Doug Smith, a Texan-turned-Nebraskan.


The professor who has coached students in livestock evaluation, instructed hundreds of college freshmen and sophomores, and mentored young people into agricultural careers for the past eight years at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis was recently honored for those efforts.

Smith was one of three senior faculty to receive the Holling Family Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Nebraska’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.


“Dr. Douglas Smith embodies the outstanding work of our faculty here at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis,” said Ron Rosati, NCTA dean.


“His work adds significant impact to NCTA Aggie students, as well as youth and adult education across Nebraska.”


Douglas Smith and NCTA Dean Ron Rosati

Smith, an associate professor and chair of the NCTA animal science and agriculture education division, was introduced at a March 12 awards ceremony in Lincoln by NCTA graduate, Karlee Johnson of Pender.


Johnson is in her fourth year of an agriculture education program which began at NCTA, and is now completing her bachelor’s degree at UNL. Next fall, she will student teach at Lyons-Decatur Northeast High School.


“Doug has helped as an advisor, professor, and mentor throughout my two years in Curtis by giving students many opportunities and hands-on experience, including the bridging (from NCTA to UNL),” Johnson said.


“He is someone I still look to for advice as I continue on my education, and will throughout my career.”


Smith earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sam Houston State University, and a doctorate from Texas A & M. He and his family moved to Curtis in the summer of 2011.


He coaches the NCTA Livestock Judging team and works with Nebraska Extension in livestock programming and industry events across Nebraska.  Smith also teaches and supervises students as a Professor of Practice in the animal science and agricultural education departments at UNL.


Additionally, he is active in the Curtis community serving on the Medicine Valley Public Schools board of education and in the United Methodist Church. In November, he became the chair of the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Education Committee.