O'Neill native Rachel Schmitz was one eight women from NCTA to take part in the Nebraska Women in Ag conference in February.
Leadership and educational opportunities for women in agricultural careers is at the forefront for the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.
The NCTA Women In Ag organization is a popular club on the campus of the agricultural college for its community service and educational programs.
Although the students are away from campus for the University’s Spring Break, National Agriculture Week is a highlight for promoting the collegiate group and recent activities, said Jo Bek, advisor and NCTA animal science professor.
“We believe it is important to help in agricultural literacy and educating consumers about our lifestyle in agriculture, the career opportunities and our educational programs at NCTA which prepare young people for production agriculture, agribusiness, education, veterinary technology and animal health, and many more professions,” said Bek.
Last month, several members of the NCTA Women In Ag club joined Professor Bek at the annual Nebraska Women in Ag conference in Kearney.
“In addition to attending the various programs and interacting with the participants, our students assist by being session moderators and make introductions of the speakers,” Bek noted.
Students who attended were: Nebraskans Courtney Allen, Valley; Maggie Brunmeier, Bayard; Rachel Dather, Verdigre; Jayde Hessler, Gibbon; Alyssa Novak, Eldorado; Alyssa Nowicki, Grand Island; Rachel Schmitz, O’Neill; and Jordan Bayliss, Albert City, Iowa.
NCTA offers many campus activities which enrich the academic experience for students.
“Student organizations such as Collegiate Cattlemen and Collegiate Farm Bureau, and the Agricultural Education curriculum for students like me who are going into the teaching profession, are just a few of many clubs we enjoy at NCTA,” said Eleanor Aufdenkamp, Women in Ag president and sophomore from North Platte majoring in agricultural education.
The Women in Ag club hosts community service activities for the campus and Curtis community such as baking for holidays and hosting guest speakers for campus forums.