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Colleges to highlight ag tech programs

Nebraska community colleges will spotlight agriculture and business degrees with hands-on displays at HHD.

Curt Arens, Editor, Nebraska Farmer

August 26, 2021

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College students at the precision agriculture programs and applied technology exhibits at HHD
PRECISION TECH: Three Nebraska community colleges will be placing the spotlight on their precision-agriculture and applied technology programs at their exhibits during the show this year. Curt Arens

Three Nebraska community colleges exhibit every year at Husker Harvest Days to meet with potential students and their families and highlight their agriculture and business-related programs.

Much of the programming at Husker Harvest Days for the community colleges is hands-on skills, so students get a real taste of the programming and careers related to the college coursework. Here are the colleges that will exhibit their programs:

Central Community College. The college has been participating at HHD since the beginning. Located at Lot 232, CCC will not only promote its precision agriculture program, but also talk about two related programs — its one-year national certification program for a heavy-equipment operator technician and its energy technology program, which teaches students how to design, maintain and repair the instruments used to harness wind and solar power, and battery storage.

Students visiting the college’s booth can learn more about both of these programs and several other programs related to agriculture and agribusiness.

Northeast Community College. The college will be buzzing with activity at its outdoor exhibit at Lot 919. NECC will bring its precision-ag mobile classroom to the show to provide applied technology demonstrations, such as its welding simulator.

The college plans to have sessions throughout the show to give details on its agriculture and applied technology programs. NECC will be featuring displays and interactive exhibits on crop and livestock technology. Students and families can try out new technologies and learn more about NECC agriculture and applied science programs at this exhibit.

Southeast Community College. The college will be offering precision-agriculture exhibits, along with details on the agriculture and precision-ag programs and technologies offered at SCC. Through the college’s precision-agriculture certificate program, students will learn how to best utilize data to make management decisions. SCC will demonstrate some of those capabilities at Husker Harvest Days.

At Lot 222, find information about SCC programs that are useful for agriculture and applied science students, while preparing them to return to their own farming operations or for careers in agriculture and agribusiness.


About the Author(s)

Curt Arens

Editor, Nebraska Farmer

Curt Arens began writing about Nebraska’s farm families when he was in high school. Before joining Farm Progress as a field editor in April 2010, he had worked as a freelance farm writer for 27 years, first for newspapers and then for farm magazines, including Nebraska Farmer.

His real full-time career, however, during that same period was farming his family’s fourth generation land in northeast Nebraska. He also operated his Christmas tree farm and grew black oil sunflowers for wild birdseed. Curt continues to raise corn, soybeans and alfalfa and runs a cow-calf herd.

Curt and his wife Donna have four children, Lauren, Taylor, Zachary and Benjamin. They are active in their church and St. Rose School in Crofton, where Donna teaches and their children attend classes.

Previously, the 1986 University of Nebraska animal science graduate wrote a weekly rural life column, developed a farm radio program and wrote books about farm direct marketing and farmers markets. He received media honors from the Nebraska Forest Service, Center for Rural Affairs and Northeast Nebraska Experimental Farm Association.

He wrote about the spiritual side of farming in his 2008 book, “Down to Earth: Celebrating a Blessed Life on the Land,” garnering a Catholic Press Association award.

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