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UNCTA to host beef cow ownership seminar

The University of Nebraska’s Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture will host a 100 Beef Cow Ownership seminar Jan. 20.

The seminar will begin at 1 p.m. in the Veterinary Hospital amphitheater on the Curtis campus.

The seminar is aimed at producers, ranch employees and traditional students interested in learning more about NCTA’s 100 Cow program. Producers will learn how students and adults completing the outreach program can work with them as partner/employees.

Adults interested in ranch ownership will learn about NCTA’s four-course, eight-month program that can help them create a business plan, develop a partnership agreement and apply for a low interest loan to buy 100 or more cows from a producer interested in hiring a partner/employee.

“Our rural communities that serve agriculture are struggling and we absolutely must bring some of our young people back home because they will establish families that will keep our schools open and our main streets viable,” said Weldon Sleight, dean of NCTA.

“I commend our wonderful ranch families for what they have done over generations to help Nebraska prosper, but we are at a crossroads,” Sleight added. “We must now look ahead at the next generation of ranchers and make sure that our ranches and communities are owned by Nebraska families that live and work on our ranches.”

The seminar will feature representatives from U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency, Nebraska Department of Agriculture, and other partners in the program that aims to help young Nebraskans find a place in the beef industry.

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