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Victoria G. Myers Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:24 AM CDT

Erin Ridpath stands on the edge of a windy, dry Nebraska corn field near Cambridge and she sees into the future. She sees a herd of grazing, black baldy cows, with calves alongside them. She sees new fences and paddocks. She sees her life. And most importantly, she sees the path to get her there.

A 2009 graduate of Nebraska's College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA), Ridpath is lucky enough to know a man many in the community describe as a "visionary." Weldon Sleight, then dean of the college, has helped put many former NCTA students on the track to achieve ...

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