Agriculture Complex Expansion

Agriculture Complex Expansion

Since 2004, the Agriculture Complex has supported student success and community engagement through educational opportunities and events in a climate controlled environment. As Northeast Community College continues to partner with businesses, industries, and communities, additional space is needed.

The Need

Facility Beyond Capacity
Many activities have outgrown the space available in the Chuck M. Pohlman Agriculture Complex. Events include farm and home shows, FFA and livestock judging shows, student activities, and product demonstrations.
arena expansion need

  • Insufficient arena space for both large events and hands-on learning
  • Restricted ability to host state and national agricultural shows
  • Restrooms and lobby space cannot accommodate the large crowds attending events

My Nexus Story

“The Chuck M. Pohlman Agriculture Complex is a great facility for our annual farm show. Approximately 3,000-5,000 patrons attend over the two days to visit with about 135 vendors. We use every space available, even the wash bays, and still have a waiting list of vendors each year. Expanding the complex would allow us to enlarge our show, providing more opportunities for area producers to learn about the latest in farm products, services and technologies.”

– Sally Lewis, General Sales Manager,
WJAG, Inc., Norfolk

The Plan

ag complex expansion floor showIncrease Opportunities for Students & Community
The Agriculture & Water Center of Excellence integrates innovation, demonstration, applied research, and community engagement.

The plan to expand the complex will connect directly to classrooms, a lecture hall, and the large animal handling facility. Additionally, the expansion will allow for increasing attendance capacity for community events.

Areas of Expansion:

  • Arena would become regulation size
  • Restrooms would better accommodate large crowds
  • Lobby space would better facilitate event registration

agriculture complex expansion planNew arena expansion and lobby space at the Agriculture & Water Center of Excellence will provide learning opportunities for future generations interested in agriculture.


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