Agriculture Students Will Have New Facilities Soon

Published on: March 23, 2020

Agriculture students at Northeast Community College will have new facilities soon, thanks to the generosity of agricultural businesses and foundations and the support of the College Board of Governors.

The Northeast Community College Board of Governors approved the guaranteed maximum price for phase one construction of the agriculture facilities at $19,748,049. The total project cost is $22.3 million. Fundraising efforts continue to cover the costs of equipment, technology and furnishings.

Board members voted unanimously Tuesday, March 17 after reviewing the bids for the project. The next step in the process will be for the College’s construction manager, Kingery Construction, to award contracts for the project. Site preparation will begin over the next few months. Plans are to have the new facilities ready for students in Fall 2021.

The construction costs include all alternates in the project, such as three access drives off Benjamin Avenue, additional paved parking for the veterinary technology clinic building and the cattle barn addition to the large animal handling facility.

Phase one of the project is a veterinary technology clinic and classroom building to be located west of the current Chuck M. Pohlman Ag Complex, and a new farm site north of the Pohlman Complex that will include a feedlot, farm operations building and office, large animal handling facility and other smaller structures for livestock and feed storage.

While the College has raised enough funds to start construction, it will continue to fundraise for equipment and technology within the facilities. Additionally, the College also has future plans to seek private funds to complete the precision and mechanized ag building on the same site.