Conway HighSchool starts work on new Agriculture Learning Center

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KELLY MORGAN KELLY@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

After about four years of anticipation, work is about to begin on an agriculture building for the Laclede County R-1 agriculture department. Conway FFA students participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Conway Agriculture Learning Center on Wednesday.

“This is an exciting day for us,” Conway agriculture teacher Joseph Stratton said before students broke ground. “We’re excited for the future here and really want to thank our supporters, administration, students. (Agriculture teacher Mary Anne Keck) and I, it’s been a dream for several years since we came here. We’re excited for this day, and we’re excited for this program to be in the school.”

In an interview following the ceremony, Stratton said that dirt work for the 140 foot by 60 foot building is expected to begin next week.The Agriculture Learning Center will have a 50 foot by 60 foot livestock arena on one end, a 50 foot by 60 agriculture mechanics shop on the other end and two classrooms in the middle.

“(Students) can only learn out of the classroom so much, and this hands-on opportunity, providing real-life situations, would just be huge for them,” Stratton stated.

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