After several delays, Ag facility taking shape

 

A sand pad has been laid, in anticipation of the construction of the new Capac FFA barn. The new structure was made possible by voters who approved a 2022 bond.

CAPAC — The much anticipated FFA livestock barn for the district has finally broken ground and is taking shape.

The project had been delayed for various reasons, including material costs and finalizing plans for the building.

The project will be paid for from proceeds of the district’s bond that was passed in 2022.

At a recent board meeting, Travis Fahley, who was recently hired on staff and is the Ag leader said he is, “Excited to see the site work for the barn coming along.”

He said his classes have observed the progress and he has been able to use the construction as a teaching tool, showing students the importance of being professional.

Former board member and longtime supporter of the district, Dale Stuever told the board he would like to see automatic waterers installed in the new barn and further stated he was willing to pay for them. Stuever agreed to work with the district, using whatever waterers the district and Mr. Fahley would like to have.

According to board minutes, Stuever also said he would cover costs to get water to the barn and his brother would like to pay for the gates that are needed for the barn, including putting in cement posts.

The FFA program at Capac has become a highly successful venture, with more than 100 students in the program. The students, like many others, are anxious for the new building that will allow for livestock projects.

The new 3,000 square foot structure will be built west of the bus garage in an area that has been used by the program for rotating pastures for livestock.

It was first believed the structure would cost around $300,000. Material costs have driven the price up, causing some delays in the work.

The board recently approved a change order for concrete for the FFA Barn, approving an amount not to exceed $58,160 and to be paid from 2022 bond funds.

Once the new barn is built, students will be able to care for animals in a controlled atmosphere, including birthing of baby piglets and lambs.

According to minutes of a board meeting, the sand building pad for the barn has been installed, and the lumber package is being pre-assembled prior to delivery.

In other FFA related news, Culvers, a national brand that recognizes FFA organizations wants to raise money with ice cream sales on May 2.

Last year they sent all proceeds to the National FFA however, they would love to keep the money raised local this year. Seven students were scheduled to work for the event and would be wearing their FFA apparel.

Culvers will donate all of the money the students make to the Capac FFA program. Board members learned Culvers understands the importance of Ag in the state and look forward to further opportunities to serve the community.