July 10, 2014
North Central Missouri College in Trenton has announced plans for further development of its Barton Farm Campus for the 2014-15 year. Teresa J. Cross, NCMC Development Director, said there are four projects: grazing paddocks, conversion of a storage shed, a new shelter house, and concrete benches.
Ms. Cross said the creation of grazing paddocks and the conversion of a storage shed will expand applied learning opportunities in Animal Science courses. The paddocks will include fencing, gates, livestock shelters and waterers for cattle, and an existing storage shed will be converted to house hogs, goats, and sheep. Concrete, ventilation systems, gates, fencing, walls, and feeders/waterers are needed for those projects.
The new shelter house is proposed for the Hoffman Robbins Conservation Area, located on the north end of the farm. A 24 foot x 36 foot shelter house with concrete floor and running water/electricity built near the ponds would enhance the functionality of the area, according to Ms. Cross. Several community service projects have already been held in this Conservation Area by the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Trenton Police Department, and others.
Rustin Jumps, Barton Farm Campus manager, commented, “The shelter house, grazing pastures and a small animal livestock facility will be great assets to our Farm Campus. We will be able to expand our Animal Science curriculum to offer more applied learning opportunities in livestock production pertaining to sheep, goats, hogs and cattle. Students can gain hands-on experience with confinement livestock production as well as grazing/forage management systems. The new shelter house would be the finishing touch to the floating dock pond project that was completed last fall, providing us with an outdoor classroom learning environment for our students as well as other educational groups that utilize the Barton Farm pond.”
A concrete bench project has also been instituted. Benches may be purchased in memory of or in honor of loved ones with bronze plaques secured on each bench. Benches will be placed near the pond, entrances to classroom buildings, and at the brick donor wall.
The Barton Farm Campus, located approximately one mile south of Trenton just off Highway 65, is a 138-acre parcel of farm land given to NCMC by the Barton family and named in honor of Arthur Barton and his mother Elizabeth. Currently there are three classroom buildings: the Lager Laboratory of Plant and Energy Science, the Metcalf Mechanical Resource Center, and the Kuttler Animal Science Complex. There is also a wind turbine and numerous agriculture test plots. Classes for academic programs including agriculture, natural resources, applied technology, industrial and energy technology, and manufacturing technology are taught at the Barton Campus.
Those interested in further details of any of these projects or to arrange a personal tour of the Campus may contact Ms. Cross at 660 359 3948 ext. 1403 or firstname.lastname@example.org.