EWC Expands Ag Facilities

Agriculture students at Eastern Wyoming College will soon be enjoying two new facilities. Through financial support from the EWC Foundation, Board of Trustees and several grants EWC has built a new livestock barn and three different high tunnels. EWC Ag Instructor Rob Eirich says students will directly benefit from both projects.

The new 30 by 60 foot livestock barn on campus will benefit animal science and veterinary technology students. Eirich says the facility will bring the animals to the students. The new facility will allow students to have frequent hands on experience in a lab-type facility.

The new livestock barn is one phase of a larger project. Over the last four years, Eastern Wyoming College has been developing plans for the construction of the Agricultural Technology Education Center.

Last fall, EWC received a grant funded by the Wyoming Department of Agriculture to construct three new high Tunnels on the North Campus of the College. Eirich says students are starting to enjoy the benefits of the high tunnels.

The high tunnel project is allowing for a new partnership between EWC and the University of Wyoming in evaluating the three different styles of high tunnels. In working with UW Extension Educator Jeff Edwards, Eirich says the project will evaluate various aspects of high tunnels.

As a community college, this project will also student to have hands on experience, which is important with increasing demand for students interested food and plant production.

Eirich says new facilities and hands-on learning are a couple ways EWC is wanting to attract more high quality students. Currently EWC has 65 to 70 students in the Ag Department. By 2020, EWC aims to have 120 ag students enrolled in the Ag Department.

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