On the morning of Wednesday July 22, the college held an inauguration ceremony for the Hofstad agricultural center.
The building will house the Lakes Region Precision Agriculture Program, which was launched in 2014 and has generated regional interest in recent years.
“We will now have a facility that will help us provide quality learning experiences to our students to prepare them for the job market and ensure that agriculture is the # 1 industry here in. North Dakota, ”said Lake Area President Doug Darling said thanking donors, lawmakers and others who have made building a reality.
The building is named after Curt and Annette Hofstad, longtime residents of the Devils Lake area, who farmed in the area. Curt Hofstad served in the North Dakota Legislature from 2007 to 2015, where he was an effective legislator on flood issues and for Lake Region State College. He passed away in 2016.
Annette Hofstad attended Wednesday’s event and participated in the groundbreaking ceremony.
The college plans to have students, faculty and staff in the building for the spring semester, which begins in January.
The building will provide improved classroom space and a workshop better suited to working with today’s precision agricultural components and large equipment.
The building will be next to the Lake District proving ground, so students can apply classroom learning to real-world experience in just a few steps.
James Fisk, a sophomore from the Doyon Lakes region in North Dakota, says he enjoys the precision farming program because of the variety of what he learns and the experience it has to offer. it acquires. He said he is also able to continue to work on the farm and attend classes. Fisk’s family grows corn, soybeans and edible beans in the area.
“I am delighted to be the first graduating class of the Hofstad Ag Center,” he said.
The project is financed by private and public funds. The 2019 North Dakota Legislature authorized construction of the $ 3M Farm Education Building. The legislation provided for direct appropriation of $ 1 million as well as matching funds opportunities and named the building for the Hofstads.
The Community College Foundation, which supports Lake Region State College, launched a fundraising campaign in 2019 to raise $ 1.5 million. The campaign, combined with state ownership and other state twinning programs, will take the college to its goal of $ 3 million.