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News :: The Barn: VS FFA members excited about planned Animal Learning Lab
· 2:48pm September 17th, 2013
During their traditional September update to the Vinton-Shellsburg School Board, the VS FFA officers discussed an project that has been excited about the opportunities for the future of the chapter and the VSHS ag programs: The Barn.
Officially called the Animal Learning Lab, the building the FFA plans to build with financial assistance from partners in the agricultural community will include space for livestock, as well as lab and office space.
The goal: Bridging the gap between the classroom and real-life application of agriculture.
The new building will allow students to:apply research concepts and best practices; learn animal handling, restraints and safety procedures; evaluate livestock and breeding management; experience animal management systems; experience ag-related careers in a more controlled environment; have more opportunities to experience job responsibilities prior to applying for a job.
The chapter has begun fund-raising efforts; they hope to construct a 36 by 48-foot building east of the classroom/greenhouse area. Work will begin as soon as sufficient funds have been raised.
Equipment needed will include: folding stainless steel tables, disinfectants, projector and viewing equipment, microscopes and storage units, rabbit and chicken hutches, wheelbarrows and shovels for cleaning, livestock fans, and more.
Lab materials the students will learn to use include: a reverse osmosis system to remove chlorine, dissection kits and veterinarian medicine training kits.
For more information, contact AG/FFA advisor Louise Fleming at VSHS, 319-436-4728, or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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