New agriculture building dedicated
A dedication of a new structure for the Alton Agriculture Department was held Thursday, Aug. 9 at the school campus.
Superintendent Eric Allen welcomed a group of teachers, students, board members and community members to the dedication, held across from the baseball field. The structure is an open barn concept, built with students who want to be involved with livestock in some way, but might not have the property to do so.
“Several years ago there was another structure here but it wasn’t safe. We took care of that and we didn’t have anything here. Mr. Barton with the Curt, Cliff and Opal Young Foundation donated $50,000 to all four county schools and Mammoth Spring to be used for the FFA and agriculture departments. We came up with something that would be a tangible, long-term thing,” said Allen, who then introduced Loren Barton.
“The Young family of course were big in the cattle business and land owners in the county. We are just happy to give back to agriculture the best we can. Back during budget cuts a few years, the agriculture department got hit hard everywhere and we were hoping a decent sized gift would help fund some things. We are happy and pleased with the structure,” said Barton.
Officers and members of Alton FFA were on hand for the dedication. “We appreciate your donation,” said one officers.
Alton FFA advisor Frank Alford, is starting his second year with the school district and talked about the need for the structure. “We are hoping to spark a little interest in the kids who don’t have animals or maybe even a place to keep them. There are a lot of kids who live in town and would like to do something like this but can’t. That is the main idea, to grow our showing program,” said Alford. He said they had several students representing Alton in this year’s Heart of the Ozarks Fair in West Plains and would like to expand.