A Christmas gift to West Fork’s FFA Chapter

The West Fork agricultural barn will be getting a much-needed renovation as a generous gift from Sukup Manufacturing Co. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Sukup Manufacturing Co. needs a gigantic bow to top off their gift of brand new renovations to the West Fork FFA Chapter’s agricultural barn, which will expand the dated building’s lifetime significantly.

This historic 19th century structure has many past lives, including being a church, a masonry and a horse barn, but it now houses the FFA’s Supervised Agricultural Experiences projects, which are real-world applications of the contents and skills students learn in the classroom. The projects range from farrowing hogs and laying hens to a thriving bee hive, according to Kaitlyn Bonzer, the advisor for the West Fork FFA program.

Even with Sukup construction employees hammering, banging and clamoring around the exterior of the barn, the FFA kids have not been thwarted from continuing on their agricultural studies.

“The building is definitely usable while the renovations are taking place,” said Bonzer. “We have three hogs that are due to farrow piglets in the next three weeks.”

The exterior improvements include various structural maintenance projects, and overlaying tin on the building to preserve the late 1800s structure’s longevity.

Read the full story in the January 4 edition.