Construction of the facility began last September at the JWCC Agricultural Education Center and the U of I Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center in Baylis, IL. The newly completed facility houses offices and classrooms, an exposition/arena space and an animal care unit. The building will address multiple agricultural education and development issues in West Central Illinois and further enhance research, teaching and activities throughout the region.
The Maschhoff family seized the opportunity to champion the hopes and dreams of the future of the ag industry. “This new ag facility represents leaders, says Ken Maschhoff, Owner/Chairman at The Maschhoffs. It provides a space where like-minded students can come together as the future of this essential industry.”
The ceremony celebrated not only the completion of the building but showcased a 40-year educational partnership with the University of Illinois, John Wood Community College and the Orr Research Center Corporation. Together, these partners continue to work collectively to build a strong rural economy and create new generations of farm operators, owners and other rural careers.
“We are fortunate as a family and company to support the educational partnership with the build of this facility, Dave Maschhoff Owner/Sr Consultant at The Maschhoffs notes. Our family has a personal connection as we’ve benefited from the state’s outreach and education system as we started and built our business through multiple generations.
Donors are still needed to cover the building and construction cost of the new facility. Contributions can be sent to Orr Corporation l Attn: Matt Bradshaw, Chair l 37804 State Highway 104 l Baylis, IL 62314. Donors will be listed on a permanent plaque at the entry of the facility.
“The world faces significant food issues globally, U of I President Emeritus Bob Easter said, “the facilities and educational programs that are operated here are critical to us being able to feed the world going forward.”