Groundbreaking Ceremony at Wayne County Ag Center Site

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    Pictured from left to right are Martin Haggard, Wayne County Bank; Governor Bill Lee; Wayne County Executive Jim Mangubat; Wayne County/UT Ag Extension Agent Joy Powell; State Representative David Byrd; and a representative from Kubota. Wayne County was the recipient of a $100,000 Hometown Proud Grant from Kubota to be used toward the construction of the Ag Center.

       Governor Bill Lee and State Representative David Byrd joined county and local officials and business owners on Monday for the Groundbreaking Ceremony at the site of the new Ag Center in Industrial Park on Highway 13 South. The Wayne County Agricultural Center (Ag Center) will support existing farmers and ag-based businesses and help develop the next generation of farmers. The facility will house the local UT Extension and Soil and Conservation offices, a 125-person training/meeting room, commercial kitchen, and a covered pavilion to provide outdoor classroom and event space. The grounds around this facility will be used for ag-related shows, demonstrations and eventually, community gardens.

       Agriculture and Forestry are Wayne County‚Äôs leading economic drivers, and the county is home to over 650 farms covering more than 130,000 acres of farmland. This project will allow expansion of existing ag-related programming, encourage more entrepreneur farmers, and provide training to increase farm production levels, thus increasing the number of jobs in the agriculture industry.

       The Ag Center is expected to be completed and ready for use in the summer of 2022.