Rep. Jeff Wardlaw, R-Hermitage, toured the University of Arkansas Monticello (UAM) campus to view the progress of renovations to the Agriculture Building, which began in February 2022.
Wardlaw was instrumental in raising additional funds to renovate the agriculture building, helping secure $250,000 from Governor Asa Hutchinson.
“With the help of Governor Asa Hutchinson and his Rainy Day Fund, we were able to fund the renovation of the Agriculture Building to a standard that students can be proud of for years to come,” Wardlaw said. UAM provided the remaining funding for the project of $613,193.
The financial contribution from the State enabled the UAM to extend the project. The agriculture building is undergoing a total renovation that includes classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices, a new student lounge and the auditorium. The renovated auditorium will serve as a large classroom and presentation venue for people from agriculture, industry and the community. Renovations of two outdoor structures – the soil laboratory building and the greenhouse – are also included in the project.
Wardlaw, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from UAM in 2002, said, “It makes me proud to be a UAM alumni, to come back and see how attractive the campus is and how how strong the agriculture program will be for years to come.”