$75,000 Gift from Arkansas Farm Bureau Foundation

Arkansas Farm Bureau Foundation Donation for ATU Ag Ed Building May 2024

The Arkansas Farm Bureau Foundation has donated $75,000 to aid in the construction of a new agricultural education building at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville.

The check presentation took place on Tuesday, May 14, at ATU’s Rothwell Hall.

Those in attendance for the check presentation included: (back row, left-to-right) Justin Reynolds, Arkansas Farm Bureau vice president for organization and member programs; Jarrod Yates, Arkansas Farm Bureau executive vice president; Tom Jones, ATU agriculture business alumnus and former officer and state board member for Arkansas Farm Bureau; Rep. Matt Duffield, Arkansas District 53; Amanda Williams, director of the women’s leadership program and Farm Bureau Foundation for the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation; Baxter Wallis, ATU agriculture program advisory board member; Bryan Fisher, ATU associate vice president for advancement; Dr. Michael Bradley, head of the ATU Department of Agriculture and Tourism; (front row, left-to-right) Sen. Gary Stubblefield, Arkansas District 26; Sen. Breanne Davis, Arkansas District 25; Dan Wright, Arkansas Farm Bureau president; Tracy Cole, dean of the ATU College of Business and Economic Development; Dr. Adolfo Santos, ATU executive vice president for academic affairs and provost; Jason Geiken, ATU vice president for advancement and executive director of the ATU Foundation; Emily Woodall, ATU agriculture program advisory board member; and Ashley Bryant, ATU director of grants and donor relations.

The new ATU agricultural education building will house welding equipment, a tool storage area, classroom space, laboratory space and other equipment. It will be located on the Tech Farm, adjacent to the ATU Greenhouses and the Dr. James “Jim” Collins Agriculture Classroom.

Learn more about the ATU Department of Agriculture and Tourism at www.atu.edu/tourism/index.php.