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New Agriculture Complex

In 2010, President Gregory Hall appointed an Agricultural Degree Task Force made up of Ag industry leaders, Steve Maxwell, Hill Griffin, Tony DiMare and Keith Mixon to investigate offering an Agricultural Degree program at Warner University.

One of the first experts in the field that the Task Force talked with was Adam Putnam, The Commissioner of Ag for Florida and Polk County native. Commissioner Putnam encouraged Warner to move forward with the Ag degree. He was interested in a program that would prepare students in “general” Ag with the basics being taught. He also wanted to see our youth stay in the local community and get an Ag degree in a Christian environment.

The 4-H and FFA clubs became prime targets for recruiting by Lauren Lewis, Director of the Ag Studies Program. With a start date of Fall 2013, Lauren has been busy setting up visits with the high schools in Polk, Highland and Hardee County and has a number of students committed to attend the new Ag program. Lauren has also worked in developing the curriculum. The major in Agricultural Studies provides students the opportunity to study agriculture in a hands-on environment. The project-based courses allows students to experience agricultural content through internships, field trips, mentors, capstone projects, and guest lectures led by industry leaders. Innovative courses in specialty crops, animal science, soils, plant science, conservation, sustainability, global agriculture, and agribusiness will help prepare students majoring in Agricultural Studies to enter the agricultural industry as knowledgeable and trained professionals.

The 38,000 sq. ft. Complex needed for the Ag program was designed by Architect, Scott Crews to be the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certified building in Lake Wales. You can see the many naming opportunities for you, your family, or your business here. You can adopt a building or room in honor or in memory of a loved one. Doris Gukich, Vice President of Advancement or Lauren Lewis, Director of the Ag Studies Program at Warner University would be glad to talk with you about the Ag Complex and program. Lauren is also available to speak with groups and share with students. You can contact them at:

doris.gukich@warner.edu or 863-638-7611

lauren.lewis@warner.edu or 863-638-7116

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