Madison Co. ag center planned
20 acres purchased for facility across from MCMS, MCHS
BY ZACH MITCHAM
It’s long been a dream in Madison County’s farming community to open an agricultural center, a place where young and old can learn about livestock, rural living and the land.
That may soon be a reality, not just a dream.
Plans are under way to open a privately-funded $2 million agricultural center across from the high school and middle school in Danielsville sometime in the next few years. And the property for that center is now secured.
Three Madison County agricultural organizations — the Farm Bureau, the Cattlemen’s Association and the Young Farmers’ Association — have joined hands to purchase a plot of land across from the high school and middle school for an ag center.
That deal was closed last week, with the three ag organizations buying just over 20 acres of land adjacent to the school sports complex from property owner William T. Meadow for roughly $160,000.
The proposed center will include a 20,000 to 25,000-square-foot ag facility, which will include an indoor livestock arena, classrooms and kitchen and dining area. There will also be “outdoor classrooms” where youth can learn about environmental science, horticulture, forestry and wildlife.