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Ceremony held for CTE Student Land Lab

A Nottawa Township resident was recognized this week for his continued support of agriculture and education in St. Joseph County.

A ceremony to honor Fred Henningson and note the 25th anniversary of the St. Joseph County CTE Student Land Lab took place at the Findley Road property Tuesday.

For the past two-and-a-half decades, Henningson has allowed students in the county’s agriculture education program to farm his 44-acre property at the southeast corner of M-86 and Findley Road. In honor of the milestone, CTE students, staff, area farmers and representatives from local businesses who donate seed and equipment to the student-operated farm gathered for the celebration.

Class advisor Jenny Troyer said the ag program wouldn’t be as strong as it is without Henningson’s benevolence.

State Sen. Kim LaSata presented a proclamation recognizing the land lab and its silver anniversary. She said programs such as the St. Joseph County agriculture science class are critical to the future of farming.

The 85-year-old Henningson, a Jackson County native, has owned the Nottawa Township property since 1966.

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