The Sutherlin FFA Chapter has dozens of active members who not only compete in competitions, but also raise market animals to sell at the Douglas County Fair. This is a big task for all of the excited students, and some of them require a bit of help. Sutherlin FFA Chapter is fortunate enough to have an FFA Land Lab; the Land Lab was established in 1981 in order to provide housing for FFA member’s animals, or Supervised Agricultural Experience. Our chapters land lab is located at Plat-I Reservoir in Sutherlin, it sits on eleven acres, has a swine and beef barn, and two fenced fields.

Sutherlin FFA members are more than welcome to utilize this land for raising their animals free of charge, but they are expected to earn their keep. Land Lab users are asked to participate in clean up/work days a few times each year that they use the Land Lab. Recently Land Lab users and other students volunteered their time to tear down a fence on one of the fields so that it could be replaced using grant money that the chapter has received for improvements.

This grant money the Sutherlin FFA Chapter received for the Land Lab adds up to around $60,000! With this money there are many improvements planned for smoother and more advanced running of the Land Lab. Some of these plans include replacing all of the fencing, putting gravel in for better roads, adding a squeeze chute for the cattle, replanting the fields, and adding irrigation for the fields. The projects planned are expected to be completed in Fall of 2014.