Continuing in a tradition of collaboration, the City of Sioux Center and Dordt College are working together on an exchange that will enhance the college’s Agriculture Stewardship program and provide for future local development.
As part of this agreement, the City will transfer to the college a parcel of land adjacent to Dordt’s planned new Agriculture Stewardship Center, creating a centralized agriculture campus.
In exchange, Dordt will transfer to the City a parcel along Highway 75 north of Sioux Center, bordering an existing Sioux Center commercial park, which will allow for future development.
Howard Wilson, Dordt College vice president and chief administrative officer, said the unified agricultural campus will facilitate efficiency and safety for students and enhance Sioux Center’s reputation as a center for progressive agriculture.
“This agreement provides us a better location for our new Agriculture Stewardship Center, which will be a great learning facility for our students and will be an asset for the northwest Iowa agribusiness community,” Wilson said. “It will attract students from the state and across the country to come to Sioux Center to study agriculture, and many will stay here as members of the community."
Sioux Center City Manager Scott Wynja shared excitement for Dordt’s growing agriculture program and said collaboration between the City and the college is an essential part of community development.
“When the City of Sioux Center is working with Dordt for their growth, we are also working toward the best for our whole community. This is another opportunity for us to strengthen our future together,” Wynja said.
As an institution of higher education committed to the Reformed Christian perspective, Dordt College seeks to equip students, alumni, and the broader community to work toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of life. Dordt is one of a handful of Christian colleges in North America to offer a four-year agriculture program. Dordt agriculture students enter careers in farming, technical service support, government, finance, and international development.
The City of Sioux Center aims to provide excellent quality of life and municipal services to the flourishing and diverse community through a spirit of progressive cooperation.
Photo: Construction has begun on the site of Dordt College's new Agriculture Stewardship Center. The land exchanged from the City to Dordt is near this site, and the land Dordt transferred to the City is near the northern commercial development park in Sioux Center.