Illinois State will buy 80 acres to expand University Farm
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State University will buy about 80 acres of land to expand the central Illinois farm operated by the university’s agriculture department.
The ISU board of trustees on Saturday authorized the university to purchase the land adjacent to University Farm for $810,000, including closing costs. The money will come from university reserves.
The farm is located about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northeast of Normal, and provides students with hands-on farming experience.
The 360-acre University Farm produces corn, soybeans, alfalfa, beef, sheep and swine. It was dedicated at its site near Lexington in 2002. In addition to student employees it has eight full-time employees.