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Illinois State University Farm manager Jason Lindbom, left, agriculture department chair and professor Rob Rhykerd and Maria Lemke, program manager for The Nature Conservancy, discuss a project this summer using a buffer system to limit nitrates flowing into waterways at the ISU farm near Lexington. The ISU board of trustees will consider purchasing about 80 acres to expand the farm at a meeting Saturday.

NORMAL — The Illinois State University board of trustees will meet Saturday to approve purchase of about 80 acres of farmland adjacent to the University Farm near Lexington.

The Mifflin 80 Acre Farm is on County Road 2550 East near Chenoa and immediately north of the University Farm. Its owners approached the university about selling the property.

Acquisition of the farm would expand the contiguous farm acreage footprint and meet the needs of the College of Applied Science and Technology, according to materials prepared for the board meeting.

The proposal awaiting board approval would authorize purchase of the Mifflin farm for a price not to exceed $800,000 plus closing costs not to exceed $10,000. Money for the purchase will come from university reserves.

The Mifflin farm is currently used for crop production. Long-term plans call for using the property for additional farming operations and agricultural research, according to information provided to the board. 

The special meeting will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in ISU's Nelson Smith Building, 718 W. College Ave., near Redbird Arena. Winter commencement is taking place at the arena at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday.

Also on the meeting agenda are approval of acoustical panel installation and auditorium painting in Braden Auditorium, three emergency roofing projects and emergency infrastructure repairs.

The Braden Auditorium project, costing about $625,000, will be paid for with bond revenue and general revenue funds.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the ISU board is Feb. 22.

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