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 University Farm, dedicated at its current site in 2002, has about 360 acres, supporting teaching, research and outreach activities. Its operations include production of corn, soybeans, alfalfa, swine, beef and sheep.
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.
Funding for the emergency projects is coming from the state Capital Development Board but needs to be approved by the ISU board.
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.