IFB donates $50,000 to ISU research farm

Illinois Farm Bureau donated $50,000 to help improve Illinois State University’s research farm.

Illinois Farm Bureau representatives presented a check Saturday for $50,000 to ISU’s Department of Agriculture. From left: Ryan Whitehouse, Ashley Rice, Andrea Casali; Dr. Todd McLoda; and Chris Magnuson, Illinois Farm Bureau. (Photo by DeAnne Bloomberg)

The financial gift from IFB's Board of Directors will be used to pay for equipment to advance research and learning on the 440-acre University Farm in Lexington. Equipment purchases will include ultrasound imaging equipment for animal reproductivity and a used precision row-crop planter with the capability to plant in 15-inch rows.

“The ISU research farm provides today’s ag students – the next generation of agriculture professionals – opportunities for hands-on, experiential learning and farm management,” said Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr. “We are pleased to provide financial support to help the university, its faculty and its students.”

The farm was originally acquired in 2003 and recently expanded. The university also cultivates an additional 175 acres in Normal, near campus.

“The Illinois State University College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST) is thrilled to receive this funding from the Illinois Farm Bureau Board to support our teaching and research missions in the Department of Agriculture,” said Todd McLoda, Ph.D, LAT, ATC, dean and professor, College of Applied Sciences and Technology. “We are grateful for this support from the Illinois Farm Bureau Board, which will serve hundreds of agriculture students and several faculty members for many years as well as the invaluable farmers throughout Illinois and beyond who will benefit from the outcomes of the work at the ISU farm.”

Content for this story was provided by FarmWeekNow.com.

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