Illinois State's University Farm supports teaching, research, and outreach activities of the Department of Agriculture. University Farm is located near Lexington, about 18 miles northeast of Normal.
Current enterprises at the University Farm include corn, soybeans, alfalfa, swine, beef, and sheep. The farm has eight full-time employees and numerous student employees.
The main goal of the University Farm is to educate students. This is a critical function of the farm due to the limited farm experience of many students. Even though most of today's students won't be farm owners, hands-on farming experience is an important part of their education and preparation for careers that directly relate to the production sector of agriculture.
Virtually all agricultural and agribusiness majors use the farm as part of their coursework.
Our address is 25578 ISU Farm Lane, Lexington, IL 61753.
To reach University Farm, take Interstate 55 to the Lexington exit (exit 178). Proceed towards the town of Lexington (traveling east). At the stop sign, turn left. You will then be traveling north on County Highway 23. Travel over the interstate and take the next right. Follow this road to the new farm. (approximately 1/4 mile) The Lexington farm site is approximately 15 minutes from Normal.