Agricultural Property Services
The Agricultural Property Services office manages over 13,000 acres of endowment and non-endowment farmland for the University of Illinois. Management of endowment farmland began when the first gift of farmland was made to the University in 1923. Endowment farm properties generate income to support the wishes of each farm's donor. Earnings generated by the endowment farms support research and student fellowships, scholarships, and loans.
Other activities supported by the endowment farms include the promotion of 4-H activities and the operation of the University’s Allerton Park and Retreat Center. Non-endowment farms were typically obtained to provide support for other activities of the University, such as on-farm research or the airport buffer required by FAA,where tillable acres need management in order to produce revenue to help defray the operation costs for that unit.