Kansas college weighs sale of farm

IOLA, Kan. (AP) – Officials of Allen Community College are considering selling the school’s 240-acre farm, citing low enrollment in agriculture courses.

The farm’s fate has drawn high interest among the eight students who live on the property, located five miles from the main campus in southeast Kansas.

The college purchased the farm and built a classroom and animal building there in the early 1980s. In 1999, Richard Zahn established a scholarship program in honor of his late father, a former agriculture instructor. Zahn also donated funds to build a farmhouse for the scholarship recipients.

One recipient, Dakota Ferguson, told the board of trustees at a recent meeting he was drawn to the college because of the farm.

The trustees have requested more information before taking any action.

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