Family donates $7M cattle ranch to MSU - KMOV.com

Family donates $7M cattle ranch to MSU

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri State University has received its second-largest gift in school history.

The Springfield school announced Friday that the Journegan family had donated a $7 million ranch.

The Springfield News-Leader reported that the ranch sits on more than 3,300 acres in Douglas County, just 10 miles south of the Mountain Grove campus. It also includes more than 1,000 head of cattle.

University president Michael Nietzel said in a news release that the ranch "can serve as a living, breathing laboratory for many agriculture educational initiatives and research projects."

The university already has access to the ranch. But the official transfer of the property will occur in stages. The final turnover will be part of the estate of Leo Journagan.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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