The nation’s state universities were founded under auspices of the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act of 1862 for the specific purpose of teaching “such branches of learning as are related to agriculture and the mechanic arts” at low cost. Now not only are state universities becoming more expensive every year, apparently they’re having a little trouble with that agriculture stuff.

According to an Associated Press article by Lisa Rathke:

[Universities are selling cattle], or looking for other ways to cut costs, as high feed, fuel and labor prices make it difficult to keep animals during tight economic times. The sales are taking place despite growing enrollment in agriculture programs.

Most land-grant universities face similar challenges… as the cost of keeping animals increases faster than the price of milk or state funding.

Agricultural schools looking to make or save money by jettisoning the accoutrements of actual agriculture include the University of Vermont, the University of Minnesota, Michigan State University, and the University of Kentucky, which plans to sell 40 cows at auction this summer. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer