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Strickland Farm Auction Will Generate Scholarship Funds for Buffalo Island Grads Headed to A-State


JONESBORO – Throughout their lives together, Russell and Melda Strickland of Black Oak, Arkansas, understood the worth of team camaraderie and a quality education, and how those attributes can contribute to personal success. This knowledge drove them to be strong supporters of Arkansas State University and the Buffalo Island Central (BIC) school district in Monette. When these accomplished Arkansans died – he in 2012 and she a year later – they bestowed a large piece of land to help the institutions they loved better serve students.

“The Stricklands wanted to provide significant academic scholarship opportunities to students from Buffalo Island Central,” said Joel King, principal broker for United Country – Dynasty Auction & Realty. “Their love for Arkansas State and BIC will benefit students for generations to come. United Country – Dynasty Auction & Realty is honored to be able to provide this service for the Arkansas State University Foundation, which will benefit Buffalo Island Central’s student body as a whole.”

The Strickland farm will be sold at live auction Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m.  The property will be offered in three separate tracts (approximately 35, 80 and 118.35 acres), any combination of parcels or as a whole.  The land, about four miles from Lake City and six miles from Monette, consists of roughly 233.35 acres of prime, row-crop farmland in Northeast Arkansas; it is 98.5 percent cultivatable, precision-leveled and irrigated. Improvements include two wells, irrigation pipes, a 50x100 farm shop and grain bins with dryers.

“Russell and Melda knew the value of a quality education,” said Philip Jackson, Arkansas State University Real Estate Foundation secretary. “By including A-State in their final plans, they left a wonderful legacy ensuring students at BIC will have the opportunity to reap the benefits of a university education.”

Additional information about the property for sale – as well as auction terms and conditions – can be found online at FarmAuctionAR.com, or by calling United Country – Dynasty Auction & Realty at 870-275-6249.

About the Arkansas State University Real Estate Foundation Inc.

The Arkansas State University Real Estate Foundation Inc., is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization that was incorporated in Arkansas on March 14, 2012, for the purpose of simplifying and facilitating gifts of real property to A-State. The real estate foundation operates exclusively for the benefit of Arkansas State University and the Arkansas State University Foundation.

About United Country Real Estate

United Country Real Estate, a division of the United Real Estate Group, is the leading, fully integrated network of conventional and auction real estate professionals. The company has been an innovator in lifestyle and country real estate marketing since 1925. United Country supports nearly 600 offices and 5,000 real estate professionals across four continents with a unique, comprehensive marketing program that includes the highest-ranked and largest portfolios of specialty property marketing websites, the largest real estate marketing services company, an extensive buyer database of more than 500,000 opt-in buyers, and exclusive global advertising of properties.

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Melda and Russell Strickland
The late Melda and Russell Strickland of Black Oak planned their estate to benefit Buffalo Island Central School graduates who want to seek a university education
at Arkansas State.