By: SDSU Extension iGrow
BROOKINGS – Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new South Dakota State University Raven Precision Agriculture Center will take place on the SDSU campus in Brookings at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.
The event will be held on the future building site, just south of the Animal Science Complex on the corner of Medary Avenue and North Campus Drive. In honor of the occasion, SDSU will be hosting the first-ever Precision Agriculture Bowl football game vs. Indiana State at 6 p.m., following the groundbreaking event.
“We are thrilled to be breaking ground on this state-of-the-art facility that will equip our students with the skills to launch successful careers feeding a hungry world. We appreciate the support of the many South Dakota stakeholders who are working with us to make South Dakota a global leader within the precision agriculture industry,” said John Killefer, dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. “The new Raven Precision Agriculture Center will have outstanding classrooms and laboratories that will help foster innovation and collaboration across several disciplines in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, and the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering.”
SDSU is the first land-grant university in the country to offer both a bachelor’s degree and minor in precision agriculture.
Students learn while participating in a collaborative program focusing on both the Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science, and the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.
The precision agriculture curriculum also incorporates other programs from across the university.
The precision agriculture major offers courses in data analytics, GPS-GIS technology, soil sciences, precision crop production, plant pathology, precision data mapping, sensor technology, precision farm machinery, electrical diagnostics and weed/pest management.