By: Heidi Kronaizl,

In 2016, South Dakota State University became the first institution in the nation to offer a bachelor’s degree in precision agriculture. Two short years later, SDState will break ground on the Raven Precision Agriculture Center on Oct. 6.

The facility will join agronomy, engineering and computer science disciplines together. John Killefer, the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council Endowed Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, said that precision ag is a growing field and that students in this field are going to be instrumental in developing it.

“We have to be more efficient in the use of natural resources, we have to be able to increase productivity, and we have to reduce environmental impact. Precision agriculture technologies are going to be central for us being successful in that,” he said. “We are going to have students that are going to be the leaders in this growing new field. SDSU is really going to have a huge impact to help solve some of these grand challenges we are all facing.”

This event is set to be joined with the Precision Ag Bowl, where SDSU Football faces off against Indiana State at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium later that evening.

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