South Dakota State is the first university in the nation to offer a four-year degree in precision agriculture. This Saturday, the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering is breaking ground on its new $47.6 million Raven Precision Agriculture Center, reports Taylor Moline with SDSU’s student newspaper, The Collegian.
According to Moline, the groundbreaking will take place south of the Animal Science building at 1:30 p.m. Game day attire is encouraged for the event, as the Precision Ag Bowl and Hall of Fame Game against Indiana State is to follow.
President Barry Dunn will be leading the groundbreaking celebration. He will be supported by various deans, students, donors and representatives who supported the project.
The building will house the offices and space to conduct research for faculty from the Department of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering and the Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science.
It will also have classrooms, laboratories and space for scientists from other departments and industries to collaborate in research and education.
“The most exciting thing about this new building is having the ability to have agronomists working side-by-side with ag and biosystems engineers,” said Nic Uilk, an agriculture and biosystems instructor.
Head on over to The Collegian to read Moline’s full story on this weekend’s festivities in Brookings…