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Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Engineering. Precision. Technology. Driving the Future of Agriculture.

Welcome to the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, where we strive to impact the future of agriculture through engineering, precision, and technology. The ABE Department focuses on identifying and improving the world's food production systems and available natural resources for an enhanced agricultural future. 

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We prepare our students to positively affect and lead the future of agriculture. Our undergraduate students can major in three programs--Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE), Precision Agriculture (PRAG), and Agricultural Systems Technology (AST)--all of which prepare students for a broad range of careers across the agricultural industry. Our graduate students can pursue degrees in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (M.S.), Science in Engineering (M.Eng.), Agricultural, Biosystems & Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D.), and Biological Sciences with a specialization in Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering (Ph.D.).

We also provide the public and industry with the resources necessary to build healthy communities. Cutting-edge research in our department spans topics that range from food safety and biodiesel fuel to biofilms and biosensors. Our Extension engineers and specialists provide information regarding water management and resources, environmental quality, climatology, and youth education outreach. The Mesonet at SDState, South Dakota's live weather network, provides accurate weather updates every five minutes to increase agricultural efficiency; and the Water Resources Institute provides leadership on evolving water concerns and problems faced by South Dakota citizens. 


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Stephanie Bebensee Receives 2020 Walt McCarty Advising Award

Stephanie Bebensee was recently recognized as an outstanding undergraduate student advisor in the South Dakota State University College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences by receiving the 2020 Walt McCarty Award for Academic Advising.

APLU honors Uilk for teaching excellence

Nicholas Uilk, an instructor in South Dakota State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, has been named a recipient of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities national teaching awards in recognizing excellence in agricultural sciences teaching and stude

SDSU and partner organizations receive Conservation Collaboration Grant for water quantity risk research

The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) has awarded a Conservation Collaboration Grant (CCG) to South Dakota State University and The Nature Conservancy for a water quantity risk research project to take place in southeastern South Dakota.