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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 (ABE), 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. 



Here, our undergraduate students learn how to solve real-world issues through hands-on learning in three degree programs, including the first-in-the-nation Precision Agriculture major. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to your success, both academic and professional, regardless of which program you choose. Click on the majors below to learn more!


Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering (ABE)

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineers build not only to advance, but also to sustain. Develop and design equipment, processes, and methods to grow our food supplies and protect our environment.


Precision Agriculture (PRAG)

Revolutionize agriculture! Increase agricultural productivity and ecosystem sustainability through precision technology, machinery management, agronomy, and data sciences.


Agricultural Systems Technology (AST)

A blend of business, management, and technology, the Agricultural Systems Technology program provides you with the knowledge and skills to be successful farmers, ranchers, or agricultural professionals. 

Cutting-edge science to feed and fuel the future

Our research spans topics that range from food safety and biodiesel fuel to biofilters and manure odor reduction. Accurate and up-to-date information for the public and industry is provided through our Extension outreach and includes information about irrigation, farm safety, and outdoor air quality, as well as rural handicap-accessible issues and other key topics in the realm of agriculture and biosystems.

Our Mesonet at SDState and Water Resources Institute (WRI) also provide essential weather- and water-related information for our community. 

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Precision Agriculture student Taylor Beckstead
Precision Agriculture student Taylor Beckstead

Meet a Precision Agriculture Student!

Precision Agriculture student Taylor Beckstead of Weston, ID, made an impression on his employer, Valley Implement. While doing the grunt work for the company, Beckstead demonstrated a strong work ethic he learned from his father and grandfather: “Work as hard as you can. Whatever they give you, do it.”

Recognizing the long-term positive impact Taylor could have on the company, Valley Implement decided to invest in his future and SDSU’s first-in-the-nation Precision Agriculture bachelor’s degree gained a bright new student. 

When asked about his interests, Taylor is quick to share his passion for getting hands-on and solving problems. He was hired to assist with fabrication, welding, and other duties in the Agricultural Engineering shop, and the job has proven to be an excellent fit while he pursues his degree.

Taylor hopes to become an agricultural mechanic and lead his own team after graduating from SDSU. He said that owning his own store is also appealing. Precision Agriculture required courses such as microeconomics and crop production among numerous others will all help prepare him to achieve his goals.