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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 and Mechanical Engineering (Ph.D.) and Biological Sciences with a specialization in Agricultural and 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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Precision Connect '22

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Students at National Farm Machinery Show

South Dakota State University Students Attend National Farm Machinery Show

Seventeen students studying agricultural and biosystems engineering, precision agriculture, agricultural systems technology, agronomy, mechanical engineering and construction management and one faculty member, recently attended the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky, Feb.
Recipients at the SDSU's Office of International Affairs' inaugural global achievement award event

Office of International Affairs holds inaugural global achievement award event

South Dakota State University’s Office of International Affairs recognized 31 individuals and the School of American and Global Studies at the inaugural global achievement awards. The event, which was held Feb. 28, took place at the SDSU Alumni Association’s Woster Celebration Hall.  ...

Varying cover crop mixture, seeding rates may improve outcomes

A precise approach to selecting and planting cover crops that considers variability within a field will produce better results for farmers, according to South Dakota State University assistant professor Ali Mirzakhani Nafchi.