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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.