Welcome to the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at South Dakota State University! One of eight colleges that make up SDSU, our college has an integral role in fulfilling the land grant mission of the university. In addition to six academic departments, the college is home to both SDSU Extension and the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station. The West River Ag Center is a satellite of the college, and serves as center for teaching, research, extension, and outreach activities in the western part of the state. The college is the largest at SDSU in terms of student enrollment, faculty and staff, and building space.
Students choose our college because we offer a premier agricultural curriculum dispensed by faculty that are committed to student success. The practical nature of our programs attracts students from across the United States. Prospective students have over 20 majors and specializations to pick from. Enrollment is at an all-time high and tuition rates remain competitive. The post-graduation job outlook is very promising, as opportunities grow to meet the demands of a hungry world.
Researchers in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences are internationally renowned, providing cutting edge research to fuel economic opportunity. Priority areas include animal health and nutrition, biotechnology, energy independence, sustainability, and stewardship. Most of the research done in the college is within the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, which also includes investigators from the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Education & Human Sciences, and Engineering. Most of our graduate students are involved in research programs, and opportunities for undergraduate research are continually growing.
The five capstone areas of SDSU Extension are Competitive Crop Systems, Competitive Livestock Systems, 4-H Youth & Community Development, Food & Family, and Rural & Urban Initiatives. SDSU Extension field specialists are focused in eight region centers and three Federally Recognized Tribal Extension Program offices, while 4-H Youth Program advisors work from county centered offices. These are supported by state specialists and program directors based out of Brookings and the West River Ag Center in Rapid City. South Dakota’s virtual Extension office, iGrow, brings SDSU Extension programs beyond the limitations of time and space
Dairy Science Student Selected as the Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders’ Association of the U.S.A. National Youth Achievement Award Winner
Laura Frye, a South Dakota State University junior studying dairy production and dairy manufacturing, was selected as the 2018 Youth Achievement Award winner by the Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders’ Association of the U.S.A. at the national convention held in Coralville, Iowa on June 17-30. The National Youth Achievement Award recognizes an individual who does outstanding work in the Brown Swiss breed.
McCrory Gardens 31st Annual Garden Party to be Held on August 3, 2018
The 31st Annual Garden Party at McCrory Gardens is set for August 3, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Start off the day with coffee and baked goods from a local bakery at “Coffee at the Terrace” at 10:00 a.m.
At 10:30 a.m., paint scenery in McCrory Gardens with an experienced instructor during the “Annuals on Canvas” painting class. Registration is required to participate in the class and the cost is $25. Register online at mccrorygardens.com or in person at the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center.
South Dakota State University Human Biology Student Selected To Participate In Research Fellowship Program
Sydney Bormann, a junior human biology pre-med honors student with minors in chemistry and microbiology, has been selected to participate in the 2018 American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program.
As an ASM Undergraduate Research Fellow, Sydney must complete a minimum of 10 weeks of full-time employment working on her research project, prepare an abstract directly related to her project and include that abstract for submission to the ASM Microbe Meeting.
SDSU dairy alumnus transforms the dairy industry in Alaska
South Dakota State University alumnus, Joe Van Treeck, had an illustrious career in the dairy industry and has contributed to the future success of SDSU students by funding a scholarship for 30 years. His contributions to SDSU and the dairy industry have made a lasting impact.
Van Treeck graduated from SDSU in 1980 with a dairy manufacturing degree. He was recruited to attend SDSU as a non-traditional student by Shirley Seas, past dairy plant manager, while working at a butter creamery in Rapid City, S.D.
New Bachelor of Science Degree in Precision Agriculture
South Dakota State University is leading the nation as the first land grant university to offer both a major and minor in precision agriculture.
New Raven Precision Agriculture Center
The Raven Precision Agriculture Center, to be located on the university’s main campus in Brookings, will lead the nation in precision agriculture education, research and extension.