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
South Dakota State University Breaks Ground on Raven Precision Agriculture Center
South Dakota State University held a groundbreaking ceremony for the future Raven Precision Agriculture Center on the SDSU campus in Brookings on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 1:30 p.m. Following the event, SDSU hosted the first-ever Precision Agriculture Bowl football game vs. Indiana State to celebrate the occasion.
The $46.1 million Raven Precision Agriculture Center building project is supported by South Dakota stakeholder groups and legislative leaders.
David A. Thompson Endowed Chair of the Department of Dairy and Food Science Announced
John Killefer, South Dakota Corn Utilization Council Endowed Dean of the South Dakota State University College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, is pleased to announce the David A. Thompson Endowed Department Chair of Dairy and Food Science.
The gift from David Thompson consists of a $2 million endowment and also includes an additional amount to begin impacting the program immediately.
Agricultural Education Student Rebekka Paskewitz Chosen as 65th Princess Kay of the Milky Way
Rebekka Paskewitz, a South Dakota State University student majoring in agricultural education, was crowned the 65th Princess Kay of the Milky Way at the Minnesota State Fair on Aug. 22.
“I am so excited to make connections with dairy farmers and consumers in the upcoming year, to tell the story of dairy and to welcome others into the dairy community that has so warmly welcomed me,” Paskewitz said.
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.