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Department of Agronomy, Horticulture & Plant Science

Welcome to the Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science.

We are a multidisciplinary department with the size and breadth to address today’s complex scientific issues, while retaining the student-centered focus, an SDSU Plant Science hallmark. All of our programs feature a carefully designed balance of theoretical principles and hands-on experience to produce a well-rounded graduate who is prepared for the 21st century workplace. As a result, our graduates are in high demand and frequently have jobs before graduation.

We offer educational opportunities that span a range of careers in the plant sciences such as agronomy, crop production, entomology, genetics, genomics, horticulture, plant breeding, plant pathology, precision agriculture, pest management, soil science and weed science. We also offer graduate degrees in Plant Science and Biological Sciences.

If your interests are in the production of specialty crops, local food production or ornamentals, then SDSU is the place to be. Our Local Foods Education Center will provide you with hands-on experience in sustainable food production. The Local Foods Education Center is based on a foundation of student learning, ecosystem sustainability, and consumer access to a safe and stable food supply.

Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science is also proud of a strong tradition of research and Extension. Our research has led to increased agricultural productivity, a better understanding of plant diseases, and new plant varieties. Our Extension activities have translated research advances into useful public knowledge. We continue to develop and disseminate knowledge on topics as varied as the impacts of tillage on soil carbon levels, the genomic basis of grape quality, to crop seeding rates for optimized yields.

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USDA program to integrate Indigenous perspective into ag, science

A U.S. Department of Agriculture program to boost student interest in science and agriculture is coming to the Rosebud Reservation.

Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science Welcomes New Faculty

The Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science at South Dakota State University welcomed two new faculty members during the fall 2021 semester. Dr. Gazala Ameen joined the department as an assistant professor and Dr. Shyam Solanki came on board as a research associate III.

SDSU Crops Judging Team Receives High Honors at National Contests

The South Dakota State University Crops Judging Team finished third and fourth at the two national finals collegiate crops competitions held last fall. The team placed fourth at the Kansas City Royal Contest held Nov. 16 and third at the National Collegiate Crops Contest held in Ames, Iowa, Nov.