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Department of Dairy and Food Science

Feed the world–with science

Dairy is a huge industry that helps feed the world. And the science behind it helps employ a lot of SDState grads. All of the decisions that go into the products consumers pick up from their grocery aisle were meticulously made by professionals in the dairy and food science field.

Let's dive into what makes SDState's Dairy and Food Science Department a magnificent major choice for those in search of a lucrative career.


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Shaping the Industry for nearly 150 years.

SDState's Dairy & Food Science Department has been an industry-leading program in the United States for more than a century. Starting with the founding of the Dakota Agricultural College in the 1880s, officially forming as a department in 1907 and more than doubling in enrollment since 1967, dairy science is a hallmark of SDState's culture–and a high-demand, high-earnings field, to boot.

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Dairy science students awarded scholarships

Four South Dakota State University student researchers have been awarded scholarships for their outstanding work. Honored were graduate research assistants Sheetal Jha, Kritikia Gaba, Bhaswati Chowdhury, and Rutvi Jitendarkumar Joshi. ...

Rosemary compound may help postpartum dairy cows

Rosemary and dairy cows could be a winning combination.

Anand honored for teaching excellence

By putting his own advice into action, South Dakota State University professor Sanjeev Anand has been recognized for his efforts in the classroom.