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Dairy and Food Science Department


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 & 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.

SDSU Dairy Research and Training Facility
Fast facts: Number of students: 110 undergraduate, 29 graduate. 100% job placement. Student to faculty ration of 10 to 1. 112 scholarship recipents with $153,000 awarded.

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Krishnan receives international award for cereals analysis

Professor Padu Krishnan of South Dakota State University’s Department of Dairy and Food Science received the 2020 Edith A. Christensen Award for Outstanding Contributions in Analytical Methodology from the Cereals & Grains Association.

SDSU's Dairy Research and Training Facility leads top breeding program

A Brown Swiss heifer from the SDSU Dairy Herd, Campanile Sax 536 NP,  was the top seller at the recent 74th Annual Minnesota Brown Swiss Association Sale.

Brookings tackling diversity issues through focus groups gathering multiple points of view

A collaborative grant partnership taking a comprehensive look at workplace diversity and inclusion in the community of Brookings has launched the first of many focus groups aimed at gathering multiple viewpoints on the issues.