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Precision Agriculture (B.S.)

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Help improve tomorrow's agricultural practices.

The precision agriculture major prepares students for careers that bridge the gaps between agronomy, agriculture machinery management and data sciences caused by the rapid evolution of high-speed sensor technology. South Dakota State University offers the first-in-the-nation Bachelor of Science degree in precision agriculture. SDSU is leading the nation as the first land grant university to offer both a major and minor in precision agriculture. Precision technology and training are key to increasing farm profitability and will play a major role in ecosystem sustainability. Agriculture is experiencing a fast-paced evolution as technology continues to develop. Precision agriculture has emerged with an array of new and exciting – and increasingly high-tech – tools. The integration of computer technology with farm equipment, farm sensors, GPS navigation, satellite imagery and drone imagery are quickly revolutionizing agricultural production.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy working with technology to improve production.
  • Enjoy learning new things.
  • Like working in the field to solve problems.
  • Like working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Enjoy working with computers.

Career Opportunities

  • Farm Cooperatives
  • Farm Equipment Dealerships
  • Ag Data analysis and mapping specialists
  • Ag Equipment Manufacturers
  • Self Employed Precision Ag Consultant

Recent Employers

  • Raven Industries
  • Agtegra (formerly Wheat Growers)
  • John Deere
  • Case New Holland
  • Farmers Business Network
  • South Dakota State University

Internship Opportunities

  • AGCO Corp
  • Ziegler CAT
  • Cargill
  • RDO Equipment
  • Crystal Valley COOP

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.