POET commits $2m for SDSU precision ag initiative

Donation will help develop academic programs in bioprocessing for SDSU graduates.

December 23, 2019

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POET founder and chief executive officer Jeff Broin recently announced a $2 million gift for construction of a precision agriculture facility at South Dakota State University (SDSU).

POET and SDSU have a strong history of collaboration on innovative research projects and training the next generation to use agriculture to solve the world’s most pressing issues. The company said it is proud to partner with SDSU on this exciting venture.

POET’s gift will support construction of the precision agriculture facility, will enhance research partnerships through dedicated POET office space at the research park to help facilitate groundbreaking new collaborations and will develop academic programs in bioprocessing so SDSU graduates will have a robust understanding of how biofuels and agriculture can drive change across the globe.

According to POET, the stakes have never been higher to combat climate change.

“A little over 100 years ago, we derived nearly everything in our society from the surface of the Earth. If we want to return to a healthy planet, we will once again need to lean on agriculture, in combination with biofuels and bioproducts, to replace fossil fuels and their derivatives. This gift supports South Dakota’s future farmers, who will need to cultivate even more sustainable ag practices for future generations,” Broin said.

SDSU’s increasing commitment to precision agriculture, including being the only university to offer both a major and minor in precision agriculture and the construction of the new Raven Precision Agriculture Center on campus, will position the Jackrabbits to lead the way in making positive change that affects future generations across the globe.

“We are grateful for the tremendous support POET has shown toward SDSU and our precision agriculture program,” SDSU president Barry Dunn said. “Partnering with the leading biofuels company in the world creates unique opportunities to not only grow precision agriculture at SDSU but also expand the industry into areas where change and growth can have a positive impact on the environment and society as a whole. Educating and training the next generation of ag producers, scientists, engineers and others to meet the challenges and opportunities will define the future of agriculture and the biofuels industry in the state, region and the world.”

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