South Dakota State University (SDSU) is the first land-grant university to offer a major and a minor in precision agriculture major as well as a minor in engineering for precision agriculture as part of the curriculum. Corteva Agriscience is donating $600,000 to help expand facilities for student learning and engagement with precision agriculture tools.
“The launch of a precision ag-focused major is a big opportunity for the future of agriculture and can help make a difference in the lives of farmers everywhere,” said Jamie Williamson, Corteva Agriscience area leader – northern Plains. “Precision agriculture is just one in a long list of innovations that help us find the solutions needed to solve the problems of today and anticipate tomorrow’s challenges. Corteva Agriscience is focused on providing farmers with complete solutions, and digital agriculture is a key component to meet the needs of farmers.”
Corteva will receive the naming rights to the student atrium of the new Raven Precision Agricultural Building. The hallway will have two naming plates -- one at each end -- a Corteva logo as well as a Corteva-branded digital display with events and calendars for students.
The Raven Precision Agricultural Building is funded by internal SDSU funds, private support, state appropriations and an approved bond. The effort is part of a $46.1 million precision agriculture facility expansion designed to support the educational needs of agriculture-related majors.
“This facility will help us continue to create the high-quality workforce that will enable South Dakota State University and Corteva Agriscience to continue leading with a tradition of excellence in agriculture, food and environmental sciences,” said John Killefer, South Dakota Corn Utilization Council endowed dean in the SDSU College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences.
“We understand there are increasing needs of precision ag education,” Williamson said. “As a champion of responsible agriculture and an industry leader in digital technology, we look forward to what these capable students and this historic university can accomplish going forward.”