Corteva Agriscience recently announced a $600,000 gift to support the South Dakota State University precision agriculture program and construction of the new Raven Precision Agriculture Center on campus. The gift will sponsor the Corteva Student Atrium inside the new facility.
“We are very fortunate to have Corteva Agriscience partner with us on this groundbreaking precision agriculture facility and program,” said John Killefer, South Dakota Corn Endowed Dean of the South Dakota State University College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. “The culture of innovation that is shared between Corteva Agriscience and South Dakota State University makes for a perfect partnership that will help ensure an exciting and impactful future for precision agriculture as we work together to feed a hungry world and conserve our precious natural resources.”
The Raven Precision Agriculture Center will allow South Dakota to lead the nation in precision agriculture research, teaching and innovation. The building has 129,000 square feet of floor space that will be able to house modern precision farm equipment and provide collaborative learning spaces for student design projects. Flexible space will be available so scientists from a variety of departments and industry can collaborate in research and education. A groundbreaking ceremony for the facility was held on the SDSU campus in Brookings on Oct. 6, 2018.
“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.”
SDSU is the nation's first land-grant university to offer a bachelor's degree and minor in precision agriculture. The degree is a collaborative effort encompassing the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department and the Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science Department in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, as well as the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering.
SDSU's precision agriculture degree provides students with access to cutting-edge developments in the rapidly evolving intersection of agronomics, high-speed sensor technology, data management and advanced machinery development. Students will be prepared for lifelong careers that support economically and environmentally sustainable agriculture.
“We understand there are increasing needs of precision agriculture education,” said Williamson. “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.”
Final construction plans are in-progress. Site preparation has begun, with construction scheduled to begin this fall.
Pictured above: Corteva Agriscience presents the SDSU Foundation with a check to sponsor the Corteva Student Atrium in the Raven Precision Agriculture Center. From left to right: Ryan Hanson, Corteva Agriscience; Grant Harms, Corteva Agriscience: SDSU President Barry H. Dunn; Ryan Nuttall, Corteva Agriscience; Logan Smith, Corteva Agriscience; Jeff Behrens, Corteva Agriscience; Jamie Williamson, Corteva Agriscience; South Dakota Corn Endowed Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences John Killefer; Head of the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Van Kelley; Head of the Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science David Wright; Liz Knutson, Corteva Agriscience; Dean of the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering Bruce Berdanier.
About Corteva Agriscience
Corteva Agriscience is a publicly traded, global pure-play agriculture company that provides farmers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry - including a balanced and diverse mix of seed, crop protection and digital solutions focused on maximizing productivity to enhance yield and profitability. With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture and an industry-leading product and technology pipeline well positioned to drive growth, the company is committed to working with stakeholders throughout the food system as it fulfills its promise to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Corteva Agriscience became an independent public company on June 1, 2019, and was previously the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. More information can be found at www.corteva.com.