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Raven Gifts $5 Million to South Dakota State University

Raven Industries is awarding South Dakota State University (SDSU) a $5 million gift to establish a Precision Agriculture Facility within the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences on its main campus in Brookings, South Dakota. As the first land grant university to offer both a four-year degree and a minor in precision agriculture, the facility will be the nexus for innovation and collaboration across several disciplines, including engineering, agronomy, horticulture, mathematics, and the decision sciences for SDSU.

“As a leader in precision agriculture, Raven recognizes this unique opportunity to partner with SDSU,” says Dan Rykhus, president and CEO of Raven Industries. “SDSU is leading the way in the development of the next generation of precision agriculture innovators with an enriching, multidisciplinary education and a robust learning experience. Raven and SDSU have enjoyed a long and positive relationship, and this facility will lead to further collaboration with faculty, staff, and students on emerging technology in support of the growing need for precision agriculture practices and tools. Our investment in this partnership reflects our strong belief that the demand for precision ag technology and solutions is rapidly growing across the globe. We believe it is our responsibility to help solve that great challenge.”

“This generous gift by Raven will help transform the state of South Dakota into a global leader within an expanding precision agriculture industry,” says SDSU President Barry Dunn. “The proposed facility will enhance innovation and the development of educational programs that will deliver applications to enable data-driven decisions in precision farming, ranching, and conservation. It will promote the type of collaboration between faculty, students, and industry experts that will change agriculture and make our region and world a better place. Together, Raven and South Dakota State University are working to build a strong future, and precision agriculture is that future.”

Building this facility will enable the state to lead the nation in precision agriculture education, research, and Extension. From state and economic benefits to the development of a highly trained workforce, South Dakota is well positioned to benefit from precision agriculture technology and adoption.

Construction dates for the facility will not be defined until legislative authority is granted. The project’s supporters plan to seek that authority during the 2018 session.

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