SDSU breaks ground on precision ag center

Friday, November 16, 2018

BROOKINGS – Raven and South Dakota Corn Utilization Council representatives, donors, lawmakers and supporters joined South Dakota State University officials on Saturday afternoon to break ground for the SDSU Raven Precision Agriculture Center.

The $46.1 million facility will be constructed just south of the Animal Science Complex on the corner of Medary Avenue and North Campus Drive. State lawmakers approved the center earlier this year, and Sioux Falls-based Raven Industries donated $5 million for the project.

SDSU instructor Nic Uilk said Saturday that the building “will not only impact the future of SDSU, but will change our ability to serve this state, this region, and, we believe, agriculture worldwide. New technologies will be developed right here where we stand today that will allow farmers to be more profitable and ensure the success of future generations to come.”

“A new idea will be developed right here on this campus that will increase our ability to feed the earth’s ever-growing population in a more efficient, effective and sustainable manner,” Uilk added.

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