The Collegian

SDSU home to nation’s first precision ag degree, new facility

Alison Durheim

January 24, 2018


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South Dakota State University is investing resources in a new $55 million building that will be home to the nation’s first four-year degree program in precision agriculture. The degree is growing rapidly. In 2016 there were only eight students in the major now there are now 57 students majoring...

Five minutes with Christine Stewart

Five minutes with Christine Stewart

McKenna Mathiesen

January 17, 2018


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Christine Stewart is an English professor at South Dakota State University, novelist and poet. She lives in Brookings with her two children and her husband, who is also a professor at SDSU. What is a day like in your daily life being a professor, author and mother? I live two blocks from campus so t...

Ag & Bio dean selected, Honors finalists announced

Ag & Bio dean selected, Honors finalists announced

Emily De Waard

December 13, 2017


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The College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences found its dean this week in John Killefer, professor and department head of animal and rangeland sciences at Oregon State University. Killefer has served in his current role since 2012. During that time, he successfully merged the departments of anim...

If walls could talk: exploring history of the Agricultural Heritage Museum

If walls could talk: exploring history of the Agricultural Heritage Museum

Makenzie Huber

November 29, 2017


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Artifacts fill meat lockers originally used to store carcasses prepared for sale. Cubicles line the floor of what used to be the meat lab. Exhibits stand on floors once covered with sawdust to show animals. The purpose of the stock judging pavilion has changed within the past 50 years, but pieces of th...

If walls could talk: exploring history of the Agricultural Heritage Museum

Makenzie Huber

November 29, 2017


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Artifacts fill meat lockers originally used to store carcasses prepared for sale. Cubicles line the floor of what used to be the meat lab. Exhibits stand on floors once covered with sawdust to show animals. The purpose of the stock judging pavilion has changed within the past 50 years, but pieces of the...

Think beyond the turkey: thank farmers for Thanksgiving

Think beyond the turkey: thank farmers for Thanksgiving

Katie Berndt

November 15, 2017


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Regardless of race, religion or lifestyle, Thanksgiving usually centers around one thing — food. But something most people don’t think about is where their food comes from. Over several decades, agriculture has changed to feed not only those who are actively involved in farming, but the rest of...

Farm experiences grow stronger students

Farm experiences grow stronger students

Katie Berndt

October 18, 2017


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In preparation for the Ag-Bio career fair a few weeks ago, I was revamping my resume and adding my recent summer internship. I was running out of space, so I decided to take off my oldest job listed — my family farm. I never held a typical high school job when I lived at home. The farm — and my...

SDSU takes flight with new drone program

SDSU takes flight with new drone program

Ian Lack

October 18, 2017


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Drones are no longer exclusively being used as military weapons, but becoming more present in the workplace and as a hobby. An emerging trend in some job fields requires hands-on experience with drones. A new certificate, added to the South Dakota State catalog this summer, aims to give students tha...

Behind the Scenes: Dairy Research, Training Facility

Behind the Scenes: Dairy Research, Training Facility

Alison Durheim

October 2, 2017


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First located where Briggs Library is on campus, the Dairy Research and Training Facility is constantly adapting new technologies and techniques. Introduced in 1907 as Dairy Husbandry, the Dairy Science Department’s undergraduate and graduate students attain real-life skills at the Dairy Research and ...

Researchers, students study state drought repercussions

Researchers, students study state drought repercussions

Ian Lack

September 20, 2017


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The worst drought South Dakota has experienced since 2012 continues to impact farmers and ranchers across the state. About 72 percent is currently in a state of drought, according to a recent report from the U.S. Drought Monitor. In the past weeks, extreme drought (D3) expanded across counties in west...