PIERRE, S.D. — According to a report from the Capital Journal, South Dakota State University is moving forward with its plan to develop an undergraduate precision farming degree that officials say is a first-of-its-kind program in the country.
The South Dakota Board of Regents met Tuesday, August 11, and approved the planning request.
According to the report:
"University officials say the program would prepare students for careers involving diverse work in agronomy, agricultural machinery management and data sciences.
"In their planning request, SDSU officials say precision agriculture is a 'quickly growing field,' but that no other university offers the major.
"SDSU officials will return to the regents later for official approval of the B.S. degree in precision agriculture.
"If approved, the university estimates it will graduate about a dozen students a year."