SDSU hopes to build precision ag laboratory – Brookings Register

BROOKINGS – The South Dakota Board of Regents earlier this month authorized of South Dakota State College’s facility program plan for a $55 million mission that might build a brand new Precision Ag Classroom and Laboratory constructing and renovate Berg Ag Corridor.

The state Legislature should subsequent approve of the plan earlier than SDSU can begin the development course of.

The SDBOR October agenda packet comprises all of the accessible data on this mission and might be discovered on-line at

The ag lab constructing alone will value an estimated $31.eight million and will probably be positioned on the nook of Medary Avenue and North Campus Drive, straight west of the Edgar S. McFadden Biostress Lab and throughout the road from the Animal Science Complicated.

The Faculty of Agricultural and Organic Sciences and the Jerome J. Lohr Faculty of Engineering are companions within the Precision Ag Lab mission.

The Ag Engineering Division will go away the Ag Engineering constructing and transfer into the Precision Ag Lab constructing when the mission is full. The Ag Engineering constructing will nonetheless be put to use by housing different analysis and classroom area. The college can also be engaged on a plan to reassign different departments and use the remaining vacated areas.

So as to make room for the brand new constructing, the Seedhouse, West Headhouse and Wheat Greenhouse will probably be demolished. A 75-vehicle car parking zone may also be eliminated, with new parking to be added beside the brand new constructing. Extra parking may also be added alongside the west aspect of Medary Avenue, the packet indicated.

Precision agriculture refers to a contemporary farming method that focuses on effectivity and sustainability, typically with a heavy emphasis on absolutely using accessible know-how. The packet materials explains that precision ag seeks to “assist produce extra meals with much less water, fertilizer and coverings.”

To go together with these excessive targets, the brand new facility will probably be outfitted with trendy collaborative lab area, classroom labs, school rooms and convention rooms.

The Precision Ag Lab will probably be 129,000 sq. ft, with greater than 14,000 sq. ft comprised of analysis lab area, 12,500 sq. ft for workplace and administrative area, 11,000 sq. ft for industrial analysis labs, 6,600 sq. ft for industrial educating labs and 6,500 sq. ft for school rooms, amongst different issues.

The Berg Agricultural Corridor will obtain $7 million in renovations. The remaining prices to attain the entire $55 million mission price ticket might be accounted for in website preparation, demolition prices for present constructions on the website, in addition to such non-development prices as structure and engineering bills and offering furnishings and tools for the buildings.

At Berg, the primary and second flooring will probably be renovated, with that area to be primarily devoted to analysis labs and lab help area.

A lot of the $55 million mission will come from ag property tax rebate funds, amounting to $31.5 million. One other $10 million will probably be offered by means of non-public donations. The college’s Analysis Infrastructure Enchancment Fund will present $7.5 million to the entire, and the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council will contribute $6 million.

Utility and working prices for the constructing will probably be funded from college working budgets.

In accordance to the packet, the college needs to use this mission to higher create a extremely educated workforce on this business, improve their collaborative analysis packages in precision ag, and develop experiential studying alternatives for engineering college students.

Contact Eric Sandbulte at [email protected]

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SDSU hopes to build precision ag laboratory - Brookings Register