The CHS Foundation announced a $1.5 million grant to support the South Dakota State University precision agriculture program. The funding will support the construction of the new Raven Precision Agriculture Center on campus. A university spokesperson called the gift from the CHS Foundation “pivotal” in allowing the campus to make a “globally preeminent precision agriculture program a reality.” SDSU is the nation’s first land-grant university to offer a bachelor’s degree and minor in precision agriculture. The degree will provide students with access to cutting-edge developments in the intersection of agronomics, high-speed sensor technology, data management and advanced machinery development. Final construction plans are in-progress of the new facility. Some ground work is expected to begin this fall, with construction starting in the spring of 2019.