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First Bank & Trust makes leadership gift to SDSU Precision Agriculture building

First Bank and Trust is making a $500,000 investment in the new SDSU Precision Agriculture facility. SDSU President Barry H. Dunn (left), and College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences Interim Dean Don Marshall joined Van. Fishback, Chairman, Fishback Financial Corporation, and Kevin Tetzlaff, President of First Bank & Trust (center) to accept the gift along with SDSU Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering Department Head Van Kelley, South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station Interim Director Bill Gibbons, and SDSU Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science Department Head David Wright. Photo courtesy SDSU Extension

BROOKINGS, S.D. – First Bank & Trust has announced a $500,000 investment to help South Dakota State University with construction of the new Precision Agriculture facility on campus.

The new facility is planned for the northwest corner of campus. It will be a center for research, teaching and innovation that covers the entire spectrum of precision agriculture and will enable collaboration with differing disciplines.

"First Bank & Trust is among SDSU's longest and most-generous corporate partners, and the bank has been a lead donor to vital projects that support agriculture," said SDSU President Barry H. Dunn. "First Bank & Trust was there when we needed help putting together a plan to build a new Swine Education and Research Facility. They continue to have a tremendous impact on our ability to deliver on our mission and are just phenomenal partners."

SDSU is the nation's first land-grant university to offer a bachelor's degree in Precision Agriculture. The degree is a collaborative effort encompassing the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department, Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science Department and College of Engineering.

“First Bank & Trust was there when we needed help putting together a plan to build a new Swine Education and Research Facility. They continue to have a tremendous impact on our ability to deliver on our mission and are just phenomenal partners.” Barry H. Dunn, SDSU president

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SDSU's Precision Agriculture degree will provide students with access to the cutting-edge developments in the rapidly evolving intersection of agronomics, high-speed sensor technology, data management and advanced machinery development. Students will be prepared for lifelong careers that support economically and environmentally sustainable agriculture.

"As a longtime supporter of both SDSU and the agriculture industry, First Bank & Trust is proud to support the new Precision Ag facility, a catalyst for ag industry innovation," said Kevin Tetzlaff, President of First Bank & Trust. "This transformative and collaborative facility will not only drive production agriculture, but also workforce development in a wide array of related industries. First Bank & Trust is honored to make this strategic investment into the ag economy of the future."

About First Bank & Trust

First Bank & Trust is part of Fishback Financial Corporation, one of South Dakota's largest privately held bank holding companies with 23 locations in 18 communities in South Dakota and Minnesota. Headquartered in Brookings, South Dakota, the organization has over 600 employees and a history that dates back more than 130 years. First Bank & Trust is family- and employee-owned and dedicated to giving back in its communities.

About South Dakota State University

Founded in 1881, South Dakota State University is the state's Morrill Act land-grant institution as well as its largest, most comprehensive school of higher education. SDSU confers degrees from six different colleges representing more than 200 majors, minors and specializations. The institution also offers 36 master's degree programs, 15 Ph.D. and two professional programs.

The work of the university is carried out on a residential campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid City, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across the state.

–SDSU Extension