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Agricultural engineering

Agricultural engineering is the engineering discipline that applies engineering science and technology to agricultural production and processing. Agricultural engineering combines the disciplines of mechanical, civil, electrical and chemical engineering principles with a knowledge of agricultural principles.[1][2]


  • History 1
  • Agricultural engineers 2
  • Academic programs in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering 3
    • North America 3.1
    • Europe 3.2
    • Asia 3.3
    • Oceania 3.4
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • Further reading 6
  • External links 7


The first curriculum in Agricultural Engineering was established at Iowa State University by Professor J. B. Davidson in 1903. The American Society of Agricultural Engineers, now known as the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, was founded in 1907.[3] Agricultural engineering has led to mono-cultural farming, paying specialized attention to one type of crop. Genetically engineered crops have skyrocketed to 145 million acres world wide by 2002, most of which are corn and soy that feed the livestock that humans consume. Scientists have barely scratched the surface of agricultural engineering; it is a living science experiment still in progress.[4]

Agricultural engineers

Agricultural engineers may perform tasks as planning, supervising and managing the building of dairy effluent schemes, irrigation, drainage, flood and water control systems, performing environmental impact assessments, agricultural product processing and interpret research results and implement relevant practices. A large percentage of agricultural engineers work in academia or for government agencies such as the United States Department of Agriculture or state agricultural extension services. Some are consultants, employed by private engineering firms, while others work in industry, for manufacturers of agricultural machinery, equipment, processing technology, and structures for housing livestock and storing crops. Agricultural engineers work in production, sales, management, research and development, or applied science.

In the United Kingdom the term Agricultural Engineer is often also used to describe a person that repairs or modifies agricultural equipment.

Academic programs in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Below is a listing of known academic programs that offer Bachelor's degrees (B.S. or B.S.E. or B.E / B.Tech) in what ABET terms "Agricultural Engineering", "Biosystems Engineering", "Biological Engineering", or similarly named programs. ABET accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.

North America

Institution Department Web site Email
Auburn University Biosystems Engineering taylost at
CalPoly San Louis Obispo BioResource and Agricultural Engineering ksolomon at
Clemson University Biosystems Engineering [1] jjacks4 at
Cornell University Biological and Environmental Engineering baa7 at
Dalhousie University Department of Engineering (Agricultural Campus) Cathy.Wood at Dal.Ca
Iowa State University Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering estaben at
Kansas State University Biological and Agricultural Engineering contact-l at
Louisiana State University Biological and Agricultural Engineering DConstant at
McGill University Department of Bioresource Engineering valerie.orsat at
Michigan State University Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering srivasta at
Mississippi State University Agricultural and Biological Engineering jpote at
North Carolina State University Biological and Agricultural Engineering robert_evans at
North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University Chemical, Biological and Bioengineering Department sbknisle at
North Dakota State University Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering aben at
Ohio State University Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering shearer.95 at
Oklahoma State University Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering daniel.thomas at
Oregon State University Biological and Ecological Engineering Department john.bolte at
Penn State University Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering hzh at
Purdue University Agricultural and Biological Engineering engelb at
South Dakota State University Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Van.Kelley at
Texas A&M University Biological and Agricultural Engineering info at
University of Arizona Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering slackd at
University of Arkansas Biological and Agricultural Engineering lverma at
University of California, Davis Biological and Agricultural Engineering rhpiedrahita at
University of Florida Agricultural and Biological Engineering dhaman at
University of Georgia Biological and Agricultural Engineering donleo at
University of Illinois Agricultural and Biological Engineering kcting at
University of Kentucky Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering sue.nokes at
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Biological Systems Engineering mriley3 at
University of Manitoba Biosystems Engineering headbio at
University of Minnesota Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering shri at
University of Missouri Biological Engineering TanJ at
University of Saskatchewan Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science Pat.Hunchak at
University of Tennessee Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science edrumm at
University of Wisconsin Biological Systems Engineering rjstraub at
Utah State University Biological Engineering ron.sims at
Virginia Polytechnic University Biological Systems Engineering mlwolfe at
Central and South America
Institution Department Web site
Universidad Autónoma Chapingo, Mexico Irrigation Department
Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering [2]
National University of Colombia Agricultural Engineering
University of Campinas, Brazil Agricultural Engineering
University of São Paulo, Brazil Biosystems Engineering
University of São Paulo (Campus de Pirassununga), Brazil Biosystems Engineering [3]


Institution Department Web site
Ankara University, Turkey Agricultural Machinery
Akdeniz University, Turkey Agricultural machinery and Technology Engineering [4]
Atatürk University, Turkey Agricultural Structures and Irrigation
Harran University, Turkey Agricultural Machinery
Harran University, Turkey Agricultural Structures and Irrigation
University of Lisbon, Portugal Instituto Superior de Agronomia,
Leibniz University Hannover, Germany Biosystems and Horticultural Engineering,
Universiteit Gent, Belgium Faculty of Bioscience Engineering [5]
K.U. Leuven, Belgium Department of Biosystems
University of Algarve, Portugal Faculty of Sciences and Technology,
University College Dublin, Ireland Biosystems Engineering
University of Hohenheim, Germany Institute of Agricultural Engineering
University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Portugal Agronomy,


Institution Department Web site
Agricultural Engineering Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University, Bapatla, India Agricultural Engineering
G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar Agricultural Engineering [6]
Nagaland University Agricultural Engineering and Technology [7]
China Agricultural University Agricultural Engineering
Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University, China Agricultural Soil and Water Engineering
Shanghai Jiatong University, China Biological Engineering; Food Science and Engineering
Xi’an Jiaotong University, China Energy and Power Engineering
Yunnan Agricultural University, China Agricultural Water-Soil Engineering
Zhejiang University, China Biosystems Engineering and Food Science
Odisha University of Agriculture & Technology Agricultural Engineering
University of Agriculture Faisalabad Pakistan Agricultural Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Food Engineering, and Energy Engineering [8]
Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia Biological and Agricultural Engineering [9]
University of Southeastern Philippines Agricultural Engineering [10]
Bangladesh Agricultural University Agricultural Engineering and Food Engineering [11]
Sylhet Agricultural University Agricultural Engineering and Technology [12]
University of agricultural sciences,raichur,karnataka,India
Xavier University- Ateneo de Cagayan - Agricultural Engineering
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar Pakistan Agricultural Engineering, Soil and Water Conservation Engineering, Farm Machinery [13]
King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), Bangkok, Thailand Agricultural Engineering [14]
Agricultural Engineering


Institution Department Web site
University of Southern Queensland, Australia School of Civil Engineering and Surveying, Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences

See also


  1. ^ Hills, David (2004). "Agricultural engineering". The Engineering Handbook (2nd ed.). CRC Press. pp. 190–1 – 190–9.  
  2. ^ Field, Harry; Solie, John (2007). Introduction to Agricultural Engineering Technology (3rd ed.). 
  3. ^ "ASABE website". Archived from the original on 14 May 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2009. 
  4. ^ Deneen, Sally. "Food Fight: Genetic Engineering vs. Organics: The Good the Bad and the Ugly". E-Magazine. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 

Further reading

  • Brown, R.H. (ed). (1988). CRC handbook of engineering in agriculture. Boca Raton, FL.: CRC Press. ISBN 0-8493-3860-3.
  • Field, H. L., Solie, J. B., & Roth, L. O. (2007). Introduction to agricultural engineering technology: a problem solving approach. New York: Springer. ISBN 0-387-36913-9.
  • Stewart, Robert E. (1979). Seven decades that changed America: a history of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, 1907-1977. St. Joseph, Mich.: ASAE. OCLC 5947727.
  • DeForest, S. S. (2007). The vision that cut drugery from farming forever. St. Joseph, Mich.: ASAE. ISBN 1-892769-61-1.

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