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Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Agricultural and Biological Engineering is the discipline of engineering that applies engineering principles and the fundamental concepts of biology to agricultural and biological systems and tools, ranging in scale from molecular to ecosystem level, for the safe, efficient and environmentally sensitive production, processing, and management of agricultural, biological, food, and natural resources systems.

--ASABE Board of Trustees, Agricultural and Biological Engineering within ASABE - Definition (see full document)

Finding Solutions for Life on a Small Planet

WheatBiological and agricultural engineers ensure that we have the necessities of life: safe and plentiful food to eat, pure water to drink, clean fuel and energy sources, and a safe, healthy environment in which to live. More specifically, biological and agricultural engineering (BAE) is the application of engineering principles to any process associated with producing agriculturally based goods and management of our natural resources.

Biological and agricultural engineers. . .

  • Devise practical, efficient solutions for producing, storing, transporting, processing, and packaging agricultural products
  • Solve problems related to systems, processes, and machines that interact with humans, plants, animals, microorganisms, and biological materials.
  • Develop solutions for responsible, alternative uses of agricultural products, byproducts and wastes and of our natural resources - soil, water, air, and energy.

And they do all this with a constant eye toward improved protection of people, animals, and the environment.

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