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Nebraska students to tour Taiwan

LINCOLN, NE – Next week, three Nebraska students will travel over 7,000 miles to Taiwan where they will experience the country’s agricultural education system, agricultural industry, and learn more about the role Nebraska agriculture plays in Taiwan.

This is the seventh year for the student exchange program between the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Kansas City. Each year, three students from Taiwan visit Nebraska to attend the annual Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute (NAYI), a week-long summer program coordinated by NDA. In return, NDA chooses three NAYI delegates to travel to Taiwan in the fall.

NDA Director Greg Ibach hopes the exchange program will continue, as it benefits agriculture in both countries. “Agriculture is a global industry, and it’s important that our students are educated and understand the important role our trading partners, such as Taiwan, play in our state’s agricultural industry.”

The trip is sponsored by the Nebraska Farm Bureau and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Kansas City and is coordinated by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA).

The students will leave for Taiwan on Nov. 18 and will return to Nebraska on Nov. 23. While in Taiwan, the students will be staying at the Taichung Senior High School of Agriculture and Technology. Their visit will include tours of the campus, interaction with Taiwanese students, participation in presentations, visits to local farms and observations of several agricultural research institutes. They will also have the opportunity to do a little sightseeing and visit the Council of Agriculture: Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The students will return to the 2011 NAYI where they will share their experiences with the delegates.

The three students selected by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture are:

• Mr. Brennan Costello from Gothenburg. Brennan is a senior at Gothenburg Public School and is involved in FFA, 4-H, Student Council, National Forensics League and Youth Community Improvement Program. His parents are Steve and Becky Costello.

• Mr. Judson Hoffschneider from Arlington. As a senior at Logan View High School, Judson is involved in FFA, 4-H, National Honor Society and the Nebraska Jr. Angus Association. His parents are Scott and Jennifer Hoffschneider.

• Mr. Hoyt Kraeger from Avoca. Hoyt is a senior at Weeping Water Public Schools and is involved in 4-H, National Honor Society, the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association and the American Versatile Hunting Dog Association. His parents are Mark and Leesa Kraeger.

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