Nebraska students to tour Taiwan
Three Nebraska students will travel to Taiwan next week to experience the country’s agricultural education system, agricultural industry and to learn more about the role Nebraska agriculture plays in foreign markets.
The students are participating in a student exchange program between the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) and the National Taichung Agricultural Senior High School in Taiwan. For the past ten years, three students from the Taiwan school have visited 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.
“This exchange program is a wonderful opportunity for our students to experience a different culture, and to see firsthand how far reaching Nebraska agriculture’s impact truly is,” said NDA Director Greg Ibach. “This is a program our students, and the students from Taiwan, look forward to every year and one we are proud to have been able to provide for the last decade.”
The trip is coordinated by NDA and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Kansas City and is sponsored by the Nebraska Farm Bureau and TECO.
The students will leave for Taiwan Dec. 8 and will return to Nebraska Dec. 13. While in Taiwan, the students will be staying at the Taichung school. 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 also will have the opportunity to do some sightseeing.
The students will participate in the 2014 NAYI, where they will share their experiences with the delegates.
The three students selected by NDA are:
• Mr. Zach Settje from Raymond. Zach is a senior at Raymond Central and is the son of Dean and Kristi Settje.
• Mr. Brandon Nichols from Bridgeport. Brandon is a senior at Bridgeport High School and is the son of Robert Dale and Tammi Nichols.
• Mr. Shawn McDonald from Phillips. Shawn is a senior at Aurora High School and is the son of John and Susan McDonald.
–Nebraska Dept. of Agriculture
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