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For Immediate Release: Dec. 12, 2006
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Students to study agriculture in Taiwan

Holly Marshall of Redfield and Michelle Osterman of Conde will visit the National Taichung Agricultural Senior High School in Taiwan Dec. 14-22. Gary Grey, the state supervisor of agricultural education for the Department of Education, will accompany the students.

“Agricultural production is very concentrated in Taiwan. It’s a small island with a large population of 23 million citizens,” said Grey. “This will be a great opportunity for our students to experience first-hand a very unique agricultural system.”

Marshall and Osterman are sophomores at South Dakota State University. Both are enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Biological Science.

The purpose of the visit is to review the National Taichung Agricultural Senior High School’s organization, curriculum and learning activities. The South Dakota trio will visit the school’s ranch, farm and orchard, which are maintained by students.

The trip was arranged by Director-General Jack C.K. Chen of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, based in Kansas City. The South Dakota group will be joined by three students from Missouri and three from Nebraska.