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Exchange Program with Taiwan Brings Students to Missouri

Three students from Taiwan are in Missouri this week to learn about agriculture. They met Monday in Springfield with three Missouri students who went to Taiwan last November. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

The agriculture exchange program with Taiwan gives a select group of American students the chance to visit an elite agriculture high school in Taipei. And for the first time, students from the high school in Taiwan are visiting Missouri. They were in Springfield Monday for a luncheon with Congressman Roy Blunt before heading to Lake of the Ozarks. There, they'll participate in a camp operated by Future Farmers of America. Shin-yi Su is a teacher at the high school in Taiwan. She explains what she hopes her students will learn this week in Missouri.

Those future elite farmers include people like Mallory Francka of Bolivar. She was one of three Missouri students who traveled to Taiwan last November.

Kerri Mulford of Aurora also went to Taiwan. She says during the trip, she learned how farmers in Taiwan deal with having limited land for growing crops.

Congressman Roy Blunt says the exchange program is beneficial for Missouri students.

Funding for the exchange program comes from a variety of sources but no federal tax dollars are used.