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Second Generation in Ag
6:05 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Children of Latino Immigrants Forge Paths in Agriculture

Melissa Garcia works with a classmate on a chicken-wing dissection in her vet careers class in the Des Moines public schools’ animal science program.
Credit Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media

In a dimly-lit lab on the Des Moines, Iowa, public schools’ agricultural science campus, students in aprons, safety goggles and plastic gloves poke and probe chicken wings.

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Reshaping Ag in the Midwest
6:44 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Young Immigrants Search for Home on the Farm

At Bear Creek Dairy, 15-year-old Teun Boelen works closely with the calves, helping with difficult births, feeding the young animals and raising them until they join the herd of milk cows.
Credit Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media

Bear Creek Dairy in Brooklyn, Iowa, is home to more than 1,100 cows, who provide about 100,000 pounds of milk each day.  The 15-year-old farmer who works closely with the farm’s calves comes from a long line of dairymen – in Europe.

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District will add more bi-lingual classrooms
2:18 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

School District Works to Improve Literacy of Latino Students

The Monmouth-Roseville School District is committing to improving the literacy of Spanish-speaking students over the next few years.

The district will add a second bi-lingual kindergarten class next fall.

Superintendent Paul Woehlke said the goal is to help Latino students with both their Spanish and English language skills.

He said, ”Both (classrooms) will be teaching literacy in Spanish to the Hispanic students so they learn their native language literacy first.  And research says that's the better approach to a bi-lingual program.”

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