The impact of the secondary agricultural education program on Latino students: perspectives towards the agricultural education class, the local FFA organization and the supervised agricultural experiences program in Iowa public schools
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Due to the increasing population of Latino students in the Iowa secondary agricultural education program and the need for minority leaders in agriculture, the goal of this study was to survey a group of students in agricultural classes to understand their perspectives towards the learning components of the program. This study found that Latino students in Iowa secondary schools were supportive of the agricultural education program and interested in participating in experiential programs. Recommendations from this study are to encourage Latino students to actively participate in secondary agricultural classes. A greater effort from educators to recruit and research minority students is recommended as well as the involvement of colleges of agriculture in land grant universities. Together they ought to demonstrate a greater interest and take action in the recruitment of Latinos. Their effort to recruit Latinos in agricultural education programs is the best logical answer to diversify the agricultural sciences.