Insights from Spanish-Speaking Employees in the Iowa Horticultural Industry

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2011-01-01
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Grudens-Schuck, Nancy
Justen, Emilie
Haynes, Cynthia
VanDerZanden, Ann Marie
Grudens-Schuck, Nancy
VanDerZanden, Ann Marie
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Agricultural Education and StudiesHorticulture
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Addressing the needs of Latino workers can help improve working conditions, job satisfaction, and productivity of both employees and the companies hiring Latino workers. The study reported here assessed educational needs, communication gaps, and technical skills of Latino workers working in the horticultural industry in Iowa—an ethnic group that is relatively new to Iowa. Focus groups were conducted with Latino workers and produced topics for educational programming and suggestions that could improve communications between predominantly English-speaking managers and Spanish-speaking Latino employees, and the horticultural knowledge of the Latino employees.

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This article is from Journal of Extension 49 (2011): 6RIB8. Posted with permission.

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