International Stories

South Dakota Roots Shine Bright

While Bali, Indonesia, may conjure visions of a
vacation paradise, it’s also home to the globally
renowned Green School Bali with South Dakota
rural connections.

Sioux Falls native and head of the Green School Bali’s
International curriculum, Leslie Medema, credits her youth with her mom’s rural South Dakota family and both of her grandfathers’ personal histories of entrepreneurial pioneerism. That beacon launched her affinity with a rural community, education, and an interest in the history of Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

IFAJ Africa Forum

A journey into the challenges facing African agriculture and how agricultural journalists can help farmers succeed was tackled by more than 50 participants in Pretoria, South Africa, prior to the 2017 IFAJ (International Federation of Agricultural Journalists) Congress.

The issues were framed up by a farmer organization, by public and private industry, and by working agricultural journalists from South Africa and other countries. Then participants worked in small groups to provide opportunities