RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT - AGRICULTURE
The Agriculture Program provides facilitative leadership to both the public and private sectors to support the sustainable development of agriculture, forestry, aquaculture, and other natural resources. Activities include financial support and coordination of agricultural research, education, and marketing programs; data collection, compilation and dissemination to County policymakers and other interested parties; management of collaborative research and development projects; advocacy for local farmers and commodity groups at State and Federal levels.
Little Fire Ant (LFA) Voucher Program
The County of Hawai‘i has launched a Little Fire Ant (LFA) voucher program to encourage residents to attend training workshops and reduce the initial costs for selected ant bait toxicants and hand spreaders. A limited supply of vouchers will be available to adults age 18 and over who have attended and completed a LFA Workshop. Free LFA Workshops hosted by the Department of Research and Development and led by the Hawai‘i Ant Lab will be held at the Aupuni Center Conference Room in Hilo, and at the Kona Extension Office in Kealakekua. Workshops are open to anyone intrested in learning more about the Little Fire Ant’s biology, habits, life cycle, and appropriate control measures. Seating is limited and registration is required.
Hilo Workshop Schedule and Registration ALL HILO SESSIONS THROUGH FEBRUARY ARE SOLD OUT - SPACE IS AVAILABLE IN THE MARCH 11 AND MARCH 15 SESSIONS.
- Third Wednesday of each month, November 16, 2016 through March 15, 2017, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Second Saturday of each month, January 14, 2017 through March 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
THE FOLLOWING HILO SESSIONS OLD OUT: NOVEMBER 16, 2016, DECEMBER 21, 2016, JANUARY 14, 2017 and January 18
Kealakekua Workshop Schedule and Registration
First Wednesday of each month, December 7, 2016 through April 5, 2017, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Little Fire Ant: 2016 Ant Management Clinics
Each month Hawai‘i Ant Lab conducts a full-day clinic for residents and other interested persons. This workshop covers ant management basics from theory to practice and includes sessions on pesticides safety, mixing and using gel baits. Space is limited to twenty (20) participants each workshop. For more information and to register, go to Hawai‘i Ant Lab
Participate in Little Fire Ant Voucher Program
Any adult over the age of 18 who has completed a Little Fire Ant Management training class may sign up using this form to participate in the voucher program. Your information will only be used for Voucher Program Records and to mail vouchers to eligible participants.
Agricultural Use Dedication Information
County of Hawaii Property Tax Division http://www.hawaiipropertytax.com/dedications.html
Coqui Frog Control
The County of Hawai‘i and the Hawai‘i County Economic Opportunity Council are offering discounted Citric Acid to help control coqui frogs in our community.
Get a voucher for a 50 lb. bag of Citric Acid for $58.00 by mail or in person at:
Redeem vouchers at:
Kona Ace Hardware and Crafts, 74-5500 Kaiwi St., Kailua-Kona (808) 329-2981
Captain Cook Ace Harware, 82-6066 Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook, (808) 323-2655
Crop Production Services, 900 Leilani Street, Hilo, (808) 935-7191
Pest Advisory from the Department of Agriculture Bagrada hilaris
Information for New Farmers
CTAHR Farm Food Safety: Good Agricultural Practices
This website offers information to help growers understand the practices to grow, harvest, wash, sort, pack, and transport most raw fruits and vegetables based on Good Agricultural Practices, or GAP. GAP are voluntary guidelines to reduce microbial risks in fruits and vegetables. Using these practices will help growers meet expectations for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Rule and audit requirements.
Small Farm Funding Guide
This video navigates the Small Farm Funding Resources online guide which contains information about issues to consider before starting a farming operation with links to full-text guides on how to start a farm business and develop business and marketing plans. [Note: the Guide and Web links were updated in May 2016.] It also contains information about grant and loan funding programs for beginning and experienced farmers, technical assistance contacts, disaster assistance, and organizations with additional resources. This screencast was produced by the Sustainable Systems and Communities Program, a service of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA), National Agricultural Library and consists of the Alternative Farming Systems Information Center, the Rural Information Center, and Start2Farm.Gov. Small Farm Funding Resources: https://www.nal.usda.gov/ric/small-farm-funding-resources
The Ag Site Assessment Tool (AgSite) is designed by University of Missouri Extension as an educational tool that generates a report on the physical, cultural and environmental characteristics of a selected parcel of land and its surroundings.
This is a free and easy to use mapping program that generates a report with the following data layers: Soils, streams, wetlands and ponds, watersheds, floodplains, Karst geology, nearby communities, legal description, threatened and endangered species, and aerial photography.
- County of Hawaii Agriculture Development Plan
- Hawaii County Food Self Sufficiency Baseline Study 2012
NEW - The Hawai‘i Island Food Producers Fund
The Hawai‘i Island Food Producers Fund is a new peer-to-peer online lending program for Hawai‘i Island farmers and Hawai‘i Island food processors utilizing at least one Hawai‘i Island-grown ingredient. This microloan program established by The Kohala Center uses the Kiva Zip platform. For more information please visit The Kohala Center’s Kiva Zip Loan website.
USDA 2012 Census of Agriculture
The Census of Agriculture is the leading source of facts and figures about American agriculture. Conducted every five years, the Census provides a detailed picture of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. It is the only source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the United States.
The 2012 Census of Agriculture collected information concerning all areas of farming and ranching operations, including production expenses, market value of products, and operator characteristics. This information is used by everyone who provides services to farmers and rural communities - including federal, state and local governments, agribusinesses, and many others. Census data is used to make decisions about many things that directly impact farmers, including:
- community planning
- store/company locations
- availability of operational loans and other funding
- location and staffing of service centers
- farm programs and policies