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Hawaii County Agriculture Website: http://hawaiicountyag.com/

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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.

 

 

WUSATA Export Hawai‘i Seminar 2017

Learn more about WUSATA’s program at their upcoming Export Seminar in Hilo on June 23, 2017.  Whether you’re new, currently exporting, or considering WUSATA’s programs, register for this seminar to learn more about their programs:

  • Global Connect - Explore and expand your export market with Trade Shows and one-on-one meetings with international buyers.
  • FundMatch - Learn how to get reimbursed 50% of eligible international promotional expenses up to $300,000.
  • Export Education - Receive valuable market research and information designed to help you reach your exporting goals.

To register for the seminar or for more information, visit WUSATA’s website at https://www.wusata.org/

USDA NASS Hawai‘i Field Office to Collect Data on Tropical Specialties Production

Honolulu, HI – April 5, 2017.  In April, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will contact Hawai‘i farmers and ranchers to gather information for the Tropical Specialties Survey.   This is the first time this survey has been conducted since 2008, and will help NASS update the value of the Tropical Specialties being grown on the islands.

“This survey is our only source of tropical fruits and specialties income and production figures,” said NASS’ Hawai‘i Field Office State Statistician, Kathy King. “By responding, producers help the farming community and ensure USDA bases its decisions on the most accurate data.”

Data from the survey will be published in September 2017. 

Almost 4,000 of Hawai‘i farmers will receive the survey forms. NASS offers the option of responding online via a secure internet connection. In April, NASS representatives will begin calling and visiting landowners who have not yet responded.

For more information about the Tropical Specialties survey, call the NASS Hawai‘i Field Office at 1-800-804-9514.  All NASS reports and data are available online at www.nass.usda.gov

Little Fire Ant: 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

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:

HCEOC, 47 Rainbow Drive, Hilo, Hawaii 96720  (808) 961-2681

Redeem vouchers at:

West Hawai‘i

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

East Hawai‘i

Crop Production Services, 900 Leilani Street, Hilo, (808) 935-7191

Pest Advisory from the Department of Agriculture Bagrada hilaris

Information for New Farmers

USDA New Farmers Website

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 Resourceshttps://www.nal.usda.gov/ric/small-farm-funding-resources

Mapping Tool

Ag Site Assessment Tool

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.

Reports  

 

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 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 

Hawaii County Profile

2012 Census of Agriculture - Hawaii State and County Data

USDA 2012 Census of Agriculture

2012 Census of Agriculture - Organic Survey (2014)