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Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

Agricultural Land Use will be the topic of a public presentation at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo on Wednesday, May 4, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in UCB Room 100.

The State of Agricultural Land Use in Hawai‘i 2016: Crops, Locations and Trends will highlight the findings of the 2015 Statewide Agricultural Land Use Baseline produced by UH Hilo’s Geography Department’s Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization (SDAV) Lab for the State Department of Agriculture to help guide discussions and to set Hawaiʻi’s agricultural priorities.

Project Manager Jeffrey Melrose and Principal Investigator Dr. Ryan Perroy will address a number of critical questions during their presentation, including:

• What happened to over 200,000 acres of former sugar and pineapple fields?
• What does the new Rural Hawaiʻi look like and who/what controls its agricultural future?
• How has the supply of agricultural water fared in the post-plantation transition?
• What forces shape the future of Hawaiʻi's food self-reliance?
• What is the status for export and niche crops in Hawaiʻi's agricultural mix?

The presentation is hosted by UH Hilo’s Geography and Environmental Studies Department, College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management, and the College of Continuing Education and Community Service.

For more information, contact Jeffrey Melrose at (808) 989-8322 or Dr. Bruce Mathews at (808) 217-7393.


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