Second hearing set for Puna Ag initiative

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Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management (CAFNRM) holds a second public meeting to gather input on an agricultural action plan for the region. The meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, November 25, at the Pahoa Community Center.

CAFNRM is currently conducting a preliminary needs assessment for a community-based rural outreach program and establishment of a Higher Education Learning Network as called for under the recently adopted Hawai╩╗i State Senate Resolution (SR)150. The goal of the initiative is to create jobs in the district and provide a business incubator to encourage greater food crop production.

The College is seeking input on various issues, including training and information, assisting existing farmers and food processors, and resources needed to attract new farmers to grow and process food for local markets.

For more information, contact CAFNRM at 932-7691.

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