UH Hilo and County of Hawai╩╗i offer sustainable farming forum

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Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management (CAFNRM) at the University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo and the County of Hawai╩╗i will host a free public forum on ÔÇťBuilding Momentum Toward a Resilient and Sustainable Local Farming CultureÔÇŁ on Thursday, May 22, 9-4:30 p.m., in UH HiloÔÇÖs UCB Room 100. The forum aims to share collective knowledge and brainstorm ideas about the future of Hawai╩╗i Island agriculture, beginning with how to improve soil health.

Dr. Hector Valenzuela of the UH Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) and Dr. Norman Arancon of CAFNRM will be the lead presenters with discussion facilitation by Interim CAFNRM Dean Bruce Mathews and County Councilwoman Margaret Wille, chair of the County CouncilÔÇÖs Committee on Agriculture, Water, Energy, and Sustainability.

Morning presentations and panel discussions focus on eco-friendly agro-ecological models, integrated crop-livestock systems and feed options, improving soil health, and increasing economical options for high quality compost. The afternoon sessions includes a discussion on red fire ant control strategies and facilitated breakout sessions to follow up on the morning topics.

For further information, call CAFNRM at 932-7036.

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