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What an Impact!

What an Impact! 7 February 2019

What an Impact!

The latest CTAHR Impact Report, focusing on positive community impacts on the island of Kaua‘i, is now up on the college’s website. This issue pays tribute to outstanding faculty, staff, volunteers, and projects on the Garden Isle. Find out about how these initiatives are making life better for Kaua‘i and the whole state!

All Things Coffee

All Things Coffee 31 January 2019

All Things Coffee

Coffee production education is getting into full swing with the start of another coffee-growing season. The Kona Cooperative Extension Service and Kona Research Station are welcoming farmers to attend upcoming coffee events. Coffee berry borer (CBB) 101 workshops will be conducted in Kona on February 5 and 8.

Pop In for Hydroponics

Pop In for Hydroponics 31 January 2019

Pop In for Hydroponics

Hydroponics and other soilless growing systems are the wave of the future: they’re compact, water efficient, and prevent many pest problems. Find out more about them at the Hydroponics Open House in Waimanalo, hosted by O‘ahu County Extension agents and CTAHR researchers. It’s a pop-in event, which means that participants can come by anytime during it for lots of helpful information.

New Faces: Melelani Oshiro

New Faces: Melelani Oshiro 31 January 2019

New Faces: Melelani Oshiro

MS alumna Melelani Oshiro will be the new assistant Livestock agent on the Big Island, based at the Kona CES office. Mele has a wide range of experience, having worked for Mark Thorne (HNFAS) as a research assistant on pasture and cattle production; at a horse stud farm in New Zealand; and as a veterinarian technician. Please welcome Mele when she starts on March 1!

New Faces: Shannon Sand

New Faces: Shannon Sand 31 January 2019

New Faces: Shannon Sand

Shannon Sand (NREM) will be the new assistant Extension agent in Agricultural Finance. Based out of the Komohana Agriculture Research & Extension Center in Hilo, she will have state-wide responsibilities. Shannon has earned master’s degrees in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, and Food and Resource Economics. Please welcome her when she starts work in June!

Unwilted

Unwilted 24 January 2019

Unwilted

Dig in and add some spice to your life! The Pearl City Urban Garden Center is hosting a Cooperative Extension workshop on “Multiplying Organic Bacterial Wilt-Free Ginger.” Pathogen-free planting material is essential when growing ginger, but there’s been limited access to organic seed pieces. Now you can find out how to grow your own!

Go Bananas

Go Bananas 24 January 2019

Go Bananas

Who doesn’t want more bananas? Learn how to propagate healthy, disease-free banana plants using macropropagation techniques at the Banana Macropropagation Workshop Part 2 offered by Cooperative Extension faculty and staff on five islands! The workshop will show participants how to multiply banana corms using materials generated from Part 1 of the Workshop.

A Better Beef

A Better Beef 24 January 2019

A Better Beef

Savannah Katulski, a Kaua‘i junior Extension agent, has been awarded a $750 scholarship by the Roy A. Goff Memorial Endowment Fund to support her participation in the Beef Improvement Federation Symposium and Convention in South Dakota. Savannah will use this opportunity to bring research information, new tools and resources back to Hawai‘i to help improve beef carcass quality and genetics for local production systems.

Get Schooled on Farm-to-School

Get Schooled on Farm-to-School 24 January 2019

Get Schooled on Farm-to-School

Want to know more about the state of ag education throughout the state? There’s no better way to find out than by reading the Final Report on a Coordinated Framework of Support for Preschool through Post-Secondary Agriculture Education in Hawai‘i, submitted to the Legislature by the P–20 Ag Ed Working Group, of which CTAHR is a member.

Bring Awareness

Bring Awareness 11 January 2019

Bring Awareness

Want to spread the good word about ag and hang out with happy fifth-graders? Volunteer for the annual CTAHR Agriculture and Environmental Awareness (AEA) Day! The purpose of AEA Day is to create a greater awareness and understanding of agriculture and the environment among students and teachers and to introduce students to career opportunities in agriculture and environmental studies.

New Year, New Growth

New Year, New Growth 11 January 2019

New Year, New Growth

As part of a collaboration between livestock Extension agent Kyle Caires and King Kekaulike High School’s Agricultural Program in Maui, Phase III of forage research and pasture trials started on January 2 with new plantings of pasture grasses and forage crops. This collaboration has generated valuable data for industry and provided hands-on learning opportunities for high school ag students.

Don’t Be Mildewy

Don’t Be Mildewy 11 January 2019

Don’t Be Mildewy

Extension faculty and staff at the Poamoho Station just presented a Cucurbit Powdery Mildew Management Field Day. Besides giving the participants an overview of the disease and its effects, the field day offered the results of a trial comparing three commercially available products reported to control powdery mildew on cucurbits.

Animal Health and Handling

Animal Health and Handling 11 January 2019

Animal Health and Handling

Kyle Caires (HNFAS) wrapped up a productive year in livestock extension by hosting an animal health and handling workshop on Maui for more than 40 4-H youth and adults in early December at Kaonoulu Ranch. Attendees got hands-on experience administering dewormers and vaccines, as well as trimming hoofs and treating hoof problems in sheep and goats.

Heart Hero

Heart Hero 21 December 2018

Heart Hero

Those at the Kona Research Station got a first-hand lesson in the value of CPR and first aid when ag tech Nick Yamauchi used these skills to save Marc Meisner’s life during a medical emergency in the field. At the annual 2018 Hawai‘i County staff meeting held December 7 in Kona, Nick was awarded a certificate of commendation for his outstanding, life-saving aid.

On Their Turf

On Their Turf 21 December 2018

On Their Turf

Zhiqiang Cheng (PEPS) and Norman Nagata (TPSS, Maui CES) organized the 2018 Maui Turfgrass and Landscape Pest Management Workshop at CTAHR Maui Extension Office, including updates on important turfgrass and golf course pests such as frit fly, take-all patch, mini ring, rover ant, coconut rhinoceros beetle, and lobate lac scale.

New Partners Against ROD

New Partners Against ROD 21 December 2018

New Partners Against ROD

Civil Beat recently published an article about the workshops CTAHR and the island Invasive Species Councils have conducted on how eco-tour operators can avoid spreading Rapid ‘Ohi‘a Death (ROD) and other pathogens, weeds, and pests. The workshop leaders include Extension forester J.B. Friday and ROD educational specialist Corie Yanger (both NREM).

Nalo Kalikimaka

Nalo Kalikimaka 21 December 2018

Nalo Kalikimaka

Ken Leonhardt, Ilima Ho-Lastimosa, and Ted Radovich (all TPSS) represented CTAHR’s holiday spirit in fine style at the 2018 Waimanalo Christmas Parade, featuring Ken’s 1924 Model T and a “certified-organic” tractor loaded with gifts and cheerful candy-tossers that reminded onlookers of how long CTAHR’s been making life better for the community.

Where the Candidates Are

Where the Candidates Are 14 December 2018

Where the Candidates Are

The seminars for the O‘ahu County Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Extension agent position have been completed, so please evaluate the two candidates, Amjad Ahmad and Mitchell Loo. CVs and some video presentations for candidates for junior/assistant Extension agents in Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Finance, and Livestock are available as well.

Documents to download

Ag Ed at a Distance

Ag Ed at a Distance 14 December 2018

Ag Ed at a Distance

The Women in Ag Learning Network will be holding a virtual conference featuring information, tips, and tools that ag educators and service providers can use to deliver more engaging and effective programs for beginning women farmers and ranchers. The conference will be held from January 29 to 31, from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. each day Hawai‘i Time.

Revel in Extension

Revel in Extension 14 December 2018

Revel in Extension

The college’s celebration of the centennial of Hawai‘i 4-H and the 90th anniversary of Extension in the Islands is still going strong! If you missed the luncheon hailing these milestone events or want to relive the memories, check out the CE90 – 4-H100 website, which features a video of the event, a photo gallery, and images of all the posters shared in the educational displays.

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Drones and Gripper Claws

J.B. Friday is quoted in Hana Hou magazine

Drones and Gripper Claws

The ladder in your garage isn’t tall enough to reach the top of most trees, let alone the ‘ōhi‘a lehua, which can grow 100 feet high and is often found on inaccessible ridges. So to collect physical samples of Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death (ROD) damage for laboratory analysis, UH Hilo professor Ryan Perroy attached a special pruning saw and gripper claw to a drone.

Perroy won a $70,000 prize for the “Kūkūau,” as he has named the device, in the ‘Ōhi‘a Challenge to develop an innovation to help stop ROD. A story about how Perroy and the whole ROD team are using drones to help manage ROD is featured in the latest issue of Hana Hou, the in-flight magazine of Hawaiian Airlines.

Also quoted in the article is his friend and colleague Dr. J.B. Friday, of CTAHR’s Cooperative Extension Service. “Our colleagues have been developing some new technologies that will really help in detection and management of Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death,” he says. “Early detection is key, but it has sometimes been difficult and dangerous for field crews to sample symptomatic trees in remote locations.”

J.B. adds, “Use of unmanned aerial systems (drones) to get a sample from that brown tree on a ridgetop or in a gulch will allow crews to confirm if the tree is infected and take measures to limit the spread of the disease. With new technologies like these, we may be getting to the point where we can manage ROD on a landscape scale."

Read the full article.