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4-H for Hawai‘i

4-H for Hawai‘i 8 June 2017

4-H for Hawai‘i

It's not just livestock

Beyond livestock, 4-H promotes youth well-being, leadership skills, community engagement, and STEM activities, says state coordinator Jeff Goodwin.

The Bee’s Knees

The Bee’s Knees 7 June 2017

The Bee’s Knees

Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences’s Scott Nikaido explains the importance of pollinators to Hawai‘i crops and how people can support pollinator health by using fewer insecticides and more pollinator-friendly plants.

Prepared Youth

Prepared Youth 17 May 2017

Prepared Youth

Hawai‘i is the second state that trained adults to instruct kids in a youth preparedness national pilot project. 3 4-H agents were certified through the Hawai‘i Youth Preparedness Initiative.

A Web Winner

A Web Winner 11 May 2017

A Web Winner

Hawai‘i Association of County Agricultural Agents nominated Andrea Kawabata for their national organization’s Communications Award for her coffee berry borer beetle website.

GoFarm Grows

4 May 2017

GoFarm Grows

The GoFarm Hawai‘i beginning farmer training program received new grants from the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture, Hawai‘i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, and Kamehameha Schools.

Prevent the Parasite

4 May 2017

Prevent the Parasite

With new cases of rat lungworm reported in the Islands, Extension Agent Jari Sugano was featured on Hawaii News Now offering some tips on reducing the risk of the disease.

Gut Feeling

Gut Feeling 4 May 2017

Gut Feeling

GoFarm and Ag Incubator alumnus and entrepreneur Rob Barreca and graduate student Surely Wallace promoted fermented foods in a recent Honolulu Star-Advertiser article.

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6 August 2019

Islands in Flames

Wildfire educator sounds a warning

Islands in Flames

Wildland fire expert and 2019 winner of the Excellence in Extension award Clay Trauernicht (NREM) was recently interviewed by Noe Tanigawa on Hawai‘i Public Radio’s Planet 808 show about the increasing danger of wildfire in the Islands and its connection with climate change.

While greater heat and drought are implicated, Clay also discussed other significant drivers of wildland fire, such as the decrease in ranching and the dramatic shrinking of the extensive tracts of ag land that existed in the plantation era. Much of the land that was once managed with irrigation and grazing is now overgrown with quick-burning invasive grasses and trees that make the perfect tinder for wildfires. He points out that the numbers of ignitions start to rise around the 1960s, just when ag lands began to dwindle.

And they have continued to rise, he explains. Some 20,000 acres burn throughout the state per year, with 500 to 600 ignitions yearly just on O‘ahu. Clay warns that the extent of the wildfires in the Islands nowadays is getting beyond what the state’s fire departments can handle, recalling two notable fires recently that “jumped” from one valley to the next.

Clay also noted, surprisingly that about 20 percent of the wildland fires on O‘ahu were lit intentionally. While this is a troubling statistic, it’s also a potential opportunity: hopefully community education, such as Clay’s interview, will dissuade future arsonists from sparking any more such fires!