News and Events
Beyond livestock, 4-H promotes youth well-being, leadership skills, community engagement, and STEM activities, says state coordinator Jeff Goodwin.
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.
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.
Hawai‘i Association of County Agricultural Agents nominated Andrea Kawabata for their national organization’s Communications Award for her coffee berry borer beetle website.
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.
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.
GoFarm and Ag Incubator alumnus and entrepreneur Rob Barreca and graduate student Surely Wallace promoted fermented foods in a recent Honolulu Star-Advertiser article.
Feeling yellow? You may want to check out the Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus Field Screening Pop-In Field Day. Since 2009, the college has been screening new varieties of tomatoes for possible resistance to the Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus (TYLCV), conducting periodic field days to showcase different commercially available varieties to interested stakeholders. Growers are able to evaluate the horticultural characteristics of tolerant varieties, helping them to make informed decisions before ordering and planting seeds. This process has helped producers minimize risk and unnecessary crop losses. A new field day of resistant varieties will be held on Saturday, November 24, at the Waimanalo Research Station to go over the field screenings that have been conducted in 2018 in the certified organic and GoFarm field plots. Participants will then have an opportunity to walk through the field to see some of the varieties currently being evaluated at the Station. Interested participants are encouraged to pop in from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. Past TYLCV publications from CTAHR include an overview of the disease; a comparison of resistant varieties; two discussions of preliminary screening for resistance, here and here; an explanation of how to use reflective mulch to boost productivity in tomato growing; and a discussion of the use of resistant varieties in combination with screenhouse systems.