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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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7 December 2018

Safe on the Farm

Safe on the Farm

There will be a statewide training for growers on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)’s Produce Safety Rule on Friday, December 14, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the UH Maui College’s Community Service Building #205. This training is especially timely in light of the recent warning against eating romaine, since it will help growers understand FSMA requirements and potential food safety risks on the farm. It will teach participants about food and produce safety in terms of worker health and hygiene, soil amendments, agricultural water, postharvest handling and sanitation, wildlife and domesticated animals, and how to develop a farm food safety plan. This is an approved FSMA Produce Safety Rule training, and since all non-exempt farms are required to have at least one owner or manager on site who has taken such a training, it will be helpful for growers and producers to attend. Besides, everyone can benefit from learning about food safety practices! There will be optional farm visits on Saturday, December 15, that will offer hands-on training to identify specific food safety risks and develop individualized corrective measures to reduce them. The training is $150, which will include lunch and drinks; the optional farm visits are $30. Limited scholarships are available through the Hawai‘i Farm Bureau and Hawaii Farmers Union United. For more information, you can contact Extension agent Lynn Nakamura-Tengan at (808) 244-3242, ext. 222 (Maui) or lynnnaka@hawaii.edu.