Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fall 2012 issue of HānaiʻAi

Aloha Kākou, welcome to the Fall 2012 issue of HānaiʻAi, the sustainable agriculture newsletter of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.
New Farmer on Moloka'iNew growers are urgently needed to take the place of our aging farmers and Hawaii's public institutions and non profits are stepping up to provide beginners the resources they need to succeed. This special issue of HānaiʻAi takes a close look at beginning farmers and the programs that serve them. Our featured farmers this issue, Alex and Mimi Karp of Island Harvest Organics, are new farmers who are committed to being commercially successful and evironmentally responsible food producers in the State. Dr. Linda Cox provides business planning guidance that's good for all of us and particularly valuable to new farmers. Also, programs for new farmer training across the State are highlighted, and the Director of CTAHRʻs Agribusiness Incubator Program reports on a recent tour to visit similar programs in the Northeast. And, whether you are a new grower or a grizzled old timer, you'll enjoy our research and extension updates from CTAHR and NRCS, which highlight valuable strategies to maintain soil fertility, avoid soil erosion and control important weeds biologically.

Finally, make sure to visit the "back pages" of the newsletter as well, which features Publications & Programs, upcoming Workshops, Conferences and Meetings, the Organic Update and upcoming WSARE funding deadlines.
We hope you find this issue of HānaiʻAi useful, and welcome your input.
Growing Your Business
Tomato Pricing ChartBusiness Basics for Beginning Farmers
By Dr. Linda J. Cox
People often get into farming because they enjoy working on the land. Farmers also need to make a profit. If you want to start farming, this article has some suggestions for how to start developing your business plan immediately.
FMI: Linda Cox,
CTAHR Sustainable & Organic Research News
News from Hawaii's researchers & extension professionals
Growing Farmers in the NortheastParticipants from AIP Beginning Farmer Training Tour
Steven Chiang,
A growing number of people in Hawai'i are interested in starting a farm. This past July, thirteen people including members of UH CTAHR, the UH Agribusiness Incubator Program, UH Maui College, UH Hilo, Windward Community College, the Kohala Center's Center for Agricultural Success, and Kamehameha Schools toured beginning farmer programs in the Northeast U.S. This article summarizes the programs that were visited and what was learned by participants.
The 4-R's of Nutrient Management
Nutrient Management PlanningAdam Reed, USDA NRCS Pacific Island Area, email:
Adequate soil fertility is an essential ingredient to any farming operation. Many producers have found that a Nutrient Management plan can be a cost effective way of providing adequate plant nutrients without harming the environment. This article describes the four components of a nutrient management plan.
Prepare for the Rainy Season - Simple Steps to Reduce the Risk of Soil Erosion
Streambank erosionBen Vinhateiro, email: and
Susan Kubo, email:, USDA NRCS Pacific Island Area
Jean Brokish, email:,Oahu RC&D
Winter storms often bring heavy rainfall that creates runoff, damaging production areas by causing erosion and polluting streams. Farmers and land managers can minimize risks of erosion by taking precautions now. This article explains how to reduce soil erosion in a variety of agricultural settings.
Release Secusio: Transitioning to a Biocontrol Management Program for Fireweed (Senecio madagasceriensis) on Maui
Fireweed going to seedJames Leary email:
Since 2010, Maui County sponsored the Fireweed Management Prescription (FMP) Program and with the program coming to an end, the herbicide that is used as a temporary fix will be too costly for ranchers to use regularly. The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) is seeking federal approval to release the defoliating biocontrol agentSecusio extensa in 2013 as part of a sustainable fireweed management program. This article discusses the proposed program.
For more information about CTAHR's research, visit ourOffice of Research Webpage.
Publications & Programs
for sustainable and organic production systems
Available on-line from CTAHR'sPublication and Information Central.
Invasive Aphids in Hawai'i: Invasive Aphids in Hawai'i describes over 100 alien species of aphids that can be serious pests of agricultural and native plants in Hawai'i. The book's 266 pages provide keys to aphid characteristics and list their island distributions, the plant diseases they vector, and their host plants. Hundreds of color photographs of both live and slide-mounted aphids further enable identification of these pests.$20 from CTAHR Office of Communication Services, phone: (808) 956-7036,
Other Publications from CTAHR
Developing Sustainable Pest Control Practices Against Major Pests in Papaya in Hawai'i: The papaya industry makes an economic contribution to the State's agricultural sector. White peach scale (Pseudaulacaspis pentagona), papaya mealybug (Paracoccus marginatus), papaya thrips (Thrips parvispinus) and mites are major pre-harvest papaya pests that can significantly affect tree health, reduce yields and increase production costs for farmers. This poster presents the results of research that evaluated the effectiveness and environmental impact of various management strategies designed to target all of these papaya pests.
New from Hawai'i Community College, Center for Agricultural Success and PAR
Organic Update
USDA NOP logoThe USDA National Organic Program (NOP)
has updated the audit checklists and Sunset dates sections of the NOP Handbook.
New Publication on GMO Contamination Prevention
The University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center has released a newly revised and expanded publication,GMO Contamination Prevention - What Does It Take? The publication describes best management practices for growers of GMO and non-GMO crops, including certified organic crops, to help minimize GMO contamination of non-GMO crops.
Recently Published eOrganic Articles and Videos
eOrganic Resources
Are you a beginning farmer or rancher? Or have you worked on a project funded by the Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program? USDA would like to learn how we can better support training, education, outreach, and technical assistance initiatives for beginning farmers or ranchers. Please provide feedback by sending written comments to: email:, Fax: 202-401-1782
Risk Management Agency Organic Crops Spotlight available at
USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service 2011 Certified Organic Production Survey (October 2012) available at:
Workshops | Conferences | Meetings
AgCurious flierAgCurious?
October 11, 2012, Windward Community College
Register your name by Oct. 11, 2012 at View flier here.
"Know Your Farmer, Know Your Fish" UH Food DayProgram
11:00-1:00 pm October 24, 2012. UH Manoa Campus Center Dining Room.Link here for full announcement.
International Sandalwood Symposium 2012,21-24 October 2012, East-West Center, University of Hawaii Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii,Link here to Conference Website.

10th Annual West Hawaii Community Seed Exchange
3-5 p.m., Friday November 2
Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, Captain Cook
Share seeds, ideas, and get to know your community of "seed" people.
Seed Production Basic Workshop for Farmers and Gardeners
Nov 3 & 4th, 2012, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, Captain Cook. View flier here.
Link here FMI and to view the workshop agendas and download registration and scholarship forms
Contact: Lyn Howe, Workshop Coordinator, email:
Hawaii Sheep and Goat Association 2012 Annual Workshop,
November 9 and 10, Kahua Ranch
Focus: Grazing management for Healthy and Productive Pastures & Animal and Herd Health Management.
"Growing Koa in Hawai'i Nei" Symposium 2012, November 16-17 2012, Kilauea Military Camp (KMC), 'Ohi'a Room, Volcano, Hawai'i and Keauhou Ranch, Ka'u, HI.Link here to Conference Website.
Punalu'u Ahupua'a Farms Open for Business
More than 200 acres of agricultural lands are being prepared by Kamehameha Schools for a new agricultural park, Punalu'u Ahupua'a Farms. The trust seeks to increase agricultural productivity in Ko'olau Loa by partnering with knowledgeable farmers and making land available for local food production. For more information, contact Kāwika Burgess at 534-8189 .

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