Thursday, October 25, 2012

Hello Growers, Processors, Wholesalers, Food Industry Members, Chefs, Extension Agents, Transportation Industry Professionals, State, County and Federal Public Health and Agricultural Officials, Emergency Managers and Responders, and Law Enforcement Officers,

Here are TWO FREE learning opportunities
1. Crop Insurance Workshop
Hawaii Food Sharing and Vulnerability Training Courses

Please see below for more information and feel free to share this announcement with others.

Crop Insurance Workshop with Bonnie Lind

Pahala Park and Community Center
(96-1149 Kamani Street; Pahala)

Monday, November 12, 2012
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kona Cooperative Extension Service
(79-7381 Mamalahoa Highway; Kealakekua)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
3:00 - 5:00 pm;

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
6:00 - 8:00 pm

For more information and to RSVP by Nov. 9, 2012, please contact Andrea Kawabata at the Kona Extension Office; 808-322-4894;

Do you have a coffee, tropical fruit or nut crop insurance policy and have questions about it? Interested in understanding more about crop insurance in Hawaii?

Come and learn about managing your financial risks by attending this FREE workshop on crop insurance for Hawaii growers.

AgSecure Insurance Services’, Bonnie Lind, will present on topics mentioned in the overview. She has over 30 years of experience in all facets of the business. Bonnie started writing for Hawaii crops in 1998 and for coffee crop insurance since the program was released for the 2007 crop year.

Tropical Crop Insurance Overview1) Eligibility, coverage period and covered causes of loss

2) What is required to get coverage started?
• Application and paperwork deadlines
• Producer’s Pre-Acceptance Worksheet
• Reporting Yield History and Acreage
• Approved Yields, RMA Determined Yields
• How does managing Coffee Berry Borer (CBB) affect coverage?

3) How much does it cost?
• Cost Examples and Subsidies

4) How are losses determined?
• Loss Example
• How does CBB damage affect Claims?
• Claim Timeline

5) Questions and Answers


Hawaii Food Sharing and Vulnerability Training Courses

Course 1: PER 259 - Sharing Information and Intelligence Related to the Importation and Transportation of Food

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
8 am to 5 pm
Kona Cooperative Extension Service Conference Room
(79-7381 Mamalahoa Highway; Kealakeakua, HI 96750)

Monday, November 19, 2012
8 am to 5 pm
Environmental Health Office
(1582 Kamehameha Avenue; Hilo, HI 96720)

To Register:
Please visit and register at least seven days before the event. Space is limited at each venue.
These courses are designed for ALL types and sizes of food producers and processors.

Food risks - Hawaii is dependent on importing food both nationally and internationally. Those involved in the food import process as well as those who play key roles in dealing with food security emergencies will have an opportunity to participate in a course that is designed to utilize and implement effective sharing of information and intelligence to enhance food safety and security related to food importation and transportation.

Participants will learn about the global movement of food, key vulnerabilities of the food chain, the food import process, how to observe, assess and report problems, learn the definition of information versus intelligence, be able to identify seven signs of suspicious activity, and understand the key benefits of sharing information.

Suggested participants include: food and agriculture industry, extension professionals, federal, state and county public health and agriculture officials, transportation industry, emergency managers and responders, law enforcement and state Fusion Center personnel.

Course 2: MGT 337 - Food Vulnerability Assessment (1 ½-day) Training Course
Thursday, November 15, 2012
8 am - 5 pm; andFriday, November 16, 2012
8 am - 12 pm
Kona Cooperative Extension Service Conference Room

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
8 am - 5 pm; and

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
8 am - 12 pm
Environmental Health Office

To Register:
Please visit and register at least seven days before the event. Space is limited at each venue.
These courses are designed for ALL types and sizes of food producers and processors.

The Food Vulnerability Assessment Training Course is intended to prevent and deter terrorist acts targeting the food sectors by teaching communities and industry to assess vulnerabilities and implement mitigation strategies to harden vulnerable targets.

Participants will learn how to assess vulnerabilities for food facilities on a community-wide basis and assess vulnerabilities within food systems, as well as individual facilities, and identify and implement possible mitigation measures to reduce vulnerabilities.

Suggested participants for this course is the food industry, officials at the federal, state and county levels, as well as others involved in food security.

The University of Hawaii, Hawaii Department of Health, Food Safety Education Program, Local and Immigrant Farmer Education (LIFE) and Risk Management Hawaii (RMH) programs will be hosting these two courses which were developed by The Center for Agriculture and Food Security and Preparedness at the University of Tennessee.

Please contact Tomie Vowell at 808-956-8054 or if you have questions about the courses.

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