Hawaii Receives $422,000 in Federal Grants for Agriculture

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 in Main

Oct. 25, 2016

HONOLULU — Hawaii has been awarded 10 federal grants totaling more than $422,000 this coming year through the 2016 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The federal program provides grants to state departments of agriculture to fund projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops, such as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops.

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) submitted the grant applications and will be administering the program in Hawaii. The approved grants include projects for research and to increase taro, breadfruit and other specialty crop production, farmer education and agricultural marketing programs.

The SCBGP awarded a total of about 700 grants amounting to more than $62 million nationwide. A list of Hawaii grants awarded is attached.

For more information on the national SCBGP, go to: https://www.ams.usda.gov/press-release/usda-awards-more-625-million-support-specialty-crop-production-funding-help-grow

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“Proposal”, Organization,

(Principal Investigator)

Amount of award
“Rejuvenating Molokai’s Demand for and Access to Taro Through the “Kalo Connection”, Educational Initiative”, Sust Aina Ble Molokai $34,340.00
“Building Hawaii’s Breadfruit Industry from Bottom-Up:  Producer Cooperation to Distribute, Market and Improve Production Sustainability”, Mala Kalu’ulu Cooperative $41,636.00
“Establishing Fields for an Ohelo Kau La’au Industry”, University of Hawaii – CTAHR $26,500.00
“North Shore Oahu GroupGAP Certification and New Market Access for Small Specialty Crop Farmers”, North Shore EVP $36,754.00
“HENA’s 2017 National Marketing Campaign to Promote Access and Awareness of Hawaii’s Potted Foliage”, Hawaii Export Nursery Association $40,000.00
“Micropropagation of Taro Import Replacement and Export”, Hawaii Agricultural Research Center $39,982.00
“Same Canoe Local Food Challenge, Canoe Crop Project”, Heritage Ranch, Inc. dba One Island $40,000.00
“The Kahumana Farm Hub, Creating a Cohesive Farming Community for West Oahu Specialty Crop Farmers”, Alternative Structures Int. $39,522.10
“Development of Beginner Farmer Education Plots on Maui”, University of Hawaii – CTAHR $37,800.00
“Increasing the Production of Specialty Crops in Hawaii”, Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) $42,663.50
Indirect Charges and Grant Administration $43,464.00
TOTAL $422,661.60