2016 State Convention

2016 Convention Site: OK Farms, Hilo, Hawai’i Island

A Sweet Cane Café Catered Convention featuring:
Carnivore & Vegetarian selections of locally produced food

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Friday Sessions:

10:00am

11:30am-12:30pm

1:00pm-5:00pm

Registration opens (bring what you grow for a fruit & vegetable contest cornucopia)

Lunch Presentations from Congresswoman, Tulsi Gabbard, Rep. Chris Lee

Education & Breakout Sessions

  • High Yield, Low Canopy Fruit Production. Open Tatura “V” Trellis System of high yield, low canopy fruit production. Farmer Peter Sallares of Australia on what we see is the future of Hawaii fruit production (main tent)
  • Hemp Production: Growing and harvesting a successful hemp crop featuring leading mainland experts, Ryan Loflin, Doug Fine and Dani Billings (main tent)
  • Cho Natural Farming and JADAM Natural Farming methods and demonstrations for animal & food production; Kim Chang & Mike Duponte (vendor/edu tent)
  • Aquaculture 101: Glenn Martinez, Olomana Farms
  • Agricultural Business Enterprise Plans; David Fisher, Maui Venture Capital (edu tent)
  • How to make a Bio-digester, Farmer Doug Pittman (edu tent)
  • Value Added Food Preserving with Ken Love (edu tent)
  • Zack Mermel Center for Food Safety – Protecting our Pollinators
  • Local Chef Presentations
6:00pm-7:00pm

7:00pm-10:00pm

Dinner Presentations; HDOA Director, Scott Enright; Jeff Melrose, Baseline Land Use for Agriculture

Live Contemporary and Traditional Hawaiian Music Lito

Saturday Sessions:

8:00am

9:15am

9:30am

9:45am-12:00pm

12:30pm-1:30pm

2:00pm-5:00pm

Breakfast

Presentation by NFU President, Roger Johnson

Election of State President

Policy and By-law amendment and addendum session (NFU President Johnson)
Lunch; Presentations by Senator Russell Ruderman and Senator Mike Gabbard

Continuing Education Breakout Sessions Reconvene

  • Open Tatura “V” Trellis System on low canopy fruit production. Peter Sallares of Australia shares his vision of the future of fruit farming in Hawai’i. (site visit: orchard tour)
  • Ecological Approach to Nutrient Management; Regional Soil Health Specialist, Zahangir Kabir Ph.D. (main tent)
  • Hemp Farming; panel discussions on medicinal use, regional seed prod. & fiber processing
  • Value Added Food Preserving with Ken Love
  • Cho Natural Farming and JADAM Natural Farming methods & demos (main tent)
  • Agricultural Business Enterprise Plans; David Fisher, Maui Venture Capital (edu tent)
  • Contracting with State Government: HDOA workshop, Robyn Pfahl
  • Soil Testing and Remediation; Agronomist Bob Shaffer Soil Culture, Inc.
  • Aquaponics 101: Glenn Martinez, Olomana Farms
  • How to make a Bio-digester, Farmer Doug Pittman
  • Zack Mermal, Center for Food Safety, Protecting our Pollinators
  • Local Chef Presentations
6:00pm-7:00pm

7:00pm-10:00pm

Dinner, Special Guest Presentation

Music by Paul Izak

Sunday Sessions:

8:00am

9:00am-10:00am

10:30am-12:30pm

1:00pm

Registration

Breakfast

HFUU Chapter Presidents – Presentations on their regions & operations

Lunch and Closing Remarks of the 2016 HFUU Convention

Registration cancellation request received within 14 days of registration may be eligible to receive a full refund less $50 service fee.

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