HFUU Statewide News

HFUU-HFUF HOSTS 8TH ANNUAL CONVENTION

Over 350 people attended Hawai’i Farmers Union United’s 8th Annual Convention held October 26, 27 and 28 at Oko’a Farms in Kula, (Upcountry) Maui.  This year’s theme was “Growing Farm Resiliency.” Maui Mayor, Alan Arakawa, addressed the Convention on the morning of the 27th and Governor David Ige in the afternoon.  Senator Mike Gabbard, Chair…

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2017 Census of Agriculture gets underway

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has started mailing the 2017 Census of Agriculture to our nation’s producers. Mailing in phases, all census questionnaires should be received by late December. The deadline to respond is February 5, 2018. Producers can respond online at www.agcensus.usda.gov (take advantage of new time-saving features and the convenience of being accessible…

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On the Threshold of a Dream: Convention News

“I dream of a Hawai’i that can feed herself.” Them: “In this political climate?! You MUST be dreaming!” “Yeah, well, it’s all a process….” And here we are, NOW, on the threshold of another major milestone for Hawai’i Farmers Union United, in service to family farmers and the ohana’s they feed. We are in the…

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President’s Report, 2017 NFU Summer Meeting

HFUU President Report Summer Meeting, July 9-13, 2017 National Farmers Union Board of Directors The 2017 summer meeting was held in Jamestown, North Dakota, a first in this neck of the woods for me. North Dakota Farmers Union has an impressive home base in Jamestown with one acre under roof and their offices and insurance…

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14 Graduate from HFUF-HFUU Farm Apprentice Mentoring (FAM) Program

Congratulations go out to the fourteen apprentices (see list below with their visions) in the Farm Apprentice Mentoring (FAM) Program who graduated from Phase 1 of HFUU’s farmer training program Thursday, June 29th,  at UH-Maui College. Equipped with over 250 hours of course work and on farm demonstrations in regenerative agricultural practices,  FAM this year had 10 farm mentors, who…

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Support Tiny House Legislation – House Bill (HB2)

Tiny Houses are capturing the imagination as a creative solution to Hawaii’s affordable housing crisis. State Representative Cindy Evans has a pivotal new House Bill (HB2) on the floor that has passed review by both the Agriculture and Judiciary Committees and is now heading for a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives…

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Traditions-To-Transitions

Secure Your Family Farm for the Future Topics include: • Tax planning • Legal planning • Conflict management • Transition team professionals • Guest speakers: Dale Bonar, Ph.D.; Kyle Caires, Ph.D.; Kristen Spees, Attorney at Law; Kendra Wong, C.P.A.; Bevanne Bowers, Mediator & Attorney at Law, & more

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AmazonSmile Program Gives .5% to HFUF For Each Purchase

What is AmazonSmile? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Hawaii Farmers Union every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Hawaii Farmers Union. How do I shop at AmazonSmile? To shop at AmazonSmile simply…

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Ulupono Initiative: Multi-Island "Farmer Listening Sessions"

Ulupono Initiative is organizing small gatherings in agricultural production “hot spots” within each County over the next couple of weeks to listen, learn, and brainstorm solutions to Hawaii’s many challenging food issues. In an effort to improve our current local food production metrics and better understand the constraints in the system that make expansion challenging,…

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