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Calling Hawaii’s Value-added agricultural producers

2012 Value Added Agriculture Product Manufacturing Grant is OPEN!

Hawaii companies; Would your product benefit from dehydration? juicing? pulverizing? concentrating? purée?

How about making a tea from your product? a nutraceutical? a fruit leather? a cosmetic? dye?
Can you bottle it? add seasonings to make a new product?

GREAT opportunity for Hawaii agricultural value-added producers! 


Aloha!

We are pleased to announce that the UH/CTAHR Agribusiness Incubator Program is giving away up to $25,000 to assist existing or potential food manufacturers using Hawaii agricultural products with their startup or growth. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who is interested in being part of Hawaii’s food manufacturing industry.  Download the simple three-page grant application at http://aip.hawaii.edu/Public/VAAPMG%202012%20RFP.docx 

Deadline is May 14th so don’t delay!

Should you have any questions, you can contact us at (808) 956-3530 or email us at agincubator@ctahr.hawaii.edu. We look forward to receiving your application!
 
Mahalo,
Agribusiness Incubator Program

Ag Agenda – The Voice of Agriculture – American Farm Bureau

Update Our Ports or Miss the Boat

By Bob Stallman
President, American Farm Bureau

Someone once said that it’s not leaving port, but coming in, that determines the success of a voyage. While this has some truth to it, the port that one departs from is just as important to a successful endeavor.

It may surprise many that if the planned expansion of the Panama Canal was completed tomorrow, the United States, one of the world’s largest trading powers, would only have six ports deep enough to handle the new larger ships that will pass. Yet, we are competing with all other parts of the world that are updating their ports. Since agriculture goods play a significant role in U.S. trade, modernizing our ports is extremely important for farmers and ranchers to be able to continue to thrive in the world market.

If You Build It, They Will Come

Even more surprising than the U.S. only having six large ports is the fact that all these ports are i

Read the complete article Ag Agenda – The Voice of Agriculture – American Farm Bureau.

Hawaii Food Manufacturer Association Seminar on March 20

Hawaii Food Manufacturer Association

Education Series – “Good Financials, Good Business”

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Time: 11 a.m. registration, seminar 11:30am to 12:45pm
Location: Manoa Innovation Center, Conference Room 173
2800 Woodlawn Drive, Honolulu, HI 96822

Reservations: Must be made in advance by
email hfma@foodsofhawaii.com or
phone (808) 422-HFMA

Cost: HFMA Members first company representative is free
Additional company attendee $15
Non-members $25
Lunch is provided

HFMA March Seminar Flyer 
Are your financials set-up to enlighten you and help you make good business decisions?


Joseph Burns from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) who will talk about setting-up your financials so you can:

–          Price your products correctly

–          Evaluate adding labor

–          Decide whether to purchase equipment

–          and more

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