Monsanto Hawaii donates $6,000 to support Soil & Water Conservation Districts on Oahu and Maui

Kihei, Hawaii (June 13, 2014) – Monsanto Hawaii recently donated $6,000 to benefit Soil & Water Conservation Districts on Oahu and Maui where farmers reside. A $5,000 grant will go to support the West Oahu district and $1,000 for Central Maui.

Organized in 1954, the Hawaii Association of Conversation Districts serves as the state’s instrument and voice for the conservation movement in Hawaii. It maintains and promotes relations with organizations and government agencies; publishes information about districts; works with youth, agriculture, urban programs, the environment, industry and other fields; and provides specialized services to the districts.

Currently, there are 16 Soil & Water Conservation Districts statewide. These districts were organized for the protection and conversation of soil and water resources in the interest of the health, safety, and general welfare of people in this region. They are also active in a wide variety of related areas, including watershed planning, flood prevention, reforestation, runoff control and wildlife habitat.

Monsanto Hawaii’s funding will go towards general conversation efforts, including conservation awareness programs and hiring of conservation specialists to assist with implementation; as well as conservation planning efforts to assist farmers, ranchers and landowners within these districts.

“The Soil & Water Conservation Districts appreciates receiving this donation from Monsanto Hawaii,” said Maggie Kramp, Administrative Assistant for the Maui Soil & Water Conservation Districts. “These funds will go towards projects such as the annual Conservation Awareness Program which is helping to educate our youth about the importance of protecting our natural resources.”

For more information on the Soil & Water Conservation District Program, visit www.dlnr.hawaii.gov/swcd.

About Monsanto Hawaii

Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world’s natural resources such as water and energy. To learn more about our business and our commitments in Hawaii, please visit: www.monsantohawaii.srb. Follow our business on Twitter @monsantohawaii or Facebook (Monsanto Hawaii).

 

Photo: Each year, a Conservation Awareness Program (CAP) Contest is sponsored and organized by local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, in cooperation with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the UH-CTAHR Cooperative Extension Service. Activities like these are helping to encourage high school students to learn about and gain an appreciation and understanding of soil and water resources and conservation concepts.