Supporting Hawaii AG at the State Capitol

Workers from Monsanto Hawaii joined farmers from across the state to take part in the 10th annual Agriculture Awareness Day at the state capitol.

It is a great event where people can see the produce and the products raised here in Hawaii.

“As a major vegetable seed provider on Hawaii, it is always exciting to be able to highlight the produce that those seeds deliver,” said John Purcell  Hawaii Business and Technology Lead for Monsanto. “We are featuring peppers, onions and cabbage varieties that we grew on our farm in Kunia and that growers in Hawaii produce for consumers to enjoy around the state.”

Monsanto Hawaii took part in one of many exhibits from farmers and producers from across the state. Around 300 to 400 people attend the yearly event.

“Ag day at the capitol is important here at the legislature and for our decision makers to realize the value and importance and diversity of agriculture in the state,” said State Sen. Gil Riviere (D-Kahuku, Haleiwa).

Agriculture Awareness Day is sponsored by the Hawaii Farm Bureau. The event is co-hosted by state Representatives Clift Tsuji, Richard Onishi and state Senators Mike Gabbard and Clarence Nishihara.

"The Hawaii Crop Improvement Association is a proud participant of Ag Day at the Capitol, which brings together all of the Agriculture industry and raises awareness of the importance of this sector to the future of Hawaii," said HCIA Executive Director, Bennette Misalucha. "HCIA stands united with our ag partners in advocating for more opportunities such as Ag Day at the Capitol to educate the public about who we are and what we about.  The seed industry in Hawaii has been around for 50 years and represent over 4,000 people who work directly and indirectly in the industry.  We are good stewards of the land and we care for our community and neighbors. "

Here is a list of this year’s participants:

Aikane Coffee
All Hawaiian Honey
Aloun Farm
Marine AgriFuture
Guava Smoked
Hawai'i Agricultural Foundation
Hawai'i Aquaculture and Aquaponics Association
Hawai'i Cattlemen's Council
Hawai'i Crop Improvement Association (HCIA)
Hawai'i Department of Agriculture - Plant Pest Control Branch
Hawai'i Department of Agriculture - Aquaculture and Livestock Support Services
Hawai'i Department of Agriculture - Plant Quarantine Branch
Hawai'i Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Development Division
Hawai'i Farm Bureau
Hawai'i Invasive Species Council (HISC), Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), and Legacy Land Conservation Program
Hawaiian Chip Company
Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company (HC&S)
Hawai'i Floriculture and Nursery Association (HFNA)
Ho Farms
Kaua'i County Farm Bureau
Kaua'i Kookies
Kaua'i Made Program
Kokua Hawaii Foundation
Kualoa Ranch
Marine AgriFuture
Maui County Farm Bureau
Maui Gold
Maui Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Oahu Invasive Species Committee
Oahu Resource Conservation & Development Council (Oahu RC&D)
Once Again
Small Kine Farm
Sweet Land Farm
UH Agribusiness Incubator Program & GoFarm Hawai'i
UH CTAHR - Plant and Environmental Protection Program (PEPS)
UHH Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization Leads (Hawai'i Agricultural Baseline)
USDA Farm Services Agency
USDA Rural Development
USDA - NASS Hawaii Field Office
West Oahu Soil & Water Conservation District