|Threats to the Hawaiian coffee industry and help from USDA in producing disease and pest resistant varieties is the|
subject of a story in The San Francisco Chronicle this week. Photo from Ka'u Coffee Trail Run
|Hawai'i Coffee researcher Chifumi Nagai. Photo from UH|
|Image from USDA|
The story also quotes Tracie Matsumoto Brower, a USDA research horticulturalist, saying that the agency has "added different types of coffee to its germplasm in Hilo, the repository of plant materials similar to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway, but for subtropical plants like coffee, pineapples, macadamia nuts and lychee." Brower told The Chronicle, "We’re like the Noah’s Ark of agricultural crops,” providing plant material to researchers and breeders to try and create more resistant agricultural strains.
See the whole story at https://www.sfchronicle.com/climate/article/Specialty-coffee-threats-17676000.php
HAWAI'I POLICE DEPARTMENT'S 96TH RECRUIT CLASS RECOGNITION CEREMONY was held on Friday at Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. The recruits began training on July 1, starting off as strangers, who had come together from a variety of backgrounds and previous career paths. In the end, after six months of intensive training, they graduated with a class of seven police recruits.
Class Officers are Class PresidentOfficer Kimberly Palea-Springer and Class Vice President Officer
|New Hawai'i Police Department Officers: Patrick Manila,|
Andrew Padilla, Hunter Rapoza, Tammy Messina,
Kimberly Palea-Springer, Zachary Hale, and Israel Mata.
Photo from HPD
Newly graduated officers begin four months of on-the-job field training with veteran police officers to become qualified to work alone.
The Hawaiian Home Lands Preservation Act would amend mend Section 209 of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1920. It would allow existing lessees and an applicant on the DHHL Application Wait List to designate a qualified relative who has at least 1/32nd blood quantum as a successor beneficiary.
See Kaheleʻs floor remarks regarding the Hawaiian Home Lands Preservation Act at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lledSOS4G44.
Being located in a rural area is required. See https://hfuuhi.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4f41ad83bf602ec3fb1a06e65&id=cfcecbb533&e=563999cc96.Want to learn more? Join one of these online informational sessions: Thursday, Jan. 5 and Tuesday, Jan. 10. For questions or special accommodations, contact SBA Rural Affairs at Rural@SBA.gov.