Maui Business

State Receives $422,000 in Federal Ag Grants

October 26, 2016, 9:40 AM HST
* Updated October 26, 9:44 AM
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Ulu (breadfruit) grove in Hana, Maui. Maui is home to one of the largest ulu groves in the state. The tree is not currently included on the Big Trees list. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Ulu (breadfruit) grove in Hana, Maui. Photo by Wendy Osher.

The State of Hawai‘i has been awarded 10 federal grants totaling more than $422,000 this coming year through the 2016 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program of the US Department of Agriculture.

The federal program provides grants to state departments of agriculture to fund projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops, such as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops.

The Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture submitted the grant applications and will be administering the program.

The approved grants include projects for research and to increase taro, breadfruit and other specialty crop production, farmer education and agricultural marketing programs.

The SCBGP awarded a total of about 700 grants amounting to more than $62 million nationwide.


For more information on the national SCBGP, go online.



“Proposal”, Organization,

(Principal Investigator)

Amount of award
“Rejuvenating Molokai’s Demand for and Access to Taro Through the “Kalo Connection,” Educational Initiative,” Sust Aina Ble Molokai $34,340
“Building Hawaii’s Breadfruit Industry from Bottom-Up:  Producer Cooperation to Distribute, Market and Improve Production Sustainability,” Mala Kalu‘ulu Cooperative $41,636
“Establishing Fields for an Ohelo Kau La’au Industry,” University of Hawai‘i – CTAHR $26,500
“North Shore Oahu GroupGAP Certification and New Market Access for Small Specialty Crop Farmers,” North Shore EVP $36,754
“HENA’s 2017 National Marketing Campaign to Promote Access and Awareness of Hawai‘i’s Potted Foliage,” Hawaii Export Nursery Association $40,000
“Micropropagation of Taro Import Replacement and Export,” Hawai‘i Agricultural Research Center $39,982
“Same Canoe Local Food Challenge, Canoe Crop Project,” Heritage Ranch Inc. dba One Island $40,000
“The Kahumana Farm Hub, Creating a Cohesive Farming Community for West O‘ahu Specialty Crop Farmers,” Alternative Structures Int. $39,522.10
“Development of Beginner Farmer Education Plots on Maui,” University of Hawai‘i – CTAHR $37,800.
“Increasing the Production of Specialty Crops in Hawaii,” Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) $42,663.50
Indirect Charges and Grant Administration $43,464.
TOTAL $422,661.60


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