HONOLULU COUNTRY CLUB
/ May 16, 2011 /
More than 125 seed industry members, supporters and affiliates of Hawaii’s agricultural industry attended this year’s annual meeting, which featured remarks by Gov. Neil Abercrombie, University of Hawaii Manoa Chancellor Virgina Hinshaw and Russell Kokubun, state Department of Agriculture director.
HCIA President Fred Perlak opened the meeting by reiterating the seed industry’s commitment to ensuring the viability of agriculture in Hawaii and its longstanding support of the state’s diverse agriculture community. Perlak also talked about the seed industry’s unique ability to balance intellect and intuition, citing as an example how seed companies rely on both the abstract analysis of the scientists and the instinct and passion of farmers to guide their research.
In his remarks, Gov. Abercrombie stressed the importance of the agricultural industry in creating a prosperous future for the state. He proposed an “agricultural renaissance” for Hawaii that focuses on food security through an integrated, “ahupua‘a” style approach. Gov. Abercrombie presented the idea of creating educational curriculums that go as far as putting gardens in every school to reflect the state’s commitment to agriculture and teach future generations the importance of agricultural independence. Gov. Abercrombie told the gathering: “When agriculture wins, Hawaii wins.”
Chancellor Hinshaw shared a presentation about the role that the UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources is playing to help farmers feed the world, while Russell Kokubun offered insight into the future of Hawaii’s agricultural industry with a speech focusing on agriculture as an economic engine and the importance of agricultural independence for the state.