November 07, 2017

Hirono: University of Hawaii Granted $1.7 Million to Support Agricultural Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced that the University of Hawaii will receive more than $1.7 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support agriculture and sustainability education programs.

“As we work toward growing more of our food at home, this funding will support programs across the University of Hawaii system that create pathways for local students to have meaningful careers in Hawaii’s agricultural industry,” said Senator Hirono.

The University of Hawaii’s HI!ag program will receive $1.3 million of the funding to grow Hawaii’s agriculture and food production workforce. The remainder of the federal funds will expand the University of Hawaii at West Oahu’s Sustainable Community Food Systems program, including increasing outreach to Native Hawaiian students and students from other traditionally underserved communities.

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