Floriculture Industry Import Replacement Research Seminars

The Hawaii Floriculture & Nursery Association (HFNA) will hold an educational research update seminar at the USDA Daniel K. Inouye Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center (DKI PBARC) facility in Hilo on Thursday, October 5th, for growers of all Hawaii floriculture commodities (cut flowers, potted plants and flowers, and landscape). Attendees will be introduced to new cultivars, such as those being propagated at Kula Experimental Station and UH-Manoa, and learn how to propagate and grow out the new varieties to marketable size and quality. The audience will also receive research updates from USDA DKI PBARC, UH-Manoa CTAHR, and UH-Hilo researchers. This event is a collaboration of all research facilities in the state as well as all floriculture commodities.


It is HFNA’s intention that this collaborative seminar become an annual event to provide continuity of research information to the growers as well as to become an avenue to new cultivars ready for propagation and production. The import replacement seminar will be professionally videotaped and edited by Out of the Sea Media Arts. The video will be broadcast via public access television across the state and uploaded to the HFNA website to further support HFNA’s dedication to the “Buy Local, It Matters” and import replacement programs.


To help achieve the goal of replacing imports with Hawaii grown flowers and plants, the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture and the Hawaii County Department of Research & Development have given grants to the Hawai’i Floriculture and Nursery Association (HFNA) to present seminars and workshops as well as produce outreach materials including the import replacement videos. For more information on the HFNA import replacement research seminar, please contact Elton Mow at orchidplantation@gmail.com, phone at 808-965-6295 or Ken Ogawa, HFNA Secretary, at ken.ogawa@cpsagu.com, phone 808-960-3802.


Crop Production Services (CPS Hilo) will be holding their educational growers’ seminar on Friday, October 6th at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel’s Moku’ola Room. Their annual seminar will provide updates on pesticides, fertilizers, and other horticultural supplies necessary for Hawaii nurseries and farms to control and eradicate invasive pests and diseases. Speakers from suppliers of horticultural products will update growers on their newest products, uses and other pertinent information. Suppliers will also


have educational displays for the audience to visit at breaks in the seminar schedule throughout the day. For more information on the CPS Educational Growers’ Seminar, please contact Ken Ogawa, ken.ogawa@cpsagu.com or via cell at 808-960-3802.

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