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Issue 292   |   January 11, 2017   |   Archive

News & Events

Fruit Flies and Anthuriums

Eric Tanouye and Ernest HarrisCTAHR’s 29th Annual Awards Banquet on May 5 will honor Eric Tanouye, left, with the 2017 Ka Lei Hano Award and Dr. Ernest J. Harris with the 2017 Outstanding Alumnus Award. Tanouye is president and general manager of Hilo-based Green Point Nurseries, founder of Hawaii Floriculture and Nursery Association, and a strong supporter of the college. Harris is a CTAHR PhD graduate in entomology who developed successful controls for fruit fly pests as a USDA research scientist. They have had profound and lasting impacts on the floriculture and agriculture industries in Hawai‘i. The event will also celebrate 2017 faculty, staff and student award honorees, as well as CTAHR scholarship students and the donors who make scholarships possible. Find out more at the Banquet website.

Good Deed + Learning Experience = Win-Win!

Ag and Environmental Awareness DayAre you interested in being outside, enjoying the Urban Garden Center, educating youth about agriculture, promoting CTAHR, and of course, having some fun? If you answered is YES to any of these questions, please consider volunteering for the Agriculture and Environmental Awareness Day events on February 10! For the last decade, CTAHR has organized Agriculture and Environmental Awareness Day events on O‘ahu, with the aim of stimulating greater awareness and understanding of agriculture and natural resource management among Hawai‘i’s youth and their teachers, and introducing them to career opportunities in agriculture and natural resource management. Around 450 fifth-graders and teachers from Windward O‘ahu and more than 26 exhibitors and presenters from academia, government agencies, research organizations, businesses, and non-profits are expected at this event. It’s very difficult to run such a huge event without the support of volunteers! Volunteers are needed to serve as guides, which will teach you a lot about agriculture and natural resource management from experts in the field. Upon request, transportation can be provided between campus and the UGC. Please contact Mandy Chen at mchen22@hawaii.edu> (CTAHR staff, please check with your supervisor first) and she’ll provide you with additional details.

Fling Yourself into Spring Semester

Spring Event 2017 graphic

CTAHR students, faculty, and staff are enthusiastically welcomed to this year’s CTAHR Spring Event, which will be held on Friday, February 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the grassy area next to Gilmore Hall. There will be carnival-style games, eats and treats, and frivolous diversions for one and all—don’t miss it!

Spotlight on Our Community

CBB on the Move

Coffee cherry infested with CBBIn response to the recent discovery of the coffee berry borer (CBB) in December 2016 on a coffee farm in Kipahulu on Maui, CTAHR held two workshops for Maui coffee farmers and other interested parties, in collaboration with HDOA and USDA. One of the most devastating coffee pests, CBB was first detected in Kona in 2010 and discovered in Ka‘u in 2011. In 2014, it was discovered on O‘ahu. Since its detection in Kona, CTAHR has been helping Big Island coffee growers to develop methods to manage the pest, which include using an organic pesticide and field sanitation, and now some farms with good management practices have been able to keep infestations down to about 20 percent of the coffee crop. Find out more about CBB here.

Support on Kaua‘i

Gov. Ige with Kauai Extension agentsCounty administrator Russell Messing and junior Extension agent Kathryn Fiedler (PEPS) joined other Kaua‘i agricultural community leaders for a talk-story session with Gov. David Ige in Lihue on January 10. The governor wanted to hear firsthand about the issues facing farmers on Kaua‘i; here he is pictured with taro growers Rodney and Karol Haraguchi. Russell and Kate made a strong push for support of the UH-Cooperative Extension Service as a prime catalyst for helping farmers to address many of the challenges they face, including invasive species prevention and mitigation, government regulations, water infrastructure, new farmer training, and market analysis. Russell commented, “It was gratifying to hear most of the participants (commodity group leaders, Farm Bureau members, seed company scientists, non-profits, and county government officials), as well as the governor, voice strong support and acknowledgement of the primary role that CTAHR will play in the island’s agricultural future.”

New Publications

New Hope for the Biofuels

Sugarcane with tasselA recent study in the prestigious journal PLoS ONE by MS grad Meghan Pawlowski and Susan Crow (both NREM) and co-authors discovered that two potential biofuel crops, sugarcane and napiergrass, can sequester more carbon in soil than is lost to the atmosphere. Biofuels only make sense from a climate-change perspective if they have a smaller greenhouse gas footprint, and these grasses can, due to their large carbon-storing root biomass. In a press release, Susan commented, “These results show that in the right system, coupled with the right crop and management, biofuels can be an important contributor to sustainable renewable energy portfolios.” The study has gotten coverage from science magazines Scienmag, and IFLScience, and from local science blog Raising Islands.

Job Opportunities

Crazy About Crazy Ant Eradication?

Johnston AtollOr just crazy about roughing it? Volunteers are needed for a six-month volunteer stint with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to work on Johnston Atoll at the National Wildlife Refuge (Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument) as a part of the Crazy Ant Strike Team. Johnston Atoll is uninhabited, except for four volunteers and a crew leader; volunteers have the rare opportunity to live in a remote setting surrounded by abundant birds and sea life, doing ant monitoring and pesticide application; entomological surveys; invasive plant management; habitat restoration; seabird, shorebird, and sea turtle surveys; and more. You’ve got to be very fit and healthy, and willing to live and work in primitive conditions with limited contact with the outside world. It’s helpful but not required to have experience with invasive species control, shorebird and seabird identification and monitoring, bird handling, entomological surveying, familiarity with GIS tools and software, data management, and pesticide application. Applications will be evaluated as they arrive, but interviews will begin in late January, so candidates are encouraged to apply early. Just submit a cover letter, CV or resume, and at least 3 references to katrina_scheiner@fws.gov. But first, find out more about the position!

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