Hawai‘i International Tropical Fruit Conference to Visit MauiAugust 1, 2017, 12:16 PM HST · Updated August 1, 12:22 PM 0 Comments
The 27th Annual Hawaiʻi International Tropical Fruit Conference is September 22-29, starting at the Kaikodo Building in Hilo and then traveling to Kona, Maui, Molokaʻi, Oʻahu and Kauaʻi for mini-conferences.
Geared to farmers, educators, orchard managers and proponents of sustainable agriculture, the eight-day event is presented by the statewide Hawaiʻi Tropical Fruit Growers and open to the public.
The conference is titled “Facing Challenges” and offers a lineup of visiting researchers and agro experts sharing information and breakout sessions on a variety of topics. They include Ed Stover on “Huanglongbing and the US Citrus Industry: Status and Ongoing Research,” Lindsay Basik on “Durian Cultivation Around the World,” and David Karp on the “History and Genealogy of Citrus.”
HTFG Executive Director Ken Love says Hilo activities include UH, USDA and NASS updates, a report and survey on specialty crops, Q & A with guest speakers, Sunday tour of OK Farms with Brian Lievens, networking and fruit tasting.
Mini-conference activities on the other islands include farm tours and speaker presentations and meetings.
Registration forms and fee schedule are available at www.HTFG.org or by contacting Love at [email protected] or Mark Suiso at [email protected] Conference room rates are available through Aug 9. 2017 at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel using code HH7027. The conference is made possible through funding from the County of Hawaiʻi and Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture.