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UH Maui College Maui Food Innovation Center Offers Courses in April
Find the edge you need in the food marketplace and help connect Hawaii's farms to tables everywhere! The Maui Food Innovation Center is now offering four essential Food Industry Fundamentals presented by national expert, Lou Cooperhouse, designed to engage business owners, management and key employees in this growing industry sector.
Call 808-984-3231 to register for one, or all four, Food Industry Fundamentals!
Food Trends and Food Marketplace Overview: April 29
Food Technology and Product Development Process: April 29
Quality Assurance and Food Safety Principles: April 30
Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for Food Producers: April 30
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USDA NIFA has released the FY 2014 Request for Applications for their Speciality Crop Research Initiative (SCRI)
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NIFA requests applications for the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) for fiscal year (FY) 2014 to solve critical United States specialty crop issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research and extension activities that use systems-based, trans-disciplinary approaches.
The intent of the SCRI program is to solve the needs of the various specialty crop industries through the promotion of collaboration, open communication, the exchange of information, and the development of resources that accelerate application of scientific discovery and technology.
The anticipated total amount available is $76.8M. Mandatory Letter of Intent must be received no later than 5:00 PM Eastern Time on April 11, 2014.


New Online Resource Portal for Manufacturers!!

The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii has created an online tool to make it easier for manufacturers to access information, connect with other companies, and get more involved in supporting the manufacturing industry in Hawaii! 
Accepting applications for our Hawaii SBIR Phase 0 Program!

Grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded to qualified applicants who demonstrate need for SBIR Phase I proposal assistance.
Click here for more information!


Free value-added guide for Hawai'i producers released

HOLUALOA, HAWAI'I – A free 58-page guide entitled, Adding Value to Locally Grown Crops in Hawai‘i: A Guide for Small Farm Enterprise Innovation is now available. Because of the high cost of labor, land, and materials in Hawai‘i, family farms are only economically sustainable if they can produce high-quality products that are valued above cheap imports. This guide helps growers add value to all aspects of their farm enterprise and offers resources for further developing their strategies. “If you cherish the farming lifestyle and want to keep farming, you have to make your farm profitable. This guide goes a long way towards showing how to escape from the fatal trap of commoditization by adding value for the consumer,” observes Dr. Kent Fleming, an extension economist who has developed numerous cost-of-production spreadsheets for the University of Hawai'i and other organizations worldwide.
The guide was authored by Craig Elevitch and Ken Love with input from agricultural professionals statewide. Elevitch is an agroforestry educator whose most recent book Specialty Crops for Pacific Islands (2011) provides insights into sustainable cultivation and processing techniques for local and export markets with an emphasis on production methods, postharvest processing, and marketing. Love, widely known as a passionate advocate for the innovative small farm, is co-owner of Love Family Farms in Kona, Hawai'i, which produces a range of value-added products including jams, jellies, dried fruits, and coffee.
"Adding value is an essential component of small farm sustainability," says Love, who has extensive experience working with farm enterprises. "There are many different ways to add value in growing, processing, and marketing products. This guide is about finding ways of adding value to your operation that are best suited for you and that are ultimately profitable."
The publication was produced with funds from the
State of Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture, the Agribusiness Incubator Program of the University of Hawai‘i, and the County of Hawai‘i Department of Research and Development. The guide is available as a free download and a limited number of free hard copies will be available throughout Hawai'i. Distribution locations and a link to download the free guide are listed at

Make It In America - We are proud to announce our client, Westec Environmental Solutions (Maui) is featured as the Make It In America's Manufacturer of the Week! (January 30, 2013)

Manufacturing in America - NIST MEP Infographic showing perception and facts in U.S. Manufacturing.

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