GOVERNOR LINGLE RELEASES $250,000 TO HAWAI`I FARM BUREAU FEDERATION

For Immediate Release: July 1, 2008

HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle has released a $250,000 grant-in-aid to the Hawai‘i Farm Bureau Federation (HFBF) to be used for agricultural research and market development.

HFBF is a non-profit organization made up of farming families who are committed to analyzing problems and formulating action plans to ensure the healthy future of agriculture in our state.

“The research facilitated by this grant will promote the growth of Hawai‘i’s agricultural industry and contribute to the overall strength of our state economy,” said Governor Lingle.

Past HFBF research has included studies on the development of disease-resistant crops and potential niche crops like blueberries, and were performed in partnership with academic and research centers in Hawai‘i.

HFBF also co-sponsored the Hawai‘i Agricultural Theft Study with the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture in 2005.

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For more information, contact:

Sandra Lee Kunimoto
Chair, Board of Agriculture
Phone: (808) 973-9550

Lenny Klompus
Senior Advisor – Communications
Phone: (808) 586-7708

Russell Pang
Chief of Media Relations
Phone: (808) 586-0043
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