2012 Agriculture Conference

UMU Crew providing service with a smile at the conference registration table.

On September 20-21 the Agriculture Leadership Foundation of Hawaii held their biannual Agriculture Conference at the Hawaii Convention Center.

With more than 300 people in attendance it allowed for a great collaboration of ideas.

A trade show kicked off the conference with a variety of vendors, some of which included Farm Credit Services of Hawaii, The Hawaii Department of Agriculture, and Hawaiian Earth Products.

The innovative sessions of this two day conference complimented some of the core ideas held by the Agriculture Foundation. Continuing to be sustainable as our own state will allow both the agriculture side and the community side of Hawaii to thrive.

A key note presentation “Collaborative Consumption and the Changing Face of Industry” by Lauren Anderson gave the idea that in order to continue to be a successful state there needs to be a sense of collaboration among the different sides of agriculture.

One of the sponsors, Kamehameha Schools, held an All Hawaii Products Awards Luncheon featuring Dr. Donna Ching and her 25 years within the Agricultural Leadership Program.

The conference closed out with the Pau Hana Reception where everyone had a chance to mingle and talk through the ideas that had been presented to them.

The highlight of the conference for many was the Pau Hana Reception that included Chef demos by some of Hawai`i's favorite Chefs.

The Foundation started in 1982 and since then has supported the leaders in agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities. This conference serves as an opportunity for these leaders to network with each other and gain new ideas.

From the conference the Agriculture Leadership Foundation wants that the attendees to take what they learned from the speakers and trade show vendors and help their companies to become even more sustainable, in hopes of creating an even better agriculture state.

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