The University of Hawaiʻi College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) plays a vital role in supporting the agricultural industry in Hawaii, which is a critical component of the state’s economy and food security. Agriculture is not only a key economic driver but also a significant part of Hawaiʻi’s cultural heritage. To ensure the continued growth and sustainability of the agriculture sector, it is crucial that the University of Hawaiʻi CTAHR takes proactive steps to strengthen its educational outreach and support for both aspiring and existing agricultural professionals. Establishing an Agriculture Education Coordinator position within CTAHR is a strategic move to address this need.
TAKE ACTION NOW:
Public hearings are an opportunity for the public to weigh in on bills being considered by lawmakers. Submitting testimony for these hearings is an important way to let lawmakers know your position on these important issues. All you need to do is share why you are in strong support (we have some talking points below to get you started!). Each hearing may have different lawmakers, so you must submit testimony each time there is a new hearing.
How to Submit Testimony
- Log-in /make an account on the Capitol website.
- Go to the bill page for HB 2138 and click on the “Submit Testimony” button.
- Upload or write your testimony in SUPPORT of the bill (It doesn’t need to be long!).
- Please submit testimony by Tuesday, February 13, at 2:00 PM (at least 24 hours in advance) to ensure your testimony is received on time and reviewed by the committee members!
- Grows future farmers and an educated agricultural workforce in Hawaiʻi.
- Increased number of trained agriculture educators.
- Increased number and quality of agriculture education programs in P-20 educational settings.
- Increased number of students entering and completing secondary and higher education and training programs in agriculture and food systems.
- An Agriculture Education Coordinator can facilitate collaboration between CTAHR and agricultural stakeholders, ensuring that academic programs align with industry demands. This will not only produce graduates who are better prepared for the workforce but also contribute to the overall growth and sustainability of the agriculture sector.