Hawaii Mayors Meet with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

Media Release:

County of Hawai’i Mayor Kenoi and Kaua’i Mayor Bernard Carvalho met with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack last week to discuss strategy for diversifying agriculture. Mayor Kenoi discussed farming on the Big Island , which is home to more than 4,600 farm and livestock operations, representing 62 percent of the state’s total.

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Mayor Kenoi and Kaua’i Mayor Bernard

Mayor Kenoi and Secretary Vilsack also discussed federal work underway at the Pacific Basin Agriculture Research Center and the County’s work to expand community based agriculture on 1,739 acres in Hamakua.

Mayor Kenoi attended the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCOM) last week in Washington , D.C.