Letters for Nov. 12, 2014

• Voter support benefits local food producers 

Voter support benefits local food producers

Mahalo to Hawaii voters for passing state constitutional amendment 2, which allows agricultural businesses like mine to access low-interest loans so that we can invest in expanding local agriculture throughout the state.

As a member of the Local Food Coalition, I am proud of the work we’ve done to get this question on the ballot for voters to decide.

Those of us working in agriculture know it’s more than a full-time commitment. We don’t have the time or money to promote an issue on a statewide level. We’re grateful to partners who are willing to step up and help make growing local food easier for us producers.

Our campaign to raise awareness about the benefits for Hawaii agriculture wouldn’t have been possible without the financial support of Ulupono Initiative and others.

Ulupono recognizes that our local agricultural producers face challenges in accessing financing. They knew investing in the campaign was right for their mission, and our work, of increasing local food production. As a result, we producers now have financing options.

Ron Weidenbach

Hawaii Aquaculture and Aquaponics Association

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