Outlook of farming

KAPAA — Experts from various disciplines will be speaking on the future of agriculture on Kauai at The Outlook of Farming, set for Thursday at the Courtyard Marriott Kauai.

The networking and educational event begins at 5 p.m. and is hosted by Kauai County Farm Bureau, in conjunction with the Kauai Chamber of Commerce.

Economist Paul Brewbaker of TZ Economics will be speaking on the impact of ag on the economy in Hawaii.

“One thing I’d like to get across is the deep roots the seed industry has here in Hawaii,” Brewbaker said. “The truth is the seed industry has been here since the 1960s and like sugarcane and pineapple plantations before it, has been an integral part of the ag industry through multiple generations, with widespread impacts on Mokokai, Kauai, Oahu and Maui.”

He’ll be joined by Jerry Ornellas, owner of Jerry’s Farm; Joshua Uyehara, Kauai site manager for Syngenta; John Gordines, vice president of Kauai County Farm Bureau; and Fred Cowell, general manager at Kauai Coffee.

Cowell said he’ll be focusing on three main points in his portion of the panel talk on the outlook of ag on Kauai — how to truly become an agricultural entrepreneur, how to leverage technology, and how to seek differentiation.

“I’ll be trying to have a forward looking perspective,” Cowell said.

The rest of the speakers are keeping their topics of conversation under wraps until the event.

Cost is $10 for Chamber and Kauai County Farm Bureau Members, and $15 for guests/non-members at the door. The cost includes two complimentary drinks and pupu.

Info: kauaichamber.org

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