After 14 months of planning and development, the 2017 Hawai‘i Agricultural Conference (AG2017) was convened August 29-30, 2017 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center with a total of 574 registered participants; 49 sponsors; 30 exhibitors; and 72 speakers in 2 keynotes and 22 breakout sessions. Hosted by the Agriculture Leadership Foundation of Hawaii, this event has been considered the premiere all-agriculture conference since 2002 (Read about past conferences).
Past Hawai‘i Agriculture Conferences have pushed and expanded the horizons of businesses and decision-makers alike. Over the course of 15 years, topics and content ranged from agri-tourism to internet sales; entrepreneurial business skills and the power of local markets; agricultural theft and biofuels; to the continuing evolution of Hawaii’s agriculture sector. The 2017 conference theme
For the 2017 conference, a diverse planning team of agricultural stakeholders including producers, aggregators, landowners, educators and non-profit administrators worked to plan the conference which focused on the following themes:
- Our $300 Ag Million Opportunity – Replacing just 10% of the food Hawai’i currently imports could generate $188 million in sales, $94 million for farmers, and create 2,300 jobs.
- Support Your Local Farms and Ranches – Support Your Local Farms and Communities: Demand for locally grown products are on the rise, yet re-establishing local food systems has never been more challenging.
- Sustain Our ʻĀina – For Future Generations: If we take care of the land, the land takes care of us. Hawai’i is on the front lines of climate change. We could be a world leader in sustainable food and energy production.
The conference may have ended, but the work continues. Visit the conference website for complete information and to learn about the commitments that conference participants have pledged to continue working on after the conference.
The Agricultural Leadership Foundation of Hawai‘i plans to hold the next agriculture conference in 2019. If you’re interested in finding out more or becoming a sponsor please email us.