Hawaii gets money for agriculture accelerator

Hawaii gets money for agriculture accelerator

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - The Kohala Center on Hawaii's Big Island has received a $2 million federal grant to develop an agricultural business accelerator.

West Hawaii Today reports the center will help farmers and food producers learn about marketing their products.

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says the project is expected to save 39 jobs and create 28 new positions.

It will offer business planning, financial strategies and marketing.

The money also will be used to build a commercial and demonstration kitchen that can be used for live audiences or video production.

The grant also will allow the center to bring in the island's professional chefs to talk about products that are in high demand.

Designers are planning to start the project in January. It's expected to be done in about two years.

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