Hawaii added to agricultural assistance program - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Hawaii added to agricultural assistance program

Chris Kanazawa, Parker Ranch Chief Executive Officer; Congresswoman Mazie Hirono; and Larry Yamamoto, NRCS Director Chris Kanazawa, Parker Ranch Chief Executive Officer; Congresswoman Mazie Hirono; and Larry Yamamoto, NRCS Director

WAIMEA, Big Island (KHNL) - Congresswoman Mazie Hirono's recent work to add Hawaii to the list of states eligible for the Agricultural Management Assistance Program helped ranches on Maui and the Big Island receive about $75,000 each in federal funding.

Parker Ranch on the Big Island and Haleakala Ranch on Maui will use the funding to address soil erosion, water quality and quantity concerns for agricultural and livestock use.

"This is a significant first step in what I expect will become an increasingly important program to assist ranchers and farmers in Hawaii," said Congresswoman Mazie Hirono. "Water is the single most limiting factor for agriculture in our state, and the AMA program provides direct assistance to farmers who want to construct or improve water management or irrigation structures. Our farmers and ranchers are working hard to keep agriculture viable in our state; I want to encourage them to take full advantage of this program."

The only states in the western region of the country to receive the AMA designation are Hawaii, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.

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