Virtually There: Enhancing the Online Capacity and Impact of Hawaii Agricultural Professionals

Project Overview

Project Type: Enhanced State Grants
Funds awarded in 2018: $24,965.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2019
Grant Recipient: University of Hawaii
Region: Western
State: Hawaii
Principal Investigator:
Jensen Uyeda
University of Hawaii

Information Products


  • Agronomic: corn, potatoes, soybeans, sugarcane
  • Fruits: bananas, papaya


  • Education and Training: extension, networking, study circle, workshop

    Proposal abstract:

    The Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Program (SOAP) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa,
    College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (UH CTAHR) remains committed to
    conducting annual professional development educational opportunities for agricultural professionals
    (AP) in cooperation with WSARE. We plan to revise and expand our website to increase access to
    training materials and other resources by our agricultural professionals, and improve their ability to
    post their own resources to the web. We also anticipate expanding our annual AP educational events
    by organizing an additional workshop on effective use of online resources, including social media, to
    extend the capacity of our agricultural professionals to reach their stakeholders and increase
    adoption of Sustainable Agriculture (SA) technologies.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    Our goal is to enhance the online capacity and impact of Hawaii’s agricultural professionals.
    To realize this goal we seek to use this supplemental WSARE funding to achieve the following
    1. Complete revision of SOAP webpages to new format (months 1-12),
    2. Train 25 agricultural professionals in use of web-based tools including website posting, video
    development, newsletter distribution, social media literacy, etc. (months 3-10),
    3. Quantify the impact of web based extension activities by Hawaii-based agricultural
    professionals (months 6-12 and beyond).

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.