Hawaii Coffee Association Annual Conference to Tackle Leaf Rust in June

Hawaii Coffee Association Annual Conference to Tackle Leaf Rust in June

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2017 file photograph, courtesy of the Hawaii Coffee Association.

Following a yr characterised by illness outbreaks affecting each people and crops, the Hawaii Coffee Association is getting ready to host its 2021 convention on-line.

Corresponding with the two-day occasion, taking place June 24-25, would be the finale of the Association’s twelfth statewide cupping competitors, together with an awards ceremony at 5 p.m. native time on June 25.

The on-line convention might be free to attend for HCA members and non-members alike. The cupping competition entry deadline is Friday, May 21.

As a state, Hawaii has been as much as its nostrils in epidemiological points over the previous yr, coping with each quarantines of people and agricultural matter to assist halt the unfold of the novel coronavirus and coffee leaf rust, respectively.

The latter was found on the Hawaiian islands for the first time ever within the Haiku space of Maui in October. Two weeks later, the crop-killing fungus was discovered on the big island of Hawaii.

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“2020 was the yr of COVID and coffee leaf rust,” HCA President Chris Manfredi mentioned in a current announcement of the 2021 on-line assembly. “2021 represents the yr wherein we’ve got a chance to efficiently emerge from these multilayered crises.”

For the 2021 occasion, specialty coffee business trailblazer Emilio Lopez Diaz of Topeca Coffee, Cuatro M and Odyssey Coffees might be delivering a keynote handle known as “Living with Coffee Leaf Rust.”

Here’s the total on-line convention agenda:

Thursday, June 24
8-8:30 – Message from Hawaii Coffee Association President Chris Manfredi
8:45-10:15 – Keynote: Living with Coffee Leaf Rust
10:45-11:30 – Hawaii Department of Agriculture Update
11:45-12:30 – UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Update

Friday, June 25
9-10 – US Dept of Agriculture/Pacific Basin Ag Research Center Panel Update
10:15-11:15 – Hawaii Agriculture Research Center and Hawaii Coffee Growers Assn. Panel Update
11:30-12:15 – Social Media Marketing Tips — Anthology Marketing Group
12:45-1:30 – Get to Know Us: The Hawaii Coffee Association Café Collective
1:45 – Hawaii Coffee Association Board Election Results
5:00 – Hawaii Coffee Association Cupping Competition Awards Ceremony

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