Creating a web page for the new Maui County Department of Agriculture

February 21, 2022, 3:30 p.m. HST
* Updated February 21, 9:41 a.m.

Maui County has created a new webpage as part of the formation of the county’s new Department of Agriculture. Voters approved a Maui County charter amendment in November 2020 to create the department, which will officially launch in July 2022.

A working group on agriculture was created in 2021 to formulate the first recommendations and orientations for the creation of the Ministry of Agriculture.

The county’s webpage outlines the draft mission statement, charter-mandated responsibilities, and the process being created for the department.

“I thank the members of the agriculture task force for their hard work in coming up with recommendations for this new department,” Mayor Michael Victorino said in a news release. “They worked diligently to recommend the general direction of the department, its organizational structure and the minimum possible qualifications for the director and deputy of the department. Our goal is for this new department to support our local farmers and ranchers, help our community have greater food security, and provide additional pathways to economic diversification.

A community meeting was held on December 21, 2021 and an updated presentation was provided to the Agriculture and Public Trust Committee on January 18, 2022.

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Work on the department’s training is ongoing, and community and stakeholder feedback is still being solicited and incorporated. Recommendations and ideas for this new department should be emailed to [email protected]

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