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Business of Farming Classes Offered

August 27, 2013, 10:20 AM HST
* Updated August 27, 10:23 AM
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Low-cost opportunities to get a head start on the business end of agriculture are being offered by the Office of Continuing Education and Training (OCET) at Hawaii Community College.

Twelve-week classes in how to succeed in a farming or nursery business on the Island of Hawaii are being expanded to five locations around the island in coming weeks, beginning Saturday, Aug. 31 in Hilo.

Twenty-student classes are also forming in Honokaa, Kohala, and Pahoa to start on Sept. 4, and in Kona to start on Sept. 5. The enrollment fee is $25 per student.

Students are expected to learn how to develop an agriculture business plan, where to find local small business resources, marketing skills, management team development, financial skills, record-keeping methods, product design and development skills.

Successful students are awarded a Certificate of Professional Development certifying the 94 hours of classroom instruction.

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Last fall some students receiving federal and private loans based on business plans developed in the course, according to an OCEI release.

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Call the Office of Continuing Education and Training at Hawaii Community College, 808-934-2700, for more information, or email James Rushing, [email protected]

The classes are funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Rural Development Project.

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