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Kenoi attends Conference of Mayors in D.C.

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack talks with Hawaii mayors Billy Kenoi and Bernard Carvalho. (Photo courtesy of the Mayor's Office)

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Mayor Billy Kenoi and Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho met with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack last week to discuss strategy for diversifying agriculture.

Kenoi discussed farming on the Big Island, which is home to more than 4,600 farm and livestock operations, representing 62 percent of the state’s total.

Kenoi and Vilsack also discussed federal work underway at the Pacific Basin Agriculture Research Center and the County’s work to expand community based agriculture on 1,739 acres in Hamakua.

Kenoi was attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCOM) in Washington, D.C.

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