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Hawaii & Pacific Basin State Office

State Executive Director

Shirley Nakamura

Shirley Nakamura

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State Office Address

300 Ala Moana Blvd.
Room 5-108
Honolulu, Hawaii 96850
(808) 541-2600 ext. 2

Pandemic Response and Safety Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will soon publish Requests for Applications (RFAs) for the Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grants program to support agricultural stakeholders who haven’t yet received substantial federal financial assistance in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. This grant program will provide assistance to small businesses in certain commodity areas, including small scale specialty crop producers, food processors, manufacturers, distributors and farmers markets.

Eligible entities should visit the PRS grant portal at usda-prs.grantsolutions.gov for complete information on the program, including how to obtain a free of charge DUNS Number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) before applying for this program. Entities can submit their grant applications through the portal beginning September 23.


USDA Sets October 12, 2021 Deadline for CFAP 2

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is updating the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) for contract producers of eligible livestock and poultry and producers of specialty crops and other sales-based commodities. CFAP 2, which assists producers who faced market disruptions in 2020 due to COVID-19, is part of USDA’s broader Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Additionally, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has set an Oct. 12 deadline for all eligible producers to apply for or modify applications for CFAP 2. 

Click here for the full press release:  https://www.fsa.usda.gov/state-offices/Hawaii/news-releases/2021/stnr_hi_20210824_rel_17


New to FSA?  Click here to view a webinar recording that navigates the eligibility forms that you’ll need to file with FSA to establish eligibility for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) and other Farm Service Agency programs. (https://vimeo.com/420474141/176b234292)


Microloans Are Cultivating Big Dreams on a Small Scale

Microloans with reduced requirements and a simpler loan application are helping small, niche and beginning farmers and ranchers meet their goals. Apply for up to $50,000 to fund your farm or ranch operation. For more information click here or call your FSA County Office for an appointment with a loan officer.


MolokaiGreetings, Aloha, Talofa & Hafa Adai!

Welcome to the Hawaii State and Pacific Basin Farm Service Agency's website

Please take some time to explore the Hawaii and Pacific Basin Farm Service Agency's (FSA) website which includes links to other programs and services within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The website features up to date program notices and fact sheets, deadlines and newsletters, all geared to provide you with critical information at the click of a button. On the website you will also find detailed contact information for local FSA offices and the names of farmer-elected representatives to the FSA County Committees.

You are urged to sign up to receive FSA’s e-newsletters and e-news bulletins here. Quick, convenient and at no cost to you or your business, FSA’s newsletters will arrive in your e-mail or via text on a monthly basis and e-news items as the “news” happens.

Finally, you can call to schedule an appointment with staff at your local FSA office and learn more about the programs that FSA offers to maximize your business' success. Farm Service Agency staff are deeply committed to supporting farm and ranch businesses and will walk you through a host of programs and services including farm loans, payment programs, disaster relief, and conservation programs.

Covering a geographic area the size of the Continental U.S., FSA Hawaii and the Pacific Basin supports a wealth of diverse farms and ranches in terms of size of operations, crops, type of production systems, and markets. Perhaps, more importantly, it is the diversity of the people engaged in agricultural systems that makes this region unique. The cultures, customs, languages and even the business systems are distinctive from place to place whether it is each island within the State of Hawaii or the islands encompassing the territories of American Samoa, Guam and the Common Wealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Yet, as diverse as our agricultural communities are, we are all firmly linked by our common commitment and passion for agriculture. Be it producing food for consumption, flowers and plants to enhance the quality of our lives, or the production of fiber for the energy sector, we are all working to assure the successful development of the region's agricultural businesses.

Thank You, Mahalo, Fa’afetai Lava & Si Yu’us Ma’ase
Hawaii and Pacific Basin State Office