The Guidebook is not meant to be an encyclopedia on agribusiness, rather a summary of important points and tips for farmers relating to the business (versus production) aspects of running an agribusiness. You might find that you need more information about a particular subject than is presented in this Guidebook – throughout each section we have listed additional references you can turn to. In using this Guidebook, you won’t find all the solutions to the myriad of pitfalls that might arise in agribusiness, but you’ll know what questions to ask and where to obtain additional information.
The Hawai‘i Agribusiness Guidebook was conceived as a consolidation of training information into one basic, need-to-know reference for you. It was originally published in 2008 with the intention of being presented in a classroom format, supplemented with other training material; while also being usable independently, depending on your schedule and learning style.
Preparation of the original Guidebook was a collaborative effort of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources’ (CTAHR) Academic and Student Affairs Office, the University of Hawai‘i’s GoFarm AgBusiness Program (formerly known as the Agribusiness Incubator Program), CTAHR’s Agricultural Development in the American Pacific Program, the Oahu Resource Conservation and Development Council, and USDA Rural Development.
This 2018 update and online version of the Guidebook was made possible through a partnership with: