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Updated at 1:57 p.m., Thursday, March 29, 2007

Akaka lauds UH Tropical Agriculture's 100-year mark

Advertiser Staff

Sen. Daniel K. Akaka, D-Hawai'i, today offered formal congratulations to the University of Hawai'i's College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, for reaching its 100th anniversary, with a statement on the U.S. Senate floor.

Here is the statement, which will appear in the Congressional Record:

Mr. President, I rise today to honor the centennial celebration of the University of Hawaii's College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) is the founding college of the University of Hawaii system and its flagship campus, the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

In 1907, the Hawaii Territorial Legislature established the College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts under the auspices of the Morrill Act as a land-grant college. The first year that classes were offered, in 1908, the College provided agriculture, household economics, science, and engineering classes, all of which remain part of CTAHR's academic programs to this day.

From its humble beginnings in 1907 to today, CTAHR continues to provide an excellent education and career development opportunities for students. CTAHR has developed a solid foundation in research and educational programs that support tropical agricultural systems and in turn foster viable communities, a diversified economy, and a healthy environment.

CTAHR's researchers, instructors, and extension personnel continue to research and develop new crops that will reduce our reliance on imported foods, improve food security, and diversify Hawaii's agriculture to explore alternative markets. In addition, the College has played an integral role in further enhancing our understanding of environmental science and advancing agricultural and resource management approaches that conserve and protect Hawaii's natural resources.

CTAHR offers a diverse curriculum that continues to prepare an educated and experienced workforce to meet the state of Hawaii's environmental, agricultural, animal science, dietetic, engineering, and human resource industry needs.

CTAHR empowers both students and the public to learn about and proactively engage in better managing the limited resources of our islands. Research conducted by its faculty and through its undergraduate, master, and doctoral programs contribute not only to our local knowledge, but in many cases represent field breakthroughs and establishment of cutting edge technologies.

CTAHR will continue to not only enhance the physical landscape of our islands and improve the quality of life for all in Hawaii and across the nation.

Again, I honor the University of Hawaii's College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources for 100 years of service to the people of Hawaii, the Pacific region, and the nation in its dedication to the development of sustainable agriculture and human resources programs to meet the needs of our changing communities.