The Natural Resources Conservation Service, East and West Kauaʻi Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and the University of Hawai‘i College of Tropical Agriculture Human Resources, Cooperative Extension Service are holding a free workshop this Saturday for livestock managers and farmers who are interested in learning more about deep and dry litter livestock systems, and NRCS financial assistance.

These systems can be used on a variety of livestock. The workshop will include guest speaker Joanna Nobriga, from Double D Ranch on the Big Island, explaining the benefits and implementation of deep and dry litter systems, along with her success stories and processes of harvest to harvest with her pigs.

CTAHR Livestock Extension Agent Savannah Katulski and the Lihuʻe Field Office Staff, including NRCS and East and West Kauaʻi SWCD will also be present to explain the NRCS programs and financial assistance. The event will be held Saturday, July 20 at Kauaʻi Community College in the Learning Resource Center Building in Room 130, from 2-4 p.m.

NRCS is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture that provides technical assistance to farmers and other private landowners and managers. They also have various programs that can provide financial assistance to farmers who qualify. The Districts have been serving the community at large on Kauaʻi since 1953 with ongoing projects and educational outreach to all ages and backgrounds across the island.

NRCS and EWSWCD partner to connect farmers and producers to educational, technical and financial resources to better protect our natural resources such as water, soil, air and wildlife. CTAHR, CES partner with federal, state and local governments and provide science-based information and educational programs in agriculture, natural resources and human resources.

CTAHR’s Agricultural Diagnostic Service Center provides insect identification, nematode counts and disease diagnosis; soil, plant, water and feed analysis; and sales of seeds of vegetable and papaya cultivars developed by the college.

For more information on this workshop, NRCS programs or other services the NRCS and Soil and Water Conservation Districts can provide, contact the main office at 4334 Rice Street, Suite 207, Lihu‘e, (808) 245-9014 opt. 3. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.