Business/In Brief • Sept. 23, 2014

Federal grant for agriculture accelerator

KAILUA-KONA – The Kohala Center on the Big Island has received a $2 million federal grant to develop an agricultural business accelerator.

The center will help farmers and food producers learn about business planning, financial strategies and marketing, West Hawaii Today reported.

It will encourage farmers to branch out into making condiments, lotions, fiber, perfumes, organic salad mixes and specialty coffees.

The grant also will allow the center to bring in the island’s professional chefs to talk about products that are in high demand.

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says the project is expected to save 39 jobs and create 28 new positions.