Release: August 31, 2005
MAUI FLOWER FARMER APPOINTED TO HAWAII BOARD OF AGRICULTURE
HONOLULU Â– Governor
Linda Lingle has appointed Maui flower farmer, Craig Rasmussen, as an
at-large member of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture. His four-year term
Rasmussen and his wife, Teena own Paradise Flower Farms, Inc. and have been in business since 1979. Their 56-acre farm in Kula grows fresh cut flowers, roses, lei flowers bulbs and foliage.
Â“CraigÂ’s farming and business perspective will be of great value to the Board especially on matters involving our important floriculture industry,Â” said Sandra Lee Kunimoto, Chairperson for the Hawaii Board of Agriculture. Â“I also look forward to his participation in expanding and strengthening all segments of agriculture in Hawaii.Â”
Rasmussen served as President of the Maui County Farm Bureau in 1982 and was named the Outstanding Farm Bureau Member of the Year in 1986-1987. He also served on the Maui County Agricultural Park Commission from 1990 to 1993 and was a member of the MayorÂ’s Selection Committee for Boards and Commissions in 2003.
Rasmussen was named MauiÂ’s Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2001 and his family was recognized as the Outstanding Farm Family of the Year by the Hawaii State Farm Bureau in 2004. In 1990, he was awarded the Outstanding Cooperator of the Year for Maui County by the U.S. Department of AgricultureÂ’s Natural Resource Conservation Service.
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