Several years ago I ran into OSU Ag Extension students at a Kona Coffee...

Asked May 24, 2020, 3:51 AM EDT

Several years ago I ran into OSU Ag Extension students at a Kona Coffee plantation. Presently the commercial production of chocolate producing cacao in several Hawaiian microclimates seems promising. Rapid expansion of cacao acreage by the air layering of existing trees appears feasible. Would OSU consider supporting studies on this process for developing the chocolate industry, as OSU has also been involved with Kona coffee? Thank you for a response. Jerry Mershon, Mililani, HI

Hawaii

1 Response

Hello & thank you for contacting OSU Extension regarding interest in cacao production. My apologies for taking so long to respond but I had to do some research to find interested faculty. We have two faculty members at least interested in hearing more. One is Jonathan Fresnedo Ramirez (fresnedoramirez.1@osu.edu). Jonathan has no research experience but has had some undergraduate training in tropical agriculture as an undergraduate agriculture student in Mexico. The other is Matt Kleinhenz (kleinhenz.1@osu.edu). Matt's interest is spurred by curiosity about a different horticulture crop.
I hope that you find this information useful.