Michael Duponte

Michael Duponte is an Extension Agent  in Livestock and Pasture Management for East Hawai`i, University of Hawai`i and Cooperative Extension Service, and will be retiring after many years of service at the end of this year. His   responsibilities have included: 1) to maintain coordinating roles with county and state staff, UH personnel, government agencies, and industry & community associations in areas of agricultural management, livestock production and marketing to establish long range and short term goals, 2) to evaluate the needs of the livestock and other industries, then plan, develop and provide educational programs to fulfill their goals, and 3) to transfer technical knowledge from research to management.  Born and raised in Hawai‘i, Mike got his first introduction to dairy production at a young age through family friends who operated Foremost Farms in Waimanalo.  After performing his first pregnancy check at the age of 14, little did he know that he would one day return to it as a profession. Mike has over 30 years of experience as a certified artificial inseminator with over 200,000 cattle services.  He is actively involved with national genetic improvement programs through bull semen collection, heat synchronization and detection, DNA sequencing,  and carcass evaluation using genomic technology. He is a passionate Korean Natural Farmer, and has been involved with it from its very beginnings here on the Big Island. Mike, his wife Ruth , and adult children Elise and Kyle, reside in the rainy town of Hilo, Hawaii.

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