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Agriculture college honors Big Island grocer

MEDIA RELEASE Dr. Thomas Lumpkin has been named Outstanding Alumnus for his work to reduce poverty and improve food security worldwide, and Big Island food industry executive Derek Kurisu will receive the Ka Lei Hano Heritage Award for advocacy on behalf of agricultural producers in post-sugar Hawaii by the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s College [...]

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Solomon applauds Ha’s leadership in agriculture

MEDIA RELEASE In written testimony to the chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Sen. Malama Solomon expressed strong support for the appointment of Richard Ha to the state Board of Agriculture. “The challenges that face the agricultural business in Hawaii are daunting,” Solomon said in written testimony. “This is why we need Richard Ha’s [...]

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Hawaii organic foods industry analysis released

Report includes recommendations on representation, processing, farmland, distribution, education and enforcement, and marketing

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Kaunamano Farms wins Mahiai Match-Up prize

MEDIA RELEASE Kamehameha Schools and Ke Alii Pauahi Foundation revealed the first, second and third place winners of the Mahiai Match-Up Agricultural Business Plan Contest at a recent fundraising gala at Dole Cannery’s Pomaikai Ballrooms. Winning teams receive an agricultural lease from Kamehameha Schools with up to five years of waived rent and money from [...]

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Paniolo Cattle Company formed by Parker Ranch, Ulupono Initiative

Dutch Kuyper: ‘This joint venture is about trying to level the cost of beef, creating an at-home thriving cattle industry that is energy-efficient and protects us against volatility in fuel and feed costs’

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USDA Hawaii crop weather report for the week ending March 2, 2014

The week started off with mostly clears skies, low relative humidity and cooler than normal temperatures. Trade winds blew vog and haze from the eastside of the island leaving skies clear early in the week. As the week progressed winds became much lighter and overcast skies prevailed. Heavy showers fell along the Hamakua coast mid-week; Island Dairy received 2.63 inches in a 24-hour period ending on the 27th.

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Coffee Berry Borer bill moves out of House finance committee

House Bill 1514, introduced by Representative Nicole Lowen (District 6-Kailua Kona, Holualoa), cleared a major hurdle last night as it was unanimously passed out of the House Committee on Finance. The bill creates and funds a subsidy program in the Department of Agriculture (DOA) and appropriates funds for education and outreach to farmers through the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) at the University of Hawaii. The bill will now move to the house floor where it is expected to pass third reading and cross over to the Senate.

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10th annual Grow Hawaiian Weekend (Feb. 21-22)

MEDIA RELEASE The 10th Annual Grow Hawaiian Weekend on Friday, Feb. 21 and Saturday, Feb. 22, is a celebration of Hawaiian cultural and natural history at Amy Greenwell Garden in Captain Cook. Admission to the Garden will be free on those two days, and all of the activities are free. On Friday, Feb. 21, between [...]

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Senate passes Farm Bill that supports jobs, expands clean energy

MEDIA RELEASE The Senate has passed the 2014 farm bill, which provides $881 million for clean energy projects, supports local jobs across Hawaii, extends the sugar program, and combats the destructive impact of the coffee berry borer. In November 2013, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) wrote a letter to Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) [...]

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Governor releases $15.85M for agriculture, watershed preservation

MEDIA RELEASE Gov. Neil Abercrombie has announced the release of more than $15.85 million for various capital improvement projects administered by the state Department of Agriculture in support of the local agriculture industry and further preservation of Hawaii’s watersheds. “Hawaii’s agriculture industry is vital to our local economy and supports thriving rural communities,” Abercrombie said. [...]

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Mazie K. Hirono

Farm Bill to fight coffee berry borer beetle

MEDIA RELEASE U.S. Sen. Mazie K. Hirono has announced the 2014 Farm Bill expected to be passed by Congress this week includes a measure to fight the coffee berry borer that has been ravaging Hawaii Island coffee farms for almost three years. Hirono had worked with Senate and House agriculture committees to include language that [...]

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Two bills address ‘consumer fraud’ in coffee labeling

MEDIA RELEASE Rep. Nicole Lowen and Sen. Russell Ruderman, at the urging of the Kona Coffee Farmers Association, have introduced companion bills in the Hawaii Legislature’s 2014 Session to reduce consumer fraud and deception caused by current state coffee labeling laws. Lowen’s bill is HB1515 “Relating to Agriculture” and Ruderman’s bill is SB2354 “Relating to [...]

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