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Hawaii’s 2014-2015 macadamia nut production up 12 percent over previous season

Hawaii 2014-2015 macadamia nut utilized production is estimated at 46.0 million pounds (net, wet-in-shell basis), up 12 percent from the previous season according to a survey conducted by the National Agricultural Statistics Service. A larger crop combined with favorable prices contributed to this season’s higher crop value.

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The trade winds were light to moderate last week on the Big Island. Light precipitation peppered the windward areas throughout the weekdays. As the weekend approached, there were heavier downpours in the Hilo and Puna districts. Leeward areas were mostly dry throughout the week with occasional showers in upper elevation. Rain showers occurred typically in the morning and evening hours. Daytime temperatures reached the mid to upper eighties.

Hawaii Crop Weather Report for June 16, 2015

The trade winds were light to moderate last week on the Big Island. Light precipitation peppered the windward areas throughout the weekdays. As the weekend approached, there were heavier downpours in the Hilo and Puna districts. Leeward areas were mostly dry throughout the week with occasional showers in upper elevation. Rain showers occurred typically in […]

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Senate confirms Enright at DOA chairman

MEDIA RELEASE In a unanimous decision on the Senate floor, State Senators confirmed Scott Enright as the Chairperson of the Department of Agriculture (DOA). Enright has served as the director of the Department of Agriculture since January 2014, and deputy director for the previous two years. Enright serves as national chair of the National Association […]

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Greenwell Farms captures Cream of the Crop People’s Choice

MEDIA RELEASE Greenwell Farms captured the hearts and tastebuds of attendees at Kona Coffee Council’s 2015 Cream of the Crop coffee and dessert tasting competition this month on the lawn at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa. Greenwell Farms served a much-welcomed iced espresso to happy Cream of the Crop attendees and was rewarded with […]

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HTFG taps five supporters of fruit industry

MEDIA RELEASE The Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers (HTFG) names the recipients of its appreciation awards, given annually to supporters of the state’s local fruit industry. The five award winners are being lauded at the HTFG annual conference, Sept. 12-14 at the Kahilu Golf Course in Wailuku, Maui. Award recipients are James Simpliciano of Maui, Dr. […]

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Thinking inside the box: Island style

MEDIA RELEASE The Food Basket, Hawaii Island’s Food Bank, is connecting local farmers and local consumers to alleviate some of the barriers to nutrition and self-sustainability on Hawaii Island. Through collective buying power, The Food Basket will be able to leverage its existing distribution to bring a box of 8-12 pounds of produce to consumers […]

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UH scientists share tips on how to identify, control little fire ants

Little fire ants, first found on O‘ahu about six months ago, are continuing to spread throughout the island. The ants are already well established on the Big Island and have been found but were controlled on Kaua‘i and Maui. Faculty and staff at the UHM’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources and the Hawai‘i […]

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USDA designates Hawaii County as a primary natural disaster area

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Hawaii County in Hawaii as a primary natural disaster area due damages and losses caused by wind, rain and flooding that occurred August 7-9, 2014. “Our hearts go out to those Hawaii farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

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Livestock producers urged to enroll in disaster assistance program by October 1

Producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses are encouraged to act to secure assistance by September 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date. Livestock producers that have experienced grazing losses since October 2011 and may be eligible for benefits but have not yet […]

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Iselle: Emergency loans available for farmers

MEDIA RELEASE The state Board of Agriculture has approved an emergency loan program for farmers across the state who are suffering from recent storm damage. “Our field surveys and reports from farmers indicate significant damage to not only crops, but to some facilities and farm infrastructure,” said Scott Enright, chairperson of the Hawaii Board of […]

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Hawaii crop weather data for August 24, 2014

On the Big Island, damaged trees in the Puna district have continued to fall over in some areas affected by the past storm. Pastures in windward areas are greener than normal for this time of the year. Daily rainfall received around the island reduced the need for irrigation.

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HCC offers Hilo, Pahoa farmer training

MEDIA RELEASE Hawaii Community College has announced it will offer the popular “Business Plan Development Training for Farmers” course in Hilo and Pahoa. This 84-hour course provides a comprehensive program discussing agriculture business plan development and how to succeed as a farmer on Hawaii Island. The course encompasses 21 hands-on lectures and useful business planning […]

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