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Counties designated as drought disaster areas

MEDIA RELEASE The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Hawaii County and Honolulu County as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by an ongoing drought that, for purposes of this disaster designation, began Jan. 1, 2012, and continues. The designation makes all qualified farm operators on the islands of Hawaii and Oahu eligible […]

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Agriculture inspector positions supported in budget bill

Agriculture inspector positions supported in budget bill

MEDIA RELEASE House Finance and Senate Ways and Means conferees have agreed to support Agriculture inspectors statewide by funding the positions through the state general fund rather than a special fund, freeing up more money to fight invasive species. Currently, 20 inspector positions at airports and harbors on Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Hawaii Island, are […]

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Report ties local food system to community health

Report ties local food system to community health

MEDIA RELEASE Expanding production and access to locally grown food in Hawaii County could decrease hunger, increase community food security, and strengthen the island’s economy, according to a report released by The Kohala Center. Prepared in partnership with the state Department of Agriculture and Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research Hawaii, the report is a […]

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Interisland coffee transport rules in effect

Interisland coffee transport rules in effect

MEDIA RELEASE The state Department of Agriculture has established permanent rules that require permits, treatments and inspections in order to transport unroasted coffee beans and other coffee-related materials from Hawaii Island to other islands to prevent the spread of the coffee berry borer (CBB). The rules became effective Feb. 24 and are similar to interim […]

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Leila Kagawa

Kagawa named Deputy Director of Dept of Human Resources and Development

Governor Neil Abercrombie has appointed Scott Edward Enright to Deputy Director of the Department of Agriculture (DOA), and Leila Kagawa to Deputy Director of the Department of Human Resources and Development (DHRD).

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Isle drought warrants natural disaster designation

Isle drought warrants natural disaster designation

MEDIA RELEASE Gov. Neil Abercrombie has announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Hawaii County as a primary natural disaster area resulting from ongoing drought conditions. The governor last month applied for the designation, which clears the way for Hawaii Island farmers and ranchers to apply for available federal relief. Hawaii County was […]

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Renewed funding for Organic Certification Cost-Share Program

Renewed funding for Organic Certification Cost-Share Program

MEDIA RELEASE The state Department of Agriculture (HDOA) is currently accepting applications for a new round of organic certification cost-share assistance to organic farmers, organic livestock operators and organic produce handlers. Renewed federal funding totaling up to $95,000 has been allotted to help Hawaii agribusinesses with the cost of organic certification through two separate cooperative […]

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Hilo, Kona reptiles among illegal animals turned in

Hilo, Kona reptiles among illegal animals turned in

MEDIA RELEASE Twelve illegal animals have been turned in to the state Department of Agriculture between June 29 and July 13. One snake was caught in the wild on Oahu; while three other snakes, two from Hilo and one from Oahu, were turned in under the State’s Amnesty law. In addition, eight illegal lizards were […]

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Enhanced data on agriculture now available

Enhanced data on agriculture now available

MEDIA RELEASE The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has announced the availability of enhanced data on North American agriculture. Published online, the information is a result of a project sponsored by the North American Tripartite Committee on Agricultural Statistics (NATCAS). “Working together with our statistical counterparts in Canada and Mexico, NASS […]

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The state Board of Agriculture (HBOA) met Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 and approved an emergency interim rule that establishes two Coffee Berry Borer (CBB) quarantine zones on Hawaii Island that restricts the movement of coffee plants, plant parts, green beans and bags to prevent and slow the spread of CBB in Hawaii.

Two quarantine zones OK’d for Coffee Berry Borer

The state Board of Agriculture (HBOA) met Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 and approved an emergency interim rule that establishes two Coffee Berry Borer (CBB) quarantine zones on Hawaii Island that restricts the movement of coffee plants, plant parts, green beans and bags to prevent and slow the spread of CBB in Hawaii.

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Renewed funding for organic certification program

Renewed funding for organic certification program

MEDIA RELEASE The state Department of Agriculture (HDOA) is accepting applications for a new round of organic certification cost-share assistance to organic farmers, organic livestock operators and organic produce handlers. Renewed federal funding totaling up to $95,000 has been allotted to help Hawaii agribusinesses with the cost of organic certification through two separate cooperative agreements […]

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Federal workshops on natural disaster assistance

Federal workshops on natural disaster assistance

MEDIA RELEASE With only two months left in the year, 2010 has presented Hawaii’s agricultural growers with multiple challenges, including a drought, vog, new pests and diseases, as well as an ailing economy. Now there is one more “threat” to the local farming community: a major change in national disaster assistance rules. The USDA Farm […]

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Draft EA posted for strawberry guava; comment period open

Draft EA posted for strawberry guava; comment period open

MEDIA RELEASE The state Department of Agriculture has posted a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the release of a natural predator (Tectococcus ovatus, a Brazilian scale insect) for the sustainable management of strawberry guava in Hawaii. This action is proposed to mitigate the impacts of strawberry guava on native forests, the water supply and agriculture. […]

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State offering agricultural leases in Pahoa

State offering agricultural leases in Pahoa

MEDIA RELEASE The state Department of Agriculture (HDOA) is now accepting applications for lease negotiations on seven parcels of state agricultural land in the Pahoa Agricultural Park. Interested persons should submit an application to the Agricultural Resource Management Division (ARMD) to determine whether they are qualified to hold an agricultural lease with the state. The […]

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