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Hirono, USDA announce first major federal initiative to fight coffee berry borer

Department agrees to spend $1M immediately to set up operation to battle invasive species

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USDA awards grant to Hawaiian Shores Community Association

MEDIA RELEASE Rural Development Hawaii State Director, Chris Kanazawa has announced that USDA has awarded a Pre Development Planning Grant to the Hawaiian Shores Community Association. The Planning Grant will help the homeowner’s association pay for the preliminary work to develop an application for water system repair and upgrades. The United States Department of Agriculture […]

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Areas of Maui and Hawaii Counties designated drought disaster areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Maui and Hawaii counties as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by an ongoing drought that, for purposes of this disaster designation, began January 9, 2012, and continues.

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2013 ag census coming up

MEDIA RELEASE The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultutral Statistics Service (NASS) will mail the 2013 Census of Agriculture in mid-December. If you receive an Ag Census form, please complete and return it by the Feb. 4, 2013 deadline. Producers can easily and securely respond online after receiving their census form at www.agcensus.usda.gov For questions […]

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USDA grants to train, support next generation of farmers

MEDIA RELEASE U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced $18 million in federal funding to support new farmer training and education programs in 27 states. The Kohala Center received a $562,000 grant to create and deliver Ku I Ka Mana, a beginning farmer training initiative. The County of Hawaii is providing the necessary […]

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Hirono applauds federal support of isle farmers

MEDIA RELEASE The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced a commitment of more than $560,000 for the Kohala Center’s Ku I Ka Mana New Farmer Training Initiative. “As a state that imports about 85 percent of our food, it’s clear we’ve got some work to do to make Hawaii more self-reliant. That’s why I have […]

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Hawaii weekly crop weather report for July 15, 2012

Trade wind weather dominated Hawaii Island this week. Light showers and intermittent overcast skies were observed windward. While leeward areas were mostly dry and hazy throughout the week. Overall, light scattered rains with some sunshine benefited crop and pasture conditions. A wildfire in Ka`u kept firefighters busy at the end of the week. Some acres […]

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Hawaii Weekly Crop Weather Report for May 13, 2012

A front to the north of the islands diminished trade winds throughout the week, bringing light rain and sunny days to most windward areas and an increase in precipitation for many leeward areas of the Big Island. Rains decreased later in the week, with the trades culminating in a beautiful, sunny weekend.

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Hawaii Crop Report for the week ending Sunday (April 22)

The past week was relatively dry, with light intermittent rains in windward areas and few scattered showers in select leeward areas. Light precipitation fell over most windward areas throughout the week, most consistently in the Puna district. There was also plenty of sun, which resulted in continued healthy growth. Leeward areas did not fare as […]

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This week was fairly dry island-wide until rains picked up in windward areas over the weekend with strengthening trade winds. The highest recorded 24- hour rainfall total was 1.90 inches on Sunday at the Kawainui Stream gage in the north Kamuela area. The light rains coupled with intermittent sun continued to encourage growth in windward areas.

Hawaii’s drought conditions hold steady as days lengthen

This week was fairly dry island-wide until rains picked up in windward areas over the weekend with strengthening trade winds. The highest recorded 24- hour rainfall total was 1.90 inches on Sunday at the Kawainui Stream gage in the north Kamuela area. The light rains coupled with intermittent sun continued to encourage growth in windward […]

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Farmers market promotion grants available

Farmers market promotion grants available

MEDIA RELEASE Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan has announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking grant applicants for the 2012 Farmers Market Promotion Program. Approximately $10 million is available for marketing operations such as farmers markets, community supported agriculture and road-side stands. The grants, which are administered by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, are available […]

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USDA unveils 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food'

USDA unveils ‘Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food’

MEDIA RELEASE Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan have unveiled the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF) Compass, an interactive web-based document and map highlighting USDA support for local and regional food projects and successful producer, business and community case studies. While hosting a live webinar to highlight USDA’s work […]

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USDA gearing up to conduct 2012 Census of Agriculture

USDA gearing up to conduct 2012 Census of Agriculture

MEDIA RELEASE Surveys are now arriving in mailboxes around the nation to help identify all active farms in the United States. The National Agricultural Classification Survey (NACS), which asks landowners whether or not they are farming and for basic farm information, is one of the most important early steps used to determine who should receive […]

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Federal disaster declaration renewed for vog damage

Federal disaster declaration renewed for vog damage

MEDIA RELEASE The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has renewed a disaster declaration for Hawaii Island due to volcanic emissions from Kilauea volcano. The declaration is in response to a request from Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Dec. 27, 2011, citing continued agricultural production losses caused by vog. The federal declaration allows Hawaii County agricultural producers […]

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