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NR21-01 Jan. 13, 2021  HONOLULU – The Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) Market Development Branch is now accepting grant proposals under the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) for fiscal year 2021. This block grant program under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is administered through HDOA and aims to strengthen markets and expand economic ...
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Act 100, SLH 199 – Annual Report Act 178, SLH 2002 – Administratively Established Appropriations Report Act 73, SLH 2010 – Ag Development and Food Security Special Fund Act 236, SLH 2008 – Annual Report on the Biosecurity Program Act 233, SLH 2008 – Report on the State’s Progress Toward Meeting the Milestones and Objectives ...
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Farm to State Program

Posted on Dec 23, 2020 in Main

The Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) Farm to State program is an offshoot of the Farm to School program that links Hawai`i farmers and ranchers to schools and other state government institutions that have food service operations. HDOA invites local food producers to be part of the Farm to State program by submitting a list ...
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Live Skunk Captured at Kahului Pier

Posted on Dec 15, 2020 in Main

NR20-20 Dec. 15, 2020 HONOLULU – A live skunk was found and captured this morning at a maritime container yard at Pier 1 in Kahului, Maui. The skunk was spotted roaming around in the container yard early in the morning and was reported to harbor security by a biologist surveying for stranded sea bird fledglings. ...
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NR20-19 Nov. 20, 2020 HONOLULU – On Nov. 17, 2020, by interim rule, the chairperson of the Hawai`i Board of Agriculture (board) designated Maui and Hawai`i Island as areas infested by coffee leaf rust (CLR), Hemileia vastatrix.  This authorizes the Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA), Plant Quarantine Branch (PQB) to restrict the movement of coffee ...
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NR20-18 Nov. 18, 2020 HONOLULU – A small snake was found in a shipping container of Christmas trees that was being inspected at the Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) Plant Quarantine Branch (PQB) in Honolulu on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. The shipment was being held for secondary inspection due to a slug interception when workers ...
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Update: More information has been received from USDA regarding this grant which requires additional time to establish the program. Expected opening date for the Request for Proposals is now January 2021. News Release from the Office of Governor David Y. Ige October 21, 2020 HONOLULU – The State of Hawai`i has been awarded $1.9 million ...
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NR20-17 Nov. 10, 2020 HONOLULU – Coffee leaf rust (CLR) has been confirmed on coffee plants on Hawai`i Island by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Identification Services. The samples were collected by a grower on a farm in the Holualoa area, south of Kailua-Kona, on Hawai`i Island on October 31, 2020. Samples from Hilo, ...
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Gov. Ige was notified today that the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Oahu County as a natural disaster area for drought. A Secretarial disaster designation makes farm operators in primary counties and those counties contiguous to such primary counties eligible to be considered for certain assistance from the Farm Service Agency ...
Read More Oahu Designated Natural Disaster Area for Drought by USDA

NR20-16 Oct. 30, 2020 HONOLULU – Coffee leaf rust (CLR) has been confirmed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) from coffee plant samples collected on Maui last week. Also, in response to the detection on Maui, Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) staff began statewide surveys and detected suspect plants at a residence in ...
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