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NR19-10 April 16, 2019  Local farmer produces more than a million pounds of head cabbage for Hawaii’s markets HONOLULU – The Whitmore Project has produced another record harvest on the former Galbraith lands, located between Central Oahu and the North Shore. Three years ago, Larry Jefts, owner of Kelena Farms, was the first farmer to ...
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Growing Hawaii Agriculture

Posted on Apr 15, 2019 in Main

Agricultural Learning Excursion by New Deputy Glenn K. Muranaka HDOA Deputy to the Chairperson Glenn Muranaka traveled to Hawaii Island on April 13, 2019 for an agricultural learning excursion  led by KTA Executive Vice President Derek Kurisu. Glenn visited Green Point Nurseries in Hilo and was impressed at what the Tanouye family has accomplished throughout ...
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NR19-09 April 11, 2019 HONOLULU – The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its 2017 Census of Agriculture this morning indicating the total number of farms in Hawaii increased by about five percent since the last census in 2012, while the total market value dropped from $661 million to about $564 million during the same period. ...
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NR19-08 March 14, 2019  30-Day Comment Period Open On February 26, 2019, the Hawaii Board of Agriculture preliminarily approved a change in the list placement of Water Buffalo, Bubalus bubalis, from the List of Restricted Animals (Part A) to the List of Restricted Animals (Part B). A copy of the proposed order and proposed exact ...
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NR19-07 March 12, 2019 HONOLULU – A five-foot-long boa constrictor was turned in to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) on Saturday, March 9th.  A Kunia farmworker said he saw the snake near bushes along Kunia Road on Friday afternoon and he and his nephew captured it and held it overnight in a trash can. ...
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NR19-06 March 7, 2019 HONOLULU – Little fire ants (LFA) have been confirmed in a second Windward Oahu neighborhood. A resident in Ahuimanu reported stinging ants and surveys of the area and a nearby home of a relative detected two infestation sites around Ahuimanu Rd. The main site involves 13 properties and the other site ...
Read More New Infestation of Little Fire Ants Treated in Ahuimanu Neighborhood as Kaneohe Infestation Undergoes Second Treatment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NR19-05 March 1, 2019 Plant Buyers Asked to Check Their Plants HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) is asking those who purchased plants at the Punahou Carnival to check their plants for little fire ants (LFA) after the stinging ants were found on a staghorn fern that was sold at ...
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Governor David Ige today announced the appointment of Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser as chairperson and Glenn Muranaka as deputy to the chairperson for the Hawaii Board of Agriculture. To view the news release from the Governor’s Office, click here.

To support the agricultural community, the State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture looked at expanding the uses at the Kamuela Vacuum Cooling Plant to include additional amenities that would help farmers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and promote farming. A flyer summarizing the findings can be found here. The Final Master Plan ...
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NR19-04 Feb. 8, 2019 HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) is currently accepting applications for grants to help Hawaii farmers and ranchers with the cost of bringing their operations in compliance with state and federal food safety regulations aimed at preventing foodborne illnesses. During the 2018 session, the state legislature appropriated a total ...
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