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Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the appointment of Scott Enright as Chairperson of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture.  The appointment becomes effective Jan. 1, 2014.  Enright succeeds Russell S. Kokubun, who is retiring at the end of the year. To view the news release, go to:  http://governor.hawaii.gov/blog/category/newsroom/latest-news/

Ulu Workshops on Maui, Oahu and Kauai

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 in Main

Ulu, or breadfruit, has been a staple in Hawaii for ages and now there is a movement to encourage its utilization and availability throughout the islands. “Breadfruit – From Tree to Table” is a workshop sponsored by Ho’oulu ka ‘Ulu,  Kamehameha Schools and the Hawaii Department of Agriculture. The half-day workshops will be held on Maui, ...
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Protecting Pollinators Class on Maui

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 in Main

If you live on Maui and use pesticides for business or at home, this class is for you!   Protecting Pollinators During Pesticide ApplicationFriday, Dec. 13, 20131:00 – 3:00 p.m.UH-Maui CollegeFee:  $39   Trainer: Steve Russo, Hawaii Department of Agriculture, Environmental Health Specialist, Pesticides Branch                     ...
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GMO Pre-emption Legislation in Oregon

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 in Main

The following links are to news articles from the State of Oregon regarding states’ ability to pre-empt county GMO regulations. The Oregonian:  http://gov.oregonlive.com/bill/2013/SB863/ The Oregonian:  http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/10/lawmakers_celebrate_end_of_spe.html

Christmas Trees Arrive With Less Pests!

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 in Main

The first shipment of Christmas trees arrived over the weekend and out of about 60 containers, only six had to be held for treatment of slugs.  Last year, about half of the containers had to be held for treatment or returned to the Mainland.   What made the difference this year?  The Oregon Department of ...
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If you are commuting to the Main Office of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture this week, be aware of lane closures from Wed., Nov, 20 to Tues., Nov. 26. from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  in the area around Keeaumoku St., S. King St., and Young St.   The Department of Accounting and General Services ...
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Nov. 15, 2013NR13-16 Federal and State Regulations Apply for Eggs for Sale HONOLULU – A series of workshops have been scheduled to educate the growing number of Hawaii residents who are raising backyard poultry and selling eggs to friends, family and in some instances, the public.  Many are not aware that if they sell their ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENov. 13, 2013NR13-15 Agricultural Good Neighbor Program Established HONOLULU – The Pesticides Branch of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) has completed voluntary pesticide-use guidelines and established the “Kauai Agricultural Good Neighbor Program” to provide more information and education on pesticide use on the island. The voluntary pesticide-use guideline will go into effect ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENov. 4, 2013NR13-13 Assessing Budget Requirements for Increased Inspection HONOLULU – Following Kauai Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr.’s veto Thursday (Oct. 31) of county Bill 2491 (Relating to Pesticides and Genetically Modified Organisms), the state Department of Agriculture reaffirmed the Mayor’s assessment that complicated legal issues and practical enforcement and implementation details must ...
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Buy Local at the Pumpkin Patch!

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 in Main