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HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $15.85 million for various capital improvement projects (CIP) administered by the state Department of Agriculture in support of the local agriculture industry and further preservation of Hawaii’s watersheds.

HONOLULU — Another new invasive pest has been detected on Oahu, one that damages coconut trees and other palm plants. The Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) was detected at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Dec. 23, 2013 during routine surveys conducted under a cooperative agreement between the University of Hawaii at Manoa* and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Plant Protection & Quarantine (USDA-PPQ).

  A Lonely Quest for Facts on Genetically Modified Crops Jim Wilson/The New York Times Greggor Ilagan initially thought a ban on genetically modified organisms was a good idea. By AMY HARMON Published: January 4, 2014 KONA, Hawaii — From the moment the bill to ban genetically engineered crops on the island of Hawaii was ...
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Dec. 31, 2013NR13-17 HONOLULU — The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) has confirmed that an invasive stinging ant called the Little Fire Ant (LFA) has spread from Hawaii Island to Oahu and Maui.  On Dec. 23, a customer at garden shop on Maui reported a suspicious ant to the Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC), which ...
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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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