HDOA Chairperson Russell S. Kokubun, special assistant Ken Kakesako and economic development specialist Michael Opgenorth attended a sustainable agriculture tour last week on Hawaii Island.  The tour was hosted by several local biodiesel companies to get a full picture of their biofuel production model on the island.  Also on the tour were several state legislators, ...
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Export Workshop on Global Kosher Market

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 in Main

If you missed last month’s Global Food Export Opportunities Workshops, you may still attend the second round featuring exporting for the international Kosher market.  They will be held in Honolulu and Hilo at the dates below.   To view the workshop flyer and list of presenters, click here. To register for these FREE workshops, go ...
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Want to learn more about organic and conventional pesticides?  HDOA has teamed up with UH-Maui College and will hold a class on organic and conventional pesticide safe practices on Tuesday, October 15 from 9 am to 1 pm at UH-Maui College.  The fee has been reduced to $35.   Environmental Specialist Steve Russo from HDOA’s ...
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Maui Workshop on Selling Backyard Eggs

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 in Main

There are  increasing numbers of residents that are raising chickens in their backyards for eggs.  However, there are state and federal requirements that one must follow in order to sell backyard eggs.   The University of Hawaii – College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), the Hawaii Department of Health and the Hawaii Department ...
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Sept. 30, 2013NR13-12   HONOLULU – A dead snake was turned over to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) last week after it was apparently run over and killed by a Windward motorist on the Pali Highway last Sunday (Sept. 22). The motorist said he was traveling town-bound on the Pali Highway near the entrance to ...
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Condolences to the Tanouye Family

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 in Main

  Harold Tanouye Hawaii has lost a long-time nurseryman and respected leader in the agricultural industry this morning with the passing of Harold Tanouye, president of Green Point Nursery, Inc.   Harold, a third-generation farmer, returned from college and established Green Point Nursery in 1957 and grew mostly anthuriums.  Son, Eric, joined the business in ...
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HDOA’s Cream of the Crop!!!

Posted on Sep 20, 2013 in Main

HDOA held its 2013 Incentive and Service Awards Program (ISAP) ceremony this morning to recognize employees for years of service and for performance awards. Congratulations to our Cream of the Crop!   HDOA’s EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR Jan Ferrer, Secretary, Agricultural Loan Division   HDOA Employee of the Year, Jan Ferrer (center), is congratulated by ...
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)  just announced that the Pacific Gateway Center in Honolulu has been awarded $180,922 for a project entitled “Sustainable Solar for Beginning Farmers with Limited Resources.” Pacific Gateway, in collaboration with Solar Wave, will design and build an affordable solar-powered refrigeration container system. This project utilizes ...
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Global Food Export Opportunity

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 in Main

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture is sponsoring a Global Food Export Opportunity to expand knowledge about exporting agricultural products.  International experts will discuss export opportunities for local products. Session 1 will be held in: Kona – September 19, 2013 – Royal Kona Resort Honolulu – September 20, 2013 – Grand Manoa Ballroom   Session 2 ...
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August 14, 2013 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of nearly $40 million to provide housing for farmworkers and their families. To view the full news release, go to: