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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

National Honey Queen Visits Hawaii

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 in Main

American Honey Queen Caroline Adams visited with HDOA Chairperson Russell Kokubun in his office. The American Honey Queen, Caroline Adams, is in Hawaii and begins a week-long tour in Honolulu and the Big Island.   Queen Adams began her day early as a guest on the KHON Wake Up 2day show where she talked about ...
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The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) recently received the grand prize at an international sustainability conference for its presentation and poster display of Hawaii’s ahupua`a system.  The International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) presented the award to HDOA Chairperson Russell S. Kokubun at its Fourth Global Conference in Fukui, Japan in late September. The ...
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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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