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The current issue of Hana Hou!, the inflight magazine for Hawaiian Airlines, features an article on HDOA’s Plant Quarantine Branch and the work they do to intercept and capture invasive species. Also in the issue is an article on well-known Big Island beekeeper Garnett Puett, that discloses a little-known talent that keeps him busy.  To ...
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The Laotian Farmers Association, UH-College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, Farm Service Agency, the State Department of Health and the Hawaii Department of Agriculture will jointly hold a Farmers Resource Workshop on Saturday, April 6th from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at You Soukaseum’s Farm in Kahuku.   The workshop is free and will cover ...
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NR13-03March 11, 2013  HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) is currently accepting applications for a new round of organic certification cost-share assistance to organic farmers and organic livestock operators. Renewed federal funding totaling up to $65,000 has been allotted to help Hawaii organic farmers with the cost of organic certification through a cooperative ...
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NR13-04March 11, 2013 HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) will hold an informational meeting on Maui to present plans for the release of a natural enemy of the fireweed, a plant that is toxic to most livestock and which has infested hundreds of thousands of acres of Maui pasture land. The meeting will ...
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Kauai’s Kaneshige Wins MVP Award!

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 in Main

  HDOA’s Craig Kaneshige was awarded Kauai’s MVP award during Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Week .  A ceremony at the State Capitol Auditorium was held on Monday, March 4th.  Craig is the only Noxious Weed Specialist working in the Plant Pest Control Branch on Kauai. He has been instrumental in controlling coqui, little fire ants, ...
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HDOA’s exploratory ent0mologist, Dr. Mohsen Ramadan, was interviewed by Howard Dicus on this morning’s Hawaii News Now Sunrise morning show regarding the newly released biocontrol for fireweed.  Fireweed is an invasive and toxic plant to cattle and horses which have taken over hundreds of acres of pasture lands, mainly on Maui and Hawaii Island.   ...
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Sweet Fundraiser for Foodbank Drive

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 in Main

  Mahalo to the Chocolate Brownie Sundae committee who planned and prepared the great afternoon treat as part of the fundraising effort for the Hawaii Foodbank.  Thank you – Jan, Caroline, Laura, Darryl, Val and Gayle (not pictured). (Sorry, the photographer was late and missed capturing the sundae customers)   On Wednesday, March 13 at ...
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Feb 28, 2013 Events Begin with Governor’s Proclamation at the Capitol HONOLULU—For the first time, the State of Hawaii will participate in National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW), observed from March 4 to 10. Gov. Neil Abercrombie will kick off “Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Week” (HISAW) with a proclamation on March 4 at 10 a.m. ...
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HDOA Deputy Scott Enright represented Hawaii at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) at its annual meeting last week on Capitol Hill as NASDA encouraged Congress to pass a long-term Farm Bill.  See news release from NASDA. Deputy Enright is also meeting with other Members of Congress while on the Hill.

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture is accepting requests for applications for the latest round of their Farm to School grants. These grants help eligible schools improve the health and wellbeing of their students and connect with local agricultural producers. Proposals are due April 24, 2013. Webinars are scheduled to help with the application process.  For ...
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