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June 26, 2013 Governor Signs Measures in Support of Agriculture HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today signed seven bills related to agriculture, a central component of the state’s economic and environmental sustainability. “Part of Hawaii’s history and way of life, our agriculture industry keeps money in the local economy and supports thriving rural communities,” Gov. ...
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Confused about the issues surrounding genetically modified organisms (GMOs)? Olelo will present a four-day series, GMOs.  Dinner?  Or Disaster? The shows will cover the pros and cons of the issue over four nights next week Monday thru Thursday beginning at 6:30 p.m. for one hour each night.  On Oahu, it will be aired on Channel ...
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Agriculture depends on pollinators and to recognize their importance, the public is welcome to join Governor Neil Abercrombie and other officials to proclaim next week as Hawaii Pollinator Week.  The Governor will also sign in to law, SB482, which will help honey producers to sell their product with less regulations.   The event will be ...
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It’s for real!  Kamehameha Schools, Ke Alii Pauahi Foundation and Ulupono are holding a contest for farmers who first develop good business plans, which will help achieve successful agriculture operations. Five-year leases will be awarded on agricultural lands on Oahu, Molokai and Hawaii Island. There are several rounds of the competition.  The first deadline is ...
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Want to Learn How to Become a Farmer?

Posted on Jun 4, 2013 in Main

As long-time farmer Ed Otsuji says, “Gardening is fun.  Farming is hard work.” The Pacific Gateway Center is offering a free two-month program to teach beginning farmers the skills that will help make them successful.  This next session runs from mid-June to mid-August and the deadline to register is June 13th. Program participants will learn ...
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A very warm Mahalo to the estimated 400 people who participated in the first-ever Made with Aloha to Honor our Veterans event this past Saturday.  It was standing-room only at the Plant Quarantine Branch as individuals, families and community groups spend hours sewing lei for veterans interred at the National Cemetery of the Pacific at ...
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May 24, 2013NR13-08  HONOLULU –  Military personnel at Hickam Air Force Base captured a small snake yesterday afternoon in a maintenance bay near the airfield.  Inspectors from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture were called and took custody of the foot-long snake.   The snake was later identified as a juvenile ornate tree snake (Chrysopelea ornate) ...
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A free workshop will be held for Maui farmers on Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 3 p.m. to 6 p;m; at the Community Service Building at UH Maui College, 310 W Kaahumanu Ave. in Kahului. Topics will include: Agricultural Pesticide Use Food Safety Program Spray Calibration and Coverage Spray Calibration Demo Food & Drug Produce Testing ...
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The public is ivited to help sew lei to honor our veterans for the upcoming Memorial Day. HDOA’s Plant Quarantine Branch will open its facility for a huge lei-making event: Saturday, May 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Plant Quarantine Branch, 1849 Auiki Street (Click here for map)Free parking!   HDOA will provide locally ...
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Aquaponics in Hawaii Conference

Posted on May 6, 2013 in Main

If you are interested in aquaponics, don’t miss this Aquaponics in Hawaii Conference on May 25, at Windward Community College.  The conference will feature the most progressive aquaponics entrepreneurs who are finding their niche in the growing sustainable industry.  From backyard to commercial operations, this opportunity to share and exchange information will be valuable to ...
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