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NR20-15 Oct. 26, 2020 Confirmatory Tests Underway HONOLULU – Coffee leaf rust (CLR) has been tentatively identified on coffee plant samples collected on Maui. The Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) this afternoon received preliminary results from University of Hawai`i, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (UH-CTAHR) identifying the fungus on plants collected from managed ...
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The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) is coordinating a program, the State of Hawaii COVID-19 PPE Distribution Program, to distribute free personal protective equipment (PPE) to non-profits and public-facing small businesses. Links to informational flyers on the program, qualifications and how to apply may be found in different languages below: English – Free PPE for ...
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Sept 18, 2020 The second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) has been announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and will be accepting applications beginning Sept. 21 thru the Farm Service Agency (FSA). CFAP2, with an additional $14 billion infused into the program, will be available for agricultural producers who continue to ...
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Coffee Berry Borer Confirmed on Lanai

Posted on Sep 15, 2020 in Main

NR20-14 Sept. 15, 2020 HONOLULU – The coffee berry borer (CBB) was confirmed in wild coffee on Lānaʻi in August 2020. This was the first detection on the island of CBB which is one of the most devastating pest of coffee plants. CBB has been established on Hawai`i Island, Maui and O`ahu for several years ...
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Coffee Berry Borer Confirmed on Kaua`i

Posted on Sep 10, 2020 in Main

NR20-13 Sept. 10, 2020 HONOLULU – The coffee berry borer (CBB), one of the most devastating pest of coffee plants, has been confirmed in a residential area in Kalaheo on Kaua`i. This is the first detection on Kaua`i of CBB which has been established on Hawai`i Island, Maui and O`ahu for several years. On Sept. ...
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On Aug. 27, 2020, Act 014 was signed legalizing the growing of hemp in Hawai`i through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Domestic Hemp Production Program. Beginning on November 1, 2020, individuals and entities who wish to grow hemp in Hawai`i must acquire a hemp production license from the USDA and comply with the state ...
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During this difficult time where all sectors of our community are facing economic hardships, including Hawaii’s farmers, growers and ranchers, many are seeking financial assistance from government and other private funding sources. The Oahu Agriculture and Conservation Association (OACA) has created a broad listing of grants and loans available to farmers and ranchers. To view ...
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Livestock Brand Registration

Posted on Aug 14, 2020 in Main

NR20-12 August 14, 2020 Livestock brand Registration Period September 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 All Existing Brands Must Re-register HONOLULU – Owners of livestock brands in Hawai`i have until December 31, 2020 to re-register their brands with the Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) or risk losing their rights to their brands. Hawai`i law requires ...
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The Hawai`i Department of Agriculture  is currently accepting applications to negotiate for state agricultural leases. This includes parcels in agricultural parks on O`ahu (Waianae Ag Park) and Hawai`i Island (Pahoa Ag Park) and non-ag park parcels on Kaua`i and Hawai`i Island.   The deadline to apply for the non-ag park leases is Sept. 8, 2020. The ...
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DO NOT PLANT SEEDS IF RECEIVED NR20-11 July 28, 2020 HONOLULU – The U.S. Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) is investigating unsolicited seed packets that have been mailed to numerous individuals across the country, primarily from China. Since Saturday, the Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) has received five reports of seed ...
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