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Hawaii local food production sales reached $84.4 million, according to the 2015 Local Foods Marketing Practices Survey report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). To view the NASS news release for Hawaii stats, click here. To access the full Local Foods Marketing Practices dataset go to: https://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2012/Online_Resources/Local_Food/index.php It is the ...
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Joint News Release from Hawaii Department of Agriculture and Hawaii Department of Health December 14, 2016 HONOLULU — Several projects initiated by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture and the Hawaii Department of Health to address ongoing concerns raised by residents about restricted-use pesticide exposure in Hawaii are now underway and many are expected to be ...
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Ohia Quarantine Rules Become Permanent

Posted on Dec 7, 2016 in Main

NR16-17 Dec. 7, 2016 HONOLULU – Administrative rules prohibiting the movement of ohia and soil from Hawaii Island became permanent last week. The rules impose permanent quarantine restrictions on the intrastate movement on ohia and other material that may spread rapid ohia death (ROD), also known as ohia wilt, which is destroying the native ohia ...
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NR16-16 Nov. 30, 2016 HONOLULU – Hawaii entomologist, John McHugh, Ph.D., has been appointed as the administrator of the Plant Industry Division of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture. His duties will include overseeing the Plant Quarantine, Plant Pest Control and Pesticides Branches. The appointment is effective December 1, 2016. He succeeds Dr. Neil Reimer, who ...
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Industrial Hemp Pilot Program

Posted on Nov 10, 2016 in Main

HDOA held its annual Incentive and Service Awards Program, which recognizes years of service and superior performance by HDOA employees. Here are HDOA’s awardees for 2016 and congratulations to all! EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR CHRISTINA ZIMMERMAN Christina Zimmerman Pesticides Branch Pictured w/ Chair Scott Enright (left) & Deputy Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser (right) Christina is an Environmental ...
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NR16-14 Oct. 27, 2016 HONOLULU — Ann illegal lizard was captured Tuesday on the grounds of Queen Kaahumanu Elementary School in Honolulu. The school custodian had reported seeing a large lizard on campus and called the state’s pest hotline. The custodian provided a photo of the lizard and it was identified as a Madagascar giant ...
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NR16-13 Oct. 25, 2016 HONOLULU — Hawaii has been awarded 10 federal grants totaling more than $422,000 this coming year through the 2016 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The federal program provides grants to state departments of agriculture to fund projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops, ...
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Live Mongoose Captured at Kauai Airport

Posted on Oct 11, 2016 in Main

NR16-12 Oct. 11, 2016 LIVE MONGOOSE CAPTURED AT KAUAI AIRPORT HONOLULU — A live mongoose was captured at Lihue Airport on Kauai early this morning after it was seen running out of an Aloha Air Cargo shipment of bread from Oahu. The mongoose subsequently ran to the neighboring Hawaiian Airlines cargo area and was reported ...
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NR16-11 Sept. 30, 2016 HONOLULU — The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) will be holding meetings statewide to receive public input on the draft of the 2017-2027 Hawaii Interagency Biosecurity Plan for the State of Hawaii. This is the first comprehensive plan that includes coordinated strategies involving several agencies and partners to help increase the ...
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