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NR19-16 July 18, 2019 HONOLULU – Infestations of little fire ants (LFA) have been detected in two areas of Windward Oahu. An infestation in Lanikai involving six residential properties is currently being treated by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) and the Hawaii Ant Lab (HAL). The other infestation area is located in an isolated ...
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NR19-15 June 28, 2019 HONOLULU – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating a multistate outbreak of 62 Salmonella illnesses potentially linked to whole, fresh papayas imported specifically from Mexico. The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) and the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) emphasizes that ...
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Snake Hitchhikes to Maui in Backpack

Posted on Jun 12, 2019 in Main

JOINT NEWS RELEASE FROM HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES NR19-14 June 12, 2019 HONOLULU – A small juvenile snake was captured after it was seen slithering out of a newly arrived visitor’s backpack Monday night at a Maui vacation rental in Pukalani. The owner of the rental informed the ...
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NR19-13 June 10, 2019 HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) has established the Compost Reimbursement Program which may reimburse agricultural producers for the cost of purchasing compost. Act 89 which was enacted in 2018, allocated $650,000 over a two-year period for the reimbursement of 50 percent of compost cost incurred by agricultural producers ...
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Compost Reimbursement Program

Posted on Jun 7, 2019 in Main

Act 89 was enacted in 2018 and establishes the Compost Reimbursement Program with the Hawaii Department of Agriculture. View and download the fact sheet on the program Download the application form Download the application invoice form List of processors that are certified by the State Department of Health Program contact information: Todd Low – 808.973.9607, ...
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NR19-12 June 3, 2019 HONOLULU – Isaac Maeda, DVM, has been appointed as the Administrator of the Animal Industry Division, which also includes the title of State Veterinarian of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA). Dr. Maeda oversees the Animal Industry Division, which includes the Animal Disease Control Branch, Animal (Rabies) Quarantine Branch, Aquaculture and ...
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NR19-11 April 23, 2019 Movement of Ohia from Hawaii Island is Restricted HONOLULU – Travelers attending the Merrie Monarch Festival this week are being reminded about quarantine restrictions on the transport of ohia from Hawaii Island due to a serious plant disease called rapid ohia death (ROD), which is devastating the native forests on that ...
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NR19-10 April 16, 2019  Local farmer produces more than a million pounds of head cabbage for Hawaii’s markets HONOLULU – The Whitmore Project has produced another record harvest on the former Galbraith lands, located between Central Oahu and the North Shore. Three years ago, Larry Jefts, owner of Kelena Farms, was the first farmer to ...
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Growing Hawaii Agriculture

Posted on Apr 15, 2019 in Main

May 9, 2019 HDOA Deputy Glenn Muranaka did a “walk-and-talk” this week through some interesting aquatic research facilities. The first stop was DLNR’s Division of Aquatic Resources’ Coral Restoration Nursery at the Anuenue Fisheries Research Center near Sand Island. The active coral nursery and archive facility raises rare corals under laboratory conditions to preserve the ...
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NR19-09 April 11, 2019 HONOLULU – The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its 2017 Census of Agriculture this morning indicating the total number of farms in Hawaii increased by about five percent since the last census in 2012, while the total market value dropped from $661 million to about $564 million during the same period. ...
Read More 2017 Agricultural Census Showed Increase in Number of Farms but Lower Market Value