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Declaration provides financial assistance to affected farmers and ranchers U.S. Sec. of Agriculture Thomas J. Vilsack has informed Gov. Neil Abercrombie that the Counties of Maui and Hawaii have been declared disaster areas due to prolonged drought. The disaster designation allows the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) to provide assistance to qualified farmers and ranchers, ...
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December 20, 2012 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a final rule establishing general regulations for improving the traceability of U.S. livestock moving interstate. Under the final rule, unless specifically exempted, livestock moved interstate would have to be officially identified and accompanied by an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection or other documentation, such ...
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NR12-15 Dec.27, 2012 HONOLULU – Hawaii ranchers are hopeful that a small beige-colored moth will be able to control the fireweed, an invasive plant that is toxic to livestock and has caused havoc on the state’s prime pasturelands. For more than 13 years, entomologists and researchers at the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) have literally ...
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NR12-13 October 22, 2012 Free Make-and-Take Floral Arrangements Features Spectacular Flowers Plus a Message to Help Protect Hawaii   Honolulu – The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) wants to help consumers get into the spirit to Buy Local for the Holidays!   This unique floral event will be held on: Sunday, November 4, 20129 a.m. to 2:30 ...
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NR12-10 August 2, 2012 HONOLULU –  Two dead snakes have been turned in to the Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) in two separate incidents this week On Tuesday (7/31), a Central Oahu farm turned in a dead boa constrictor which measured about six feet in length.  Workers harvesting a field early in the morning came upon ...
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