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NR18-16 Dec. 10, 2018 HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) has announced the selection of Kevin Michael Hoffman, Ph.D. as the administrator for the Plant Industry Division and as the State Plant Regulatory Official (SPRO) effective January 16, 2019. Dr. Hoffman is an entomologist who has worked for the California Department of Food ...
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NR18-15 Nov. 27, 2018 HONOLULU – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigations have linked an E. coli outbreak to romaine lettuce grown in areas in California. The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) and the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) re-emphasizes that there is no reason ...
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NR18-14 Sept. 14, 2018 HONOLULU – After extensive tests and observations, an ensemble of veterinarians were not able to determine the specific cause of the deaths of about 13 wild horses from Waipio Valley on Hawaii Island that occurred during June and July 2018. It was noted that infectious diseases were not the cause of ...
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Live Skunk Found on Maui

Posted on Sep 5, 2018 in Main

NR18-13 Sept. 5, 2018 HONOLULU – A live skunk was found in a container at a trucking company on Maui last week Thursday, Aug. 30. Workers at the company in Kahului were unloading a container of ceramic tiles late that afternoon when they smelled an odor and thought they saw a critter in the container. ...
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New Rabies Quarantine Rules Approved

Posted on Aug 22, 2018 in Main

Revises Requirements for 5 Day or Less Program NR18-12 August 22, 2018 HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige yesterday signed revised rules for the state’s rabies quarantine program which prevents the introduction of the rabies virus into Hawaii. The main changes reduce the waiting periods for those following the 5 Day or Less Rabies Quarantine Program, ...
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NR18-11 August 8, 2018 HONOLULU – All of the 17 farm lots in the state’s Waianae Agricultural Park suffered damage from this past weekend’s brush fire on the Leeward Coast of Oahu – four of the nine working farms are total losses. The other eight lots are either vacant with leases pending or are currently ...
Read More Farms in Waianae Agricultural Park Heavily Damaged in Weekend Brush Fire

August 2, 2018 NR18-10 HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) has entered into a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help Hawaii food producers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. Under the agreement, the FDA will release a total of $1.9 million over ...
Read More Hawaii to receive .9 million to help farmers with food safety regulations

NR18-09 July 6, 2018 HONOLULU – The Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) has issued the first licenses to growers under the State’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Program. During the month of June 2018, three industrial hemp licenses were issued to: Name County # of Acres Gail Baber Hawaii 10 Raymond Maki Kauai 10 Thomas Pace Hawaii ...
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Small Snake Found at Honolulu Harbor

Posted on Jun 12, 2018 in Main

NR18-08 June 12, 2018 HONOLULU — A live snake was captured yesterday at Pier 32 at Honolulu Harbor near newly arrived vehicles on the dock. Plant Quarantine inspectors from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) picked up the snake at about 11:45 a.m. yesterday after a car dealership employee reported the snake which had already ...
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