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NR20-10 July 7, 2020 HONOLULU – A live ball python snake was captured in Hilo early Monday morning by an American Medical Response ambulance crew. The snake, measuring about 4 feet long  and weighing about 3 pounds, was found near the Old Airport Road and taken to Hawaii County police. The police then contacted a ...
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NR20-09 June 1, 2020 HONOLULU – A ball python snake was turned in to authorities on Tuesday, May 26th by a resident who said he found the snake while hunting in a forested area in Kahaluu, O`ahu. The resident turned the snake in to the Hawaiian Humane Society, which immediately contacted plant quarantine inspectors at ...
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NR20-08 May 12, 2020 96 More Farmers to Receive Assistance HONOLULU – The Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) will be issuing a second round of grants totaling an additional $200,000 under the COVID-19 Emergency Farmer Relief Program to assist farmers, ranchers and growers who have experienced financial damage. In this second round, 96 grants were ...
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NR20-07 May 8, 2020 HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has approved an amendment to the Hawai`i Administrative Rules that restricts the importation of plants, plant parts and seeds in the myrtle (Myrtaceae) family, including some that are commonly used in floral arrangements. The rule amendment becomes effective on May 15, 2020 and was established to ...
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The Small Business Administration (SBA) has reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, which provides low-interest, long-term disaster loans specifically for farmers, ranchers and other agricultural operations suffering losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. SBA usually excludes agriculture from their loan programs, but the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act makes this disaster loan ...
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HDOA COVID-19 INFORMATION

Posted on May 1, 2020 in Main

Updated July 2, 2020 Aloha! On March 17, 2020, Governor Ige announced emergency actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the State of Hawaii and ordered non-essential workers to not report to work and allowed some staff members to telework from home. Whether we are in the office or working remotely, the department ...
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NR20-06 April 27, 2020 Butterfly May Help Manage Miconia in Forests HONOLULU – A draft environmental assessment (EA) for the release of a biological control insect to manage invasive miconia trees has been filed by the Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA). In an extensive collaborative research effort involving the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service ...
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NR20-05 April 22, 2020 HONOLULU – The Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) is mailing out the first batch of checks under the COVID-19 Emergency Farmer Relief Program today. HDOA received 333 applications for the grants and was able to award 106 proposals that ranged from $2,000 for individual farmers and ranchers and up to $10,000 ...
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Pest Identification Instructions for Oahu To reduce public exposure to COVID-19, effective immediately, the HDOA is temporarily suspending the receipt of incoming physical samples of insects for identification that are dropped off at the King Street office without appointments. Interested persons who would like to have insect and plant samples identified should first send an ...
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NR20-04 April 14, 2020 HONOLULU – The Hawai`i Board of Agriculture today approved an emergency loan program for farmers, growers and ranchers across the state who are suffering economically due to the COVID-19 situation. The loan program is effective immediately. Eligible farmers may now apply for emergency loans of up to $150,000 at 3 percent ...
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