2012 News Releases

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 ...
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NR12-14 – November 23, 2012 HONOLULU – Shipments of Christmas trees from the Pacific Northwest have been found to be widely infested with slugs and other pests that are not found in Hawai`i, causing about half of the shipments to be held for treatment by the Plant Quarantine Branch (PQ) of the Hawai`i Department of ...
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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 p.m.Pearl ...
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NR12-12, October 1, 2012 HONOLULU – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that Hawaii will receive about $379,074* to fund projects through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.  This block grant program, administered through the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA), aims to strengthen markets and expand economic opportunities for local and regional farmers and ...
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NR12-11, August 16, 2012 HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) and the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) recommends the following actions be adopted by events and programs where there may be contact between humans and swine.  These recommendations are being emphasized due to the recent confirmation of a variant influenza virus H3N2v in a ...
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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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DOH News Release – July 31, 2012 For information on the H3N2 influenza case, go to the Department of Health website at: http://hawaii.gov/health/DIB/Documents/DOHRelease12040.pdf More information for swine operations may be found at: H3N2v Influenza Case

NR12-09 – July 26, 2012 HONOLULU – Workers in the Sand Island industrial area who were attempting to capture feral cats got a surprise yesterday morning when they found an opossum caught in a cat trap. The company called the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) and inspectors were sent to pick up the animal. It ...
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NR12-08 – May 25, 2012 HONOLULU – The small hive beetle (SHB), a serious pest of honeybees, has been found on Kaua`i. The pest was first detected on Hawaii Island in April 2010 and has since spread to Oahu, Maui and Molokai. On Monday, May 21st, a beekeeper in Lihue noticed unusual beetles on some ...
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NR12-07 – May 2, 2012 HONOLULU– Competition will blossom as four of Hawaii’s top wedding floral designers compete in the first-ever “Buy Local Bridal Floral Challenge,” sponsored by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) at Kahala Mall on Saturday, May 19 at 11:00 a.m. The challenge is a collaborative effort by the Hawaii Floriculture and ...
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