2013 News Releases

Dec. 31, 2013NR13-17 HONOLULU — The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) has confirmed that an invasive stinging ant called the Little Fire Ant (LFA) has spread from Hawaii Island to Oahu and Maui.  On Dec. 23, a customer at garden shop on Maui reported a suspicious ant to the Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC), which ...
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To view the Governor’s news release on the announcement, click here.

Nov. 15, 2013NR13-16 Federal and State Regulations Apply for Eggs for Sale HONOLULU – A series of workshops have been scheduled to educate the growing number of Hawaii residents who are raising backyard poultry and selling eggs to friends, family and in some instances, the public.  Many are not aware that if they sell their ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENov. 13, 2013NR13-15 Agricultural Good Neighbor Program Established HONOLULU – The Pesticides Branch of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) has completed voluntary pesticide-use guidelines and established the “Kauai Agricultural Good Neighbor Program” to provide more information and education on pesticide use on the island. The voluntary pesticide-use guideline will go into effect ...
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Nov. 5, 2013NR13-14 HONOLULU – A pedestrian found a live snake on a Chinatown sidewalk at about 7 a.m. this morning and turned it in to police.  Police notified the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) and inspectors were immediately dispatched to pick up the two-and-a-half foot long snake, which was later identified as a non-venomous ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENov. 4, 2013NR13-13 Assessing Budget Requirements for Increased Inspection HONOLULU – Following Kauai Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr.’s veto Thursday (Oct. 31) of county Bill 2491 (Relating to Pesticides and Genetically Modified Organisms), the state Department of Agriculture reaffirmed the Mayor’s assessment that complicated legal issues and practical enforcement and implementation details must ...
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Sept. 30, 2013NR13-12   HONOLULU – A dead snake was turned over to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) last week after it was apparently run over and killed by a Windward motorist on the Pali Highway last Sunday (Sept. 22). The motorist said he was traveling town-bound on the Pali Highway near the entrance to ...
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Sept. 26, 2013NR13-11   HONOLULU – The Kohala Center, Inc., a community-based non-profit on Hawaii Island, has been awarded a $151,913 grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to assist several farming cooperatives on Hawaii Island and Maui. USDA announced the grant awards today under the Small Socially Disadvantaged Producers Grant program, which offers ...
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NR13-10 HONOLULU – Four Hawaii farms have been awarded a total of $62,000 in federal grants by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help reduce their energy consumption and costs.  Hawaii was one of 22 states that received funding under USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). “With new food safety standards requiring temperature ...
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HISC members receive Governor’s proclamation for Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Week in March. From left: DOH Deputy Director Gary Gill, DLNR Chairperson William J. Aila, Gov. Neil Abercrombie, UH CTAHR Dean Maria Gallo, HDOA Chairperson Russell Kokubun, DOT David Rodriguez.   HISC News Release For Immediate Release: July 31, 2013 HONOLULU—The interagency Hawaii Invasive Species ...
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