2013 News Releases

July 3, 2013NR13-09   HONOLULU – A family staying at a Kona vacation condo unit found a 16-inch-long snake on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 and turned it over to security on the property. The black, orange and yellow-colored snake was identified as a garter snake.  It is possible that the snake hitchhiked on the luggage ...
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June 26, 2013 Governor Signs Measures in Support of Agriculture HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie today signed seven bills related to agriculture, a central component of the state’s economic and environmental sustainability. “Part of Hawaii’s history and way of life, our agriculture industry keeps money in the local economy and supports thriving rural communities,” Gov. ...
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  NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 17, 2013  HONOLULU – In conjunction with “Hawaii Pollinator Week,” which recognizes the role of honeybees and other primary pollinators as essential to many agricultural and horticultural operations, Gov. Neil Abercrombie today signed Senate Bill 482 into law to ensure the continued viability of honeybee operations in the ...
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May 24, 2013NR13-08  HONOLULU –  Military personnel at Hickam Air Force Base captured a small snake yesterday afternoon in a maintenance bay near the airfield.  Inspectors from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture were called and took custody of the foot-long snake.   The snake was later identified as a juvenile ornate tree snake (Chrysopelea ornate) ...
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May 21, 2013 – NR13-07 HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Agriculture’s Animal Industry Division today issued a quarantine order that requires testing of all beef and dairy bulls for Bovine Trichomoniasis prior to entry into the state and before movement between herds within the state. Bovine Trichomoniasis (Trichomoniasis) is a serious contagious reproductive disease ...
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  Public Invited to Sew Lei for Veterans’ Cemeteries HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) is inviting the public, from keiki to kupuna, to come and sew locally grown flowers to honor those interred at the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl and the State Veterans’ Cemetery in Kaneohe. HDOA’s Plant Quarantine ...
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March 21, 2013NR13-05 HONOLULU – Maui ranchers joined entomologists from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) at Haleakala Ranch this afternoon to release a biological control insect that will help to control the invasive fireweed which is highly toxic to cattle and horses. More than 13 years of research preceded today’s release of the Madagascan ...
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NR13-03March 11, 2013  HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) is currently accepting applications for a new round of organic certification cost-share assistance to organic farmers and organic livestock operators. Renewed federal funding totaling up to $65,000 has been allotted to help Hawaii organic farmers with the cost of organic certification through a cooperative ...
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NR13-04March 11, 2013 HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) will hold an informational meeting on Maui to present plans for the release of a natural enemy of the fireweed, a plant that is toxic to most livestock and which has infested hundreds of thousands of acres of Maui pasture land. The meeting will ...
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Feb 28, 2013 Events Begin with Governor’s Proclamation at the Capitol HONOLULU—For the first time, the State of Hawaii will participate in National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW), observed from March 4 to 10. Gov. Neil Abercrombie will kick off “Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Week” (HISAW) with a proclamation on March 4 at 10 a.m. ...
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