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June 27, 2013 The Rural Business—Cooperative Service announces the availability of $2,855,222 in competitive grant funds for the FY 2013 Small Socially-Disadvantaged Producer Grants (SSDPG) program.  We are requesting proposals from applicants that will provide technical assistance to small, socially-disadvantaged agricultural producers in rural areas.  See http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-12/pdf/2013-13867.pdf for more information. Eligible applicants include Cooperative Development ...
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June 27, 2013 WASHINGTON, DC – President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts with the U.S. Department of Agriculture: Krysta Harden, Nominee for Deputy Secretary, Department of Agriculture Krysta Harden is the Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), a position she has held since ...
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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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Confused about the issues surrounding genetically modified organisms (GMOs)? Olelo will present a four-day series, GMOs.  Dinner?  Or Disaster? The shows will cover the pros and cons of the issue over four nights next week Monday thru Thursday beginning at 6:30 p.m. for one hour each night.  On Oahu, it will be aired on Channel ...
Read More Olelo Presents the Different Viewpoints about GMO

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 state. ...
Read More Governor Signs Bill Vital to Hawaii’s Honeybee Industry

Agriculture depends on pollinators and to recognize their importance, the public is welcome to join Governor Neil Abercrombie and other officials to proclaim next week as Hawaii Pollinator Week.  The Governor will also sign in to law, SB482, which will help honey producers to sell their product with less regulations.   The event will be ...
Read More Celebrate Hawaii Pollinators on June 17th at the State Capitol

It’s for real!  Kamehameha Schools, Ke Alii Pauahi Foundation and Ulupono are holding a contest for farmers who first develop good business plans, which will help achieve successful agriculture operations. Five-year leases will be awarded on agricultural lands on Oahu, Molokai and Hawaii Island. There are several rounds of the competition.  The first deadline is ...
Read More A Farmer’s Dream – A Free Five-Year Lease and Start-Up Funds!

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Want to Learn How to Become a Farmer?

Posted on Jun 4, 2013 in Main

As long-time farmer Ed Otsuji says, “Gardening is fun.  Farming is hard work.” The Pacific Gateway Center is offering a free two-month program to teach beginning farmers the skills that will help make them successful.  This next session runs from mid-June to mid-August and the deadline to register is June 13th. Program participants will learn ...
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