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NR21-10 March 30, 2021  HONOLULU – Two free webinars have been scheduled in April to help inform Hawai`i coffee growers on the potential use of a fungicide to combat the coffee leaf rust (CLR). Earlier this month, the Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) filed a request for emergency exemption with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ...
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NR21-09 March 25, 2021 HONOLULU – Hawai`i has been awarded $430,600 to help strengthen the state’s specialty crop industry through a federal block grant program. The Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) has approved 10 project proposals under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, which aims to enhance the competitiveness of ...
Read More Hawaii Agricultural Programs Receive 0,600 from Federal Block Grant Program

NR21-08 March 23, 2021 HONOLULU – The Hawai`i Board of Agriculture (Board) today approved the expansion of coffee quarantine areas to include the islands of O`ahu and Lana`i due to the coffee leaf rust (CLR), a fungus that threatens Hawai`i’s important coffee industry. CLR was first detected in the state in October 2020 on Hawai`i ...
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Board of Agriculture to Consider Expanding Coffee Quarantine to More Islands NR21-07 March 16, 2021 HONOLULU – The Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) today filed a request for a specific exemption from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to allow Hawai`i coffee growers to use a fungicide to help manage coffee leaf rust (CLR), a ...
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Proposed Administrative Rules

Posted on Mar 15, 2021 in Main

March 10, 2021 (UPDATE, March 25, 2021 – The Board approved this proposed interim rule on March 23, 2021. To view the public notice, go to: https://hdoa.hawaii.gov/meetings-reports/public-notices/) SUBJECT:  Board of Agriculture Review of Proposed Expansion of Coffee Leaf Rust, Hemileia vastatrix, Infested Areas to Include the Islands of Lanai and Oahu to Restrict the Movement of ...
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NR21-06 March 9, 2021 HONOLULU – The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas J. Vilsack, has approved Gov. David Ige’s request for a Secretarial Agricultural Disaster Designation for the drought emergency in Maui County. Gov. Ige requested the federal disaster declaration due to the prolonged drought conditions in the county which began in March 2019. In ...
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NR21-04 Feb. 22, 2021 HONOLULU – The Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) has opened an emergency assistance program for farming and ranching operations on Moloka`i and Maui that have suffered losses due to excessive deer populations. HDOA has committed a total of $200,000 for this relief program through the Agricultural Development and Food Security Special ...
Read More Emergency Assistance Program Established for Moloka`i and Maui Ag Operations Suffering Losses due to Excess Deer Population

NR21-03 Feb. 19, 2021 HONOLULU – A live snake was captured in a residential neighborhood in Aiea on Monday morning.  The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) was contacted  by a neighbor who spotted the snake on another property at about 10 a.m. Responding officers were able to cover the 3-foot-long snake with a trash can and ...
Read More Snake Captured in Aiea and Iguana Captured in Waimanalo This Week

Live Skunk Captured at Honolulu Harbor

Posted on Jan 21, 2021 in Main

NR21-02 Jan. 21, 2021 HONOLULU – A live skunk was captured yesterday morning at Pier 1 at Honolulu Harbor. Plant Quarantine inspectors from the Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) were called by the State Department of Transportation – Harbors Division on Tuesday night and reported that a stevedore had cornered and contained a skunk under ...
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NR21-01 Jan. 13, 2021  HONOLULU – The Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) Market Development Branch is now accepting grant proposals under the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) for fiscal year 2021. This block grant program under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is administered through HDOA and aims to strengthen markets and expand economic ...
Read More Agricultural Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Accepting Applications