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NR20-17 Nov. 10, 2020 HONOLULU – Coffee leaf rust (CLR) has been confirmed on coffee plants on Hawai`i Island by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Identification Services. The samples were collected by a grower on a farm in the Holualoa area, south of Kailua-Kona, on Hawai`i Island on October 31, 2020. Samples from Hilo, ...
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Gov. Ige was notified today that the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Oahu County as a natural disaster area for drought. A Secretarial disaster designation makes farm operators in primary counties and those counties contiguous to such primary counties eligible to be considered for certain assistance from the Farm Service Agency ...
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NR20-16 Oct. 30, 2020 HONOLULU – Coffee leaf rust (CLR) has been confirmed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) from coffee plant samples collected on Maui last week. Also, in response to the detection on Maui, Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) staff began statewide surveys and detected suspect plants at a residence in ...
Read More Coffee Leaf Rust Confirmed on Maui and Tentatively Found on Hawai`i Island

NR20-15 Oct. 26, 2020 Confirmatory Tests Underway HONOLULU – Coffee leaf rust (CLR) has been tentatively identified on coffee plant samples collected on Maui. The Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) this afternoon received preliminary results from University of Hawai`i, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (UH-CTAHR) identifying the fungus on plants collected from managed ...
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The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) is coordinating a program, the State of Hawaii COVID-19 PPE Distribution Program, to distribute free personal protective equipment (PPE) to non-profits and public-facing small businesses. Links to informational flyers on the program, qualifications and how to apply may be found in different languages below: English – Free PPE for ...
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Sept 18, 2020 The second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) has been announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and will be accepting applications beginning Sept. 21 thru the Farm Service Agency (FSA). CFAP2, with an additional $14 billion infused into the program, will be available for agricultural producers who continue to ...
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Coffee Berry Borer Confirmed on Lanai

Posted on Sep 15, 2020 in Main

NR20-14 Sept. 15, 2020 HONOLULU – The coffee berry borer (CBB) was confirmed in wild coffee on Lānaʻi in August 2020. This was the first detection on the island of CBB which is one of the most devastating pest of coffee plants. CBB has been established on Hawai`i Island, Maui and O`ahu for several years ...
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Coffee Berry Borer Confirmed on Kaua`i

Posted on Sep 10, 2020 in Main

NR20-13 Sept. 10, 2020 HONOLULU – The coffee berry borer (CBB), one of the most devastating pest of coffee plants, has been confirmed in a residential area in Kalaheo on Kaua`i. This is the first detection on Kaua`i of CBB which has been established on Hawai`i Island, Maui and O`ahu for several years. On Sept. ...
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On Aug. 27, 2020, Act 014 was signed legalizing the growing of hemp in Hawai`i through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Domestic Hemp Production Program. Beginning on November 1, 2020, individuals and entities who wish to grow hemp in Hawai`i must acquire a hemp production license from the USDA and comply with the state ...
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During this difficult time where all sectors of our community are facing economic hardships, including Hawaii’s farmers, growers and ranchers, many are seeking financial assistance from government and other private funding sources. The Oahu Agriculture and Conservation Association (OACA) has created a broad listing of grants and loans available to farmers and ranchers. To view ...
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