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USDA accepting applications to help cover producers’ costs for organic certification

MEDIA RELEASE USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Applications for fiscal 2019 funding are due Oct. 31, 2019. OCCSP received continued support through the 2018 Farm […]

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The causes of Rapid Ohia Death. USGS image

Keeping hooved animals out of Ohia forests reduces the spread of Rapid Ohia Death

Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death, or ROD for short, enters trees through wounds to its bark.

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Ka‘u Coffee Festival coming up April 26-May 5, 2019

The 11th annual Ka‘u Coffee Festival celebrates its award-winning brew with a full lineup of activities starting April 26 and culminating May 4-5 with the popular, day-long ho‘olaulea‘a and Ka‘u coffee college educational series.

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Dying Ohia Trees from Rapid Ohia Death (ROD). Photo courtesy of DLNR.

Aggressive strain of Rapid Ohia Death found at Kalopa State Park

During a regularly scheduled quarterly aerial assessment of forests on Hawai‘i island in late July, spotters detected more trees “symptomatic” for the presence of C. lukuohia, the fungus more commonly known as Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death. These trees are in the Kalōpā State Recreation Area on the Hamakua Coast and after the helicopter surveys utilizing digital […]

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The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF)

Fruit Tree Planting Foundation to add 176 trees to Hawaii Island schools

The award-winning international nonprofit Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, which operates a local branch on the Big Island, has just launched an ongoing effort to provide island schools, families, and communities with the bounty of tropical fruit trees through a series of orchard plantings at schools in Kona, Kohala, and Puna.

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Scene from the film: Kumu Hula Kekuhi Keali'ikanaka'oleohaililani in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Photo by Annie Sullivan.

Film ‘Saving ʻŌhiʻa, Hawaii’s Sacred Tree’ to air statewide in August and September

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) announces the release of “Saving ʻŌhiʻa, Hawaii’s Sacred Tree,” a new half-hour documentary on Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death, the disease that is killing ʻōhiʻa lehua, Hawaii’s most widespread and important native tree.

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Pu‘u Nene Cinder cone. DLNR Photo

DLNR allows cinder harvesting from site once used to gather simulated Martian soil

Recent volcanic eruptions on the Big Island have forced the sole source of black cinder to vacate its harvesting plant, jeopardizing the island’s tropical floral business, a major economic industry in East Hawaiʻi. These businesses provide plants and flowers to flower and lei shops and stores for sale statewide and out-of-state exports.

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Hawaii to ban pesticides containing chlorpyrifos

Gov. David Ige signed SB3095 Wednesday, which completely bans the use of pesticides containing the potentially harmful chemical chlorpyrifos starting in 2023. Hawai‘i becomes the first state in the country to prohibit the chemical. Starting Jan. 1, 2019, users of pesticides containing chlorpyrifos or other restricted use pesticides will be required to report annually to […]

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USDA reopens application period for producers recovering from disasters

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting disaster assistance program applications on June 4 from agricultural producers who suffered livestock, honeybees, farm-raised fish and other losses due to natural disasters. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is reopening the application period for two disaster assistance programs in response to statutory changes made by Congress […]

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Sunny Pauole's signature art for the 2018 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

Sunny Pauole’s art selected for the 2018 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

Kona-based artist Sunny Pauole’s signature art was recently selected as the winning image concept for the 2018 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. Pauole was chosen after an open Call for Signature Art for Hawaii artists to submit their original works of art in a competition.

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Drought conditions persist in leeward Kohala and Ka‘u areas

Although Hawaii’s drought depiction was largely unchanged, there was some further deterioration (mainly, expansion of severe drought, or extreme drought) on the lower leeward slopes of the Kohala Mountains on the Big Island due to declining pasture conditions.

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Hawaii Crop Weather Report for the week ending May 21, 2017

The Waimea Irrigation Systems level at the Puukapu reservoir was marked at 50.00 feet (51.70 MG) as of Thursday, May 18, 2017, up 4 feet from the previous Thursday reading. The Puu Pulehu reservoir was marked at 18.50 feet (106.75 MG) on May 18, unchanged from the prior week. A mandatory ten percent conservation remained […]

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Wiliwili (Erythrina sandwicensis) in Waikoloa Dry Forest

Nominations are open for the Hawaii ‘Big Tree Competition’ for 2017

Hawai‘i Island holds the record for champion trees, contributing ten of the 12 national champions.

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Vog shrouds the coastline of Hilo Bay as seen from Liliuokalani Gardens Sunday morning (Jan 17, 2010). Photography by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7.

Volcano Watch: New informational products offer guidance on living with vog in Hawaii

Vog, caused by sulfur dioxide gas (SO2) emitted from Kīlauea, has been a frequent problem on the Island of Hawai‘i for the past 30 years.

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