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Emergency federal assistance available due to drought

MEDIA RELEASE U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz has announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture declared Hawaii and Maui Counties disaster areas due to the ongoing drought. Kalawao County was named a contiguous disaster county also eligible for federal assistance. This declaration makes farm operators facing extreme drought conditions eligible for low interest emergency loan assistance from […]

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Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden to hold volunteer gardening days January & February

Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook on the Island of Hawai‘i has three volunteer gardening days coming up: January 11, January 25, and February 8. The volunteer gardening days start at 9:30 and last until 12 noon. The volunteer gardening days are an opportunity to meet new people, learn about native plants, and […]

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Property tax ‘amnesty’ offered for agricultural program

MEDIA RELEASE On Jan. 1, the county Department of Finance will begin additional review of all taxpayers who claim property tax discounts through the Non-Dedicated Agricultural Use Program. During the final weeks in December, the Finance Department is encouraging any taxpayers who believe they may be claiming that agricultural use discount in error to participate […]

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Kenoi signs bill on genetically engineered crops

MEDIA RELEASE Mayor Billy Kenoi signed Bill 113 on Thursday, Dec. 5. Below is the message he sent to the Hawaii County Council: Aloha, Chair Yoshimoto and Members: On Nov. 19, 2013 the Hawaii County Council adopted Bill 113 Draft 3 adding a new article relating to Genetically Engineered Crops and Plants, and on Nov. […]

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Onishi named Hawaii Farm Bureau ‘Legislator of the Year’

MEDIA RELEASE Freshman Big Island Representative Richard H.K. Onishi (Hilo, Keaau, Kurtistown, Volcano) has been named as 2013 Legislator of the Year by the state wide Hawaii Farm Bureau. Onishi serves as Vice Chairman of the Agriculture Committee, and member of the Finance; Economic Development and Business; Tourism; and Veterans Military Affairs & International Affairs […]

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HTFG taps six supporters of fruit industry

MEDIA RELEASE The Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers (HTFG) has named the recipients of its appreciation awards, given annually to supporters of the state’s local fruit industry. The six award winners were lauded at the recent HTFG annual conference, which boasted a record-breaking 250 attendees from Hawaii, California and other states, plus Malaysia, Japan, Puerto Rico […]

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Council passes bill restricting GMO crops

Hawaii 24/7 Staff The Hawaii County Council has passed Bill 113 — which restricts expansion of transgenic crops on the island by limiting their use to enclosed structures, such as a greenhouse. The vote, which comes after months of public meetings and vocal input from both sides, was 6-3. The ‘no’ votes came from Chairman […]

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Hawaiian to halt giveaways of ‘10% Kona Coffee’

MEDIA RELEASE On Aug, 21, 2013, Kona Coffee Farmers Association President Cecelia Smith wrote to Hawaiian Airlines President & CEO Mark B. Dunkerley requesting Hawaiian Airlines discontinue a giveaway to passengers of deceptively labeled packets of coffee using the “Kona” name, but not disclosing where 90 percent of the coffee in the packet was grown. […]

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2013 Kona coffee picking contest results

Winners received cash prizes and gifts from UCC for picking the most Kona coffee within the three-minute time limit

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Coffee farmers participate in ‘2013 Terroir Tour de France’

Special to Hawaii 24/7 Kona Coffee farmers Bruce and Lisa Corker, of Holualoa, recently travelled to France as part of a group of American producers invited by the French Ministry of Agriculture. The invitation was extended in order to provide an exchange of ideas and information between Americans and their French counterparts concerning the promotion […]

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Annual seed exchange celebrates Arbor Day (Nov. 1-3)

MEDIA RELEASE The 10th Annual West Hawaii Seed Exchange is Nov. 1-3 at Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook. This year the garden’s traditional event also includes an Arbor Day celebration, tree giveaway, expert advice, and a program for students. The community seed exchange is 4–5 p.m. Nov. 1. West Hawaii home gardeners, […]

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‘Growing Organics’ conference in Kona (Oct. 28)

MEDIA RELEASE “Growing Organics: Moving Hawaii’s Organic Industry Forward” will be held from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, October 28, at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. The one-day event features presentations, workshops, and opportunities for attendees to provide input on how to strengthen Hawaii’s organic foods industry. The conference is part of a […]

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Workshop helps increase breadfruit appetite (Nov. 9)

MEDIA RELEASE The Breadfruit — From Tree to Table workshop is set for 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in South Kona. Sponsored by Kamehameha Schools and state Department of Agriculture, the half-day Breadfruit — From Tree to Table workshop will assist Hawaii’s breadfruit growers in supplying grocery […]

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Breadfruit—from Tree to Table (Nov. 9)

MEDIA RELEASE * Saturday, Nov. 9, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, South Kona Space is limited, registration required. $12 per person. Lunch by donation. A half-day workshop for growers, sellers, cooks, consumers, and others interested in learning more about how to harvest, store, prepare and market breadfruit. This first-of-its-kind hands-on […]

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