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Farming with Love: USDA avocado rule a good first step

Ken Love | Special to Hawaii 24/7 A new USDA rule and approval allowing Hawaiian-grown Sharwil avocados to be shipped to a 32 mainland states between November and March is a first step in the right direction. Although there are a number of caveats that will have to be met before the fruit can be […]

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Limited space open at HTFG conference (Sept. 27-Oct. 4)

MEDIA RELEASE The 23rd Annual Hawaii International Tropical Fruit Conference is Sept. 27-Oct. 4 starting at Kapiolani Community College on Oahu. Titled “Best of Both Worlds,” the week-long gathering is in partnership with the California Rare Fruit Growers Fall Festival of Fruit. More than 150 people have registered to the week-long event. Presented by the […]

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New pesticide labels better protect bees, other pollinators

MEDIA RELEASE In an ongoing effort to protect bees and other pollinators, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed new pesticide labels that prohibit use of some neonicotinoid pesticide products where bees are present. “Multiple factors play a role in bee colony declines, including pesticides. The Environmental Protection Agency is taking action to protect […]

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Ag talk in Puna (Aug. 23)

MEDIA RELEASE An agricultural talk-story session with Council Member Greggor Ilagan is slated for 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 at Pahoa Community Center.

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Agtourism bill to be heard by Planning Committee (Aug. 20)

Roya Sabri | Hawaii 24/7 Reporter The Hawaii County Council’s Planning Committee is expected to vote on draft two of Bill 25 concerning agricultural tourism (agtourism) operations at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20 at West Hawaii Civic Center. Both the Windward and Leeward Planning Commissions favorably recommended the bill that defines agtourism and spells out […]

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Beginning organic beekeeping course begins Sept. 7

MEDIA RELEASE In the past few years Hawaii Island has experienced a significant decline of honeybee populations. The demise of our bees is affecting not only beekeepers, but farmers of coffee, macadamia nuts, melons, tomatoes, cucumbers, citrus, avocado and lychee, for whom bees are a natural and necessary pollinator. The need and desire to keep […]

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HCA crowns champions of Hawaiian coffee

MEDIA RELEASE Two Champions of Hawaiian Coffee were crowned in Commercial and Creative divisions during the annual Hawaii Coffee Association’s (HCA) 18th Conference and 5th Cupping Competition at the Kauai Beach Resort on Saturday, July 20. Big Island Coffee Roasters of the Big Isle’s Hawai’i District was awarded the top award in the Creative category […]

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Kona Coffee Farmer’s Association honors Bruce Corker

MEDIA RELEASE At it’s monthly Board Meeting on Tuesday, July 16th, the Kona Coffee Farmer’s Association unanimously commended Board Member Bruce Corker for his efforts in affecting the $1 million allocation to combat the Coffee Berry Borer (CBB) that Senator Mazie Hirono and the USDA announced on July 11th. In February Corker orchestrated a request […]

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Hawaii Horse Expo August 10 and 11

MEDIA RELEASE The 6th annual Hawaii Island Humane Society Hawaii Horse Expo will be held August 10 and 11 at the Paniolo Heritage Center at Pukalani Stables in Waimea. Proceeds from the annual event benefit the HIHS Horse Rescue Fund and the Paniolo Preservation Society. A dozen experts from Hawaii and across the U.S. mainland […]

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Edith Kanakaole Stadium is the site for this weekend's Hilo Orchid Society’s 60th Annual Orchid Show and Sale. (Photo courtesy of Danny Robinson)

Orchid Society benefit preview party

MEDIA RELEASE Join the Hilo Orchid Society for a benefit preview party to kick off the 61st Annual Orchid Show and Sale at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium. Held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 1, the gala event features drinks, food, music, and orchid pre-sales. Libations include fine wine tasting, plus beer sampling […]

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Organic industry survey for agriculture producers and consumers

MEDIA RELEASE The Kohala Center today launched a series of online surveys aimed at soliciting input and feedback from various sectors of Hawai‘i’s organic food industry. The surveys are accessible online at… through Friday, August 2. The surveys are part of an initiative to determine the feasibility and potential roles of one or more […]

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Hirono, USDA announce first major federal initiative to fight coffee berry borer

Department agrees to spend $1M immediately to set up operation to battle invasive species

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Event celebrates food self-sufficiency in North Kohala

MEDIA RELEASE North Kohala’s Farm to Wok Cook-off will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 2 pm, at the Hawi Jodo Mission on Akoni Pule Highway in Hawi. The event is presented by Kahua Pa‘a Mua, Palili ‘O Kohala, Ka Hana No‘eau and the North Kohala Eat Locally Grown Campaign. […]

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Mangos at a Mango Festival (Photo courtesy of Fern Gavelek)

Mangos and mantas at fifth annual festival

MEDIA RELEASE Free juicy fun is on tap at the fifth annual Mango Festival Saturday, July 20 on the Hawaii Lawn of the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. This year’s festival theme of Mangos & Mantas features displays on agricultural sustainability and marine conservation from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mangos—the richly […]

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