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The National Drought Monitor showed minimal changes in drought condition ratings on October 25, 2011, at 7:00 AM EST compared to the previous week. Extreme drought was reported on the Kohala coast and the extreme southern tip of Hawaii Island. Extreme drought conditions, at 2 percent, were approximately 26 percentage points lower compared to ratings on October 19, 2010.

Drought persists despite showers during the week

The National Drought Monitor showed minimal changes in drought condition ratings on October 25, 2011, at 7:00 AM EST compared to the previous week. Extreme drought was reported on the Kohala coast and the extreme southern tip of Hawaii Island. Extreme drought conditions, at 2 percent, were approximately 26 percentage points lower compared to ratings […]

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Akaka to hold hearing on protecting Hawaii against invasive species Thursday (Oct 27)

Akaka to hold hearing on protecting Hawaii against invasive species Thursday (Oct 27)

MEDIA RELEASE Governor Abercrombie, Hawaii Legislature Agriculture Chairmen, State and Federal officials to testify Honolulu, Hawaii – This Thursday, U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) will hold a field hearing in Honolulu entitled Safeguarding Hawaii’s Ecosystem and Agriculture Against Invasive Species. Witnesses include Governor Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii Legislature Agriculture Committee Chairmen Senator Clarence Nishihara and […]

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Farming with Love: Need for commitment to agriculture

Farming with Love: Need for commitment to agriculture

Special to Hawaii 24/7 by Ken Love A number of trends developed during the course of this year’s data accumulation. Some trends showing increases in local produce promotion where least expected and some very disturbing trends when it comes to continually deceptive advertising. For the uninitiated, this report covers the amount of local produce versus […]

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Governor Neil Abercrombie approved the hiring of 10 agricultural inspectors, restoring some positions that were eliminated in 2009. The 10 positions will increase the level of inspections of produce and agricultural material and decrease inspection delays at Honolulu International Airport.

Governor restores 10 ag inspector positions on Oahu

Governor Neil Abercrombie approved the hiring of 10 agricultural inspectors, restoring some positions that were eliminated in 2009. The 10 positions will increase the level of inspections of produce and agricultural material and decrease inspection delays at Honolulu International Airport.

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Farmers have OK to use fungus on CBB

Farmers have OK to use fungus on CBB

Karin Stanton | Hawaii 24/7 Editor The state Board of Agriculture on Tuesday approved general use and importation of two pesticides to help control the coffee berry borer beetle. The board OK’d use of the pesticides that contain a fungus known to smother the bean-eating beetle. Although it is called a pesticide, the substance will […]

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Big Island police charged a 56-year-old Hilo man Tuesday (December 28) with several counts of felony theft after he was caught taking fruit without permission from a Kaiwiki farm.

Responding to an 8:27 p.m. call Monday (December 27), South Hilo patrol officers discovered that the owners of a farm on Kaiwiki road in Hilo had a trespasser detained. Further investigation revealed that the trespasser had been in the process of taking fruit from the farm without permission.

Police arrested Gary Pavao at the scene for second-degree theft.

Police charge 56 year-old Hilo man with fruit theft

Big Island police charged a 56-year-old Hilo man Tuesday (December 28) with several counts of felony theft after he was caught taking fruit without permission from a Kaiwiki farm. Responding to an 8:27 p.m. call Monday (December 27), South Hilo patrol officers discovered that the owners of a farm on Kaiwiki road in Hilo had […]

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Farming with Love: What can we do with $26.5 million?

Farming with Love: What can we do with $26.5 million?

Special to Hawaii 24/7 by Ken Love It was indeed an honor to be considered and recommended by various farmer groups as chair of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture. Although being way to politically incorrect to be seriously considered, the thought of being in the position enabled me to galvanize some of the ideas I […]

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A series of new extension publications about high value crops including chocolate, coffee, tea, and vanilla has just been published. The photo-rich booklets focus on management, production, marketing and value-added processing in Hawai’i and the Pacific region.

New chocolate, coffee, tea and vanilla extension publications released

A series of new extension publications about high value crops including chocolate, coffee, tea, and vanilla has just been published. The photo-rich booklets focus on management, production, marketing and value-added processing in Hawai’i and the Pacific region.

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Opinion: Ag inspections should be priority

Opinion: Ag inspections should be priority

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Coffee berry borer survey status report for Oct. 6

Coffee berry borer survey status report for Oct. 6

MEDIA RELEASE Staff from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the state Department of Agriculture (HDOA) have been conducting systematic surveys of coffee farms across the state to determine the extent of the Coffee Berry Borer (CBB) infestation. This survey information is critical to determine the best methods of prevention, eradication and control of […]

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Hoffmann on agricultural self-sufficiency

Hoffmann on agricultural self-sufficiency

The following statement was issued by Waimea Councilman Pete Hoffmann: The primary elections are behind us, and while not everyone is free from the prospects of sign-waving, fund-raising and candidate forums, some of us are free to focus fully on other items that have direct impact on the taxpayers. In that context, I think it’s […]

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Free horticulture workshop at UH West Hawaii (June 17-30)

Free horticulture workshop at UH West Hawaii (June 17-30)

MEDIA RELEASE West Hawaii Community College is offering an opportunity to learn about agriculture and horticulture in a free workshop. The classes are 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. June 17-30 at UH Center West Hawaii Campus in Kealakekua.

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On drought scale, parts of island hit bottom

On drought scale, parts of island hit bottom

Karin Stanton | Hawaii 24/7 Contributing Editor According to the latest report, western parts of the Big Island are experiencing “exceptional” drought levels, while other parts from Ka‘u to Honokaa remain in the “extreme” category. The island that has most of the state’s agriculture now is about the driest area in the entire country. Conditions […]

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Topic of meeting in Kona is the Verroa Mite

The next meeting of Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers will be held on Monday Dec. 21th at the University of Hawaii experiment Station in Kainaliu across from Aloha Theater. The meeting is held from 7 to 9 and non-members are welcome to attend. The meeting will feature talks from L. Mike Klungness of the Univ. of […]

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