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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Hawaii Agriculture Conference, January 8-9, 2014
By Robert Thomas @ 3:51 PM :: 4781 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use, GMOs

On January 8 and 9, 2014, the Seminar Group is putting on what we hope will become a regular event - the Hawaii Agriculture Conference....

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Sunday, December 8, 2013
How to Use Anti-GMO Ordinances to Seize Marijuana Plants: A Guide for Police Departments
By Andrew Walden @ 12:30 AM :: 11838 Views :: Agriculture, Drugs, GMOs

... between $400,000 and $1,000,000 in fines for a single mature 40-day old plant ....

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Friday, December 6, 2013
Congress Wants to Tax Your Christmas Tree
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:36 PM :: 3267 Views :: Agriculture, Taxes

Christmas trees are pretty unpopular, right?  The House must think so, since its farm bill would pave the way to set up a Christmas Tree Promotion Board....

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Maui Pesticide Bill Would Fine Farmers, Landscapers $10K per Day
By Andrew Walden @ 4:41 PM :: 6057 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business, GMOs

...to be placed on the December 6, 2013, Council agenda....

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Thursday, November 28, 2013
Hawaii a Testing Ground for Mainland Hysteria
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:13 PM :: 4195 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

Hawaii has long had an unfortunate tendency to attract the most extreme Mainland activists....

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Monday, November 25, 2013
Solving the Global Sugar Trade Problem
By NCPA @ 1:15 PM :: 4503 Views :: World News, Agriculture

Agriculture subsidies and trade manipulation have long been among the most intractable of policy problems....

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Maui Mayor Signs MOU with Monsanto Requiring Disclosure of Pesticide Use
By News Release @ 9:38 PM :: 4529 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, GMOs

While watching what was happening in other counties, Maui County decided to approach Monsanto - which has farms on both Maui and Molokai - to require disclosure of the company’s restricted-use pesticides and all information about related practices....

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Petition: Support Hawaii Farmers Now!
By News Release @ 1:33 PM :: 3865 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

Counties are listening to the most ill informed people and the farmers are being attacked ....

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
EEOC: Del Monte Hawaii Settles Thai Farm Workers Case
By News Release @ 3:15 AM :: 3689 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

The EEOC named Del Monte Fresh Produce's Hawaii subsidiary, which contracted with Global for approximately three years ending in 2005 to tend pineapple fields the subsidiary leased on the island of Oahu....

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Sunday, November 17, 2013
Open Letter: 80% of Hawaii Ag Reject Anti-GMO Bill 113
By News Release @ 5:45 PM :: 5818 Views :: Hawaii County , Agriculture, GMOs

...the undersigned farmers, ranchers and floral & nursery growers collectively produce more than 80% of the food and agricultural products grown in Hawaii....

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Pesticides: State Launches 'Agricultural Good Neighbor Program' for Kauai
By News Release @ 1:33 AM :: 3978 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

One day before Kauai County Council set to consider override of Mayor's Veto .... 

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Friday, November 8, 2013
U.S. Sugar Policy Sends Candy Makers Abroad
By NCPA @ 10:06 AM :: 5112 Views :: National News, Agriculture, Small Business, Cost of Living

U.S. candy makers are expanding production in other countries as federal price supports and a global glut of the sweet stuff give an ever-greater advantage to foreign rivals....

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Ag Department Backs Kauai Mayor’s Veto, Developing Pesticide Regs
By News Release @ 1:54 AM :: 3712 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

Department of Agriculture reaffirmed the Mayor’s assessment that complicated legal issues and practical enforcement and implementation details must be taken into consideration to effectively address community’s concerns....

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Monday, September 23, 2013
GMOs: Abercrombie to Impose Pesticide Standards, Setbacks on Farmers
By News Release @ 10:55 PM :: 4460 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs
Abercrombie, together with members of the Kauai Legislative Delegation, today announced that the state would be putting forth standards and guidelines for seed/diversified agriculture companies....
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
The Only Way to Reform the Farm Bill
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:05 PM :: 2761 Views :: Agriculture

Lawmakers return to Washington today with only nine legislative days in the House before some farm bill programs expire at the end of the month....

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Sunday, August 25, 2013
29.4 million in Tax Revenue by Seed Companies in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 6:16 PM :: 3978 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs
During the hearing on Bill 2491 on Kauai a council member “Gary Hoosier” said the seed companies paid zero Hawaii taxes....We dug, it took a whole 60 seconds to figure out his statement was a myth ....
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Sunday, August 11, 2013
Producers Already Enjoy Reduced Rate
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 5622 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

...it is not the cost of the tax that adds to the price of locally grown products as much as it is the external factors such as the cost of land, labor, and regulatory compliance....

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Saturday, July 27, 2013
Kauai Farmers Mobilize to Save Agriculture from Anti-GMO Protesters
By Video @ 4:02 PM :: 6666 Views :: Kauai County, Agriculture, GMOs

Correcting the misinformation being spread by special interest groups about how we farm....

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Saturday, July 27, 2013
Why I’m Going to Hawaii to Defend the Maize Winter Nurseries
By Selected News Articles @ 1:48 AM :: 4127 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

Hawaii currently plays an important role in the global food supply – one far more important than that of its historical sugarcane and pineapple industries....

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Thursday, July 25, 2013
KSBE, ML&P, Grove Farm Plan to Chop Down Thousands of Trees
By News Release @ 1:22 PM :: 4222 Views :: Energy, Agriculture

The feedstock for the biofuel is anticipated to be woody biomass-based....

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Thursday, July 25, 2013
Soaring Renewable Fuel Costs Spark New Fight over Ethanol Mandate
By NCPA @ 1:08 PM :: 3698 Views :: Energy, Agriculture

Renewable fuel credit prices rose to record highs recently, reigniting the debate over repealing the federal government's ethanol mandate....

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
How Much of Food Activism Is Nonsense?
By Selected News Articles @ 12:36 PM :: 4311 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

There are plenty of people out there telling us what we should eat—and worse, trying to use public policy to make us live by their opinions....

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Organic food – What is an ‘organic’ label really worth?
By Selected News Articles @ 12:12 PM :: 4157 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

fraud has flown under the radar. And as sales have boomed and the stakes have risen, the scale of deception has broadened....

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Thursday, July 11, 2013
Health Dep't Harasses Farmers for 'Fugitive Dust'
By News Release @ 9:21 PM :: 5178 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Small Business

...for causing or permitting visible fugitive dust to become airborne....

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Thursday, July 11, 2013
Late-Night Shenanigans in the House
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:57 AM :: 4062 Views :: National News, Agriculture

It still goes out of its way to tax Christmas trees....

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Things That Aren’t Inevitable
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:21 PM :: 3694 Views :: National News, Agriculture
Don’t you love it when the conventional wisdom gets turned on its head?
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Friday, June 28, 2013
Foodstamps: The House of Second Chances
By Heritage Foundation @ 8:02 AM :: 3022 Views :: Agriculture

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) is reportedly pushing to split up the old farm bill and take food stamps out of it....

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Friday, June 28, 2013
Study: Most of Hawaii's commercial seafood is imported
By UHERO @ 3:29 AM :: 4474 Views :: Environment, Agriculture
Hawaii sits in the middle of the largest ocean on earth. So the majority of the seafood consumed on these islands must then come from local waters, right?
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
Animal Cruelty: Abercrombie Signs Six Bills
By News Release @ 2:05 PM :: 3989 Views :: Agriculture, Law Enforcement
SB978 provides harsher penalties for those found guilty of animal cruelty by upgrading misdemeanor cruelty offenses involving 10 or more animals to a Class C felony....
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Abercrombie Signs Seven Ag Bills
By News Release @ 5:56 PM :: 3051 Views :: Agriculture

...Abercrombie today signed seven bills related to agriculture....

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Friday, June 21, 2013
Farm Bill Defeat Signals Trouble for Immigration Reform
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:15 PM :: 3780 Views :: National News, Agriculture

Sixty-two Republicans bucked their own party to vote against the bloated bill....Coupled with a large bloc of Democrats (Including Hanabusa and Gabbard) who wanted more spending on food stamps....

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Thursday, June 20, 2013
House Defeats $940 billion food stamp bill 195 to 234
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:27 PM :: 3559 Views :: National News, Agriculture

the food stamp program has doubled under the Obama Administration....

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Monday, June 17, 2013
SB482: Cutting Red Tape Helps Small Business, Honey
By News Release @ 11:38 PM :: 4247 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business
“Many small beekeepers have been unable to successfully navigate current regulatory hurdles required to operate a certified food-processing establishment on their own premises for the extraction and bottling of honey, which has resulting in many giving up beekeeping entirely,” said Hawaii Board of Agriculture Chairperson Russell S. Kokubun.
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Thursday, June 13, 2013
Farm Bill: Ask John Boehner Why
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:44 PM :: 3085 Views :: Agriculture

...Boehner said yesterday that he will support the bloated farm bill....

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Monday, June 10, 2013
Biofuels Spike World Food Prices, Malnutrition Grows
By NCPA @ 1:16 PM :: 3335 Views :: Energy, Agriculture

The spike in food prices, coupled with the global economic crisis, halted and even reversed the long-time trend in reducing malnutrition....

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Thursday, June 6, 2013
$800B Food Stamp Bill on Senate Agenda
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:10 PM :: 2715 Views :: Agriculture

Senate is expected to vote this morning on a measure that will effectively end debate on the misnamed “farm” bill....

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Losing One Of The Good Guys
By Robert Thomas @ 7:21 PM :: 5231 Views :: National News, Agriculture, Hawaii History

...Bob Fletcher, who saved farms of interned Japanese Americans, dies at 101....

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Thursday, May 30, 2013
Who Really Gets Farm Bill Money
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:43 PM :: 2933 Views :: Agriculture

Whenever Congress throws too much into one bill, special interests profit....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Kona Coffee Farmers 'Disappointed' by Safeway Blending Lawsuit Settlement
By News Release @ 8:11 AM :: 3340 Views :: Agriculture

Kona coffee growers are disappointed that the stipulated dismissal leaves unresolved what they believe is the key question....

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Saturday, April 27, 2013
Six Animal-Related Bills Moving Forward
By News Release @ 12:44 AM :: 5205 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government, Second Amendment

The bills await final, floor votes of both the House and the Senate on Tuesday, April 30th....

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Organic Spinach Recall Precedes Hawaii E-Coli Outbreak, DOH says No Connection
By Andrew Walden @ 1:41 PM :: 7259 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, GMOs
A February 15, 2013 food recall warned of possible Hemorrhagic E Coli contamination of  “Taylor Farms Organic Baby Spinach” sold in Hawaii.  Now the Hawaii Department of Health is investigating six “molecularly matched E. coli infections" starting February 19th.... 
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Senate Resolution 133 Urging the State to Purchase Land from Dole Food Company
By News Release @ 1:06 PM :: 4398 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use

...these parcels will add approximately 22,500 acres of land to the 1,700 acres of Galbraith Estate agricultural land in Central Oahu....

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Thursday, March 14, 2013
McCain: OHA Cronies Milk Defense Budget for Millions
By Selected News Articles @ 4:26 AM :: 7815 Views :: Akaka Bill, Agriculture, Military, OHA

“Now we’re in sequestration, we have a bill that would give ... companies an additional 5 percent, $15 million,” McCain said. “It’s disgraceful, and it’s been going on for years....

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Chicken Manure Penny Stock Looks to Abercrombie for ‘Strategic Relationship’
By Andrew Walden @ 11:28 PM :: 8119 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

We have presented our technology to and proposed a strategic relationship with various state agencies in the State of Hawaii, which closely aligns itself with Governor Neil Abercrombie’s “New Day in Hawaii” initiative....

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Status Of Appeal Of Land Use Commission’s Koa Ridge Approval
By Robert Thomas @ 12:15 PM :: 5692 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use

...it is difficult if not impossible to overturn a land use district boundary amendment as contrary to IAL designation, when it does not yet exist...

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Saturday, February 16, 2013
Trafficked Thai Workers' Dreams Become Nightmares
By Selected News Articles @ 6:52 PM :: 6029 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

In 2004, Nopphon Fuchumpa was promised a great opportunity in the United States.... 

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Saturday, February 16, 2013
Bills Introduced to Cut Sugar Subsidies
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 7157 Views :: National News, Agriculture, Economy

The bills would provide economic relief to American consumers and businesses who have been forced to pay a $14 billion hidden tax over the past four years alone in order for the federal government to provide a special interest subsidy to sugar producers....

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Friday, February 1, 2013
Nobriga vs DHHL: Some Days You Get the Bull
By Robert Thomas @ 7:05 PM :: 5632 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use

Did you know that as a Hawaii landowner you own all unmarked or unbranded cattle, horses, mules, donkeys, sheep, goats, and swine, over twelve months of age, which may be running wild on your land?

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Kauai Farmers to Boycott OHA Poi Mill
By News Release @ 5:00 PM :: 9413 Views :: Kauai County, Agriculture, OHA

HEWA: we do NOT endorse this unexpected news that OHA is giving us, Makaweli Poi, away to a random group we never heard of before....

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
TPL, OHA Gain Control of Galbraith Estate
By News Release @ 11:58 AM :: 8818 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use, OHA

...Trust for Public Land assembled the $25 million purchase price from a variety of sources, including $13 million from a Hawaii state bond; $4.5 million from the U.S. Army; $4 million from the City and County of Honolulu; $3 million from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs; and $500,000 from D.R. Horton....

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