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Sunday, August 11, 2013
Producers Already Enjoy Reduced Rate
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 4579 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 :: 5553 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 :: 3326 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 :: 3529 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 :: 3031 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 :: 3471 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 :: 3412 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 :: 4384 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 :: 3294 Views :: National News, Agriculture

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

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Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Things That Aren’t Inevitable
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:21 PM :: 3033 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 :: 2431 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 :: 3779 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 :: 3242 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 :: 2534 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 :: 3023 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 :: 2888 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 :: 3596 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 :: 2603 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 :: 2728 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 06, 2013
$800B Food Stamp Bill on Senate Agenda
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:10 PM :: 2219 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 04, 2013
Losing One Of The Good Guys
By Robert Thomas @ 7:21 PM :: 4282 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 :: 2387 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 :: 2759 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 :: 4242 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 :: 5995 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 :: 3639 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 :: 6493 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 06, 2013
Chicken Manure Penny Stock Looks to Abercrombie for ‘Strategic Relationship’
By Andrew Walden @ 11:28 PM :: 6824 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 :: 4628 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 :: 5078 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 :: 6002 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 01, 2013
Nobriga vs DHHL: Some Days You Get the Bull
By Robert Thomas @ 7:05 PM :: 4637 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 01, 2013
Kauai Farmers to Boycott OHA Poi Mill
By News Release @ 5:00 PM :: 7851 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 :: 7585 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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Friday, December 07, 2012
House Ag Committee to Consider 'Food Safety'
By News Release @ 9:44 PM :: 3784 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

This informational briefing will cover the topic of food safety as it concerns and relates to farmers, wholesalers and retailers in Hawaii....

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Monday, December 03, 2012
Humane Society: Our Opponent is Evil, We are Good
By News Release @ 12:43 PM :: 4649 Views :: Environment, Agriculture

Why would someone criticize such a storied name in American charity as ours?....

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Saturday, November 17, 2012
Video: South Park Ridicules Kauai Malihini
By Video @ 5:34 AM :: 6401 Views :: Kauai County, Agriculture, Tourism, GMOs

One of the subplots of the South Park episode is about residents of Kaua'i claiming to be natives of Hawaii when they're just longtime residents who got there before the more recent tourists, whom they despise....

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Friday, August 17, 2012
Murder at Pier 23: The Death of Hawaii Animal Agriculture
By Michael Hansen @ 10:41 PM :: 5600 Views :: Agriculture, Jones Act

"...it’s come to the point where we are wondering whether it’s worth continuing the business...."

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Saturday, September 03, 2011
Classified Documents reveal United Farm Workers made pact with Global Horizons in hope of profiting from Immigration Reform
By Andrew Walden @ 8:32 PM :: 7236 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

... a July 3, 2008 memo from the US Embassy in Mexico—revealed earlier this week with the latest batch of classified Wikileaks documents—shows that the UFW had signed a contract with Global Horizons and was itself looking forwards to becoming a major labor contractor ....

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Monday, August 08, 2011
Human Trafficking: Did the US DoJ Purposefully lose the Aloun Farms Case?
By Andrew Walden @ 1:37 AM :: 12681 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture, Judiciary, Labor, Law Enforcement

How could federal prosecutors “accidentally” debase their entire prosecution of crimes alleged to have occurred in 2004 by telling a Federal Grand Jury that the defendants’ collection of “recruitment fees” was a violation of a law which did not take effect until 2008?

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Monday, September 20, 2010
NYT: In an Ugly Human-Trafficking Case, Hawaii Forgets Itself
By Selected News Articles @ 8:34 PM :: 9250 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

In an astounding display of amnesia and misplaced sympathy, Hawaii rallied around the defendants. After entering their plea deal, the farmers, Michael and Alec Sou of Aloun Farms, orchestrated an outpouring of letters begging the judge for leniency at sentencing. Business leaders, community activists, politicians — even two former governors, Benjamin Cayetano and John Waihee, and top executives at First Hawaiian Bank — joined a parade attesting to the brothers’ goodness.

The men were paragons of diversified agriculture and wise land use, the letter writers said. They had special vegetable knowledge that nobody else had, and were holding the line against genetically modified crops. If they went to prison, evil developers would pave their farmland. Think of the “trickle down impact,” one woman implored the judge. Besides, their produce was delicious.

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Friday, September 03, 2010
Green hypocrites: Case & Omidyar’s Maui Land & Pine tied to human trafficking case
By Selected News Articles @ 12:03 AM :: 16773 Views :: Kauai County, Maui County, Environment, Ethics, Agriculture, Labor

THREE MONTHS after Intajak arrived in America, in October 2004, Global Horizons sent him to Hawaii to work for the Maui Pineapple Co. Here, the pay was better than in Yakima—$9.50 an hour—but the conditions were worse. One Global Horizons agent, Intajak and other workers told me, was in the habit of carrying a knife, a gun, or a baseball bat, and of threatening workers with "deportation" if they didn't behave or meet their quotas. Just four days in, Intajak says, he watched the man beat a coworker. 

The Maui Pineapple Co.'s land is nestled among gorgeous foothills, shrouded in mist and covered with volcanic soil the color of dark coffee. The now-defunct company was part of Maui Land & Pineapple Co., whose majority owner is Steve Case, cofounder of AOL; another primary shareholder is eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, a generous benefactor of anti-slavery organizations.... 

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Unions reject furloughs: Governor seeks ag inspection alternatives
By Letters to the Editor @ 1:08 PM :: 4918 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

State Government  cannot afford to look or be the same.  We need to find new ways to do the tasks that were once performed.  We want to explore with the Agriculture industry options such as third-party certification, self certification, and random sampling.

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Saturday, March 22, 2008
Molokai Ranch: Protesters to Cash in with Takeover Plan?
By Andrew Walden @ 2:49 PM :: 13165 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, Greenmail

Molokai’s largest private employer is closing operations. With unemployment already at 7 percent, 120 more Molokai residents (on an island of just over 7,000 residents) are losing their jobs. In a state where politicians pretend to be obsessed with “saving agriculture,” cattle ranching will end on the 1/3 of the island owned by Molokai Ranch.

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