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Sunday, July 7, 2024
​New law creates opportunities for Hawaii food entrepreneurs
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:28 PM :: 397 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

... The governor signs a Grassroot-backed bill that lets home cooks sell their products online, by mail and through third parties ....

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Sunday, July 7, 2024
Hawaii County proposal -- good direction for Oahu beekeeping
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:18 PM :: 353 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Agriculture, Small Business

... Hawaii Island lawmakers consider more liberal beekeeping rules while Honolulu County lawmakers ponder making them tougher ....

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Tuesday, July 2, 2024
UHERO: Where can Hawaiʻi diversify its economy?
By UHERO @ 10:26 PM :: 441 Views :: Agriculture, Economy, Tourism

... industries with significant growth potential that are currently facing obstacles such as inadequate infrastructure, skills shortages, and market and government failures ....

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024
New Coffee Labeling Rules Take Effect July 1
By News Release @ 3:06 PM :: 610 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

... will apply to all coffee product inventory sold to the public or displayed at retail stores in Hawai‘i ....

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Sunday, June 23, 2024
Hawaii County moves toward greater freedom for beekeepers
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:14 PM :: 528 Views :: Hawaii County , Agriculture, Small Business

... The Leeward Planning Commission voted favorably on a bill that would make it easier for beekeepers to expand their businesses ....

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Friday, May 17, 2024
The Dire Cost of Disinformation
By Joni Kamiya @ 6:58 PM :: 1490 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, GMOs

... the very first coconut rhinoceros beetle was detected here in Hawaii 11 years ago ....

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Sunday, May 12, 2024
“Who protects Hawaiʻi from invasive species? You do.”
By News Release @ 2:39 AM :: 1181 Views :: Environment, Agriculture

... HDOA has opened two requests for proposals (RFP) – one for community-based management of coconut rhinoceros beetles (CRB) on O‘ahu and another to support green waste management ....

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Thursday, May 2, 2024
HB2298 Coffee Labeling Bill Pushes Back on Blenders
By News Release @ 4:00 AM :: 1425 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

... any coffee labeled or advertised with a Hawaiʻi geographic origin must consist of at least fifty-one percent coffee by weight from that geographic region ....

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Thursday, May 2, 2024
HB2144: Allow Production and Sale of 'Homemade Food Products'
By News Release @ 3:54 AM :: 1155 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

... By broadening the types of shelf-stable food that can be sold and where producers can sell them, the bill ensures that local entrepreneurs have the chance to thrive while maintaining high standards of food safety ....

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Friday, April 19, 2024
Hawaii County beekeepers hope Bill 144 will open up new vistas
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:43 PM :: 1153 Views :: Hawaii County , Agriculture, Small Business

... Hawaii County treats beehives like piggeries ....

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Prince Kuhio's Fight to Americanize Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 12:01 AM :: 38849 Views :: DHHL, Agriculture, Hawaii History, Land Use

...the homestead associations he championed in his first decade of service were multi-ethnic groups seeking the fee-simple ownership of land promised in the Hawaii Organic Act....

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Saturday, March 23, 2024
Maui, land of infernal regulations
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:10 PM :: 1866 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, Development

... the harsh limits on the allowable number of water fixtures per property could render density-increasing measures essentially meaningless ....

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024
​Cockfighting fans fight Northern Mariana ban at Ninth Circuit
By Court House News @ 2:14 PM :: 1387 Views :: Agriculture, Drugs

... cockfighting was banned in the territory in 2018 ....

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
Kauai: Tourism Industry Scores Another Big Win Over Agriculture
By News Release @ 12:45 PM :: 1659 Views :: Kauai County, Environment, Agriculture, Tourism

... To prevent tourists from seeing muddy water, West Kauai seed farms will be required to get federal NPIDES permits ....

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Friday, January 19, 2024
DLNR Transfers 24,200 Acres to Agriculture Department
By News Release @ 4:16 PM :: 1254 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use

... To date, 24,200 acres of agricultural lands have been transferred by DLNR to HDOA. In October 2023, the HBOA approved, accepting 99 more parcels on the list, totaling 21,672 acres, which still requires the review and approval of the BLNR ....

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Sunday, December 10, 2023
Empowering Food Entrepreneurs: Education, Policy Changes Needed
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:10 AM :: 1318 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

...there are a few state rules holding them back....

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Saturday, November 18, 2023
Monsanto court victory in fight over Roundup cancer warnings
By Court House News @ 2:08 PM :: 1700 Views :: Environment, Agriculture

... the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says glyphosate "is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans" ....

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Saturday, November 11, 2023
Relax rules on ‘cottage food’ entrepreneurs
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:49 AM :: 1720 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

... folks who simply want to sell homemade food products must jump through numerous hoops. Considering that one of the state’s official goals is to boost local food production, that just doesn’t seem right ....

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Friday, October 27, 2023
DLNR Transferring 99 Parcels to Agriculture Department
By News Release @ 2:13 AM :: 1843 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use

... 99 agricultural parcels, totaling 21,672 acres ....

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023
UHERO: Reduce fire risk with regulation, restoration of fallow ag lands
By UHERO @ 10:12 PM :: 1839 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, Land Use

... Fallow agricultural lands now comprise approximately 40% of all agricultural lands or 25% of lands across the state ....

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Monday, October 2, 2023
Lahaina Fire Caused by Anti-Cane Smoke Activism
By Selected News Articles @ 4:20 PM :: 2364 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Agriculture

... Hawaii’s burn ban came about as a result of lawsuits and lobbying campaigns waged by activists and organizations, including Earthjustice and the Sierra Club. The effort succeeded in ending prescribed agricultural burns, which contributed to the demise of a historic 36,000-acre sugar plantation in 2016 ....

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Friday, September 29, 2023
Multiple Murder Counts After Deadly Cockfight
By News Release @ 8:41 PM :: 2307 Views :: Honolulu County, Agriculture, Law Enforcement, Drugs

... two people dead and three others injured ....

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Wednesday, September 20, 2023
New Bill from Guam Delegate to Legalize Cockfighting in U.S. Territories
By News Release @ 11:12 PM :: 1918 Views :: Agriculture, Congressional Delegation, Drugs

... Similar legislation has been introduced by Delegate from Puerto Rico and attracted no support from any sitting U.S. Senator or U.S. Representative from the states ....

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Wednesday, July 12, 2023
VIDEO: Challenges Facing Hawaii Agriculture
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:24 PM :: 1974 Views :: Agriculture

... barriers to farming in Hawaii .... 

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Thursday, July 6, 2023
Animal Welfare Groups Urge Ninth Circuit to Affirm the Ban on Cockfighting in the Northern Mariana Islands
By News Release @ 12:16 PM :: 1763 Views :: Agriculture, Law Enforcement, Drugs

... The case, on appeal before the Ninth Circuit from the Northern Mariana Islands District Court, is the latest—and likely the last—in a stream of cases filed by the pro-cockfighting bloc to obstruct the ban on cockfighting in U.S. territories. ...

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Thursday, May 11, 2023
Senators Introduce FIGHT Act to Enhance Enforcement and Crack Down on Dogfighting, Cockfighting
By News Release @ 4:46 PM :: 2175 Views :: Agriculture, Law Enforcement, Drugs

... A mass shooting at known illegal cockfighting venue outside Honolulu demonstrates that the violence from animal-fighting enterprises spills into communities, harms people ....

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Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Axis Deer Venison: Opportunity for Hawaii Ranchers?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:11 PM :: 2405 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture

... On today’s episode of 'Hawaii Together,' host Keli'i Akina speaks with Mayer about the state of Hawaii’s meat industry ....

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Wednesday, May 3, 2023
DLNR, DOA Continue Act 90 Partnership
By News Release @ 8:00 PM :: 2202 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use

... to transfer non-ag park lands to the Department of Agriculture (DOA) for agricultural production ....

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Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Promoting Local Foods in Hawaii; Removing Barriers is Key to Growth
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:08 AM :: 2113 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

... The state has used numerous strategies to achieve that goal, but with mixed success ....

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Saturday, March 11, 2023
Supreme Court Says 'No' to Homeless Camps on Ag Land
By News Release @ 1:11 AM :: 2254 Views :: Agriculture, Homelessness, Land Use

... Hawaiʻi law expressly excludes overnight camps from the definition of permitted uses on Class A and B agricultural lands ....

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Tuesday, March 7, 2023
Shootout as FBI Raids 800-Person Cockfight--Four Arrested
By News Release @ 3:54 AM :: 4326 Views :: Hawaii County , Agriculture, Law Enforcement, Drugs

... the 800-person cockfight was busted at Hokukano Ranch which is promoted as a Big Island film location ....

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Sunday, February 19, 2023
PILOT for Real Property Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2960 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Agriculture, Tax Credits, Taxes

... The owner in the previous year paid $30,154 in property tax and got a bill for $835,710, resulting in an extremely unhappy owner ....

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Friday, February 10, 2023
DLNR, Agriculture Department to Settle on Pasture Management?
By News Release @ 11:00 AM :: 1562 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use

... whether certain lands could be transferred from DLNR jurisdiction to HDOA ....

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Thursday, February 2, 2023
Proposed Short Term Rental Regs Could Harm Big Island Farmers, Economy.
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:19 PM :: 2376 Views :: Hawaii County , Agriculture, Small Business, Tourism

... Some members of the Hawaii County Council are proposing tighter regulations on hosted short-term rentals ....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Hawaii ranked as most expensive state to buy eggs
By Selected News Articles @ 3:36 AM :: 2231 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business, Cost of Living

... the average cost for a dozen eggs in Hawaii is about $9.73. That's 51% higher than a year earlier and 53% higher than #2 Florida ....

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Friday, December 30, 2022
Department of Agriculture Awards 579 Microgrants
By News Release @ 1:40 AM :: 1810 Views :: Agriculture

... 579 grants, totaling $2,684,350, for small-scale agriculture; including home gardening, herding and livestock operations ....

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Friday, September 2, 2022
Legislature Paves Way for Issuance of SPRBs for Carbon Credits – Or Does It?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:46 PM :: 2835 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Ethics, Agriculture, Development

... there is a line item for renting four 480-square-foot units from the Four Seasons for nearly $300,000 a year ....

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Friday, August 12, 2022
Hawaii Cockfighters Continue Shipping Fighting Birds to Guam, Enabled by Territorial Department of Agriculture
By News Release @ 11:50 PM :: 2187 Views :: Agriculture, Law Enforcement

... Guam’s Animal Import Standards Announced in April Prove Hollow ....

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Thursday, April 28, 2022
HB1434 'Dangerous' -- Eminent Domain Property Seizures
By Selected News Articles @ 8:21 PM :: 2875 Views :: Honolulu County, Agriculture, Land Use

... It’s one of the best-kept secrets this session .... 

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Thursday, April 21, 2022
Water to be Restored to Five Molokai Streams
By News Release @ 2:02 PM :: 2151 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Agriculture

... For more than a century these streams were almost fully diverted and often dry ....

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Monday, April 18, 2022
SB2070: $50M for ‘thinly veiled scam’?
By Andrew Walden @ 11:02 PM :: 3174 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Agriculture

... When a couple of penny-stock touts, one of whom is listed in the Panama Papers, team up to sell timber futures and carbon credits what does the Legislature do? ....

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Agribusiness Development Corporation--Auditor Finds 'Material Weakness'
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:16 AM :: 2075 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture

... resulting in misstatements in eight different ADC accounts and a three-year delay in financial reporting ....

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022
State Releases Agricultural Land Use Baseline Study
By News Release @ 9:00 AM :: 1732 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii Statistics

... the 2020 baseline report for the state has 886,211 total agricultural acres, a decrease of 27,050 acres, or minus 3 percent from 2015. Total acres in planted crops in 2020 was 120,632, a decrease of 31,199 acres or minus 21 percent. The loss in planted acres was attributed to the closure of the Hawai`i Commercial & Sugar Company on Maui in 2016 which removed 38,810 acres in crop acreage ....

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Friday, March 4, 2022
Supreme Court Finds State Violated Water Leasing Law in East Maui
By News Release @ 7:41 PM :: 2212 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture

... The Court held that, per state statute and BLNR’s trust duties, the BLNR should have determined—but did not—that the leases were “in the best interests of the State” before continuing them in 2014 ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
DoH Revises Admin Rules for Marijuana and Hemp
By News Release @ 11:02 PM :: 2493 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business, Drugs

... As of January 31, 2022, a statewide total of 33,951 in-state patients and 2,748 caregivers were registered statewide. The primary reported condition for registered adult patients is 'severe pain'. The primary reported conditions for children under 18 years of age are 'seizures' and 'severe pain' ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
HB2028 Would Legalize Limited Raw Milk Sales
By Selected News Articles @ 4:21 AM :: 5469 Views :: Agriculture, Health Care, Small Business

... Sales would be limited to farms or facilities with no more than 2 milk-bearing cows ....

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Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Tunnel Vision
By Joni Kamiya @ 5:55 PM :: 4974 Views :: Agriculture, Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living, GMOs

... The legislature appears to be dead set on ignoring the entire impact of short term solutions and catchy soundbites ....

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Saturday, January 1, 2022
Act 90: 19,000 DLNR Acres Transferred to Agriculture Department
By News Release @ 10:03 PM :: 2288 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

... fulfilling the purposes of Act 90, Session Laws of Hawaii 2003 ....

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Thursday, December 23, 2021
Appeals court affirms federal authority to ban cockfighting in US territories
By News Release @ 3:42 PM :: 2221 Views :: Agriculture, Law Enforcement

“The challenges originating in Guam and Puerto Rico to the federal law banning all animal fighting have been turned back by four federal courts and also denied by the U.S. Supreme Court”

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Thursday, December 9, 2021
Monsanto Agrees to Plead Guilty to Illegally Using Pesticide at Corn Growing Fields in Hawaii
By News Release @ 8:41 PM :: 2721 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, GMOs

... Monsanto Company agreed to plead guilty to 30 environmental crimes related to the use of a pesticide on corn fields in Hawaii ....

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