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Saturday, June 29, 2019
Activist Attacks Destroy Another 17% of Hawaii Seed Industry Acreage
By News Release @ 8:30 PM :: 55581 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii Statistics, GMOs

...Acreage harvested for all seed crops is expected to total 2,530 acres during the 2018-19 season, down 17 percent from the previous season....

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Friday, June 28, 2019
Debates: On Agriculture, Democrats Pander to 'Regressive Left'
By Selected News Articles @ 2:57 AM :: 5920 Views :: Democratic Party, Agriculture, Politicians, GMOs

...This week’s opening round of Democratic Party presidential debates threatens to fall short on science and is likely to be dominated by ideological talking points when it comes to food, farming and agricultural biotechnology....

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Friday, June 28, 2019
Knee Jerk Reactions
By Joni Kamiya @ 2:39 AM :: 4652 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, GMOs

...The activists could not get the results they wanted in a scientific study and instead went to the courtroom to make their case....

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Thursday, June 6, 2019
Feds Debunk Surfrider's Fake Bacteria Counts
By News Release @ 7:04 PM :: 6460 Views :: Kauai County, Environment, Agriculture, Greenmail

...Scientists use a powerful microbial detection device to show that suggestions of sewage in Kauai’s watershed were mostly false positives....

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Friday, April 26, 2019
SB1353: Industrial Hemp Heading to Governor's Desk
By News Release @ 5:57 PM :: 4454 Views :: Agriculture, Drugs

...industrial hemp business for the U.S. is significant for Hawaii, where the climate makes it possible to harvest up to three crops annually....

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Why Farm?
By Joni Kamiya @ 5:36 PM :: 5325 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

...Wouldn’t be wonderful if a wealthy non-profit volunteered to pay for all the regulations they demand?....

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Sunday, April 14, 2019
Unlucky and Unclean: How Not to Steal House 13
By Andrew Walden @ 10:23 PM :: 8258 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Ethics, Agriculture

...With legal representation from Neil Abercrombie’s former Attorney General David Louie, former penny stock tout Jeffrey Dunster tried to use a bag full of receipts to claim ownership of a house known as ‘13’.  It didn't work....

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Saturday, April 13, 2019
Activists hurt farmers by fueling public’s disconnect with modern agriculture
By Selected News Articles @ 5:09 AM :: 6477 Views :: Agriculture, Greenmail, GMOs

...farmers are increasingly frustrated and dispirited by having to deal with the demands and unrealistic expectations of a public that is growing ever more distant from the realities of agriculture....

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Friday, April 5, 2019
Kiss of Death: OHA Endorses Amended Water Bill Just Before Senate Committee Kills It
By News Release @ 4:29 AM :: 5298 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Agriculture

...Killing this bill sends $62M from A&B to Mahi Pono which has its staff larded up with anti-GMO activists....

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Sunday, March 31, 2019
Got Milk? DoH Consent Decree Requires Shut Down of Big Island Dairy
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 5982 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Agriculture, Small Business

...The AOC requires Big Island Dairy owners to terminate their dairy operations, remove all their cows from confinement on the site, clean and remove the existing wastewater system, and pay $79,000 by June of 2019....

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Thursday, March 28, 2019
Six Solar Schemes Approved by PUC
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 4217 Views :: Energy, Agriculture

...Among the projects approved is Hoohana Solar 1 in Kunia, which is planned for a parcel zoned as prime agricultural land, where renewable energy projects are currently not permitted....

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Thursday, March 28, 2019
Nominations Open for Commission on Water Resource Management
By News Release @ 3:22 AM :: 4141 Views :: Environment, Agriculture

...The new term for the Commissioner will begin July 1, 2019 and run for four (4) years, expiring on June 30, 2023....

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Sunday, March 10, 2019
The Jones Act: High Steaks
By Video @ 4:33 AM :: 4483 Views :: Agriculture, Jones Act

...Those burgers you picked up at the grocery store may have originated in Hawaii....

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Monday, February 18, 2019
Fear is not Sustainable
By Joni Kamiya @ 4:31 PM :: 4334 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...Nomi Carmona of the Babes Against Biotech was not present at the State Capitol. Ashley Lukens of the Center for Food Safety was a no show. Walter Ritte wasn’t even there too....

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Friday, February 15, 2019
Board of Agriculture Chair Resigns After Two Weeks on Job
By News Release @ 2:45 PM :: 5897 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

...Ige has appointed Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser chairperson of the Hawai‘i Board of Agriculture.  Former Chair Denise Albano resigned for personal reasons on January 29, 2019....

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Thursday, February 7, 2019
Green New Deal: Kamala Harris Endorses Socialist Plan to Ban Air Travel and Cows
By Selected News Articles @ 10:14 PM :: 9265 Views :: Democratic Party, Environment, Agriculture, Congressional Delegation, Tourism

“That would be pretty hard for Hawaii” -- Sen Mazie Hirono

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Thursday, January 31, 2019
Kauai Dairy Quits: "No Regulatory Path Forward"
By News Release @ 8:57 PM :: 5723 Views :: Kauai County, Environment, Agriculture

"...we were unable to find a clear regulatory path forward for this innovative and sustainable model of dairy farming...."

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Friday, January 25, 2019
Auction: Omidyar Dairy Liquidating?
By Andrew Walden @ 9:46 PM :: 5433 Views :: Kauai County, Agriculture, Tourism

...In addition to spawning anti-dairy activism, Omidyar’s Kauai dairy proposal created a political and perhaps legal precedent requiring previously exempt farmers to obtain an environmental impact statement before commencing operations....

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Thursday, January 24, 2019
HB939: State Ag Bill Restricts Hemp Growers More Than Feds Do
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 12:40 AM :: 4458 Views :: Agriculture, Drugs

...The Hawaii DOA lists the following erroneous justification for HB939: "Given the nature of hemp as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance . . .."   However, as of Dec. 20, 2018, hemp was removed from that list....

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Saturday, December 29, 2018
Dirty Little Hands
By Joni Kamiya @ 3:06 PM :: 5154 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...It is trendy right now to be telling tales about farmers....

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Friday, December 21, 2018
HC&S Land Sold to Real Farmer
By News Release @ 3:08 AM :: 6177 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, Land Use

...All of A&B's existing agricultural personnel will be offered positions with Mahi Pono....

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Friday, December 21, 2018
Trump Signs Farm Bill Legalizing Hemp
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 2:22 AM :: 7425 Views :: Agriculture, Drugs

...Representative Cynthia Thielen (R–Kailua, Kaneohe Bay) celebrates the legalization of industrial hemp through the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), better known as the 2018 Farm Bill....

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018
A Smaller World
By Joni Kamiya @ 1:12 AM :: 5616 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, GMOs

...These feel-good ideas are placed upon farmers with no consideration of the consequences of its impacts....

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Anti-Pesticide Hysteria: Enviros Shift from Bees to Birds
By Selected News Articles @ 2:37 PM :: 6942 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Greenmail, GMOs

...As global honeybee population increases, activists blame neonicotinoid pesticides for ‘bird-pocalypse’ that’s not happening....

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Friday, October 26, 2018
Chemophobia epidemic—Fanning fears about trace chemicals obscures real risks and ‘damages public health’
By Selected News Articles @ 2:10 AM :: 6502 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, GMOs

...Chemophobia may lead to real risks....

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Friday, October 26, 2018
Auditor: Agriculture Department Hides $2.4M from Legislature
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:49 AM :: 4100 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture

...not reported to the 2018 Legislature as required by Sections 37-47 and 37-52.5, HRS....

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Sunday, October 21, 2018
​Poor Farmer
By Joni Kamiya @ 3:40 PM :: 4617 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...If you do not farm, why should you dictate how farming should be done?....

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Thursday, October 4, 2018
UH Glyphosate Study Debunked--Bee Death Story Is Bee-S
By Selected News Articles @ 7:58 PM :: 5396 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Higher Education

...New glyphosate study suggesting danger to honeybee microbiota is detailed, sophisticated—and wrong....

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Monday, October 1, 2018
Food Waste Recycling Program Makes Pigs Happy--But Costs City at H-Power
By UHERO @ 8:45 PM :: 5256 Views :: Honolulu County, Agriculture, Small Business

“The vast majority of those businesses impacted by the City’s food waste recycling ordinance are continuing to use local piggeries to recycle their food waste.”

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Sunday, September 16, 2018
Lawsuits Close in on Hawaii’s Largest Carbon Credit Scheme
By Andrew Walden @ 9:48 PM :: 15768 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Ethics, Agriculture

...When a couple of penny-stock touts, one of whom is listed in the Panama Papers Offshore Leaks Database, start selling timber futures and carbon credits in Hawaii, the greenwash is thicker than most....

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Sunday, September 9, 2018
If Everyone Farmed
By Joni Kamiya @ 2:31 AM :: 3572 Views :: Agriculture

...This weekend was spent planting the new fields....

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Thursday, August 23, 2018
New Rabies Quarantine Rules Announced
By News Release @ 3:08 AM :: 4396 Views :: Agriculture, Tourism

...Revises Requirements for 5 Day or Less Program....

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Think Farmers are Lazy?
By Joni Kamiya @ 11:21 PM :: 3443 Views :: Agriculture

...This weekend was the planting of the trees....

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Thursday, August 9, 2018
Waianae Ag Park Heavily Damaged in Brush Fire
By News Release @ 3:23 PM :: 3229 Views :: Agriculture

...four of the nine working farms are total losses. The other eight lots are either vacant with leases pending or currently not in production....

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Saturday, August 4, 2018
EPA Releases Long-Delayed Report Showing Ethanol Hurts Environment
By Selected News Articles @ 10:36 PM :: 6620 Views :: Energy, Environment, Agriculture, Tax Credits

...including ethanol in the U.S. gas supply is wreaking havoc on the atmosphere and soil....

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Saturday, July 7, 2018
Hawaii's First Hemp Growers Licensed
By News Release @ 1:44 PM :: 5555 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business, Drugs

...industrial hemp refers to cannabis plants with a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration at or below 0.3 percent....

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Friday, May 18, 2018
Backbone
By Joni Kamiya @ 10:41 PM :: 7796 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture, Hawaii State Government, GMOs

...With the recent passage of the anti-pesticide bills in our legislature, I received messages and emails from certain legislators apologizing for voting for this....

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Ookala: DoH Warns on Dairy-Related Water Pollution
By News Release @ 6:14 PM :: 5302 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Agriculture

...Big Island Dairy has reported untreated wastewater from the dairy’s wastewater treatment system spilled from a damaged sewage pipe in the evening on May 6....

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Saturday, April 28, 2018
SB3095: Legislative Pandering to Anti-Pesticide Nuts Will Affect Every Homeowner and Restaurant in Hawaii
By News Release @ 1:56 PM :: 5768 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...If signed into law, SB3095 will have Hawaii restaurants crawling with cockroaches--this should be almost as good for tourism as the homeless tent cities Hanabusa is planning....

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Hemp Pilot Program Begins Accepting Grower License Applications
By News Release @ 9:20 PM :: 4948 Views :: Agriculture, Drugs

...HDOA worked with federal and state drug enforcement agencies to successfully import the hemp seed varietal, Yuma, from China....

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Thursday, March 15, 2018
DoA Pesticide Report: Science vs Hysteria
By News Release @ 2:21 PM :: 6837 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Hawaii Statistics, GMOs

...Six-Month Monitoring Levels Meet State & Federal Water Quality Standards....

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
John McHugh PhD New Head of Pesticides Branch
By News Release @ 12:29 AM :: 4288 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

...His appointment is effective January 1, 2018. He succeeds Thomas Matsuda who will retire on December 31, 2017....

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Hawaii's Best Workplace? Monsanto
By News Release @ 3:28 PM :: 7508 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, GMOs

...Monsanto took first place, scoring an impressive 91.6 percent....

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Thursday, November 9, 2017
The Curse of Abundance
By Joni Kamiya @ 12:44 AM :: 6003 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...We live in a world of plenty which is both good and bad....

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Sunday, November 5, 2017
Trump Admin Names Hawaii Farm Service Agency and Rural Development State Directors
By News Release @ 3:05 PM :: 5426 Views :: Agriculture, Republican Party

...Al Frenzel and Gigi Jones....

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Friday, September 1, 2017
Bill Before Congress: Claim--Hawaii Allows 'horrific legal market' in Dog Meat
By News Release @ 3:49 AM :: 9495 Views :: Agriculture, Law Enforcement, Small Business

"...An undercover investigation for EnviroWatch highlighted the brutality of dog meat farms in Hawaii...."

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Thursday, July 13, 2017
Invasive Species Inspectors Communicate 'Caveman Style' After (another) State IT Project Failure
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:03 PM :: 4755 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

...After more than a decade of development and close to $4.2 million in new and amended contracts, Department of Agriculture has failed in its attempt to implement a central integrated database....  (try MS Excel next time)

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Mother Jones: World Health Organization called RoundUp a “probable carcinogen,” but it didn’t have all the facts.
By Selected News Articles @ 3:39 PM :: 6918 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, GMOs

...A Scientist Didn’t Disclose Important Data—and Let Everyone Believe a Popular Weedkiller Causes Cancer....

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Thursday, June 1, 2017
Rat Lungworm: The Cost of Unintended Consequences
By Joni Kamiya @ 10:55 PM :: 7883 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Health Care, GMOs

As case number 15 of rat lungworm disease came to light last month, my blood boils a bit because of what has happened over the last several years....

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Thursday, May 11, 2017
Federal organic fraud in America
By Selected News Articles @ 2:02 PM :: 4884 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture

...40% of the organic food sold in America tested positive for prohibited pesticide residue....

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