Department of Agriculture

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On this edition of Bytemarks Café, catching up with the Department of Agriculture, and find out about key initiatives to advance agriculture in Hawaii. Also, a discussion about the upcoming Western Area State Dept. of Ag conference to find out how counterparts in other states share best practices. 6:30 PM on HPR-1.

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Oʻahu’s recent milk shortage has renewed calls from state lawmakers for more local food production. But that may be easier said than done.

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Officials are optimistic they can eradicate the ingestion of little fire ants discovered recently in a Kaneohe neighborhood.

The department was successful when a larger population was found in Mililani several years ago. It was deemed fire ant free.

We talked to Becky Azama, Plant Pest Control Manager of the Department of Agriculture.


Hawaiian Group Clashes with State Over Waimanalo Land

Mar 15, 2018
Catherine Cruz

A group of Native Hawaiians claiming to be descendants of King Kamehameha I is headed for a clash with the state -- the second time in two years.  The group had been evicted from a 5 acre parcel in Waimanalo, after a judge threw out their claims and blocked them from filing frivolous suits. The land is in an Agricultural park which the state has unsuccessfully tried to lease out for almost a decade and when the group moved in.

The Conversation: Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

Dec 26, 2017
U.S. Army

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State Pesticide Rules Advancing to Board of Agriculture

Jun 13, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

The State is in the process of updating its Pesticide Rules for the first time since 2006.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

State Seeks Public Input on Industrial Hemp Rules

May 15, 2017

The state launched a public hearing schedule today to determine the feasibility of growing industrial hemp in Hawai’i. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Hawaii Department of Agriculture
Hawaii Department of Agriculture

Exactly how much land in Hawai‘i is used for agriculture?

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture has released an agricultural land use study which provides information on the location of commercial agriculture activities statewide.

The 2015 baseline study updates the last survey done in 1980 and provides current information and maps of the locations of Hawaii’s farms and ranches. The 1000 page report published under contract with UH Hilo is intended to help the community to make decisions about agricultural land use in the state.