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The Agriculture Program provides facilitative leadership to both the public and private sectors to support the sustainable development of agriculture, forestry, aquaculture, and other natural resources.  Activities include financial support and coordination of agricultural research, education, and marketing programs; data collection, compilation and dissemination to County policymakers and other interested parties; management of collaborative research and development projects; advocacy for local farmers and commodity groups at State and Federal levels.

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State Department of Agriculture Emergency Loans:

The Hawai‘i Board of Agriculture has announced the availability of disaster-related emergency low-interest agricultural loans until June 2020, for farmers suffering damage due to the current volcanic activity. The Hawai‘i Department of of Agriculture’s Agricultural Loan Division will process loan applications based on past farm production, projected cash flow and disaster recovery plans. For additional information on this disaster loan program and microloan opportunities, please see the announcement and the Agricultural Loan Division website or call Gareth Mendonsa at (808) 933-9977.

GoFarm Hawai‘i Farmer Training

GoFarm Hawai‘i is now offering farmer training workshops at The Kohala Center Farm in Honaka‘a. This series of workshops led expert and specialist instructors and local farmers covers topics which includes:

  • Soil nutrients and plant health management
  • Propagation
  • Variety selection
  • Farm equipment
  • Irrigation
  • Pest control (pathogens, insects, nematodes, and weeds)
  • Post-harvest storage and handling
  • Food safety

 For more information, contact, call (808) 956-3530 or visit


Rat Lungworm Disease: Rat lungworm is a disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. It’s caused by a parasitic nematode that only found in rodents. Rodents pass the larvae on in their feces, and other animals (including slugs or snails) can become infected.  For more information, see the following website.

Rat Lungworm (RLW) Rainwater Catchment Filters Information: Households in areas lacking countyw ater must use rainwater catchment as their primary domestic water supply, for which there are no federal, state, or county guidelines or regulations. Live, infective-stage RLW larvae were able to traverse rainwater catchment polypropylene sediment filters of 20 μm (micrometer), 10 μm, 5 μm, and 1 μm filtration rating, but not a 5 μm carbon block filter.  Therefore, a sediment filter and the 5 μm carbon block filter should be used in tandem. For more information, please the attached report 

 Coffee Berry Borer (CBB) Pesticide Subsidy Program: The Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) established the CBB Pesticide Subsidy Program to assist Hawai‘i coffee farmers with the cost of pesticides containing the fungus known to control CBB. Applications are accepted until 6/30/2019 for purchases made from 7/1/2017 through 6/30/2018.  Reimbursement is available for up to 50% of out-of-pocket costs for Beauveria bassiana products and depending on number of applicants and available funds, up to a maximum of $600 per acre and $6,000 per farm.  Any applications received or postmarked after 6/30/2019 will not be eligible for reimbursement.  To apply and for more information, please see the following website.

Little Fire Ant Management Clinics: Each month Hawai‘i Ant Lab conducts a full-day clinic for residents and other interested persons. This workshop covers ant management basics from theory to practice and includes sessions on pesticides safety, mixing and using gel baits. Space is limited to twenty (20) participants each workshop. For more information and to register, go to Hawai‘i Ant Lab

Coqui Frog Control: The Hawai‘i County Economic Opportunity Council is offering discounted Citric Acid to help control coqui frogs in our community. Get a voucher for a 50 lb. bag of Citric Acid for $60.00 by mail or in person at: HCEOC, 47 Rainbow Drive, Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720  (808) 961-2681, Ext. 211.  See attached flyer for more inforamtion. Redeem vouchers at:

  • Nutrien Ag Solutions formerly Crop Production Services, 900 Leilani Street, Hilo, (808) 935-7191

Bagrada Hilaris: Pest Advisory from the Department of Agriculture Bagrada hilaris



Ag Theft: The Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture advises, “Proof of ownership is the first step in establishing a paper trail to help deter agricultural theft.” Please review and utilize the following documents to protect your business, reduce the market for stolen items and to support Hawai‘i’s agriculture.

CTAHR Farm Food Safety: Good Agricultural Practices
Hawai‘i Island Food Producers Fund: a peer-to-peer online lending program for Hawai‘i Island farmers and Hawai‘i Island food processors utilizing at least one Hawai‘i Island-grown ingredient. This microloan program established by The Kohala Center uses the Kiva Zip platform. For more information please visit The Kohala Center’s Kiva Zip Loan website
Ag Site Assessment Tool: The Ag Site Assessment Tool (AgSite) is designed by University of Missouri Extension as an educational tool that generates a report on the physical, cultural and environmental characteristics of a selected parcel of land and its surroundings. This is a free and easy to use mapping program that generates a report with the following data layers: Soils, streams, wetlands and ponds, watersheds, floodplains, Karst geology, nearby communities, legal description, threatened and endangered species, and aerial photography.

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