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Hawaii County Agriculture Website: http://hawaiicountyag.com/

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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.

Announcements | Agricultural Pest Information | Reports and Publications | Information for Producers

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 2019, 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 http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/agl/ or call Gareth Mendonsa at (808) 933-9977.

Kapulena Agricultural Park

Kapulena, Hāmākua District, Hawai‘i 
TMK: (3) 4-7-005:001, 002 & 003
(3) 4-7-006:005, 006, 007, 010, 020

The County of Hawai‘i has 1,300 acres available for lease at the Kapulena agricultural park located in Kapulena Meadows, mauka of the Upper Cane Haul Road. The property is currently fallow former sugarcane land overgrown with Guinea grass, ironwood trees, and other invasive weeds.

The elevation of the park ranges between 1,000 to 2,000 feet and the temperature ranges between 71-76 degrees Fahrenheit. Average rainfall is 70 inches and there is no other existing source of water. Slope ranges from 10-35%. Possible uses: Cattle ranching, orchard and truck crops, flowers and forestry.

Please contact Glenn Sako at Glenn.Sako@hawaiicounty.gov or (808) 961-8811.

Hawai‘i Freshwater Prawn Farming Workshop

Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture & Livestock Support Services is holding a prawn training workshop on Oahu and in Hilo to train a new generation of prawn farmers. The workshop is free for Hawai‘i residents and please see the attached announcement for more information. If you are interested in attending, please contact Liz Xu at liz.j.xu@hawaii.gov or (808) 483-7130.

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 info@gofarmhawaii.org, call (808) 956-3530 or visit gofarmhawaii.org

PEST INFORMATION

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.

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 County of Hawai‘i and the Hawai‘i County Economic Opportunity Council are offering discounted Citric Acid to help control coqui frogs in our community. Get a voucher for a 50 lb. bag of Citric Acid for $58.00 by mail or in person at: HCEOC, 47 Rainbow Drive, Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720  (808) 961-2681.  Redeem vouchers at:

  • Kona Ace Hardware and Crafts, 74-5500 Kaiwi St., Kailua-Kona (808) 329-2981
  • Captain Cook Ace Harware, 82-6066 Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook, (808) 323-2655
  • Nutrien Ag Solutions formerly Crop Production Services, 900 Leilani Street, Hilo, (808) 935-7191

*Purchasing vouchers from HCEOC can only be redeemed in Hilo.*

*Vouchers from Hawai‘i County Council Members can be redeemed in Hilo or Kailua-Kona.*

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

REPORTS AND PUBLICATIONS

INFORMATION FOR PRODUCERS

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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