USDA Encourages Early Registration for FSA Programs

USDA Encourages Early Registration for FSA Programs WASHINGTON, March 21, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia today recommended that farmers and ranchers who plan to participate in FSA programs register in advance. Producers are encouraged to report farm records and business structure changes to...

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Abercrombie leaves public meeting amid boos

PUHI — Gov. Neil Abercrombie is not getting many kudos from Kaua‘i residents lately. Heavily criticized for signing Act 55 last year, Abercrombie was booed several times at a meeting at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School in Puhi Wednesday evening, attended by approximately 200 people. “I suggest you take a look at what the children...

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Coffee bill in line to receive the ax

HONOLULU – Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said Monday that he plans to veto a bill that would remove mandatory certification for Hawaii-grown coffee, a measure Kona coffee farmers said would be disastrous for the industry’s integrity and reputation. Abercrombie listed the bill as one of 19 he is considering vetoing from the 2012 legislative...

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Maui shows it cares about ag

A big crowd filled the grounds at the Maui County Agriculture Festival at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu. Farmers of vegetables, flowers, livestock and other local products were on hand to share their goods with the community. Organizer Charlene Kauhane said the festival drew its largest crowd to date. “It just ended, and...

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Recent rainfall eases drought

Downpours have ended drought conditions on Oahu and Kauai, but the suffering continues for farmers and ranchers on other islands Oahu and Kauai are no longer officially in drought conditions after last month’s heavy rain, the National Weather Service said. But farmers and ranchers are still suffering, especially those on Maui, Molokai and the...

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