Hawaii Agriculture Posts

Virtual Garlic Production Workshop

Monday September 28, 2020


Workshop will provide information on:

  • Best management practices for field production of garlic such as field prep, planting, fertility management, pest identification and management, harvesting, and curing.
  • Vernalization process and storage
  • Varieties with potential for commercial production in Hawaii
  • Variety trial results from Kula, Maui and Poamoho, Oahu
  • Culinary creations and value addition

Coffee Borer Found for First Time on Hawaiian Island of Kauai

Daily Coffee News
by Nick Brown

Coffee’s greatest living pest, the coffee berry borer (CBB), has been discovered for the first time on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, home to the largest coffee farm in the United States.

Thus far, the privately owned Kauai Coffee company — which maintains some 4 million coffee trees on more than 3,000 acres, according to the company — has not reported any presence of CBB, according to an announcement of the discovery made last week by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture.

“While the extent of the infestation on Kauai is not known at this time, there is a strong coordinated effort between agencies and the coffee industry to try to contain and manage this pest,” Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser, chairperson of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture, said in the announcement. “We also ask the Kauai community to be vigilant and report any signs of CBB in their backyard coffee plants.”

CBB, which primarily feeds on arabica as female beetles lay their eggs and larvae feed on the coffee bean, has had crippling affects on coffee farms throughout parts of Africa and the Americas for decades, generally creating waves of prolonged crop destruction.

In the State of Hawaii, where strict green coffee quarantining measures are in effect for various islands, the pest was first discovered on the island of Hawaii in 2010, on the island of Oahu in 2014, and on Maui in 2016.

The discovery on Kauai came from a single resident from the unincorporated community of Kalaheo who suspected infested berries on a home plant. The DOA confirmed CBB in the samples on Friday, Sept. 4, and other samples from that residence and nearby coffee plants have been scheduled in order to determine the extent of the infestation, the DOA said.

In addition to Kauai Coffee, numerous smaller commercial coffee farming and roasting operations exist on the island, where the harvest season is currently underway.

The 50 Best Pumpkin Patches in the Country, According to Yelp

Face masks and social distancing procedures still apply.

Best Pumpkin Patch in Every State, According to Yelp

Pyrah’s Pioneer Peak, Butte, Alaska
Griffin Farms, West Blocton, Alabama
Farmland Adventures, Springdale, Arkansas
Marana Pumpkin Patch & Farm Festival, Marana, Arizona
Venegas Family Farms, Ontario, California
Rock Creek Farm, Broomfield, Colorado
Plasko’s Farm, Trumbull, Connecticut
Parsons Farm Produce, Dagsboro, Delaware
The Little Farm, Miami, Florida
Randy’s Pumpkin Patch, Lawrenceville, Georgia
Waimanalo Country Farms, Waimanalo, Hawaii
Geisler Farms, Bondurant, Iowa
Jordan’s Pumpkin Patch & Christmas Tree Lot, Meridian, Idaho
Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm, Waukegan, Illinois
Tuttle Orchards, Greenfield, Indiana
Powell Pumpkin Patch, Louisburg, Kansas
Mulberry Orchard, Shelbyville, Kentucky
Mrs. Heather’s Strawberry Patch, Albany, Louisiana
Berlin Orchards, Berlin, Massachusetts
Summers Farm, Frederick, Maryland
Wallingford’s Fruit House, Auburn, Maine
Three Cedars Farm, Northville, Michigan
Waldoch Farm & Garden Center, Lino Lakes, Minnesota
Weston Red Barn Farm, Weston, Missouri
Lazy Acres, Chunky, Mississippi
Sweet Pickins Pumpkin Patch, Kalispell, Montana
Spring Haven Farm, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Papa’s Pumpkin Patch, Bismarck, North Dakota
Wenninghoff’s, Omaha, Nebraska
Coppal House Farm, Lee, New Hampshire
Battleview Orchards, New Jersey, Freehold
Galloping Grace Youth Ranch Pumpkin Patch, Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Andelin Family Farm, Sparks, Nevada
Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm, Riverhead, New York
Berry’s Blooms, Medina, Ohio
Parkhurst Pumpkin Patch, Arcadia, Oklahoma
Growers Outlet, Portland, Oregon
Milky Way Farm, Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
Barden Orchards, North Scituate, Rhode Island
Lever Farms, Pomaria, South Carolina
Flying Ghost Pumpkin Patch, Nashville, Tennessee
Anderson Mill Pumpkin Patch at Anderson Terrace, Austin, Texas
Garden Stop, Taylorsville, Utah
The Corn Maze in the Plains, The Plains, Virginia
Douglas Orchard & Cider Mill, Shoreham, Vermont
Carpinito Brothers Pumpkin Patch, Kent, Washington
Pearce’s Farm Stand, Walworth, Wisconsin
Orrs Farm Market, Martinsburg, West Virginia
Green Acres Corn Maze, Casper, Wyoming

Livestock brands need to re-register

West Hawaii Today

Owners of livestock brands in Hawaii have until Dec. 31 to re-register their brands with the state Department of Agriculture or risk losing their rights to their brands.

Hawaii law requires owners of livestock in the state to register their brand to secure its validity and individuality. While it is not mandatory to use brands in Hawaii, it is mandatory for owners using brands to register them every five years. The registration fee is $10.

Between 2016 and 2020 there were 726 registered brands in the state.

Typically, cattle are branded prior to one year of age so owners have a permanent and unique identification on their animals that traces them back to their ownership. In Hawaii, there are about 1,100 cattle operations ranging from herds of about 25,000 head of cattle to those with just a few head.

For more information and applications, brand owners should contact the Animal Disease Control Branch at (808) 483-7106 or email hdoa.ldc@hawaii.gov. To obtain a brand registration form, visit http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/ai/files/2012/12/DC29.pdf

Hamakua Macadamia Nut Co. offers locally grown nuts in unique flavors

If you’re looking for a local, healthy snack that tastes great too, look no further than Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company! HI Now hosts Kanoe Gibson and Kainoa Carlson are doing a blind taste test to see if they can identify the company’s unique flavors.

Please CLICK to watch the complete segment.

Sponsored by Hawaii State Department of Agriculture

Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company farms approximately 1,600 acres in the southern part of Hawaii Island in the District of Kau. The company also has about 400 acres just outside of Hilo and purchases crop from over 150 independent farmers from all over the Isand of Hawaii.

What sets its macadamia nuts apart from the rest? The freshness. Since the nuts are grown and processed in Hawaii, there is never a delay in getting fresh product to families around the islands.

Its number one selling product is the Lightly Salted Macadamia Nut. The company also offers Unsalted, Chili Peppah, Wasabi, Kikkoman, Island Onion and SPAM flavors. If you have a sweet tooth, it also makes a Kona Coffee Glazed Macadamia Nut, which is great for a dessert or morning pick-me-up!

Macadamia nuts are high in monosaturated fats, or the “good fats,” which help lower cholesterol levels. Macadamia nuts are also a wonderful source of vitamins and protein.

Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company also sells product in larger quantities than its standard 5 oz. cans or 10 oz. pouches. You can also find a four lb. vacuum sealed bag in Salted and Unsalted.

If you have had a macadamia nut cookie in Hawaii, the odds are that the nut came from Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company! If you want to learn more or order any of the products from Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company, you can visit hawnnut.com.

To learn more about how you can get the Hawaii Seal of Quality on your products, get more information here: sealofquality.hawaii.gov

For more information: hawnnut.com

States with the most farmland

Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly

Ken Levy Aug 23, 2020

Stacker explores states with the most and least farmland. The U.S. has roughly 2 million farm households, but which American regions have the most acreage devoted to farming? Stacker analyzed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Major Land Uses Survey, then ranked each state and the District of Columbia based on the number of acres each has dedicated to farmland.

#45. Hawaii

  • Total cropland: 372,000 acres
  • Cropland as a percent of all state land: 9.1% (#17 lowest among all states )
  • Cropland used for crops: 161,000 acres
  • Idle cropland: 189,000 acres
  • Cropland pasture: 22,000 acres
  • Market value of agricultural products sold: $563.8 million (#46 among all states)
  • Most valuable crops produced: coffee ($50.2 million), macadamias ($42.0 million), papayas ($5.7 million), taro ($2.0 million), avocados ($1.6 million)


FARMERS MARKET COALITION: Webinar: Unique COVID Farmers Market Models / Thursday, September 3rd @ 6:30 am HST

FMC and Ecology Center have teamed up and are excited to present the webinar Thinking Inside the Box- Making Healthy Food Accessible with Curbside/Drive-Thru (Contactless) Models at Farmers’ Markets During COVID-19.

Join us on September 3 at 12:30 PM ET to learn from 4 passionate and innovative farmer market managers who have implemented drive-thru/curbside/box programs in their communities. They’ll be sharing their challenges, successes along with the logistics, safety, and administrative aspect of implementing a program like this.

Click here to read the full webinar description, presenter bios, and register!
Megan Fox
Executive Director
Mālama Kaua`i
(808) 828-0685 x12
Advocating, educating, and driving action towards a sustainable Kaua’i.

STATEWIDE: CTAHR Hawaii Livestock Needs Assessment/Survey

Aloha all:

This is just a friendly reminder to please complete our Hawaii livestock industry survey. I know many surveys have been sent around lately so we greatly appreciate you taking the time to complete ours. This is a statewide survey for all livestock owners and producers (including aquaculture and apiaries). Due to the current response rate we have decided to extend the deadline to complete the survey until September 1st. If you have already completed this survey, please disregard this email. Information regarding the purpose and uses of this survey are below. Survey link: https://singuser7b39aec3.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_50SrcwUTfYxwWSp

CTAHR’s Livestock Extension Group has formulated an online survey/needs assessment for all of Hawaii’s livestock producers and owners. The purpose of this assessment is to gain a better understanding of Hawaii’s livestock producers and your operations, your management strategies, and your operations needs and goals. The information gathered from this assessment will be used to guide CTAHR Cooperative Extension and Research programs and efforts within the livestock industry. It should take less than 15 minutes to complete and all information will remain confidential. Link for the assessment here.
**Note: If you would prefer to complete this assessment via phone or mail, please contact your local CTAHR extension person and they will assist you with alternate methods.

Thank you for your ongoing support of CTAHR Cooperative Extension, and we look forward to your responses.

Kind Regards,


Savannah Katulski, MS
Livestock Extension Agent-Kauai County
Cooperative Extension Service
College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
University of Hawai’i
3060 Eiwa Street, Suite 210
Lihue, HI 96766
Phone: (808) 274-3472
Fax: (808) 274-3474
E-mail: katulski@hawaii.edu