Industry fights for inspectors –


Agricultural groups fear state layoffs will backlog shipments

By Erika Engle

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 08, 2009

Agricultural industry executives worry that Hawaii businesses will wither on the vine and incoming food will rot on the docks if the state goes through with massive layoffs of agriculture inspectors.

Plans call for laying off 50 of the state’s 78 agriculture inspectors, 64 percent of that specialized work force.

Diminished inspection capacity could also cost hundreds of millions of dollars each year if additional invasive species get established, industry officials say.

State inspectors both certify products to be exported out of Hawaii and inspect food and plants being imported into the state. – Managing uncertainty

IAL meeting creates more questions than answers

By Lois Ann Ell – Special to The Garden Island

Published: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 2:11 AM HST

KAPA‘A — What began as an informational meeting about the designation of important agricultural lands turned into a heated discussion about Kaua‘i’s agricultural future.

Dr. Karl Kim, a professor at the UH Department of Urban and Regional Planning, presented a slide show of the Koloa-Po‘ipu pilot agricultural lands study he and his colleagues conducted for the Land Use Commission. He was the guest speaker at the monthly Wailua-Kapa’a Neighborhood Association meeting Monday night at the Kapa’a Library.

Herbicide Field Day on Wedelia & Sedges

Reminder…Herbicide Field Day on Wedelia & Sedges

This Friday, April 4, 2008

To: Landscape & Golf Course Industries

Wedelia is often used as a groundcover. However, some people consider it a weed and efforts are currently being taken to place it on the invasive weed list. Recently an herbicide trial was conducted with Sedge-Hammer (SledgeHammer | Sledge-Hammer), Manage, Certainty, Monument, and Image for the control of wedelia, purple nutsedge, green kyllinga, and white kyllinga. You are invited to attend a field day to observe the herbicide effects on wedelia and the early results on these sedges.

Date: April 4, 2008 (Friday)
Place: Meet at Maui Community College Greenhouse, Kahului
Time: 11:00 to 12:00 pm
Registration Deadline April 3.

To register you may call the Cooperative Extension Service at 244-3242 x222 or x230.
Please notify us if you require special assistance or if you need directions to attend this event.

Educational Credits

  • One (1) pesticide credit from the Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture will be provided for categories 3 (Ornamental & Turf) and 10 (Demonstration, Research & Instruction).
  • Golf Course Superintendents Association of America educational credits will also be awarded.
  • One (1) UH/CES Landscape Advisor IPM credits will be provided.

This project is supported in part by the County of Maui.

Norman M. Nagata
Extension Agent (Landscape, Turfgrass, Ornamental Plant)
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Cooperative Extension Service
310 Kaahumanu Avenue, Bld. 214; Kahului, Maui, Hawaii 96732
Tele. (808)244-3242 x 230, Fax (808)244-7089

Analysis of Kava Side Effects Reports Concerning the Liver–Causal relationship probable at monograph-conforming dosage

Translation to English by Lindenmaier M and Brinckmann J
31. December 2001

Analysis of hepatotoxic reactions listed by the BfArM (German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices)

From the original 32 suspected cases, there are only 4 cases with probable causality to kava that remain after substraction of the double entries, the cases unrelated to kava as well as the improbable or doubtful ones. Of these 4 cases, only one is related to a monograph-conforming dosage regimen (Strahl et al. 1998). The remaining 3 cases should be therefore classified as usages associated with overdosages. In the only kava side effect case associated with recommended use and a somewhat causal certainty, there seems to be an existing relationship to an immunoligical condition in combination with a congentical cytochrom P450-2D6 deficency. A comparable cause could also possibly be related to one case associated with overdosage (IKS-Nr. 2000-0014; see below).

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