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$1.9 Million Hawaii Micro-Grant Program For Small-Scale Ag

The Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) is now accepting applications for the Micro-Grants for Food Security Program, which provides support for small-scale gardening, herding and livestock operations to help produce food in areas that are insecure. In August 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded Hawai`i a total of $1,938,556.80 for this grant program which was established under the …

China Ramps Up Walnut, Macadamia & Pecan Production (Struggles with Almonds & Pistachios)

China’s in-shell walnut production is forecast at 1.02 MMT in 2020/21, an increase of 2 percent from the previous year, supported by a good harvest in the country’s top two producing provinces. Walnut imports will continue to decline as a result of increased local production. Almond and pistachio imports from the United States are expected to rebound due to improved …

Supreme Court Ruling Expands Reach of Clean Water Act NPDES Permitting

In April, the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling clarifying the reach of the federal Clean Water Act.  The Court decided that a discharge of pollutants from a point source to groundwater is subject to regulation under the act, if the discharge is the “functional equivalent” of a discharge to waters of the United States (which include rivers, …

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