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Hawaii Macadamia Growers Fight for Label-of-Origin Enforcement

The Hawaii macadamia industry may be on the brink of collapse. Why? Cheap foreign imports are filling retail shelves, meanwhile, Hawaii macadamias remain in the orchard left to rot. Pacific Nut Producer Editor Matthew Malcolm discussed this issue with Chad Cleveland from Ahualoa Family Farms, who is banding together with other Hawaii growers to begin resolving this issue with country-of-origin …

Hawaiʻi Delegation Introduces Legislation To Protect U.S. Macadamia Nut Industry

Today, the Hawaiʻi Delegation: Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI), Rep. Ed Case (D-HI-01) and Rep. Kaialiʻi Kahele (D-HI-02), introduced bicameral legislation to enable research funding to address all current and emerging threats to the United States coffee and macadamia nut industries. The Coffee Plant Health Initiative Amendments Act (CPHIAA) and Macadamia Tree Health Initiative Amendments Act (MTHIAA) …

$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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