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Pesticide Compromise Reached As Conference Committee Time Expires Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pesticide Compromise Reached As Conference Committee Time Expires

Measures on medical marijuana and all-mail voting are moving forward before the session wraps up next week.

Bill To Regulate Pesticide Use Coming Down To The Wire Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill To Regulate Pesticide Use Coming Down To The Wire

Facing a Friday deadline, Hawaii lawmakers struggle to reach agreement on the wide-ranging measure.

Lawmakers Question Whether State Should Buy Kauai Farmland Google Maps

Lawmakers Question Whether State Should Buy Kauai Farmland

A bill would provide $6 million to the Hawaii Agribusiness Development Corp. to acquire the land, part of which is already leased to a seed company.

State Agribusiness Agency Says It’s Too Busy To Be Audited Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Agribusiness Agency Says It’s Too Busy To Be Audited

Lawmakers may expand the power of the Agribusiness Development Corp. even as its officials try to stave off a review of its operations.

New Molokai Ranch Plans Pitched To A Development-Wary Island PF Bentley/Civil Beat

New Molokai Ranch Plans Pitched To A Development-Wary Island

An energy company has proposed buying the 55,000 acre ranch, which has been idle since 2008, to farm organic biofuels.

Study: Pesticides In Hawaii Waters Well Below Federal Standards Zeynel Cebeci/Wikimedia Commons

Study: Pesticides In Hawaii Waters Well Below Federal Standards

State officials call the results reassuring but some environmental experts aren’t so sure.

Crowing Roosters Are Driving Some People Crazy On The Big Island The Blackthorn Orphans/Flickr.com

Crowing Roosters Are Driving Some People Crazy On The Big Island

A Hawaii County Council member is proposing to restrict where the birds, many used for illegal cockfighting, can roost.

Judge Delves Into Science Behind Roundup Cancer Claim Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Judge Delves Into Science Behind Roundup Cancer Claim

In a lawsuit brought by hundreds against Monsanto, a hearing begins to determine if cancer claims are widely accepted.

Critics Blast EPA For Lowering Syngenta Pesticide Fine AP

Critics Blast EPA For Lowering Syngenta Pesticide Fine

Environmental groups complain about the “ridiculously small fine” that resulted from the company’s misuse of pesticides on Kauai

EPA Settles Syngenta Pesticide Claim For Pennies On The Dollar Nick Grube/Civil Beat

EPA Settles Syngenta Pesticide Claim For Pennies On The Dollar

The GMO company will pay $150,000 instead of the $4.8 million that had been sought for exposing Kauai workers to pesticides.

Jason Armstrong: Little Fire Ants Are On The March In Hawaii University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resource

Jason Armstrong: Little Fire Ants Are On The March In Hawaii

They’re already established on every island except Molokai, and experts say a concerted effort is required to stop their spread.

Land Board: Alexander & Baldwin Can Keep Diverting Maui Water Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Land Board: Alexander & Baldwin Can Keep Diverting Maui Water

Opponents say water drawn from streams by the Hawaii land company harm the environment.