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To Hear The Founding Fathers Tell It, Hemp Can Make America Great Again Chad Blair/Civil Beat

To Hear The Founding Fathers Tell It, Hemp Can Make America Great Again

States like Hawaii are loosening restrictions on industrial hemp, but the real breakthrough could come at the federal level.
Watch Wednesday’s Federal GMO Hearings Live On Civil Beat Civil Beat

Watch Wednesday’s Federal GMO Hearings Live On Civil Beat

Visiting 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judges will hear oral arguments in three GMO-related lawsuits, as well as two other cases.
Hawaii On The Hill: Keeping The Islands On Washington DC’s Map Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii On The Hill: Keeping The Islands On Washington DC’s Map

The third annual event sponsored by Sen. Mazie Hirono and Chamber of Commerce Hawaii shows off island businesses in the nation's capital.
Environmental Report For Dairy Project Flickr: Steven Zolneczko

Environmental Report For Dairy Project

Hawaii Dairy Farms releases an Environmental Impact Statement dealing with a proposed 557-acre dairy farm on Kauai.
Pesticides In Hawaii: ‘There Is A Lot We Don’t Know’ PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Pesticides In Hawaii: ‘There Is A Lot We Don’t Know’

Gov. David Ige says he is open to a report's recommendations for stronger regulation and monitoring of chemicals sprayed by seed companies.
A&B’s Return Of East Maui Water: Generous Gesture Or Staged Event? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A&B’s Return Of East Maui Water: Generous Gesture Or Staged Event?

UPDATED: Hawaii legislators praise the company for restoring several streams to help taro farmers, but critics contend it's still illegally diverting water.
Hawaii Senate Approves Water Rights Bill Over Loud Protests Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Senate Approves Water Rights Bill Over Loud Protests

An amendment failed that would have ensured the measure wouldn't continue Alexander & Baldwin’s stream diversions in East Maui.
Seed Industry Reps Quit Kauai Pesticide Fact-Finding Group Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Seed Industry Reps Quit Kauai Pesticide Fact-Finding Group

The final report was supposed to be published Friday, but will likely be delayed after the group received about 200 comments on its draft version.
Supreme Court Affirms 3,500-Home Development On Farmland

Supreme Court Affirms 3,500-Home Development On Farmland

Developer Castle & Cooke will be allowed to move forward with building Koa Ridge in central Oahu.
Hawaii’s Trifecta of GMO Cases Will Be Heard By Appeals Court In June Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Trifecta of GMO Cases Will Be Heard By Appeals Court In June

UPDATED: The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals announces its judges are planning to be on Oahu on June 15 to hear three neighbor island cases.
Richard Ha’s Farm Ends Operations Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Richard Ha’s Farm Ends Operations

Hamakua Springs Country Farms on the Big Island plans to share the fruit of its final harvest.
Workers Affected By HC&S Closure Qualify For Federal Relief Alexander & Baldwin

Workers Affected By HC&S Closure Qualify For Federal Relief

Not only will sugar plantation employees be eligible, many workers from businesses that worked closely with HC&S will qualify, too.