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EPA Exemption Requested to Help Hawai'i Coffee Farmers Manage Coffee Leaf Rust

26 Mar 2021 11:13 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

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Board of Agriculture to Consider Expanding Coffee Quarantine to More Islands

March 16, 2021

HONOLULU – The Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) today filed a request for a specific exemption from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to allow Hawai`i coffee growers to use a fungicide to help manage coffee leaf rust (CLR), a fungus which is a serious threat to Hawai`i’s $56 million coffee industry. On March 3rd, Gov. David Ige delegated the authority to submit the EPA emergency application to Hawai`i Board of Agriculture (Board) chairperson, Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser.

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