Hawaii’s seed industry is worth $151 million for the 2015-2016 season, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

That’s a 7 percent increase from the previous season, and the first time the industry’s value has risen since the 2011-2012 season.

Hawaii's seed crop value has fluctuated over the past decade.

Hawaii’s seed crop value has fluctuated over the past decade.

US Department of Agriculture

Seed corn makes up 97 percent of Hawaii’s seed industry and is valued at $147 million, the USDA estimated.

The seed industry is expected to harvest 4,000 acres this season, a decrease of 6 percent from last year.

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