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Agriculture In Hawaii

Big Island: Loss Of Slaughterhouse Cripples Specialty Meat Industry Courtesy of D. Joaquin

Big Island: Loss Of Slaughterhouse Cripples Specialty Meat Industry

The island’s only full-service slaughterhouse has quit taking smaller animals, leaving farmers, butchers and lovers of fresh kalua pork with no place to turn.

Growing Our Own: Hawaii Still Lacks Enough Local Food Production Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Growing Our Own: Hawaii Still Lacks Enough Local Food Production

Gov. David Ige has a vision for sustainability but progress has been slow.

Proposal For New Dairy On Kauai Dropped After 5-Year Effort U.S. Department of Agriculture

Proposal For New Dairy On Kauai Dropped After 5-Year Effort

Hawaii Dairy Farms was thwarted by regulatory obstacles, lawsuits and community opposition.

Alexander & Baldwin Sells Maui Sugarcane Lands For $262 Million Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Alexander & Baldwin Sells Maui Sugarcane Lands For $262 Million

The land used to grow sugarcane for 150 years will now be used to cultivate other crops.

Embattled Big Island Dairy Farm Plans To Shut Down Courtesy of Charlie Tebbutt

Embattled Big Island Dairy Farm Plans To Shut Down

A lawsuit filed last year alleged repeated spills and runoff of cattle manure, cattle urine and other waste from Big Island Dairy violated federal laws.

Surprise Eviction Notices Have This Old Plantation Community Up In Arms Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Surprise Eviction Notices Have This Old Plantation Community Up In Arms

State Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz and a state agency are aggressively moving ahead with development plans for Central Oahu’s Whitmore Village.

Big Island: Residents Say Dairy Is Still Polluting Their Small Town Courtesy of Charlie Tebbutt

Big Island: Residents Say Dairy Is Still Polluting Their Small Town

Court filings say discharges of wastewater are continuing even though the company is under an order to stop it.

Why Hawaii Farmers Are Actually Embracing Government Regulation Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Why Hawaii Farmers Are Actually Embracing Government Regulation

Some small ag operations are finding federal food safety regulations can help them expand to new markets.

‘These Little Buggers’ Are Taking A Big Bite Out Of Hawaii’s Macadamia Crop Nick Grube/Civil Beat

‘These Little Buggers’ Are Taking A Big Bite Out Of Hawaii’s Macadamia Crop

Hawaii is considering introducing a newly discovered wasp to prey on the invasive pest.

Saving Hawaii’s Pig Farms Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Saving Hawaii’s Pig Farms

This once-fading island industry is coming to life again thanks to local tastes and strong cultural demand.

Food Self-Sufficiency Doesn’t Have To Damage Environment Flickr: Justin Cravalho

Food Self-Sufficiency Doesn’t Have To Damage Environment

Despite the rhetoric of Big Ag, small-scale diversified agriculture is neither a joke nor a pipe dream.

Big Island: Hawaii’s Queen Bees Help Feed The World Courtesy of Karen Olivarez/Karrus Queens

Big Island: Hawaii’s Queen Bees Help Feed The World

Kona produces more than famous coffee. Its Captain Cook region is the perfect spot for raising highly sought queen bees.