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Water Rights Bill Goes Down The Drain In ‘Historic Vote’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Water Rights Bill Goes Down The Drain In ‘Historic Vote’

The land company Alexander & Baldwin is among the big losers after senators can’t agree on a proposal to allow stream diversion to continue.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Look To The Past To Meet Our Future Food Goals Kanaeokana

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Look To The Past To Meet Our Future Food Goals

Hawaii has delicious traditional and local crops, and it’s well past time for us to dig into the potential that’s been around us all along.

Vote On Water Rights Bill Postponed After Heated Testimony Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Vote On Water Rights Bill Postponed After Heated Testimony

A Senate committee is expected to decide Thursday whether to extend stream diversion authority for another three years.

Monsanto: $80M Verdict In Roundup Case Won’t Affect Other Suits PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Monsanto: $80M Verdict In Roundup Case Won’t Affect Other Suits

The agribusiness giant has also been sued by Hawaii plaintiffs who allege the pesticide caused their cancer.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Protecting Farms Must Be A Climate Priority Katie Boon/Civil Beat

Trisha Kehaulani Watson: Protecting Farms Must Be A Climate Priority

While rising sea levels get much of the attention, another significant threat is the impact of severe weather on Hawaii’s mountains, watersheds and ag lands.

Be Audited Or Die: New Budget Process Cracks Down On State Agency Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Be Audited Or Die: New Budget Process Cracks Down On State Agency

The Hawaii Agribusiness Development Corp. manages about 3,300 acres of land and infrastructure acquired with $71.4 million in taxpayer money.

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.