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Agriculture In Hawaii

Seed Corn, Not Food or Fuel, Is Hawaii’s Biggest Crop

Seed Corn, Not Food or Fuel, Is Hawaii’s Biggest Crop

Despite goals of food and energy self-sufficiency, Hawaii's largest crop is not mango, papaya, banana or taro. It's not biomass or biofuel crops, either. Seed corn reigns supreme.

Discussion: Hawaii Agriculture

Agriculture has been one of the backbones of the Hawaii Economy. It’s changing as the state changes.
Drought Puts Hawaii Ranchers Up the Creek

Drought Puts Hawaii Ranchers Up the Creek

Facing a year-long rain shortage in what has become the driest state in the country, Big Island ranchers are struggling and will be for some time yet. Costs are up, revenues are down, cows are dying and fewer are being born.
Federal Definition Of ‘Farm’ Sheds Light On Honolulu Debate

Federal Definition Of ‘Farm’ Sheds Light On Honolulu Debate

What is a farm, anyway? Last week, Civil Beat published a story titled “Tightening Farm Rules Might Sound Good,…

Lawmakers do the strangest things: Part I

Sometimes when I’m working with a reporter on a story certain facts or quotes stand out — or make me…