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Agriculture In Hawaii

Losing Farmland, But Gaining Farmers

Losing Farmland, But Gaining Farmers

On the same day the state gave its OK to a community on 800 agricultural acres, Hawaii's food producers met to discuss the industry's future — and the need to cultivate the next generation of farmers.
From Ground to Grindz: Trying to Eat Local

From Ground to Grindz: Trying to Eat Local

Tales from my quest to subsist on locally grown food for seven days as part of Kanu Hawaii's challenge.
Pulling Up Roots, Seed Corn Co. to Leave Kauai

Pulling Up Roots, Seed Corn Co. to Leave Kauai

Worldwide layoffs announced by agricultural giant Monsanto included four full-time employees on the Garden Island and the closure of its small operation there.
The Value of Hawaii: Agriculture by Charles Reppun

The Value of Hawaii: Agriculture by Charles Reppun

A Hawaii farmer says there's so much more we could do to make the islands self-sufficient when it comes to food and offers a number of small steps toward sustainability.

UPDATE: Dela Cruz: Farm House Size Limit “Dead”

A bill that would have restricted farm dwellings on Oahu to 1,500 square feet has had its day, according to the councilman who authored it. Another proposed ordinance has been changed to drop the cap as well.
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,…