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Agriculture In Hawaii

Jason Armstrong: Little Fire Ants Are On The March In Hawaii University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resource

Jason Armstrong: Little Fire Ants Are On The March In Hawaii

They’re already established on every island except Molokai, and experts say a concerted effort is required to stop their spread.

Land Board: Alexander & Baldwin Can Keep Diverting Maui Water Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Land Board: Alexander & Baldwin Can Keep Diverting Maui Water

Opponents say water drawn from streams by the Hawaii land company harm the environment.

Brittany Lyte: Sustainable Food Movement Flourishes On Kauai’s North Shore Brittany Lyte/Civil Beat

Brittany Lyte: Sustainable Food Movement Flourishes On Kauai’s North Shore

A community garden and incubator lots are just the beginning, say organizers looking to answer “big questions about things like food security.”

Is This Obscure Bean Tree Hawaii’s Next Bigtime Crop? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is This Obscure Bean Tree Hawaii’s Next Bigtime Crop?

A startup is using former sugar cane land on the North Shore to “grow oil” — pongamia trees whose seeds can be turned into biofuel.

Retail Shops On Hawaii Farmland: Kauai Dispute Could Set A Precedent Courtesy of LBD Coffee

Retail Shops On Hawaii Farmland: Kauai Dispute Could Set A Precedent

A company points to a 2012 state law as it sues for the right to sell its coffee beans and cigars on agricultural land.

Controversial Pesticide Remains Unregulated In Hawaii Flickr.com

Controversial Pesticide Remains Unregulated In Hawaii

The chemical dicamba appears to have caused widespread crop damage on the mainland but in Hawaii you can’t even find out whether it’s being used or where.

Bret Yager: The Growing Meat Market On The Big Island Courtesy of Kona Butcher Shop

Bret Yager: The Growing Meat Market On The Big Island

Bolstered by a mobile slaughterhouse and new butcher shops, the fledgling industry is trying to keep it all local in Hawaii County.

Kauai Groups Sue State, Syngenta To Stop GMO Farming On Public Land Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Kauai Groups Sue State, Syngenta To Stop GMO Farming On Public Land

Local organizations contend the state was wrong to give the seed company a permit to grow genetically modified crops on public land.

Developer Wants To Convert Farmland To Housing In Haleiwa Anthony Quintano/ Civil Beat

Developer Wants To Convert Farmland To Housing In Haleiwa

He calls it “working class housing.” Opponents decry more traffic congestion and the loss of agricultural space.

Could Oahu’s West Side Be The New Vacation Hot Spot For Millennials? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Could Oahu’s West Side Be The New Vacation Hot Spot For Millennials?

The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is promoting island agriculture by taking travel writers to the Leeward Coast. But will it sell?

How This Hawaii Business Is Using A New Law To Raise Money Hawaii Cider Co./Wefunder

How This Hawaii Business Is Using A New Law To Raise Money

A recent change in securities law allows companies to offer stocks and bonds through Kickstarter-like websites.

Were These ‘Local’ Products Really Made In Hawaii? Stewart Yerton

Were These ‘Local’ Products Really Made In Hawaii?

Firms connected to the mainland like to evoke Hawaii in their marketing. Many have island origins, but have found it’s hard to expand here.