agriculture

Hawaii Department of Agriculture
Hawaii Department of Agriculture

Exactly how much land in Hawai‘i is used for agriculture?

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture has released an agricultural land use study which provides information on the location of commercial agriculture activities statewide.

The 2015 baseline study updates the last survey done in 1980 and provides current information and maps of the locations of Hawaii’s farms and ranches. The 1000 page report published under contract with UH Hilo is intended to help the community to make decisions about agricultural land use in the state.

Rep. Cynthia Thielen
Rep. Cynthia Thielen

It’s been a big week for agriculture in the state: the island’s last sugar plantation announced plans to close this year. But one state lawmaker sees an opportunity for a different kind of crop. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

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International Hydropower Association / Flickr

Hawai‘i  has committed to an ambitious goal of using 100-percent renewable energy within thirty years. Part of that picture includes hydroelectric power. And a bill put forth by a representative from Kaua‘i would help increase the adoption of water power. From Kaua‘i, Scott Giarman has more.

 On this episode of Town Square... The farmers' views of what's happening at the Legislature. Our panel looks at the agriculture bills still in play and growing attention- and what they could mean in practice for those on the front lines, Hawaii's farmers. 

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www.natureworldnews.com via Creative Commons

Invasive species are always a concern here in the islands. And while culprits here range from the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle to little fire ants, in New Zealand there’s another focus. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

What kind of nutritious health products can be made from common backyard plants? We’ll find out as Bytemarks Café goes on location at Windward Community College to speak with Professor Inge White and lab assistant Nyan Stillwell. We'll tour the garden and learn about the new Agripharmatech program.

First we'll look at the latest tech news and happenings in Hawaii and beyond. Then we have Julius Paulo from UH Outreach College here to talk about Science in Action. Finally, we'll talk to Benny Ron and Kerry Kakazu about new tech in agriculture. 

Flickr / kzuhr
Flickr / kzuhr

This weekend Hawaii’s new wave of cacao lovers will descend on the Chocolate Festival at Dole Cannery. Hawaii is the only state in the country where cacao is produced from seed to bar. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with a local business that’s seeing the sweet return on keeping chocolate local.

Flickr / KevC-6
Flickr / KevC-6

A long-awaited version of the farm bill is heading for the Senate this week. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports on the 5 year, $500 billion package, and how it will be felt here in Hawaii.

Flickr / KevC-6
Flickr / KevC-6

Winners from a local farming contest will receive a five year land lease … for free! Three agricultural business plans were selected from the nearly 150 applications submitted last year. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with one of the winners and has this report.

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