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Hawaii Seed Industry By The Numbers

     Photo Courtesy: Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

For decades, sugar and pineapple reigned over Hawaii’s farming industry. Now seed crop is the leader.
Thousands of seed varieties — including sunflower, cotton, soybean and corn — are grown here because of our long growing season, and then exported globally. Here are numbers from the National Agricultural Statistics Service and the Hawaii Department of Agriculture for the 2009-2010 farming season or the latest available data.

$222.6 million
Revenue, up 26 percent from the previous year.


36%
Seed’s share of Hawaii’s
$627 million agriculture industry.


$13.8 million
Industry’s taxes paid in Hawaii.


1,800
Year-round employees on Oahu, Molokai, Maui and Kauai, representing 22 percent of agricultural jobs in the state.


$39,824
Average annual salary for workers. Interestingly, the average salary on the Neighbor Islands is higher than on Oahu: $41,767 vs. $35,200.


11.9 million
Pounds of seed shipped — a 6 percent increase from the previous season.


6,630
Acres from which seed crops were harvested on 11 farms, up 11 percent from the previous year. Operators are BASF, Dow AgroSciences, Monsanto, Pioneer Hi-Bred International and Syngenta.

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Sep 23, 2013 01:17 pm
 Posted by  dennis14

Would liketo see the seed corn farm in hawaii.

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