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.
Revenue, up 26 percent from the previous year.
Seed’s share of Hawaii’s
$627 million agriculture industry.
Industry’s taxes paid in Hawaii.
Year-round employees on Oahu, Molokai, Maui and Kauai, representing 22 percent of agricultural jobs in the state.
Average annual salary for workers. Interestingly, the average salary on the Neighbor Islands is higher than on Oahu: $41,767 vs. $35,200.
Pounds of seed shipped — a 6 percent increase from the previous season.
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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