Local farms in labor bind

In 2008, there were 202 requests (more than twice the number of requests in 2006 and 2007), and 137 of those were approved. Across the nation in 2009, 5,177 workers entered the U.S. under the H-2A program, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The problem is supply versus demand. “If Hawaii is going...

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Isle seed industry flourishing

Posted on: Saturday, July 11, 2009 Value of state’s biggest farming sector hits record $146 million, study finds By Andrew Gomes Advertiser Staff Writer Hawai’i’s fast-growing seed crop industry forecasts spending $276 million over the next 10 years, up from $164 million in the past 10 years, suggesting the state’s biggest farming sector expects...

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