Borer damaging Kona coffee industry

Coffee berry borer damage is resulting in diminished quality that could jeopardize the region’s position in the global coffee market, a grower and processor said Friday. Before the pest, identified in West Hawaii in September 2010, green bean coffee dropped off at the company’s processing station was of higher quality with about 22 percent...

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Trouble brewing

Growing coffee in Kona just isn’t what it used to be. The island’s coffee belt continues to deal with pests such as the coffee berry borer, warmer and dryer conditions, and the increasing cost of doing business. Nonetheless, for many growers, Kona coffee is a love and passion they will continue well into the...

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Heroes of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Some 14 Hawaii Island farmers, ranchers, food purveyors and ag entrepreneurs were among the “Heroes of Agriculture, Food and Environment” honored at the Hawaii Agriculture Conference held Sept. 23-24 at Ko’Olina, Oahu. Ag conference organizers began polling the agriculture community in August, seeking nominations in seven categories. A review team then selects the winners...

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OVERSEAS HELP

The H-2A program allows agricultural employers to bring in foreign workers when there is a shortage of U.S. workers. 2008 | H-2A approved » Bay View Farms: 10» Bird Feather Hawaii: 25» Captain Cook Honey: 2» Hawaiian Queen Co.: 4» Haleakala Ranch Co.: 1» Kapapala Ranch: 1» Kona Cold Lobsters: 8» Kona Coffee Grounds...

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