....The giant (and the last) sugar plantation in Hawaii is shutting down its sugar cane production and processing by the end of this year. So if you like the idea of using local sugar, you had better stock up.
....Richard Ha is shutting down his big banana producing farm on Big Island citing anticipated future energy related increased costs.
....The Ka'u coffee farmers have been offered new leases but at an incredible increase in expense.
....A number of Ka'u ag farms have had to cutback production for various reasons.
.....A number of ag businesses through out the state have shut down due to escalating fertilizer & feed expenses, increased rents and government related costs, and introduced disease and pest issues.
....The major taro lands of a Waipio Valley have been put on the market for sale. Dozens of taro farms are in jeopardy.
....the most significant botanical garden on my island has also been put up for sale. No one knows what the future holds for the gardens, the home of a vast array of Hawaiian plants, the source for plant keikis for gardeners around here, and the venue of multiple Hawaiian culture and growing events through out the year.
It seems that 2016 is not starting out to be very ag friendly.
So I must be crazy to think that this year I'm going to develop a farm income. Egads. I guess I'm just bucking the traffic once again.