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Hawaii farmland swelled recently, feds say

Bucking a long trend, more acreage was cultivated in the state in 2012 than 2007

By Andrew Gomes and Sarah Zoellick

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 12, 2014

~~<p>Like unplanted soil washed away by heavy rain, the amount of land farmed in Hawaii has eroded significantly with the decline in plantation agriculture over the past several decades. That trend, however, was halted for the first time in at least 30 years, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture farm census.</p>
<p>The census, published every five years, showed that Hawaii farmers put 8,000 more acres into production between 2007 and 2012, increasing total land used to grow food and other products to 1,129,000 acres from about 1,121,000 acres.</p>
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Like unplanted soil washed away by heavy rain, the amount of land farmed in Hawaii has eroded significantly with the decline in plantation agriculture over the past several decades. That trend, however, was halted for the first time in at least 30 years, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture farm census.

The census, published every five years, showed that Hawaii farmers put 8,000 more acres into production between 2007 and 2012, increasing total land used to grow food and other products to 1,129,000 acres from about 1,121,000 acres. Login for more...



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