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Notorious new pest threatens to transform Hawaii’s $54M coffee industry

  • COURTESY STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
                                “This is something we’ve worked for years to try to prevent from coming here. It’s been on the radar for a long time,” said Kevin Hoffman, administrator of the state Plant Industry Division.

    COURTESY STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

    “This is something we’ve worked for years to try to prevent from coming here. It’s been on the radar for a long time,” said Kevin Hoffman, administrator of the state Plant Industry Division.

  • COURTESY STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
                                “This is huge. Coffee leaf rust could change the way coffee is farmed in Hawaii,” said Gerry Ross, owner of Kupaa Farms in Kula, Maui, and president of the Maui Coffee Association.

    COURTESY STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

    “This is huge. Coffee leaf rust could change the way coffee is farmed in Hawaii,” said Gerry Ross, owner of Kupaa Farms in Kula, Maui, and president of the Maui Coffee Association.

A notorious new pest has landed on Maui, and coffee growers across the islands fear the plant disease could devastate — and maybe even transform — the $54 million industry in Hawaii. Read more

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