Wish You Were Here: Celebrating Hawaii’s Unique Agriculture This Winter

Posted by Alexandra Nseir, NASS Public Affairs Specialist in

Research and Science

Dec 15, 2021

Close-up of young, growing pineapple

I don’t find out about you, however when the temperature drops, I discover myself pondering of hotter climates. One location that experiences tropical climate year-round is Hawaii. But Hawaii’s heat temperatures aren’t the one factor that may have you ever dreaming of the Aloha State. The island’s agriculture comes straight from a wish-you-were-here postcard.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service’s (NASS’s) 2020 Noncitrus Fruits and Nuts Summary (PDF, 1.4 MB) reveals that Hawaii is the highest state for a number of scrumptious commodities. Coffee manufacturing use in Hawaii for 2020-2021 totaled 22.7 million kilos. Hawaii was additionally the highest state for papaya (8.3 million kilos) and macadamia nuts (39.5 million kilos) in 2020.

According to the 2017 Census of Agriculture (PDF, 28 MB), Hawaii leads the best way in farms and acreage for pineapple, taro and bananas. Of the 50 states, Hawaii accounts for 99% of pineapple acreage, 96% of taro acreage, and greater than half of the nation’s banana acreage.

The final census additionally discovered that there have been 7,328 farms in Hawaii, a 5% enhance for the reason that earlier census in 2012. That’s excellent news for many who love the tropical flavors the islands present.

The 2022 Census of Agriculture will probably be one other likelihood for Hawaii’s farmers to inform their story and assist form the way forward for agriculture of their counties, state and nation. Every operation, from the smallest to the biggest, and each commodity counts. It’s vital that each one producers reply – extra voices imply higher knowledge.

If you’re a producer, be sure your voice is heard. If you don’t at the moment obtain NASS surveys and censuses, signal as much as be counted in the present day.

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