Growers in Hawaii need better data to base decisions on

Due to budget cuts (both federal and state) there has been less accessible and comprehensive agricultural data in Hawaii in recent years. Parties involved in agriculture have stated this hampers their ability to make critical decisions, including what crops to grow or invest in. They also say it leads to uncertainty about the reality of farming in Hawaii, especially land use.

Many of the most useful datasets in agriculture are outdated. The Statewide Agricultural Land Use Baseline has a 2015 timestamp, though that one is being updated this year. Although state and federal agencies still publish data and reports about farming, several data and market analysis programs have been discontinued in the past decade, including monthly reports on select Hawaii crops. Other reports have reduced frequencies. In other cases, data and research exist but are not accessible in a centralized location.

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