“To our friends and neighbors: We, the Kauai seed farmers, want to set the record straight about how we farm on the Garden Island. So, let’s put the falsehoods aside and talk facts.”
“Views from the Farm” Essay Contest
Congratulation to our inaugural “Views form the Farm” essay contest winners! These five individuals will be visiting Hawaii this March to share their stories about the impacts that biotechnology has had on their farms.
Aloha and Welcome from HCIA President Mark Phillipson
Welcome to the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association (HCIA) website. HCIA is a nonprofit trade association representing the agricultural seed industry in Hawaii.
HCIA and its members support the growth and development of the seed industry, Hawaii agriculture and agricultural sciences in Hawaii through advocacy, outreach education and science-based information. The companies that constitute HCIA’s membership grow and develop varieties of several seed crops, including corn, soybeans, sunflowers and rice.
Hawaii plays a critical role in global agriculture through the development of crop varieties that increase the productivity of farmers around the world. The seeds developed in Hawaii by HCIA members produce food crops with greater resistance to disease, insects and drought, and reduce the quantity of pesticides used.
Hawaii is the world’s leading producer of seed corn, which accounts for 96 percent of the state’s $247.2 million ag-biotech industry. Hawaii’s seed industry accounts for more than $200 million or nearly 30 percent of the total spent on agriculture in the state, while using less than five percent of the available farm land in Hawaii.
HCIA has been contributing to Hawaii’s economy, local agriculture and communities throughout the state since its founding in 1971. As a leader in Hawaii’s agriculture sector, the industry’s strong growth has been a bright spot in the local economy, even during the recent economic downturn.
While HCIA members are strengthening Hawaii agriculture and the local economy, they are also making a direct contribution to global food security. By 2030, global population will rise to reach 8 billion people, and the world’s calorie demand will increase by 50 percent.
HCIA is helping meet this growing demand for food by providing crop seeds adapted to changing climate conditions, like drought, and enabling farmers everywhere to grow more on existing land. HCIA is proud to be making a significant contribution to feeding the world.
Enjoy our videos about the true story of biotechnology in Hawai`i.