Bayer taking steps to solidify Hawaii’s food security

Sponsored by Bayer

Governor Ige has set a goal of doubling food production by 2020 and Bayer is committed to this goal. In addition to contributing to local food production through seeds and crops, Bayer supports, educates and provides resources to local farmers to help improve farm productivity and food quality for the state of Hawaii and work together on meeting Governor Ige’s sustainability goals.

As the largest vegetable seed producer in the world, Bayer is proud to contribute to local food production. Bayer’s Seminis Vegetable Seeds provide farmers with a variety of seeds that will grow and deliver healthy and more nutritious vegetables to consumers. In addition to producing seeds for key crops, Bayer also grows tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage, sweet bell peppers, white sweet corn, broccoli, peas and onions at our Bayer Hawaii sites.

As a sustainable agriculture company, Bayer strongly believes in making an impact beyond its farms and contributing to the farming communities. In addition to working with local farmers who utilize and grow the Seminis branded seed varieties statewide, Bayer also leases out 636 acres of farm land throughout the state to local farmers for diversified ag.

One of Bayer’s top priorities however, is sharing resources and insight with other local farmers to collectively improve farm productivity and food quality in Hawaii. For example, the company recently co-sponsored a first-of-its kind educational workshop for local farmers at Kunia Farms, which brought together local farmers from across the state to network and learn from leading agricultural experts on a wide range of topics from agricultural loans, pest management, techniques for growing new vegetable varieties, support and outreach programs, and more.

Bayer is working on implementing more of these types of educational opportunities for local farmers in the future, because the more farmers work together, the more food they can grow locally, and in turn reach the state’s food production goal.

Local farmers face challenges and Bayer is committed to supporting them and Hawaii’s agriculture industry. The Hawaii Farm Bureau says this year has been especially hard for farmers hit by severe weather and natural disasters. The organization met with farmers statewide to assess the damage from heavy rains and understand their needs and how the Farm Bureau could help. Many farmers not only lost their crops but also suffered damages to their homes, tools, and farm infrastructure, which has been devastating to their businesses and entire livelihoods. The Farm Bureau collaborated with businesses and the community to provide much-needed support for farmers. Bayer donated vegetable seeds including tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage, sweet bell peppers, white sweet corn, broccoli, peas and onions to help farmers get back on their feet.

The public is invited to visit Bayer farms on O’ahu, Maui and Moloka’i to learn more about the company’s vegetables, seeds and farming techniques.

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