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Agriculture

Bayer Hawaii is improving the lives of farmers in the community, not only through our daily work, but through our contributions to Hawaii’s agriculture community. Read on to learn more about our agricultural contributions throughout the islands.

Ag Park at Kunia

In an effort to help improve farm productivity and food quality for Hawai`i, Bayer remains committed to supporting local ag production by implementing programs that improve the lives of farmers in the community, and ultimately increase the amount of locally grown produce.

Established in July 2011 as a private-public partnership between Bayer Hawaii, the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation and Island Palm Communities, the Ag Park at Kunia is approximately 220 acres of land on Oahu that has been made available to small local farmers in an effort to help them achieve economic self-sufficiency and diversify local food production.

Comprised of four distinct parcels that vary in acreage, the Ag Park at Kunia provides excellent growing environments with consistent sunlight and warm temperatures. Currently, more than 20 farmers are actively utilizing the land to grow a variety of produce, including fruit trees, cucumbers, tomatoes, chili peppers, taro, ulu, long beans, squash, okra, butternut squash, string beans and eggplant. This locally grown produce can be found at the Leeward Community College Sunday farmers’ market or via delivery service with Oahu Fresh and Holoholo General Store.

To ensure the success of both the farmers and the park, Bayer provides in-kind support, including security, land preparation (e.g., mowing, disking), technical expertise and bulk purchasing opportunities.

By supporting, educating and providing theland and resources to farmers, our goal is to improve farm productivity for the state and ultimately help contribute to the state goal of doubling local food production by 2020,” said Dan Clegg, Hawai`i business operations lead at Bayer. “Bayer will continue to cultivate partnerships and support programs, like the Ag Park at Kunia, that preserve agricultural acreage and integrity.”

Bayer Hawaii leases out approximately 636 acres of land across the state to local farmers and ranchers for diversified ag. On the island of Molokai, Bayer leases 130 acres of its land tolocal farmers that produce coffee and an assortment of vegetables.

To learn more about Bayer Hawaii’s commitment to local ag production, please visit: https://www.hinowdaily.com/bayer-taking-steps-to-solidify-hawaiis-food-security/

Interested in being an Ag Park at Kunia tenant?
Please contact the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation.

Ag Security Watch

In response to growing theft, vandalism, and agro-terrorism at local farms, law enforcement officers and the agricultural community have joined forces to establish the Agriculture Security Watch. Bayer Hawaii has supported and been actively involved in this program since its inception. We believe cooperating and partnering with law enforcement and our fellow farmers is critical to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our employees and residents.

Spearheaded by the Police Department and members of the agriculture community, this program helps foster a more cohesive network among law enforcement partners, farmers, ranchers, and agriculture organizations of all sizes to enable us to operate freely with minimal disruption from vandalism, theft and agro-terrorism.

Efforts to date have included increased police patrols, quicker response times to crimes on agricultural lands, greater familiarization of agricultural areas by the police and improved sharing of information so farmers, ranchers, police and other agricultural entities can be alerted about possible criminal activities and trends.

Education

We don’t just grow corn. We try to grow great thinkers too.

Bayer Hawaii believes in the power of education for a brighter future. Over the years, we’re proud to have donated more than million dollars and volunteered hundreds of hours to benefit students and schools throughout Hawaii.

Bayer Hawaii Life Sciences Scholarship

High school seniors interested in a life sciences degree are invited to apply. As many as ten (10) scholarships of $1,000 each are typically awarded each year.

This scholarship is open to graduating seniors of all high schools in Hawaii who will be attending an accredited college or university to pursue a discipline related to the life sciences (including agriculture, agronomy, biology, botany, genetics, horticulture, plant physiology, chemistry, crop science and soil science). The deadline for applications is April 1.

Download a Bayer Hawaii Life Sciences Scholarship application form.

Bayer Hawaii Science Education Fund

This educational grant program was established in 2005 to support science education in Hawai`i public schools and to encourage students who may be interested in a future career in the sciences. Since its inception, more than $287,000 has been awarded to public schools in support of science fairs, online science/math educational simulations, greenhouse projects, hydroponic facilities, aquaculture studies, gross anatomy exhibits, field trips, alternative energy experiments, on-campus native plant gardens and equipment and supplies for various science courses including chemistry, biology, forensics and biotechnology.

Our grant program is open to established public schools in Hawaii on the islands of O`ahu, Maui and Molokai, serving students from middle school through college. Applications are reviewed twice a year.

Download a Bayer Hawaii Science Education Fund application form.

FIRST Robotics Grant Program

In 2015, a new FIRST Robotics Grant Program was established to support educational robotics in communities where Bayer employees live and work. The nationwide program seeks to inspire and nurture students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

This nationwide grant program supports teams of K to 12th grade students participating in FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), FIRST LEGO League (FLL) and/or FIRST LEGO League Junior (FLL Jr.). Priority is given to teams that demonstrate diversity, such as teams that are female-led, racially or gender diverse, and/or economically diverse.

Applications are accepted for eligible Bayer U.S. site communities on an annual basis. Applications are accepted between August 15 and September 15 at 11:59:59 pm CT. Learn more.

Internship Opportunities at Bayer Hawaii

Bayer Hawaii provides summer internship opportunities to college students interested in a future career in agriculture. Internships offer valuable on-the-job experience through paid, temporary, full-time positions and provide an opportunity to learn about how Bayer works and how science is shaping the future of agriculture. To be eligible, interns must be currently enrolled at an accredited college or university, and pursuing a degree in one of the following disciplines: agriculture business or another agriculture-related major, such as agronomy, animal sciences, biological sciences, botany, genetic engineering, plant breeding or plant physiology. Selection is based upon student credentials, interview and the matching of students’ skills to available openings.

To apply, please visit: https://career.bayer.com/en/career/working-at-bayer/students/

Community Giving

The Hawaiian word kokua means “help” or “support”, and it’s one of Bayer Hawaii’s core values to support the communities in which our employees live and work. Throughout the years, Bayer Hawaii has given grants and volunteered manpower for numerous educational, environmental, community and humanitarian endeavors including beautifying parks, protecting natural watersheds, raising funds for public schools and charitable organizations, donating to human service agencies, contributing to disaster relief efforts, sponsoring scholarships and educational programs, supporting the arts, judging science fairs and helping out at numerous community events.

Some of the non-profits that Bayer Hawaii has supported include: Aloha United Way, district and state science fairs, Filipino Community Center, Hawaii Red Cross, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, University of Hawaii, West Maui Mountain Watershed Partnership, Kamaole Point Park, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Hale Makua, Blood Bank of Hawaii, Haleakala National Park, Maui Youth & Family Services, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, Hawaii State Farm Fair, county farm fairs and Ag in the Classroom.

Honouliuli Internment Camp Preserved

Hidden deep within an overgrown gulch in Kunia, Oahu, on land owned by Bayer, lay the remains of the Honouliuli Internment Camp, one of Hawaii’s largest World War II internment camps. Once known as jigokudani or “Hell Valley” by its inhabitants, the internment camp was unique in having detained both prisoners of war and a diverse group of U.S. citizens and resident aliens, including those of Japanese, Korean and European descent. After the war, the camp was bulldozed, leaving historic artifacts and remnants nearly untouched for 60 years.

Bayer is committed to preserving the site and its local history for generations to come.

In 2007, Bayer’s predecessor purchased the surrounding Kunia farm area and pledged to work with interested community organizations to preserve the Camp. In partnership with the local community, the company worked towards achieving the highest level of preservation, in hopes of donating the land and establishing the site as a U.S. National Park. And our hard work paid off…

President Obama designated the site as a new national monument for historic protection

On February 19, 2015, President Barack Obama announced that he will be designating the site of the former WWII Honouliuli Internment Camp as a new national monument for historic protection. Bayer is very excited about reaching this significant milestone in the community’s efforts to preserve the Honouliuli Internment Camp into perpetuity as part of the U.S. National Park System. Transferring ownership of this land to the Federal Government is the result of years of hard work by numerous individuals and organizations who have been diligently and patiently working, step by step, to make this community vision a reality.

The site is an important part of the Hawaii’s history and part of who we are as a resilient community.

While Bayer Hawaii is heavily focused on agricultural conservation and sustainability, we have a social responsibility to perpetuate Hawaii’s culture and history. We want to ensure that the Honouliuli Internment Camp is preserved in perpetuity for the educational benefit of future generations. We must all do our part in seeing this through.

Environment

Helping to preserve the ‘aina

Preserving the land and Hawaii’s natural resources is an important part of Bayer Hawaii’s commitment to being good stewards through employee volunteerism, monetary contributions and collaboration with community stakeholders.

Bayer’s Efforts to Preserve the ‘Aina

Our efforts include:

  • Cleared nearly 2,500 non-native pines in a six-acre area of threatened shrubland in the Waikamoi Preserve on the island of Maui. If left unchecked, the fragile ecosystem at Waikamoi would be overtaken by the non-native pine, threatening the Preserve’s rare dry mamane sub-alpine shrubland, found only on East Maui and the Big Island.
  • Helped with restoration efforts at Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge on Maui, a critical wetland habitat home to the endangered Hawaiian stilt (ae`o) and Hawaiian coot (`ala eke oke`o).
  • Awarded a $20,000 grant for watershed protection on Molokai. Since 2006, Bayer has contributed a total of $130,000 towards the protection and restoration efforts of critical watershed and fragile ecosystems on Molokai
  • As part of the company’s ongoing drip tube recycling program, 222,040 pounds of plastic drip line accumulated over three years on our Maui farm were recycled. By making every effort to reuse and recycle materials that could otherwise head to our island’s landfills, we’re helping to do our part to keep Hawaii green.
  • Taking pride in our island home, Bayer’s volunteer hundreds of hours cleaning up beaches, parks, streams and highways.
  • Labeled more than 150 storm drains in the Royal Kunia and Waipahu neighborhoods with reminders not to throw trash down the storm drains, helping to keep our ocean clean.

Learn more about our environmental conservation efforts