Modern Agriculture on HI News Now
Bayer is proud to be one of the largest contributors to Hawaii’s agriculture industry, with farms on O`ahu, Maui and Molokai.
Today, the agriculture industry is facing many challenges globally, and especially in Hawaii. Science innovations and advancements in digital tools are helping us to identify new solutions to help farmers address challenges, all while using fewer natural resources. Some of these challenges include food production, labor shortage, water stresses, pest control, and plant diseases, just to name a few.
We have teamed up with Hawaii News Now to show you how we are addressing these challenges here at Bayer Hawaii.
Wildlife Habitat Conservation
Since 1989, Bayer, formerly Monsanto, has been working with the Wildlife Habitat Council on efforts to improve wildlife habitats statewide. Three years ago, the company was recognized as the first business in the state to receive the prestigious “Wildlife at Work” certification by the Wildlife Habitat Council. Hawaii Now visited one of Bayer’s farms on Molokai, to see its wildlife habitat conservation efforts first hand.
Bayer Honey Bee Program
Honey bees may be small, but they have a big job. They are responsible for pollinating the widest range of crops of all pollinator species. In fact, the honey bee is responsible for pollinating one-third of the world’s crops, including the fruits, vegetables and nuts we enjoy every day. The impact that this tiny creature has on farming and our food system is invaluable. Lead Entomologist with Bayer, Krishna Bayyareddy, and seed technician Zachary Solarte share with HI Now some of the challenges they face every day in the agriculture fields of Hawaii.
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.
FFA cultivating Hawaii’s next generation of farmers
Bayer works collaboratively with local farmers, businesses and schools to make Hawaii’s agriculture industry strong and successful. In an effort to cultivate Hawaii’s next generation of farmers, Bayer Hawaii supports Future Farmers of America programs at local schools and offers a number of agriculture scholarships and internships to students in Hawai`i who are interested in pursuing a promising career in agriculture.