Ailing Farm Industry Needs Help From Legislature This Year

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Thousands of papaya trees felled under cover of night, goats kidnapped, Big Island farmers’ prized coffee crops destroyed by a coffee borer beetle — Hawaii farmers have had a tough year.

This legislative session, lawmakers are pushing an assortment of bills to try to ease their troubles.

Proposals include increasing penalties for eco-terrorism, boosting feed subsidies, using dogs that can sniff out non-native species such as stowaway snakes, and implementing state mandates for increasing the amount of food grown locally.

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