Thanks to extremely rich soil from heavy rainfall and a mild year-round climate, Hawaii is primed for agriculture. Home to 7,500 crop and livestock farms averaging around 150 acres in size, over 30 percent of Hawaii’s land usage – or around 1 million acres – is dedicated to farming. Overall, agriculture has a $2.9 billion economic impact on this tropical state.
Greenhouse and nursery products are the leading agricultural commodities in the Aloha State. Other important products include sugar cane, coffee, cattle and hogs. Pineapple is a vital crop, too, widely grown on the island of Maui, while dairy and egg farms are prevalent on Oahu. Tree nuts, such as macadamia nuts, are also important – Hawaii ranks sixth in the nation for tree nut sales.