Promotion of the agriculture industry in partnership with agricultural organizations remains an important way to support this key sector of our economy. The County of Maui continues its partnerships with both the Maui County Farm Bureau (MCFB) and the Maui Flower Grower's Associations.
These organizations serve as an umbrella to the following agriculture organizations:
Maui Cattlemen Association
Maui Cattlemen Association - Rooted in Maui's cultural heritage, the cattle industry dates back to 1793. Maui counts about 140 working cattle operations. Its beef is said to belong to the best-tasting in the world. Locally, natural beef sales are expected to grow by 30 percent through 2008. Maui Cattlemen Association was formed to provide a premium product that's local, forage-fed, and hormone and antibiotic-free.
Maui Onion Growers Association
Maui Onion Growers Association - Sweet Maui Onions, or Kula Onions, grow on about 150 acres on the slopes of Haleakalä and yield 2 million pounds per year. They prove that a good product with unique qualities can have a huge impact, even if small-scale. The Maui Onion Growers Association owns the federal trademark to the names; its label certifies the onions' authenticity. The annual Maui Onion Festival draws 5000 to 8000 visitors each year.
Maui Association of Landscape Professionals
Maui Association of Landscape Professionals - Estate gardens, resort grounds, and public spaces play a role in keeping Maui green. The Maui Association of Landscape Professionals counts members among nurseries, designers, maintenance companies, installation contractors, irrigation specialists, golf course supervisors, groundskeepers, arborists, gardeners, and educational specialists. Its mission is to educate and to elevate landscape practices. It co-hosts the annual Arbor Day Lawn & Garden Fair and Hawaiian Tree Give-Away.
Maui Aloha 'Aina
- Organic farming involves balanced seed- and soil practices that benefit family, community, culture and land. Maui Aloha 'Äina seeks to promote life-giving practices for the body and the soil, provides educational outreach, and each year hosts a two-day holistic farming conference that includes issues affecting animal health.
Maui Coffee Association
Maui Coffee Association - With 40 coffee farms and 4000 acres in crop, coffee production from Maui, Honolulu, and Kaua'i combined averages about 3.8 million pounds. Moloka'i has rejuvenated its coffee, and at least 150 acres of new plantings are rooting in Maui Nui. Kula Coffee has become a registered name that guarantees 100 percent purity. Maui Coffee Association promotes the coffee industry on Maui, and offers high-quality seminars.
Maui's Seed Industry
Maui's Seed Industry - Biotechnology, roughly defined as the manufacturing of seed crops with new characteristics by way of selective breeding and genetic engineering, is the fastest rising industry in Hawai'i's private technology sector. Industry revenues have already grown to at least $70.4 million statewide. Maui County counts at least five seed farm stations, three of which are based on Moloka'i.
Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company
Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company - Maui Brand and Sugar in the Raw are two export prod originating from this sugarcane company, founded in 1882 and one of two remaining in Hawai'i. This specialty sugar business now complements renewable energy resource development, as HC & S is transitioning to aid Maui's quest for increased energy self sufficiency.
Maui Pineapple Company
Maui Pineapple Company - Placement of sweet golden pineapples in the global fresh-produce market keeps this Maui landmark company vibrant, allowing it to continue a unique heritage niche for Maui's ag.