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Egg farm closing on the Big Island

by 5m Editor
20 October 2005, at 12:00am

HAWAII - A long-time Big Island egg farm says it is closing for good, ending a 70-year-old family tradition and leaving only seven egg farms in Hawaii. Kona Poultry Farm, makers of Kona-Laid Eggs, cite increased competition from the mainland farms and the rising costs of shipping, feed, insurance and equipment. The Nakamoto family started the business in the mid-1930s. Jeri Kahana, manager of the commodities branch of the state Department of Agriculture, says the pressures on Kona Poultry are also squeezing livestock operations around the state. Kahana says Hawaii's higher land prices, feed costs, transportation costs, and strict environmental regulations governing manure disposal are factors for farmers. Source: KPUA

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