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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&#39;s higher land prices, feed costs, transportation costs, and strict environmental regulations governing manure disposal are factors for farmers. <i>Source: KPUA</i>

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