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Who We Are

Enacted by the State Legislature in 1994, the Agribusiness Development Corporation is a state agency administratively attached to the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture.  It has its own board of directors consisting of three ex-officio and eight private citizens appointed by the Governor.

ADC’s Mission

To acquire and manage, in partnership with farmers, ranchers and aquaculture groups, selected high-value lands, water systems and infrastructure for commercial agricultural use and to direct research into areas that will lead to the development of new crops, markets and lower production costs.

What We Do For Hawaii

Rich agricultural lands are one of Hawaii’s greatest assets.  ADC’s role is to protect the future of agriculture in Hawaii by facilitating its transformation from a dual crop economy of sugar and pineapple to a multi-crop industry.  The breadth of ADC’s responsibilities includes transitioning former plantation lands and water systems to diversified long-term agricultural use, initiating and developing diversified agriculture facilities, and finding innovative solutions for issues facing the agricultural industry today.

ADC’s unique position enables it to coordinate Federal, State and private resources to maximize agribusiness opportunities.  Its exemptions from Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 171 regarding land use, as well as Public Utilities Commission regulations and civil service laws, and the ability to issue bonds and form subsidiaries, allow for greater flexibility in managing its programs.  ADC fosters the growth of agricultural enterprises across the state by providing affordable irrigation and long-term licenses or leases to tenants, which stimulates investment in agribusiness and enhances the viability of agriculture in Hawaii.

ADC achieves these important goals through diverse efforts, such as:

  • Acquiring and managing select high-value agricultural lands, water systems and infrastructure.
  • Acquiring agricultural conservation easements to protect certain valuable agricultural lands.
  • Organizing farmers and user into cooperatives that benefit from the participants’ common interests and collective efforts.
  • Forming subsidiaries to create private and public partnerships.
  • Assisting in acquiring or constructing processing and/or treatment facilities to enhance producers’ abilities to access export or value-added opportunities.
  • Informing, educating or training farmers on various industry practices such as food safety, production techniques and land uses.
  • Coordinating and cooperating with other government agencies, educational institutions and private organizations to advance agriculture in Hawaii.
  • Conducting research and demonstrative projects to facilitate the transfer of knowledge or adoption of technology.
  • Conducting economic and feasibility studies relating to agriculture.

The Agribusiness Development Corporation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, or disability, or any other class as protected under applicable federal or state law, in administration of its programs, or activities, and, the Agribusiness Development Corporation does not intimidate or retaliate against any individual or group because they have exercised their rights to participate in actions protected, or oppose action prohibited, by 40 C.F.R. Parts 5 and 7, or for the purpose of interfering with such rights.

Acting Non-Discrimination Coordinator Myra Kaichi is responsible for coordination or compliance efforts and receipt of inquiries concerning non-discrimination requirements implemented by 40 C.F.R. Parts 5 and 7 (Non-discrimination in Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency), including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 13 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972 (hereinafter collectively referred to as the federal non-discrimination laws).

If you have any questions about this notice or any of Acting Non-Discrimination Coordinator Myra Kaichi’s non-discrimination programs, policies, or procedures, you may contact:

Myra Kaichi, Acting Non-Discrimination Coordinator
Agribusiness Development Corporation
235 S. Beretania Street, Room 205, Honolulu, HI  96813
(808) 586-0186
[email protected]

If you believe that you have been discriminated against with respect to an Agribusiness Development Corporation program or activity receiving federal assistance, please contact the Acting Non-Discrimination Coordinator Myra Kaichi identified above. 

The Agribusiness Development Corporation does not intimidate, threaten, coerce, or discriminate against any individual or group for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege guaranteed under federal anti-discrimination laws, or because an individual has filed a complaint or has testified, assisted, or participated in any way in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing related to federal anti-discrimination laws, or has opposed any practice made unlawful by federal anti-discrimination laws.

To request language or accessibility for Agribusiness Development Corporation programs or public meetings, please contact the Agribusiness Development Corporation at (808) 586-0186 or email:  [email protected].  Please allow sufficient time for ADC to meet accommodation requests.

For complaints relating to employment under Agribusiness Development Corporation, contact: HDOA Human Resources Office at 808-973-9481 or email: [email protected].

To request language interpretation for this document, please contact: LEP Coordinator located at 1428 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813 (Phone: 808-973-9469 Email: [email protected]). Individuals may request oral interpretation services in order to request a written translation of this document.