October 18, 2012. Locopelli - Wailuku , The Maui Weekly.
Hawai'i's Most Invasive Plant Species is Sugar Cane. The sugar cane industry has played a major role in Hawai'i's past and will play an important role in transcending into Hawai'i's agricultural future.
Federal price supports for sugar currently equal $180,000 per job times 800, or $14.4 billion. About 25,000 acres are burnt every year due to 2-years crop rotation. Burning removes dried leaves, reduces trash from fields and helps in control of pests and diseases. The government tries to limit burning with permits in order to prevent air pollution.