Ag census finds farms up, values down

  • Coffee cherry grows in Kona. Fruits, tree nuts and berries saw a decrease in sales from $152 million to $144 million from 2012 to 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2017 Census of Agriculture. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today File Photo)
  • Amanda Lima sorts tomatoes at Kawamata Farm in Waimea. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Tomatoes destined for shipment throughout the state grow at Kawamata Farm in Waimea. Vegetables, melons, potatoes and sweet potatoes sales in 2017 was about $85 million, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2017 Census of Agriculture. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — The number of farms in Hawaii grew substantially from 2012 to 2017, though the market value of the industry dropped nearly $100 million over the same period.