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As Coffee Rust Reaches Hawaii, Farmers Prepare for a Devastating Blow

1 month ago   |   By Civil Eats

Suzanne Shriner remembers the moment she heard the news that coffee leaf rust had been spotted on the island of Maui, just around 100 miles from her farm on the Kona Coast of the island of Hawaii. It was a Friday afternoon in October-seven months into the pandemic-and Hawaii had just re-opened to tourists.
“I got the text and my stomach dropped,” recalls Shriner, who farms with her extended family and serves as president of the Kona Coffee Farmers Association. Like most of her peers, Shriner had been trying to mentally prepare for the moment for a long time. “We'd hoped we would have a few...
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