As part of his pitch to increase local food production, Hawaii Gov. David Ige cited Smart Yields in his 2018 “State of the State” address before a joint session of the legislature.
“Our goal of increasing local food production is another golden opportunity for Hawaii,” Ige said, noting that “Hawaii can and must become the premier center for new agricultural technologies.”
The governor goes on to say:
We already have ag tech startups going strong in Hawaii. One company that comes to mind is Smart Yields. They help small and medium farmers to increase their production with data analytics and other tools. The company received international attention when it was chosen to be a part of the Vatican’s first tech accelerator focused on global food production. At this time, I’d like to recognize Smart Yields CEO Vincent Kimura and his mentor, Hawaii Island farmer Richard Ha.
Read the text of the governor’s full address here: