Alexander & Baldwin names Darren Strand as general manager, diversified agriculture
Strand brings nearly two decades of agricultural and leadership experience to A&B's diversified agriculture efforts. He most recently served as president of Hali`imaile
Strand earned bachelor's degrees in biology and chemistry from
"Darren not only has extensive experience in farming operations, he is passionate about ensuring agriculture remains a vital part of
A prime example of A&B's progress is the growth of Kūlōlio Ranch, a pasture-raised, naturally grazed, grass-fed beef operation in
Under the leadership of
Grass-fed beef production is one part of A&B's effort to transition former sugar lands into diversified agricultural uses. Under the new diversified model, A&B is dividing the former 36,000-acre sugar plantation into smaller farms to accommodate a wide range of agricultural uses. In addition to cattle ranching, A&B has made significant progress, including:
- 250 acres committed to an orchard project with TerViva to explore the Pongamia tree's potential to help address
Hawaii'sneed for renewable fuels.
- 500 acres committed to growing energy crops to help power
Maui County'swastewater treatment facility.
- More than 800 acres in active negotiations with
Maui Countyto develop an agricultural park, which will provide opportunities for farmers interested in working smaller plots of land.
- More than 15,000 acres in active negotiations for agricultural leases, with potential uses including coffee, energy crops and locally grown vegetables.
ABOUT ALEXANDER & BALDWIN
Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. is Hawai`i's premier commercial real estate company and the state's foremost owner of grocery-anchored retail centers. With a portfolio of approximately 87,000 acres in Hawai`i, A&B is the state's fourth largest private landowner. A&B is a fully integrated real estate investment trust and owns, operates and manages 3.4 million square feet of primarily retail and industrial space in Hawai`i. A&B's interests extend beyond commercial real estate into diversified agriculture, renewable energy and land stewardship. A&B also is Hawai`i's largest construction materials company and paving contractor. Over its nearly 150-year history, A&B has evolved with the state's economy and played a lead role in the development of the agricultural, transportation, tourism, construction and real estate industries. Learn more about A&B at www.alexanderbaldwin.com.
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