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New licenses for Kau coffee growers as land sale closes

PAHALA, Hawaii (AP) - Kau farmers who grow coffee beans on the slopes of Mauna Loa have agreed to enter into new licenses to continue farming the land.

West Hawaii Today reports farmers have signed 15-year agreements with the buyer of 6,000 acres near Pahala and Naalehu, where a portion of the Moaula coffee lands are located. The licenses will be finalized once the sale has closed.

After months of negotiations, Colorado-based Resource Land Holdings and the farmers have settled on rent that starts at $450 per acre each year, and then increases to $600 by the third year where it will remain for the duration of the contract.

The new agreement allows farmers to get loans that they haven't been able to acquire under old licenses that could expire in 120 days.

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