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The attraction of Puerto Rico over Hawaii involves the tropical climate, the country’s location and its positive business environment.
This is the 6th piece in our "Week in Puerto Rico" series. Check back for more videos, photo galleries and stories in the series at www.farmindustrynews.com.
Piece 1: Video: Soybean, seed nursery business thrives in Puerto Rico
Piece 3: Photo gallery: Major rice company uses Puerto Rico for seed research, nursery
Piece 5: Gallery: Bayer CropScience expands see research, nursery in Puerto Rico
Seed produced in nursery fields is ready to be shipped to AgReliant for research.
The distance from Puerto Rico to the mainland is shorter than it is from Hawaii. It is only 2-3 hours from the U.S. east coast while Hawaii is five hours from the west coast.
In addition, Puerto Rico’s status as a U.S. territory means its products are easily shipped into the mainland just as they do from Hawaii. This is an advantage the island has over South American and other tropical countries where seed is grown in the off season. The seed must pass through customs to enter the U.S.