The Hawaii Farmers Union, which represents small family farmers in the islands, has been recognized as a subdivision of the National Farmers Union.
The national union said Wednesday its board recently voted to approve the move.
National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson says his organization is pleased with the Hawaii group's hard work and looks forward to working with them to help it grow.
The organization says the Hawaii Farmers Union will continue to advocate for policies that benefit family farmers and ensure the people of Hawaii have more access to locally grown and organic produce.
The Hawaii Farmers Union has more than 300 members. Many also belong to the Hawaii Farm Bureau, the Hawaii Aquaculture and Aquaponics Association and other local, farm associations.