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  • 27 Jan 2021 11:23 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

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  • 20 Jan 2021 11:24 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

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    MULTI-AGENCY MEETING ON COFFEE LEAF RUST #12

    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2021 9:30AM

    Teleconferencing via ZOOM 

    NOTES

          Welcome/Introductions

          Updates

    o   HDOA

           Surveys

          No new infestation zones

          Increase in spread in known zones

          Anticipate new rust expression in coming weeks

          Lanai sample will be confirmed by early next week

           Communication

          Radio ads

           Emergency Declaration / Section 18

          If organic farmers do not have the emergency declaration permitting use of Preaxor farmers will not be able to use the fungicide spray in the time frame that Sec 18 is permitted and possibly would lose certification 

          DoA: Please speak with Governor about permitting emergency declaration

    o   HCGA

           Section 18 Application

          Meeting with BASF, draft for section 18 is complete. Now waiting for information from manufacturer - efficacy studies, environmental info, impact to endangered species

          Issues: if we are ready to take draft and submit to EPA, they will be ready to review quickly and grant crisis exemption 

          We need certain things from HDOA: Enforcement protocol, record keeping information looks like, needs to be disseminated to growers, increase / enhanced outreach

          We need to be ready as we only have 15 days to spray. Reluctant to submit a final draft to EPA if we are not ready to get the “best bang for our buck”.

          No applicator license will be needed for spraying Preaxor once sect. 18 is granted

           Specific Exemption

          If crisis exemption is pushed back so will specific exemption. Will take about 6 weeks likely and will have one year to apply Preaxor with the opportunity to extend into another year.

           Other

          Chris will send an email to Phyllis at HDOA with specific asks from the department for Sect. 18 Application

    o   USDA

           PBARC

          Testing fungicides

    o   All look promising so far

          Testing resistance of varietals already growing in Hawaii

    o   Protocol in place for doing so 

          Other

    o   Tracy working on getting permit amended for WCR plants

    o   Observations on CLR rate - well managed farms are not showing incidents of heavy impact from CLR

    o   Awaiting results on race identification

    o   Surveyed 12 farms in Kona and 50% have been positive so far, 1-2% incidents up to 30%. USDA will release a survey next week.

           Farms owned by older growers that have infestations are not being treated due to inability to get out into the fields and relying on farm managers

          Language barrier, need to work on IPM recommendations into actions, bridge gap between farm owners and workers

          Management of feral coffees - Invasive Species and Watershed Partnerships have a lot of experience and could be a valuable asset in controlling

    o   Lisa will reach out.

           Road sign signage?

           APHIS role

          Strategic Plan to control Coffee Leaf Rust in Hawaii

    o   Funding

    o   Implementation

    o   Importing Plant materials 

           Prioritizing varietals

           APHIS permits

    o   UH CTAHR

           Education - Short term response; IPM

          CBB workshop Jan 27, 28 and Feb 29. Registration online at Hawaiicoffeeed.com

          HCA can host webinars

           Communication – in partnership with HDOA and private industry

          Poster is approved will be emailed out to this group and ask to circulate and print copies in your network

    o   Will have it translated

    o   Can we have it resigned into a trifold to distribute to mills 

          Pruning pub for CLR and CBB - in the works. Contact Andrea if you have any questions now.

          Getting acreage by tomorrow and relaying to Kimo

           Grant applications

           Private fundraising

           IR-4 Pesticides

    o   HARC

  • 20 Jan 2021 11:23 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    Please print and distribute this poster in your community. Click here for the PDF version.

  • 14 Jan 2021 11:24 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

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    MULTI-AGENCY MEETING ON COFFEE LEAF RUST #11

    THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2021 9:30AM

    Teleconferencing via ZOOM 

    MEETING NOTES

          Welcome/Introductions

          Updates

    o   HDOA

           Surveys

          No new sites, a few reports of new infestation sites but know that CLR already exists in that area

          First sample from Lanai was lost in transit, second sample and was not CLR but with visual considerations of imagery seen, CLR is likely. Will continue testing.

           Communication

          Certified RUP applicators license would not be necessary for section 18 emergency use, record keeping requirements are still necessary

          Personnel on Hawaii Island and Maui are available to assist with education, more updates next week

          Draft poster from UH, HDOA will have an answer on going to print later today. HCA will assist with distribution and printing.

          How can we get emergency declaration on State or Fed level so that farmers who have organic certification status will not be impacted by section 18 emergency use?

    o   HCGA

           Section 18 Application

          Close to finishing application

          Having discussions with manufacturer of preaxor, providing data

          Getting letters of support for crisis exemption package to be submitted to EPA

          Targeting application submission for end of January, but concerned about 15 day period being too short and not having enough preparedness to get the most product out to farmers

          Focus on outreach and educations

          Growers met with EASF 

          IR 4 program - UH Manoa - working on a chemsak proposal to use import tolerance data that EASF already has. If successful, this will help skip a lengthy step in the process.  IR 4 is planning to submit to chemsak committee at their next meeting

           Other

    o   USDA

           PBARC

          Testing resistance of varietals already growing in Hawaii

    o   Lisa continuing en vitro trials

    o   Mailed application quarantine or allowing propagation while in quarantine for WCR varieties 

          Other

           APHIS role

          Strategic Plan to control Coffee Leaf Rust in Hawaii

    o   Funding

           No funds in F120

    o   Implementation

           Task teams have been working and briefed on how they will follow up with implementation

    o   Importing Plant materials 

           Prioritizing varietals

    APHIS permits...

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  • 06 Jan 2021 11:25 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

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    MULTI-AGENCY MEETING ON COFFEE LEAF RUST #10

    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2021 9:30AM

    Teleconferencing via ZOOM 

    NOTES

          Welcome/Introductions

    o   Scott Enright - ag consultant

    o   Iokepa Command - works for Senator Kanuha

          Updates

    o   HDOA

           Surveys

          Continuing surveying neighboring islands, feral coffee land. No islands identified CLR except Kona on Hawaii Island, Maui, and a sample sent from Lanai

    o   Maui - Ka’anapali area has been infested

           Communication

          Outreach to community that does not have access to WiFi

    o   Working with Andrea and Public Information Specialist, drafting a PSA. Identified two radio stations on island to help move information. No update on timeline.

    o   Will look into printed material. HCA can approve expenditures of funds if needed.

    o   HCGA

           CLR has been identified at Maui Grown on Ka’anapali

          Identified on all varieties grown, mostly at higher elevations

    o   Two types of Typica, Red Catuai, Yellow Caturra, Mokka

           Showing up on Typica and a little bit on Mokka

          Dryer climate but any fields that don’t have weeds under trees CLR has not been identified. Weed free keeps moisture down and doesn’t foster environment for spore growth. Non-scientific but useful for general/cultural practice on farm.

           Section 18 Application

          Met yesterday and looking at package, getting information needed. Getting intouch with BASF and two people internal to BASF are handling manufacturing side. 

          By next week, we should know where we stand on finalizing section 18 document and in meantime, focusing on getting material to Hawaii.

          Hopefully early Feb can get material in state

          Still need acreage count of coffee on Hawaii Island

    o   Needed Island by island

           Other

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  • 30 Dec 2020 11:38 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

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  • 10 Dec 2020 11:40 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

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  • 02 Dec 2020 11:27 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

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    MULTI-AGENCY MEETING ON COFFEE LEAF RUST #6

    WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 2, 2020 9:30AM

    Teleconferencing via ZOOM 

    Notes

          Welcome/Introductions

    o   Munanez - USDA in DC

    o   Ilihia - Rep of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's office, Hawai’i Island

    o   Becky Azama - HDOA Best Control Branch

    o   Jax Avalino - Senior Research at CRAD

          Updates

    o   HDOA

          Meeting twice per week

           Surveys

          Becky Azama - good communication within department and partners

          Continuing to survey coffee lands, still identified in Kona and on Maui

          More sites showing spread to West Side of Maui

          Hilo, still looking for good sample to send to USDA

    o   Initial id in Hilo showed spores but were very light, possible that spores degraded

           Communication

          Present an update on CLR to Hawaii Island Legislative

          Underserved communities communication: PSAs and radio coverage for those not tuned into electronic communication.

    o   Andrea is trying to drop off hard copies of information to roaster and grower facilities

           Quarantine

          Interim Rule & Permit progress

    o   Request for 15 permits from roasters, getting facilities compliant

          Imported plant material (timeline & restrictions)

    o   Trying to reduce the quarantine period on a case by case period

          Propagating during quarantine 

    o   what are the barriers?

           A problem for HDOA

           It is not “expressly prohibitive” but sets a bad example 

           If you bring in fewer plants and propagate during quarantine, you reduce the risk

           Pesticide Branch-

          Emergency use permits for systemic fungicides

           Transportation of Shipment

          See section 5 of permit guidelines

          Disinfectants? 

    o   USDA...


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  • 01 Dec 2020 11:28 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    Aloha all:

    Here is the Mitigation Strategies for Coffee Rust (Hemileia vastatrix) in Hawaii document, developed by the USDA PPQ Plant Epidemiology and Risk Analysis Laboratory for the current situation in Hawaii.  It is somewhat general but it is nice to have the various strategies summarized all in one place.  Note that it did not include systemics insecticides because they are not yet available for use in Hawaii.  Feel free to use and/or distribute as needed.

    Mahalo,

    Kevin

    Kevin M. Hoffman
    Plant Industry Administrator/State Plant Regulatory Official
    Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture
    Phone:  808-973-9535

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