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  • 30 Jul 2021 7:55 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    Learn More and Register Here!

    Learn:

    • How/when to calibrate your sprayer
    • Why sprayer calibration is important
    • How to get better spray coverage
    • How to calculate water use per acre
    • How to calculate pesticide rates per gallon of water and per tankful​
  • 17 Jul 2021 10:32 AM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON, May 27, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced that fiscal year 2020 payments for the Reimbursement Transportation Cost Payment Program (RTCP) will begin on May 28, 2020. The RTCP will help eligible farmers and ranchers outside the contiguous U.S., including those in Alaska, offset a portion of the cost of transporting agricultural products over long distances.

    The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019 reauthorized RTCP and allows farmers and ranchers in Alaska, Hawaii and insular areas including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands of the United States, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands and Republic of Palau, to recover any costs to transport agricultural commodities or inputs used to produce an agricultural commodity. 

    Signup for the 2020 program year increased by 28 applicants compared to the 2019 program year. Signup for the 2021 program will be announced in early summer.

    RTCP payments are calculated based on the costs incurred for transportation of the agricultural commodity or inputs during a fiscal year, subject to an $8,000 per producer cap per fiscal year. Total 2020 claims exceeded available funding; therefore, payments to recipients will be reduced by a National payment factor of 0.8 percent.  

    Service Center staff continue to work with agricultural producers via phone, email, and other digital tools. Because of the pandemic, some USDA Service Centers are open to limited visitors. Contact your Service Center to set up an in-person or phone appointment. Additionally, more information related to USDA’s response and relief for producers can be found at farmers.gov/coronavirus

    USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.

    Enrollment Period Begins for USDA’s Reimbursement Transportation Cost Payment Program

    Program Helps Offset Transporting Costs for Farmers and Ranchers Outside the Contiguous U.S.

    HONOLULU, Hawaii, July 9, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Hawaii opened enrollment today for the Reimbursement Transportation Cost Payment Program (RTCP) for fiscal year 2021. The enrollment period begins July 12 and will run through Sept. 3. “RTCP helps U.S. farmers and ranchers offset a portion of the cost of transporting agricultural products over long distances,” said Shirley Nakamura, Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director. “This program helps U.S. farmers and ranchers outside the 48 contiguous states who are at a competitive disadvantage when transporting agriculture products to market.”

    The Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 reauthorized RTCP and allows farmers and ranchers in Alaska, Hawaii and insular areas including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands of the United States, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands and Republic of Palau, to recover any costs to transport agricultural commodities or inputs used to produce an agricultural commodity.

    RTCP payments are calculated based on the costs incurred for transportation of the agricultural commodity or inputs during a 12-month period, subject to an $8,000 per producer cap per fiscal year. If claims for payments exceed the funds available from the program for a fiscal year, payments will be reduced on a pro-rata basis.

    Farmers and ranchers interested in participating in RTCP can obtain applications and other documents by calling toll-free 1-866-794-1079.

    Dave K. Chun
    Senior Policy Advisor
    Congressman Kaialiʻi Kahele (HI-02)
    1205 Longworth House Office Building 202-225-4906


    PDF of this News Release

  • 17 Jul 2021 10:25 AM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    In this study, consuming more coffee, vegetables, and being breast fed as well as consuming less processed meat intake were independently associated with lower odds of COVID-19 positivity.


  • 07 Jul 2021 4:31 AM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    Governor Ige has signed SB855 SD1 HD1 CD1 into law as Act 138 yesterday, Wednesday, June 30.  See the attached Governor’s Message for more information.

  • 07 Jul 2021 4:12 AM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    Please see the PDF for a USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service report release.

    Commercial Agricultural Expansion Survey

  • 04 Jun 2021 8:35 AM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    If growers/workers spray Mycotrol, BotaniGard, Kocide 3000, Badge X2, Serenade and other organic or conventional pesticides, and especially if they will apply Priaxor Xemium, I encourage thier attendance at one of our Worker Protection Standard (WPS) training sessions. Farm workers and handlers should be trained annually in WPS. As part of the Section 18, WPS training is a requirement of Priaxor application on coffee in Hawaii. We have three available training sessions:

    Online WPS Webinar - Wednesday, June 2 at 3:00 PM
    In-person Train the Trainer WPS Workshop at the Kona Cooperative Extension Service - Tuesday, June 8 at 10 AM
    In SPANISH and in-person WPS Workshop at the Kona Cooperative Extension Service - Tuesday, June 8 at 1 PM

    EPA's Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) aims to reduce pesticide poisonings and injuries among agricultural workers and pesticide handlers. Learn (in English and Spanish) about who is covered by WPS, view videos, purchase WPS materials, etc. at 
    http://pesticideresources.org.

    Thank you,
    Andrea Kawabata

  • 24 May 2021 2:23 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)


    https://hawaiicoffeeassoc.org/

    Hawaii Coffee Association

    Member 

    Aloha, HCA Members!

    Our members recently voted for a change to the HCA Bylaws, which would allow for annual membership meetings and Board of Directors elections by electronic means including but not limited to video conferencing. This voting resulted in the approval of the suggested amendment. Thanks to each of you for casting your vote! A special mahalo to Dave Bateman, our bylaws committee chair, for his hard work on managing this process.

    Annual Membership Meeting Notice

    Our 2021 Annual membership meeting will take the form of a webinar on June 24 and 25 during our Virtual Conference. Our team has worked hard to develop a program that addresses the needs of our industry. Please register for the webinar here.

    12th Statewide Cupping Competition

    We are continuing our traditions with the HCA’s 12th Statewide Cupping Competition. Our event coordinator, volunteer staff and the folks at Pacific Coffee Research are working tirelessly to plan and execute this event remotely. Please join us as we celebrate some of Hawaii’s best coffees and recognize the outstanding producers that grow it.

    Virtual Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

    The two-day virtual conference will feature some of the industry’s most prominent leaders, researchers and educators. In conjunction with the webinar, we will be hosting Board Elections and our 12th Annual Statewide Cupping Competition and a Virtual Awards Ceremony. This event will offer an opportunity for your business or organization to show its support for our industry. We respectfully ask you to consider one of the sponsorship levels outlined here. The HCA needs you now more than ever! 

    Recruitment of Directors

    Do you have skills to share? Please help support our industry by volunteering for our numerous projects and committees. We have lots of opportunities, particularly as life returns to normal. Please write to us at contact@hawaiicoffeeassoc.org. Marketing, promotion and fundraising are but a few.

    Please also consider lending your hand to the leadership of the HCA. We will be electing a new Board Of Directors during the Virtual Conference. Please contact our Nominating Committee Chair Tom Greenwell at tom@greenwellfarms.com. The elections will be held via electronic ballot, much like our recent bylaws amendment. Please check your inboxes for further announcements.

    Botanigard and Mycotrol Reimbursement

    This is the LAST quarter of this fiscal year (June 1) to apply for 50% reimbursement for your Botanigard and Mycotrol receipts for July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020. Get your application in soon while the funds are available!! Start online here, or email Melanie Bondera at HDOA.CBB@hawaii.gov for a pdf, or call her at 808-323-7578.

    SB855 Passed

    Our work paid off! SB855 passed both chambers of Hawaii’s state legislature and is waiting for Governor Ige’s signature. This measure extends HDOA’s CBB Pesticide Subsidy Program and expands it to include control for Coffee Leaf Rust. A special mahalo and congratulations to Senate Majority Leader Sen. Dru Mamo Kanuha for his leadership and to all of our friends at the Capitol and Hawaii Department of Agriculture for their unwavering support of our industry. Thanks to all who testified on this and other important legislation. It's important that we make our voices heard!

    Hope to see you at the conference!

    Until then, stay well,

    Christopher A. Manfredi
    President
    Hawaii Coffee Association
    president@hawaiicoffeeassoc.org

  • 21 May 2021 9:06 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    Aloha HCA members,

    On Thursday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved a request from the Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) to allow the use of a specific fungicide to help Hawai`i coffee growers manage and control the coffee leaf rust (CLR), a devastating plant pathogen.

    The fungicide, Priaxor® Xemium, is not currently labeled by the EPA for specific use on coffee plants, but it is allowed for use to control fungi on leafy vegetables, strawberries, tomatoes, soybeans, wheat and many other crops. In March 2021, HDOA filed a request for a specific exemption with the EPA to allow the use of the fungicide on coffee plants. HDOA was notified of the approval of the emergency exemption yesterday which allows the fungicide to be used for up to one year or until use on coffee plants is added to the product label by EPA and the product’s producer.

    The Hawaii Coffee Association wishes to thank the leadership and staff ant Hawaii’s Department of Agriculture, the University of Hawaii CTAHR, the US Environmental Protection Agency, USDA, BASF, The Hawaii Coffee Growers Association, Nutrien and all who contributed to this expedited application and approval. The ability for Priaxor, a translaminar fungicide, to be safely used on coffee is a major milestone in the battle against Coffee Leaf Rust in Hawaii. We have worked long and hard to ensure a rapid approval, timely education, and ensured ample supply of this product locally. We again thank and congratulate all who contributed to this effort.

    PLEASE READ HDOA’s press release here.

    Additionally our members discovered a Prevention and Control of Coffee Leaf Rust handbook that we think will be useful to you. You can view and download it here.

    A big mahalo to our friends at Pacific Coffee Research for locating and sharing this handbook.

    With warm Aloha,

    Christopher A. Manfredi
    President
    Hawaii Coffee Association
    president@hawaiicoffeeassoc.org
    www.hawaiicoffeeassoc.org

  • 10 May 2021 8:16 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    Please see the links below for the recorded presentations on CLR and CBB management. Once you click each link you will be able to see the title and select different presentations to view. There is a lot of really important information in these presentations from many professionals working in these fields. I hope you find the information useful in guiding your management practices. Please share widely with the coffee-growing community.

    Session 1 playlist link:  https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLct6nsPG7uk-7g6LdFjfJsHnxnKsl5H5H

    Session 2 playlist link: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLct6nsPG7uk_cylOzagdKWNZwQq3O1s9T

    Session 3 playlist link: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLct6nsPG7uk9t4-wVqaCtfgHf-TXYn6DV

    Session 4 playlist link: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLct6nsPG7uk-SR1lWlneQCDWhlESf8U2z

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