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  • 18 Jan 2021 12:53 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

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    THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2021 9:30AM

    Teleconferencing via ZOOM 




    o   HDOA


          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.


          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


    o   USDA


          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 


           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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  • 07 Jan 2021 6:34 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

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    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2021 9:30AM

    Teleconferencing via ZOOM 



    o   Scott Enright - ag consultant

    o   Iokepa Command - works for Senator Kanuha


    o   HDOA


          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


          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


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  • 19 Dec 2020 10:14 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Agricultural Producers and Small Rural Businesses Develop and Market New Products

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2020 – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand today invited applications for grants to help agricultural producers and small rural businesses develop and market new products.

    Approximately $33 million in grants is available under the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program. The Agency may also utilize any funding that becomes available through enactment of fiscal year (FY) 2021 appropriations.

    The grants may be used to develop new products from raw agricultural products or to promote new markets for established products. Veterans, socially-disadvantaged groups, beginning farmers and ranchers, operators of small- and medium-sized family farms and ranches, and farmer and rancher cooperatives are given special priority.

    USDA encourages applications that will support recommendations made in the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB) to help improve life in rural America.

    Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that provide measurable results in helping rural communities build robust and sustainable economies through strategic investments. Key strategies include:

    • Achieving e-Connectivity for Rural America
    • Developing the Rural Economy
    • Harnessing Technological Innovation
    • Supporting a Rural Workforce
    • Improving Quality of Life  

    For additional information, see the notice in the Federal Register.

    If you’d like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.

  • 16 Dec 2020 8:20 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    From: Joan Obra
    Vice President: United Ka'u Farmers Cooperative
    Partner: Rusty's Hawaiian and Isla Custom Coffees

    RE:  Zoom Meeting on Soil Health
    Date and Time: Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, at 2:30 pm. 

    Since the arrival of Coffee Leaf Rust (CLR) in Hawaii, farmers have been told that maintaining healthy trees is key to fighting this pest. But tree health depends on soil health — and the copper-based fungicides for CLR pose certain challenges to our soils. 

    What’s a farmer to do? Join us for this Zoom webinar to discover good-management practices for copper fungicide use. You’ll hear a review of scientific literature about these fungicides and their residual effects. And you’ll learn about SOLVITA soil-respiration test kits, a tool that measures chemical and biological soil parameters. Your instructor is Dr. Melanie Willich, The Kohala Center’s 
    Director of Applied ʻĀina-Based Agriculture.

    Register in advance for this meeting:  
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    Thank you,
    Joan Obra
  • 02 Dec 2020 7:06 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

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    Teleconferencing via ZOOM 



    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


    o   HDOA

          Meeting twice per week


          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


          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


          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


    o   USDA...

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  • 01 Dec 2020 9:02 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.



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

  • 24 Nov 2020 6:22 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    Coffee Leaf Rust (CLR) has infested Hawai‘i island and Maui.  The Hawai‘i Board of Agriculture Chairperson has issued an interim rule restricting the movement of coffee and other CLR carriers from Hawai‘i island and Maui.  The interim rule goes into effect on Friday, November 20, 2020.  For more information, please see the attached news release.  For additional detail about the restrictions, the interim rule may be found at:


    County of Hawaii

    Department of Research and Development

    Marcia Yoshiyama

    Economic Development Technician

    County of Hawaii 

    Department of Research and Development

    25 Aupuni Street, Room 1301

    Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720

    Direct Line: (808) 961-8085


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