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  • 21 Jan 2021 7:33 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    The HCA, Synergystic Hawaii Agricultural Council (SHAC) and the Hawaii State Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) held the first-ever Taiwan Virtual Coffee Mart in mid-November.

    The event connected HCA members with members of the Taiwan coffee industry.  More than 30 coffee professionals attended on location in Taipei to learn about Hawaii’s distinct growing regions, diverse coffee varietals and innovative processing methods.  The event succeeded in showcasing both Hawaii's historical coffee tradition and a sense of growth and dynamism that mirrors the growing worldwide specialty coffee industry.  

    The event was part of the Market Access Program (MAP) grant that the HCA, via SHAC, has been granted to explore and grow exports of Hawaiian coffee to our target markets of Taiwan, China & Hong Kong.   We will continue to keep you updated on the MAP marketing events planned for 2021 and beyond.

    Here is the link to the Youtube copy of the 2020 Virtual Trade Show.

    Ralph Gaston
    HCA Representative for SHAC
    ralphgaston@islacoffees.com

  • 20 Jan 2021 4:41 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

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


  • 20 Jan 2021 4:30 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    Please click here to see the PDF file with details about the CFAP 2 - Round 2 program. Click here to get help applying.

  • 18 Jan 2021 4:37 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    View the meeting recording here. The passcode for recording is c=u#u&8t

    For complete copy of meeting notes, click here.

    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

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

    View the meeting recording here. The passcode for recording is #hhj.2hF

    For complete copy of meeting notes, click here.

    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...

    For complete copy of meeting notes, click here.

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

    View the meeting recording here. The passcode for recording is #hhj.2hF


    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

    For complete notes, click here.

  • 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:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUsdeGtpjksHdfoVQpeR4ZEmnxOVcxCPHr0  
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


    Thank you,
    Joan Obra
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