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  • 29 Oct 2020 5:46 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    In an effort to help connect Hawaii’s coffee producers with buyers, the Hawaii Coffee Association is launching a new website where our members can post ads for their green coffee available for sale.

    This is one of several efforts to support our industry and is the result of numerous hours contributed by HCA volunteers and staff. This comes in the wake of your responses to our member survey relating to the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic.

    Please follow the link below if you wish to post an ad or view ads posted by Hawaii’s coffee producers.

    We welcome your feedback. Please let us know what you think of this platform and share your success stories and suggestions via email at contact@hawaiicoffeeassoc.org

    Thank you for your support!

  • 27 Oct 2020 11:20 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    Here is a link to a news release regarding preliminary test results indicating coffee leaf rust may be on Maui.

  • 26 Oct 2020 3:59 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)


    Innovations for a better world.

    Join us and learn how to bring out the potential in the bean

    Transforming green beans into aroma-filled roasted coffee

    Whether you produce espresso, filter, Turkish or artisan coffee blends, you will benefit from this webinar where our experts will talk about how to gain control over flavor, texture and taste of your final product.

    Speakers

    Oskar Rutishauser
    Sales Account Manager
    Bühler North America

    Andreas Wetzel 
    Head of Business Development Coffee Bühler


    Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020

    Time: 10:00 PM Central Daylight Time

    Duration: 1 hour

    Take a look at this innovative coffee roasting solution 

    RoastMaster Series

    The roasters in the RoastMaster™ Series provide traditional and multistep roasting profiles to capture the full flavor potential of any blend. With four different sizes, from small-scale up to 1 ton per hour, they are suitable for small to medium sized artisan shops and small industrial operations.

    Bühler RoastMaster™ coffee roasters are programmable batch roasters with an integrated touch panel. The proven drum roasting technology of the RoastMaster™ assures uniform and efficient roasting of every bean to create exquisite coffee specialties.

    Bühler Inc.

    13105 12th Avenue North
    Plymouth, MN 55441
    T 763 847 9900

    www.buhlergroup.com

  • 25 Oct 2020 9:31 AM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    Please see the attached memo from HDOA concerning suspected Coffee Leaf Rust discovered on Maui. We will keep you posted on any news relating to this topic.

    Coffee Leaf Rust Memo


  • 22 Oct 2020 7:18 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    Below is an announcement from USDA that the deadline to sign up for WHIP Plus for 2018 and 2019 losses due to flooding, volcanic activity, drought, among others, will be Friday, October 30, 2020. According to the website for eligible counties, Honolulu, Hawaii, Kauai, and Maui counties are eligible for 2018 losses only. No Hawaii counties are eligible for relief for 2019 losses due to natural disasters. Also attached you will find a fact sheet with information about the program.

    USDA Press Release - WHIP
    WHIP Fact Sheet

    USDA also stated that FSA will announce soon the details for producers who experienced quality loss from 2018 and 2019 natural disaster events authorized in appropriations legislation. There will be a separate signup period for producers reporting quality loss. 

    For more information, please visit the farmers.gov WHIP+ webpage.

  • 12 Oct 2020 4:58 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    UPDATE FOR PPP LOANS OF $50,000 OR LESS

    The SBA and Department of Treasury have jointly posted a new rule affecting the forgiveness and loan review processes for borrowers with Paycheck Protection Plan loans of $50,000 or less.  

    These borrowers are now exempt from any reduction in forgiveness based on the reduction in the number of FTE employees or employee salaries or wages. 

    They can also use SBA Form 3508S to apply for forgiveness, unless the borrower and its business affiliates received loans totaling $2 million or more.  Supporting documentation must still be submitted to their lender.  

    The program has expired, so these conditions only apply to existing loans.

  • 19 Sep 2020 10:17 AM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    USDA CFAP Website

    Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) expanded and now includes COFFEE, MAC NUT, LYCHEE, RAMBUTAN, AVOCADO, MANGO, and more.


    Signup for CFAP 2 will begin September 21 and run through December 11, 2020. If your business was affected by the pandemic, and you are eligible for assistance, please sign up as soon as you can from September 21.

    USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus

    President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced up to an additional $14 billion dollars for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup will begin September 21 and run through December 11, 2020, for this next round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program payments (CFAP 2).

    Producers whose agricultural operation has been impacted by the pandemic since April 2020 are encouraged to apply for CFAP 2. Payments will be made for three categories of commodities: Price Trigger Commodities, Flat-rate Crops and Sales Commodities.

    Specialty crops are included in the Sales Commodities category, which also includes aquaculture, nursery crops and floriculture and other commodities not included in the price trigger and flat-rate categories. Payment calculations will use a sales-based approach, where producers are paid based on five payment gradations associated with their 2019 sales. Flat-rate Crops include hemp.

    A complete list of eligible commodities, payment rates and calculations are available on farmers.gov/cfap.

    More information about CFAP 2 is in the full announcement.

    Read the Full Announcement

    CFAP 2 Producer Webinar

    To introduce CFAP 2, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) conducted a producer webinar Sept. 24, 2020 at  3 p.m. ET and discussed the expanded eligibility for certain commodities, new payment categories including a sales-based approach to specialty crops and other specific commodities, and information on how to apply.

    See the Webinar Slides Here

  • 11 Sep 2020 10:38 AM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    Monthly economic indicators report (08-27-20) + COVID 19 resources as of 09/02/20- Maui County Office of Economic Development

    Aloha Maui Community and Business Leaders, 

    Thank you for all you do for our community and your organization while we continue to help each other during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    With the ongoing 14-day quarantine for out-of-state travelers and the return to the two-week quarantine for Neighbor Island travelers, we need to continue following safe practices to reduce the spread of the virus in our community. This includes avoiding crowds, observing physical distancing of 6 to 10 feet, wearing face masks in public, staying home when sick and frequently washing hands. 

    We should also remember to practice “ALOHA” with everyone, while we help each other get through this difficult time to emerge Maui County strong. In this e-mail I have attached the press release on State of Hawaii’s online Safe Travels system that became mandatory effective Sept. 1.

    Please sign up for all types of alerts and updates from the County at https://www.mauicounty.gov/list.aspx

    Click here for the list of resources

    Thank you. Please stay safe and healthy.

    Aloha! 

    Tokie Ogawa
    Business Development Specialist 

    Office of Economic Development

    2200 Main Street, Suite 305

    Wailuku, HI 96793

    direct: 808-270-7415

  • 11 Sep 2020 10:18 AM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    Important Update on Eligibility and Required Documents

    The Holomua Hawaiʻi program is now accepting applications from Sole Proprietors who are not registered with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA). Upates are underlined below.

    Applicant Eligibility Requirements Update

    • Non- profits and Businesses registered with the Hawaiʻi Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA), and Sole Proprietors. 
    • Non-DCCA Registered sole proprietorships that have filed a 2019 IRS Form 1040 Schedule C or F.
    • Must have been established with the State of Hawaiʻi prior to March 23, 2020.
    • Businesses and nonprofits must be located on Hawaiʻi Island, employ residents of Hawaiʻi, and provide direct services to Hawaiʻi Island communities.
    • Must have 50 or fewer employees including full time, part time, and casual. 

    Required Documents Update

    • Note: all required documents should be submitted in pdf or jpg/jpeg format via the Holomua Hawaiʻi online Grant Application.
    • Compliance Certificate or current DCCA Registration for organizations registered with the DCCA.
    • First page of 2019 business tax return or 2019 Schedule C or annual GET reconciliation for 2019 or GET quarterly filings for 2020 (to verify revenue level). 
    • For non-DCCA Registered sole proprietorships, 2019 IRS Form 1040 Schedule C or F, and 2020 quarterly GET filings are required.
    • Copy of most recent payroll register or Form 941 for 2019 (to verify number of employees; not required for sole proprietorship or single member LLC).
    • Completed Federal Form W-9
    • Clear copies of receipts and or cancelled checks for reimbursement.
    • Completed Holomua Hawaii COVID-19 Expense Workbook.
    • IRS Form 8829 – for Businesses with only residential addresses.

    Additional Update - Note that the telephone number for the Hawaiʻi County Employees Federal Credit Union has been corrected to 935-2969.

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