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  • 29 Oct 2020 8:16 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    Attached is an alert concerning a tentative identification of coffee leaf rust (CLR) on Hawaii Island.  In summary, a sample of a rust fungus collected at a residence in Hilo, Hawai`i Island, has been tentatively identified by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service in Hilo as coffee leaf rust (CLR). Samples will be sent to the USDA National Identification Services to confirm the identity of the causal agent. If confirmed, this will be the first detection on that island.

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


    Kevin M. Hoffman, Ph.D.
    Plant Industry Administrator/State Plant Regulatory Official
    Hawaii Department of Agriculture
    Phone:  808-973-9530 (main office)
    Direct:  808-973-9535

  • 29 Oct 2020 7:47 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

    In the light of the current events regarding the coffee leaf rust discovery on Maui, it is encouraged for Coffee Growers to carry the USDA's crop insurance, and it is even more important to do so now. Disease that cannot be controlled is a covered cause of loss.

    Here is a current Coffee Flyer that summarizes the program and provides cost and coverage examples on the reverse with the Coffee Tree specific information highlighted.

    It is easy to apply for coverage for both Coffee Trees and Cherry production. For help with the application process or any other crop insurance related questions, reach out to Bonnie at Lind Insurance Services at, 888-276-7728 toll-free or 559-285-8973 cell phone (call or text).

  • 29 Oct 2020 7:45 PM | Alla Kostenko (Administrator)

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    Help Available from USDA to Apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2

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    At USDA, we are committed to helping you complete program applications, and USDA’s Farm Service Agency staff can help guide you through the process of applying for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2), including preparing and submitting required paperwork. There is no need to hire a paid preparer.

    Additionally, translation services are available in all USDA Service Centers, so one-on-one assistance with a Service Center employee can be translated in real time. To find the nearest USDA Service Center, visit

    A call center is also available for producers who would like additional support with the CFAP 2 application process. Please call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance. The call center can provide service to non-English speaking customers. Customers will select 1 for English and 2 to speak with a Spanish speaking employee. For other languages, customers select 1 and indicate their language to the call center staff to be connected to an over-the-phone translation service.

  • 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

    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)

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    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.


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    Sales Account Manager
    Bühler North America

    Andreas Wetzel 
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    Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020

    Time: 10:00 PM Central Daylight Time

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  • 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 WHIP+ webpage.

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


    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.

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