CBB Survey 2016 compared to 2015

FROM: H.C. “Skip” Bittenbender, Ph.D., Extension Specialist for Coffee, Kava and Cacao, Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences CTAHR- College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources ,University of Hawaii at Manoa “This year the survey was sent out by Gwen Hicks (HDOA) as part of the HDOA’s Beauvaria bassiana subsidy project. We- Andrea Kawabata, Stuart Nakamoto, Rob Curtiss,…

Immigration Enforcement on Kona Coffee farms

from your Kona Coffee Farmers Association Immigration Enforcement and You Your workers have rights too.  The large majority of our year-round workers are documented (90% by estimates from local experts in this issue), however, the effects of a raid are chilling on our workforce, regardless of status.  As employers, we should know what their rights…

March 7 Hearing-West Hawaii Civic Center 9 am-Your Help Needed

REMINDER–EXTENSION OF CURRENT HDOA COFFEE GRADE STANDARDS: On March 7, 2017, at 9:00 am at the West Hawaii Civic Center, the Hawaii Department of Agriculture will hold a public hearing on its proposal to extend the “sunset date” for the current grade standards. If the HDOA’s proposed amendments are not adopted, the current standards will…

March 2017 – The Independent Voice

Immigration Policies & the Kona Coffee Industry, Diacetyl – a Chemical Byproduct of Roasting Coffee, Legislative Update (note March 7th Hearing in Kona), EXPO- Looking for Vendors, Build your Export Sales, 2017 Beauveria Subsidies, Slowly Protecting Pure Local Kona, Salute to Supporting Business Member – Gillies Coffee, Recipe: Kona Coffee Brownies with Coffee Ganache

HB186 Testimony Example

Dear Chair Gabbard and Members of the Senate AEN Committee: I am a Kona coffee farmer in the North Kona District of Hawaii Island and am a member of the Kona Coffee Farmers Association.  I strongly support the passage of HB186. The threat of Coffee Berry Borer (CBB) creates a danger that Hawaii-grown coffee will…

Pruning Workshop 2017

WHEN: Saturday, February 11, 2017 WHERE: Bob Nelson’s Farm (turn makai at the Kona Joe’s sign in Kainaliu. Drive down and park in big empty lot on right. Farm is just across.) WHY: Proper Pruning Techniques,Soil Sampling etc. KCFA will be hosting the annual pruning workshop on Saturday 2/11.  Kona farmers Bob Nelson and Bob…