KCFA BOD Meeting
CTAHR Office, Kainaliu
Call to Order at 3:10 PM
Present: T. Butler, C. Smith, K. Schweickhard, B. Corker, C. Bondera, K.
Goschke. S. Shriner and ML Moss and member David Case.
100% Kona coffee provided by C. Smith. Thank you Cea.
May coffee to be provided by A. Kelleher
A suggestion was made by B. Corker that the Educ. Committee workshops be referred to as the KCFA’s branded name, “Coffee Talk”. This was agreed upon.
A motion was made by ML Moss and seconded by C. Bondera to accept the March, 2014 minutes. Motion passed. A motion was made by ML Moss and seconded by S. Shriner to accept the Treasurer’s Report.Motion passed.
June 8 Social Event: ML Moss
ML is working on securing a caterer and on details of the planned event.
Legislature: B. Corker
A motion made by B. Corker that KCFA join the Hawaii Chapter of the United Natural Products Alliance was seconded by S. Shriner. Motion passed.
Bruce also suggested that we accept an invitation by the President of Cyanotech to
visit the plant on May 29 and that we offer membership to KCFA to the
Cyanotech Corp. Both suggestions were agreed upon.
Restaurant Recognition Redux; C. Smith
K. Schweickhard will call our present list of restaurants serving 100% Kona Coffee to update the list. Other suggestions were made to publicize them via the KCFA web
site and the Independent Voice newsletter.
Rules Change(Jeri Kahana)
Discussion was held about the pending changes to inspection of green coffee and its effect on small farmers. Aletter will be sent by the KCFA president to the governor's office
as a request to Gov. Abercrombie, and cced to W. Enright, Chair of the Hawaii Dept of Ag. asking the Gov. to hold off on even thinking of signing in the new Changes to the Coffee Rules Standards because we asked to be kept up to date and we were not. Now it is on the Governor's desk to be signed. Copied to Barbara Dalton the Gov.'s rep for West Hawaii asking her to be "heads up" on our email to the Governor..
CBB Task Force: David Case
A $480,000 USDA past grant and a $150,000 current grant is proposed to be used for
distribution of Botanigard and Mycontrol directly to small farmers as a 50% subsidy through the HDOA, using private contractors. The money will also be used to create a new full time CBB position for CTAHR.
The BOD discussed our recent request of the Task force, as one of the seven board members to supply us with a financial report. A letter is to be written by KCFA Pres. C. Smith to Wayne Katayama, CBB Task Force president requesting information about financial questions that were not answered in a request dated February 26, 2014 that
Bruce sent to David Case. David Case then asked Dave Bateman theTreasurer of the CBB Task Force and Bateman said he did not have to divulge it /or //something//along those lines./
HFUU: D. Case
HFUU has spent time and money in support of KCFA positions. They were active in the termination of SB111 and in opposition to SB2913
COMMITTEE REPORTS for April 15, 2014 Board Meeting
-Membership - K. Goschke
324 Total Current Members
243 Voting Farmers , 37 Business ,44 Associates
Kally Goschke , Membership Chair
-PR- A. Kelleher
I sent out the newsletter this past month.
-Education/Coffee Talk– C.Bondera and S.Shriner
Wednesday 5-6:30- email sent to Members.
-Finance- K. Schweickhard
April’s Balance Sheet and March’s Profit and Loss Statement have been circulated to each Board Member.
Social Events – M.Moss and C. Coleman
Events/Social Report I sent an e-mail to David Rees-Thomas (our Banquet Auctioneer) telling him that we will not be having a banquet this year. I would like to invite him and his wife as our guest at our June 8th Social Event if no one has any objections.
Our Social event on Sunday, June 8th is progressing nicely. Jon Lomberg has agreed to speak to KCFA members for about 20 minutes. In return, he will be happy with 15 lbs of Kona Coffee. We can do this one of two ways, I can collect green and roast & package it in our KCFA label, or we can collect the 15 lbs from our farmers with their individual labels. I have contacted a student from the Culinary School who is delighted to provide us with any type of food service that we would like at a very reasonable rate. Internet orders have been slow this month. ML
-Geographic Identities- C.Bondera
Products Association is considering signing a Memorandum of
Understanding with French group and government representatives to
indicate the desire to coordinate and collaborate internationally
among GI efforts within the two countries. Hope continues for the next Hawaii legislative session (based on what was introduced and then pulled this last session) that state recognition of "origin" can and will include and better protect Kona coffee.
A series of webinars (which happen live around the country so people can attend sometimes) have begun on the GI topic. They can be reviewed or signed up for at www.aopcentral.us website.
As a side note, be advised that the grant request to the HDOA for distribution of Beauveria
bassiana is still being considered despite some paperwork difficulties with correct history of forms on file being up to date… This will be decided during April, so we will know by our May meeting!
Chair, Geographical Identity Committee
-Newsletter-Clare Wilson- The April 2014 Independent Voice was published. Another excellent edition, thank you editor Clare Wilson.
$3 Million Proposal for CBB Mitigation—HB1514: This bill was introduced by Kona Representative Nicole Lowen. As originally drafted, the bill provided for a $3million appropriation to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) for control and mitigation of coffee berry borer (CBB). The KCFA has supported the bill—with a strong recommendation that the appropriation be used to subsidize farmer costs for purchasing Beauvaria bassiana, and that the HDOA directly administer the subsidy program—rather than have the HDOA sub-contract out the program to private organizations. Unfortunately, after 6 legislative committee hearings, the $3 million for CBB mitigation has been replaced with a “blank” amount—with the amount to be determined in later.
Informal reports indicate that there is a significant likelihood that the CBB subsidy amount may be cut by more than half. Review of written testimony to the Senate Agriculture and Energy Committees’ hearing on March 13 indicates a major reduction in funding was supported by the Honolulu blenders and their allies. HB1514 appearsto be headed to a Senate/House conference committee where the“blanks” will be filled in. As indicated in the written testimonies of many KCFA members, if the Legislature is serious about saving Hawaii coffee as an economically viable crop, Rep. Lowen’s proposal of a $3 million appropriation is a minimal first step in the right direction.
Roast Coffee Grades/Criminal Penalties—SB2913:
Earlier versions of this bill (strongly supported by the Honolulu blenders and their allies) would extended as yet unwritten and undisclosed rules for grading of Hawaii-grown roasted coffee—with Class C Felony sanctions for any improper labeling. At a hearing
before the House Consumer Protection and Judiciary Committees on March 28, Bruce Corker (on behalf of KCFA) and David Case (on behalf of the Hawaii Farmers Union) testified that the bill would impose burdensome and unnecessary requirements (and potential criminal penalties) on KCFA members who roast their own coffee in Kona.
They also testified that, ironically, the bill totally failed to address deceptive and false labeling of foreign-grown coffee in packages using the names “Hawaii”, “Hawaiian”, “Kona” or other Hawaii place names. After the hearing, the House Committees passed out a dramatically different version of the bill (SB2913/SD1/HD1). This latest version no longer mentions grade standards for roasted coffee. Instead it provides for new penalties for violations of the existing roasted coffee labeling law (HRS 486-120.6). It imposes
civil fines of from $1000 to $25,000 for labeling violations “for less than one hundred pounds of Hawaii-grown roasted or instant coffee” and Class C felony penalties for more than “one hundred pounds”. This new version creates as many questions and concerns
as the earlier versions. SB2913 will now go to a Senate/House Conference
Committee. There is substantial uncertainty about what may emerge from Conference Committee deliberations. SB2913 is a bad bill, but the Honolulu blenders have flexed their political muscle push it this far.
Some work was done by the programmer to update the security vulnerability and a technical fix for the relentless/inventive spammers. (We get over 200 spams a day, most
caught by our Akismet program for which we pay $5 per month.) FYI: We average 150 looks at our site daily. The top hits are in this order:
#1) HOME page, #2)KCFA BOD, #3) current Newsletter, #4) CBB IPM
2014 and #5) 2013 Restaurant Recognition Roster.
Adjourned at 4:55 PM Minutes recorded by Sec. T. Butler