KCFA BOD Meeting
June 17, 2014
CTAHR Office, Kainaliu
Call to Order at 3:00 PM
Present: C.Smith, T.Butler, K. Schweickhard, C. Bondera, K. Goschke, C. Coleman, S. Shriner, B.Corker, A.Kelleher and ML Moss and members David Case and Bryce Decker.
100% Kona coffee provided by B. Corker. Thank you Bruce.
July coffee to be provided by S. Shriner.
A motion was made by C. Bondera and seconded by K. Schweickhard to accept the Treasurer’s Report. Motion passed.
A motion was made by B. Corker and seconded by K. Schweickhard to accept the May, 2014 minutes with corrections to be presented by C.Bondera. Motion passed.
Jen Johansen, an executive for Cyanotech was introduced and made a presentatiion regarding Cyanotech, it's interest in geographical identification and the make up and work of the United Natural Product Alliance of which KCFA is now a member.
.Resolution regarding CBB traps. __
RESOLUTION Recommending Against Use of CBB Traps
WHEREAS, in the fall of 2010, shortly after the presence of Coffee Berry Borer (CBB) was discovered in South Kona by KCFA member Jason Stith, Dr. Eric Jang of the Pacific Basin Agricultural
Research Center (PBARC) advised a group of scientists, coffee farmers and coffee organization representatives at a meeting in Captain Cook that (1) the use of baited traps would not significantly reduce CBB infestation levels, and (2) that traps are not useful in monitoring the presence of CBB in orchards unless the farm has access to the services of a trained entomologist with a microscope; and
Hawaii Department of Agriculture entomologist Rob Curtiss has concurred in the advice of Dr. Jang; and
researcher Luis Aristizabal of the University of Florida has recommended to Kona coffee farmers to use direct observation of coffee cherries as they develop in the orchard by means of the “Thirty Trees Method” as a reliable and cost-effective CBB monitoring system;
communications from governmental entities to Hawaii County coffee farmers about CBB mitigation practices have often suggested the use of traps and often have not communicated the cautionary warnings of Dr. Jang and others about the ineffectiveness of traps for either control or monitoring of
CBB (see, for example, UH-CTAHR’s publication of Recommendations for Coffee Berry Borer Integrated Pest Management in Hawaii 2013”, published June, 2013); and
WHEREAS, for a period of more than 3 years and continuing through the present, many Hawaii County coffee farmers (including some KCFA members) have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in the purchase of traps and attractants, and in the time and expense of servicing and monitoring traps—expenditures of questionable utility, at best;
THEREFORE, ON THE BASIS OF THE FOREGOING, be it resolved that the Kona Coffee Farmers Association:
1--Advises its members that respected scientists have concluded that baited traps are ineffective for control of CBB and are not useful in monitoring infestation rates in coffee orchards;
2—Recommends to KCFA members that they conduct direct monitoring of orchards to determine CBB infestation levels using the “Thirty Trees Method” and that they not waste money or time
17, 2014 by the Kona Coffee Farmers Association’s Board of
2. A motion was made by K. Schweickhard and seconded by ML Moss that S.Shriner present a change of wording clarifying KCFA's position regarding the use of traps for the July BOD meeting.
3. Budget- T. Butler made a motion that was seconded by C.Bondera that the 2014-15 budget discussed earlier be officially approved.
4.CTAHR check- CTAHR paid us $750 for the Educational programs we hosted at the KCFA EXPO. The funds are provided under the USDA LIFE grant for farm extension
1. CBB Task Force- K. Schweickhard – A financial report will be drawn up and distributed to the BOD of the Task Force.
2.Bontanigard Voucher Grant – C. Bondera- Almost 200 farmers attended the two meetings. The Attorney General had qualms about the KCFA membership requirement so a new contract was drawn up withdrawing the membership requirement which was approved and is to signed and notified. Vouchers should again be available next week.
3.Membership- K. Goschke-
A list of new members was brought before the board. There was one questionable application for which additional information will be sought.
4.-Pest & Disease- B. Smith
Now that we are well under way for the current coffee season, all farmers need to be encouraged to not let up on spraying the fungus at least once a month. Suzanne Shriner is doing an excellent job of spreading the word and all of the workshops have been well attended.
On another matter, the Black Twig Borer is especially bad this year,particularly in the Honaunau area. So far my observations and sampling has shown that the fungus has a limited effect on
BTB. So currently we are pretty defenseless against this pest. At least on my farm, BTB is causing more yield loss than CBB. I believe that the KCFA needs to figure out how we can get more
attention from researchers (much like CBB) on figuring out how to combat this pest.
Respectfully submitted, Bob Smith
-PR- A. Kelleher
Aloha All,I sent a Press Release for the CBB Grant and another for the workshops. As always I emailed the Independent Voice to our network of about a 1000 email recipients. Anita
-Education/Coffee Talk– C.Bondera and S.Shriner
Suzanne and Colehour have been busy
-Finance- K. Schweickhard
Draft Budget circulated
-Fundraising- M. Moss -Social Events – M.Moss and C. Coleman
No activity for Social/Events committee – a bit of brain storming for future events.I fulfilled website orders and will be placing a GrainPro bags order soon. I will be out of town from June 18 to July 9. I will be in Seattle and can be reached via e-mail and cell phone 896-4175. (3 hour time difference).
Another excellent edition of our Independent Voice Newsletter put together by Clare Wilson and thanks to all for your contributions!
Website work due to the Grant and its workshops. KCFA Print shop was also
1— 2015 Legislative Session
The Legislative Committee is developing KCFA’s objectives for the upcoming 2015 Legislative session—and encourages KCFA members to provide input.
2--Coffee Standards Amendments – HDOA Ignores Coffee Farmer Concerns
In developing amended Coffee Standards over the past 2 years, the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) has ignored concerns repeatedly raised by Kona coffee farmers about the serious negative impacts the proposed amendments would impose on small-scale coffee farms.
Prior to the public hearing held in Kona on October 10, 2013, KCFA sent the HDOA a written statement of 9 specific changes to the proposed amendments that would reduce the adverse impacts on farmers. At the October 10 hearing a number of KCFA members gave testimony asking that these items of concern be addressed in further discussions between HDOA and the KCFA
Following the October hearing, the HDOA failed to include the KCFA and KCFA members in the rulemaking process in any way. Despite repeated requests, the HDOA failed to provide KCFA with any advanced notice of consideration of the Coffee Standards amendments by the Board of Agriculture on February 24, 2014.
The HDOA also failed to give to the KCFA, and to small scale Kona coffee farmers, any notice of the review of the amendments by the Small Business Regulatory Review Board (SBRRB) meeting on March 19, 2014. This SBRRB meeting was required by State law which provides that agencies (like the HDOA) adopting or changing administrative rules must present evidence to the SBRRB that the agency has determined (1) whether there would be adverse effects on small businesses (like small coffee farmers); and (2) if so,whether less restrictive alternatives could be implemented. Without the presence of farmers at the March 19 SBRRB meeting, the HDOA mischaracterized and/or failed to mention important suggestions that KCFA had presented in October.
After learning about the March 19 SBRRB meeting, KCFA President Cecelia Smith sent a written communication to the SBRRB requesting that it re-open the Coffee Standards issues so that the adverse impacts and less restrictive alternatives suggested by small coffee farmers could be adequately considered. The SBRRB granted this request and scheduled a “re-review” of the Coffee Standards amendments for its May 21, 2014 meeting—and granted KCFA’s requests to send
representatives to participate in that meeting. The scheduling of the “re-review” indicates, at a minimum, substantial concern on the part of SBRRB as to the HDOA procedures and actions.
At the May 21 SBRRB meeting in Honolulu, KCFA members Colehour Bondera and Joachim Oster gave testimony as to the adverse effects on farmers and less restrictive alternatives that had been ignored by HDOA’s presentations at the prior meeting. The Board members thanked Colehour and Joachim for their participation and indicated that the SBRRB would be amending its procedures to encourage direct input from small businesses on future proposed administrative rules changes.
Surprisingly and apparently as the result of communications from the HDOA, Jim Wayman and Roger Kaiwi (both employees of the Hawaii Coffee Company/Paradise Beverages/Topa Enterprises corporate conglomerate), together with 6 other allied individuals, showed up at the meeting and asked that amendments be left as drafted by the HDOA–without addressing KCFA’s suggestions for minimizing the adverse impacts on the business interests of small coffee farms.
On June 13 an SBRRB spokesperson sent KCFA a memorandum noting that the Governor had already approved the amended Coffee Standards rules and that the SBRRB had taken no formal action based on the “re-review”. The memorandum observed that the “SBRRB is committed to enhancing the regulatory climate for small business” and pointed out that law creating the SBRRB authorizes the filing of formal petitions by small businesses objecting to rules that adversely affect small business interests.
by the Legislative Committee
-Membership - K. Goschke
ED.Note: Has been active at each workshop and busy sending out
timely Member sign-ups.
HFUU President’s Update
June 2014-HFUU News: Contributed by David Case is here
Subject: KCFA Geographical Identity Committee
The KCFA Geographical Identity Committee has continued with efforts with American Origin Products Association (AOPA). AOPA was represented at a May 20, 2014 meeting in Washington, DC put on by oriGIn to discuss trade agreements (TTIP negotiations).
The presentation by AOPA Executive Director, Beth Barham, at the International Appellation of Origin Seminar at the event by the Tequila Regulatory Council, in Guadalajara,Mexico was June 4-8 and was attended by trade representatives of the US government as well.
The educational efforts around the country regarding origin products (funded by the European Union [EU]) are happening with the next one in Burlington,Vermont on June 19, and with others potentially involving KCFA sending coffee for display and/or representation.
Annual dues for KCFA membership in AOPA are due and the request for payment form will be submitted to Kurt prior to the end of fiscal year.
Finally, note that the future budget will include sending of a representative (likely Colehour Bondera) to one of the EU events in the coming year (specifically the one in February, 2015 in Washington, DC seems like a good plan.)
KCFA Geographical Identity Chair
Adjourned at 4:58 PM
Minutes recorded by Sec. T. Butler