KCFA BOD Meeting
CTAHR Office, Kainaliu
Present : T. Butler, A. Kelleher, B. Corker, M. Moss, C. Smith, L. Hanna, C. Bondera and C. Coleman
Call to Order by at 4:02 PM
Aloha Coffee furnished by Smith Farms
Motion to approve Dec., 2012 minutes was made by M. Moss and seconded by C.Bondera. Motion passed.
Motion to approve Treasurer’s Report was made by ML. Moss and seconded by C. Bondera . Motion passed.
Aloha Theater -T. Butler Paradise Found Farm will be donating coffee for the March production, “The Wizard of Oz”. Kanilana Farm will serve for the “I Hate Hamlet” production in April
Chamber of Commerce Anita Kelleher and ML. Moss will attend the monthly meetings or arrange to have a representative until the next dues are to be paid and we will reassess our participation. C. Coleman will look into the possibility of hosting a C of C event.
COFFEE TALK: A calendar of events will be drawn up with suggestions by board members. Friday, March 8 will be hosted by B. Corker and PBARC on CBB scientific approach.
KONA CULTURAL FESTIVAL - M. Moss - Marylou will connect again with Mel Morimoto and assure him that KCFA can work with KCC, (or anyone), to help with or manage the annual Cupping Contest.
MOTOR TREND MAG. - A. Kelleher- Anita will contact the magazine to arrange a driving tour of one of KCFA coffee farms. Possibilities are CuppaKona and Twigg-Smith.
STARBUCKS- C. Coleman - Christine alerted the BOD to the inferior Kona coffee Starbucks is offering for sale at their local shop. She will notify contacts at Starbucks Seattle office to the poor representation of our local coffee.
Christine is also going to look into the areas of Farm tours, a KCFA coffee label and a marketing Coop.
KCFA LETTER - C. Smith- If approved an official letter will sent to a KCFA member as a reminder that members should not make public statements that misrepresent KCFA public stands.
Pest & Disease- Bob Smith
On Friday March 8th, Bruce Corker has arranged a Coffee Talk presentation with PBARC tentatively entitled: CBB Update. It will be held from 12:30-2:30 at Yano Hall. Just a reminder for those farmers in TMK8-4 (Bruner Road to Tobacco Road in South Kona) be sure to sign up with Pepe Miranda to participate in the SHAC grant. Also strip your trees NOW!
Membership Report February , 2013 Board Meeting and Annual Members Meeting
Report of members who have renewed or joined KCFA
Jan 12, 2013 – Feb 17, 2013
Name City Voting Associate Supporting business Renew / New
Kathy Wood Captain Cook, HI X R
Margo Zink Captain Cook, HI X N
John Redder Captain Cook, HI X R
Marcia Eckert Kailua Kona, HI X N
Sarah Crawford Holualoa, HI X R
Shai Yerlick Holualoa, HI X R
Franz Weber Kailua Kona, HI X Upgraded R
Chang Kim Captain Cook X R
Ken Dorsey Poway, CA X R
Carolyn Wallace Honaunau, HI X R
Jim Wickersham Honaunau, HI X R
Janet Jones Captain Cook, HI X R
Scott Mandel Honaunau, HI X R
Christina Oberg Kailua-Kona, HI X N
Sean Oberg Kailua-Kona, HI X N
Rebecca Logan Aloha Insurance Kailua-Kona, HI X N
John Mankin Kailua-Kona HI X N
Robert Robertson Kailua-Kona HI X N
Paul Sullivan Kailua-Kona HI X N
John Sigurdson Kailua-Kona HI X N
Richard Bronson Kailua-Kona HI X N
Manny Martinez Holualoa HI X N
John Giblin Captain Cook HI X N
Mel McCleary Holualoa HI X N
Herbert Maruyama Kailua Kona HI X N
Mikio Izu Honaunau, HI X R
Ray Anders Captain Cook X R
James Biven Honaunau, HI X R
Jim Hope Honaunau, HI X R
Pat Hope Honaunau, HI X R
Emereck Grossch Captain Cook X R
Barbara Sasaki Kailua-Kona, HI X R
Charles Brown Captain Cook, HI X R
Jason Stith Captain Cook, HI X R
Kollette Stith Captain Cook, HI X N
Brian Axelrod Kealakekua, HI X N
Kurtis Yamauchi Honaunau, HI X R
Lucy Moore Santa Fe NM X R
Stella Bell Honaunau, HI X N
Scott Beattie Kailua-Kona HI X N
Doug Whiting Kailua Kona, HI X N
Carolyn Witcher Holualoa, HI X N
Christopher Au ** ?no contact yet X N
Kathy Fleming Kealakekua, HI X R
Johnsie Sumner Captain Cook X N
Greg Garress ** ? no contact yet X N
Jim Gardner Kealakekua, HI X R
Raymond Salley Captain Cook X N
Bernadette Haleamau-Mason Holualoa, HI X R
Nate Wynn Kailua-Kona X N
Beth Jensen Holualoa, HI X R
Debra Dickens Kailua-Kona X R
Matthew Schneider Honaunau, HI X R
Teddy Yasin *** Kailua-Kona,HI X no email yet N
totals 44 7 3 28 R 26new
Quite a month for memberships.
** We have 2 new members who joined at the Pruning Seminar who I have not been able to contact yet to enter their memberships in our system because the only info I have is a phone number.
***1 new member just joined for whom I have no email address. Still trying to make contact with these folks. But thanks very much to the people who encouraged memberships at the pruning event. _________________________________________________________________________
PR/Newsletter- Anita Kelleher
Press Releases were as follows:
Coffee Pruning Class 1/28
Petition to the Governor 1/30
Upcoming March 8 Coffee Talk 2/17
emailing of February Newsletter
Still setting myself up (Address Book and becoming familiar with who is who) and learning what Clare was doing and thinking about what I can do to expand on her activities. I welcome any suggestions.
Education/Grants (covered in New Business)
It has been suggested that each member of the Board produce one Coffee Talk/year. Coffee Talk is held monthly and encourages new farmers to come and learn and it makes us relevant to our farming community.For Example: At the Pruning Seminar, 4 people paid the $10, 4 people renewed and 5 people JOINED in addition about 25 KCFA members attended. Board Vote needed.
Fundraising/Social Events – M.Moss
Fundraising/Social Committee Report for February 19, 2013
Upcoming events: Kona Brewers Festival is March 9 at Courtyard's King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel luau grounds. KCFA workers will be Jim & Anita Kelleher, Mary Lou Moss & Kathy Wood
Kona Coffee Blossom Banquet - Letters/Request for donations have been sent out and over $5000 worth of donations have been returned. The Banquet Committee continues to meet to discuss details. So far, Meadow Gold and Matson have responded to be sponsors ($500 each).
Kathy Wood, Anita Kelleher and Mary Lou Moss have been meeting to make table decorations out of palm fronds.
Tickets are available for sale for the banquet. Tickets are $45 each and go to $55 after April 1.
3 Raffle tickets will be sold. One each for $100 cash cards from Costco, Target & Home Depot. Tickets will be $5 for 10 tickets. Incentive to buy a table of 8 tickets will be offered. Each person at the table of 8 will be given 10 raffle tickets.
KCFA logo shirts have been ordered to cover the loss of shirts stolen from the EXPO event.
Tickets are available on-line and will be passed out to board members to sell.
On the Social front – BANQUET
That's my story and I'm stickin' to it. Ml
Geographic Identities- C.Bondera
KCFA Geographical Identity (GI) Committee Report – February 17, 2013
Work with the American Origin Products Association (AOPA) has highlighted the need for a consistent and active voice within the realm of political action in Washington, DC. Efforts to be present have been made active by Pat Kole of Idaho Potatoes, Roger Allbee of Vermont and Beth Barham from Arkansas. Efforts are underway to encourage especially the Vermont US Senator, Patrick Leahy, to encourage government entities such as the USDA to acknowledge the importance of geographical identity recognition and program support.
Along these lines, the annual meeting of AOPA is now set to happen on or about June 11-13 in Washington, DC. Perhaps meeting then with Hawaii US Senators to support work at the national level will be able to be scheduled. Further, the AOPA meeting is being set up in association with an educational meeting with European Union office in Washington, DC, as well as a potential trip to France to look at GI production there, sponsored by the French Embassy. It will be asked of the KCFA BOD to support involvement, even though this meeting is less than one year after the 2012 meeting, which was supported by oriGIn…
That said, the annual dues to remain as a member of oriGIn (just over $300) have been paid for 2013, and we are in good standing with that group which works on the international recognition and protection of products such as Kona coffee to retain global recognition as unique and valued realities which should not be lost to corporate generic control which looses the high value of specialty crops, like Kona coffee becoming only as valuable as generic coffee from a coffee machine….
On that note, the General Assembly meeting or oriGIn will be held on May 20-22 in Bordeaux, France. While it is too bad that the meetings in Washington, DC and Bordeaux, France are not better scheduled for the matter of schedules from Hawaii travel, it is still worth efforts to be involved if possible. As Massimo Vittori, oriGIn Managing Director quotes (source unknown), "Some people grin and bear it. Others smile and change it". More on this as the schedules are reviewed and it is determined who can best participate in which activity as AOPA and oriGIn representatives from KCFA.
Remember that to protect (and promote) Kona coffee, we need to work at all levels and with all players, at the same time and diligently!
Legislative Committee Report – for 2/19/13—Bruce Corker
1—Video Testimony—Following up on the 1/31/13 article in West Hawaii Today concerning the limited pilot project for video conference testimony from Neighbor Islands to hearings of the Senate Education, Technology and Arts Committee, KCFA wrote to Senate President Donna Mercado Kim and House Speaker Joseph Souki to request expansion of video testimony to hearings of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees as soon as possible. Written testimony submitted by farmers, unfortunately, is far outweighed by the in-person Honolulu testimony of commercial interests and corporate lobbyists. Farmers need the ability to provide "live" video testimony to Legislative hearings--similar to the testimony we can now provide by video to County Council hearings held in Hilo.
2—SB558 (Fair Labeling)—This bill was sponsored by the Hawaii State Association of Counties and was endorsed by all 4 Hawaii Counties. SB558 would have provided truth-in-labeling for all Hawaii agriculture products (including coffee, honey, macadamia nuts, tea, chocolate, and vanilla) and required a minimum 75% genuine content for “Hawaii Blends”. A hearing on SB558 was held in Honolulu by the Senate Agriculture Committee on February 7, 2013. KCFA Board Member Tom Butler and KCFA Member David Case testified in-person in support of the bill. More than 100 pieces of written testimony were submitted to the Committee. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Committee voted to “defer” (that is, kill) SB558—a disappointing result. The written testimony is VERY INTERESTING, and KCFA Board members are encouraged to review that testimony to get a full picture of the arguments. [Go to the Hawaii Legislature website, enter “SB558”, then click on the link to “Testimony”]. Testifying in support of the bill were more than 30 KCFA members (many thanks to all who submitted testimony); officials of the Hawaii State Association of Counties; County Council members from all 4 Hawaii Counties (including Hawaii County Council Member Karen Eoff); Hawaii tea growers; Hawaii fisherman; Hawaii Farmers Union United; and many others. The opposition was--not surprisingly—dominated by testimony of employees and economic allies of Hawaii Coffee Company (Lion’s Coffee/Royal Kona). Disappointingly, written opposition was also submitted by the Abercrombie Administration (through its HDOA Chair Russell Kokubun); and by Skip Bittenbender of UH-CTAHR.
3—HB353 (CBB Research and Farmer Support)—This bill was introduced by Kona Representative Nicole Lowen and provides for $500,000 for CBB research by the Hilo-based Pacific Basic Agriculture Research Center (part of the US Department of Agriculture) and $330,000 for CBB mitigation. In a meeting in late January with Rep. Lowen, KCFA members emphasized the dire emergency CBB poses for Kona coffee growers; that the State needs to recognize the emergency--and to act accordingly. Rep. Lowen was advised that while an expenditure of $830,000 is supported by the KCFA as a step in the right direction, even more emergency funding is needed—or the Kona coffee may be lost as an economically viable crop.
On February 14, the House Finance Committee held a hearing on HB353. More than 90 separate pieces of written testimony were submitted—all in support of the bill—EXCEPT the testimony of HDOA Chair Kokubun which stated a non-committal “support the intent” position. After the hearing, the Finance Committee stripped out the $500,000 for PBARC research and reduced the mitigation appropriation to $300,000.
The bill will now cross to the Senate where there will be an opportunity coffee farmers to request the Senate Agriculture Committee to restore the original $830,000 called for in Rep. Lowen’s bill—and to urge the Legislature to treat CBB in as an emergency for Hawaii County farmers.
At the meeting a motion was made by B. Corker that KCFA join insigning of a letter addressed to the US Sec. of Agriculture and to the President of the US regarding The CBB problem here in Hawaii and drafted by Suzanne Shriner and B. Corker. The motion was seconded by A. Kelleher and passed unanimously.
-Hawaii Farmers Union United- D. Case
KONA CHAPTER HAWAII FARMERS UNION (January - February Activity)
Thanks to KCFA, the Maui Farmers Union Chapter and a private $100 donation, the Kona Chapter hosted a table at the KCFA Coffee Expo. Our energetic Secretary, Diane Heinlein, used her "connections" and the $100 donation to produce vivid "Putting Farmers First" banners for the table. The Maui Chapter gave us Hawaii Farmers Union United hats and shirts at cost on consignment. David Case and Diane signed up 10 new Union members (including one from Hilo) and sold enough HFUU logo wear to raise a little money for the Kona Chapter. We talked to a lot of farmers and gave out about 50 membership forms.
Working into the legislative session, HFUU and the Kona Chapter testified in Honolulu in support of HB 558, the Hawaii Statewide Association of Counties bill requiring that all agricultural products marketed under the "Hawaii" brand contain 75% Hawaii content. With KCFA's support David along with Tom Butler who represented KCFA were able to testify in person at the Senate Ag. Committee hearing on the bill in Honolulu. Even though over 40 KCFA and Kona HFUU members wrote in to support the bill, "Big Coffee" was able to put a lot more people in the room testifying against the bill, which the Committee indefinitely deferred.
HFUU and the Kona Chapter also submitted testimony in support of HB 353, Nicole Lowens' CBB funding bill. We expressed appreciation for Representative Lowen taking the initiative on this bill, but also noted the need for HDOA to be more proactive if they were really going to help farmers deal effectively with the CBB emergency. Over 80 people testified in favor of the bill and none in opposition. Mahalo to those Kona Chapter and KCFA folks who wrote in to support the measure.
Bruce also pointed out that a similar bill regarding blending of Hawaii products,(this time chocolate) is going through the legislature in the form of SB327
Meeting adjourned at 5:30 PM
Minutes by T. Butler, Secretary