3:00 Call to Order
Aloha Coffee Service- R. Phillips- Thank you!
June 16, 2015- C. Bondera
General**Larry Nixon - MacFarms (10 minutes)
-Review and Approval of April 21, 2015 Meeting Minutes –B. Corker
-Treasurer’s report- Treasurer K. Schweickhard
New Business Final Budget Review-K.Schweickhard
Slow Food-Ark of Taste- Branding Committee- C. Smith
Board Development Committee- T. Butler
CBB TF Report- K. Schweickhard
HANO Workshop June 30-C. Smith
Kona Heritage/Guatemala Trip- C. Bondera
KCFA Membership Chair- Donna Meiners
COMMITTEE REPORTS for May 19, 2015
Education – Bondera and Shriner
Executive Committee (Pres. V-Pres, Sec. Treas. and Past-Pres.)
Finance - K. Schweickhard
April Balance Sheet, April Profit and Loss and FR2015-2016 Budget Summary was circulated to the Board via email
Fundraising/Social Events - Coleman & Kelleher
Kona Heritage – C. Bondera Received May 17, 2015
*Branding –Corker and Smith
Membership request: Become a member of Slow Food USA and support the Ark of Taste at the national and international level. Slow Food Mission: “Conviviality is central to our mission. We are a global community, connecting people to the land and to each other through local projects, educational events, and shared meals. We become catalysts for change by sharing the joy of Slow Food and prioritizing wholesome living over convenience.”
Branding Committee would like Kona Coffee to be nominated to the “Ark of Taste” because Kona coffee fits the Bill: ”good, clean and fair food for all.”.
Legislative Committee Report--for 5/19/15
1—HAWAII SENATE LEADERSHIP COUP
On May 5 at the end of the 2015 Legislative Session, there was a takeover of the Hawaii State Senate leadership by a faction of senators who are friendly to big business and big agriculture. Senate President Donna Mercado Kim was deposed and she was replaced by Sen. Ron Kouchi.
The most significant immediate impact for coffee farmers was the removal by the takeover faction of Hawaii County Senator Russell Ruderman as Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. During the 2015 Session, Sen. Ruderman had taken strong stands in support of family farmers—including sponsorship of SB594 which would have put an end to the use of the words “Kona Blend” on packages of 90% foreign-grown coffee.
The new leadership faction has also diminished the importance of agriculture by abolishing the Agriculture Committee and consigning agriculture matters to a new Water, Land and Agriculture Committee. The Chair of this new committee is Sen. Mike Gabbard who has not been supportive of the interests of coffee farmers.
This Senate coup is a disappointing development.
2—HOUSE BILL 482--HDOA B. BASSIANA SUBSIDY PROGRAM
HB482 has been passed by the Legislature and sent to the Governor to sign or veto.
The background on the bill is as follows: Last year HB1514 was enacted into law. That 2014 law (1) mandated the HDOA to create and directly administer a B. bassiana subsidy program for coffee farmers; (2) appropriated $500,000 for the 2014-2015 fiscal year for the HDOA to implement the subsidy program; and (3) authorized the hiring of a temporary specialist for the program.
This year’s bill (HB482) bill makes a minor amendment to last year’s measure—but raises a host of questions. The amendment authorizes the hiring of a temporary “manager” to run the program (as contrasted with a “specialist”) and authorizes up to $50,000 in salary and $25,000 in fringe benefits for the manager position. The questions raised are:
**What has HDOA done in the past year to implement the Legislature’s mandate?
**How much, if any, of the $500,000 appropriation for FY2014-15 has HDOA used this year? Is the unspent portion lost for this subsidy program at the close of the fiscal year—6/30/15?
**Did the HDOA use the $50,000 allocated by the HB1514 to hire a “specialist” to implement the program during the past year? If so, who was that specialist?
**What funds have been allocated for this CBB subsidy program for the upcoming 2015-2016 fiscal year?
To review HB1514 go to http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/bills/HB1514_CD1_.htm
To Review HB482 go to http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/HB482_CD1_.HTM
Met with Donna Meiners who has agreed to become the KCFA Membership Chair . Lucky us! When I asked her formally- she replied with one word- “YES!!”
New Members: Active Voting: Bill Dwyer (Kona Mountain Coffee), Tek Deniz and Alex Shear from Workshop; and from website- Frederick Fox, Keith Briggs, and Bruce Craven. Supporting: Tony Savarese, Associate: Howard Stand- many renewals
Total Members: 364- (Active: 287, Supporting: 33 and Associate: 44)
PR/Marketing- Kelleher & Coleman
I sent the newsletter and put workshop in About Town.
Pest & Disease-B. Smith
*CBB Task Force-K. Schweickhard-will give oral report at the Board Meeting
Posted: Board Access only Budget documents, US Ag. Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden’s Kona visit- photos and Op-Ed piece, posted Selecting Workshop and sent out 2 emails to Members, Updated with our Programmer- the Classified pages to something much better, Posted and emailed to Member, The May- The Independent Voice, answered emails of Members, including info LogIns. Helped 4 people by doing their Grant Application-
Board Development- Executive Committee
HDOA Grant- C. Bondera