November 2, 2020 SPECIAL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
KCFA Special Board of Directors Meeting Via Zoom Because of Coronavirus
IN ATTENDANCE: Board Members: Barbara Anderson, Colehour Bondera, Bruce Corker, Chet Gardiner, John Koontz, Jim Monk, Sandra Scarr, Cea Smith. Absent: John Zulkowski. Also in attendance: Susanne Shriner.
Call to Order: 4:03 pm
Colehour opened by noting that the special meeting had been called by the Executive Committee at a meeting on 10/30/20—with the topic being the discovery of Coffee Leaf Rust (CLR) on Maui and in East Hawaii. The question presented was, How does KCFA proceed to address the CLR threat? Colehour described the need for KCFA and Hawaii coffee farmers from other regions to have a presence and direct voice in meetings with scientists and government agencies that are developing plans for addressing CLR in Hawaii—and the need to get CLR information to our members. A suggestion as a first step coming from the Executive Committee was a Zoom presentation on Thursday, November 5 to provide an introductory overview on CLR to members.
Next, Suzanne provided a review of recent activity and actions of various entities that have begun to consider CLR. HDOA: surveying Ka’u and Kona for possible CLR presence; may take up to 3 months for HDOA to implement a quarantine of coffee movement from Maui and Hilo into Kona and other districts—unless the Governor issues an emergency proclamation. USDA/APHIS: There is $25 million in an APHIS fund for eradication of ag pests and diseases. HDOA must request allocation from the fund. There are 10 fungicides approved by USDA for use on coffee in Hawaii—and more may be added. CTAHR: Coffee Farmers should be seeking to have more resources directed to extension assistance with CLR. PBARC: Lisa Keith and Tracy Matsumoto will be useful resources for developing strategies for combating CLR. HCA: Holding weekly meetings on CLR and Suzanne suggests that it would be good to have a KCFA representative join these meetings. SHAC: Luis Aristizabal is on staff and available to give CLR presentations.
There followed an extended discussion of organizing an initial introductory Zoom presentation on CLR for KCFA members—with possible invitation of coffee farmers from other growing regions to join—for November 5, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Suggestions were offered for 2 to 3 potential speakers. John Koontz and Colehour will organize the event and send out notices to KCFA and others. There was agreement that this presentation will likely be the first of additional Thursday presentations on CLR.
The meeting closed with an observation from Colehour that Guatemala Typica (from which Kona Typica evolved) is producing coffee in Guatemala many years after CLR was found there—and that one of KCFA’s goals in addressing CLR should be the preservation of Kona Coffee’s Typica heritage.
Meeting adjourned: 5:03 pm
Submitted by Bruce Corker, Secretary