Hawaii Coffee Association

August Newsletter

Aloha HCA Members & Friends,

It's been an eventful summer for our industry and we would like to share with you a few updates and resources that might be useful to you.

We would like to remind you that we regularly share coffee related news, updates and resources on our website. Recently we added a dedicated Coffee Leaf Rust page to help you navigate through this topic with ease. We recommend adding these pages to your bookmarks, so you can check them regularly.
Our Coffee Marketplace is now live and our social-media campaign is driving potential customers to it from several West Coast cities. We are also testing responses from Dallas, Atlanta, Boston and New York. If you'd like to add your company, please complete this form.
HCA hosted a virtual conference in June and we had a very positive response from our attendees on topics we covered in this event. We have posted presentation recordings and slides on our website and you may see them here.
Governor Ige has signed SB855 SD1 HD1 CD1 into law as Act 138 earlier this summer. See his message here for more information.

The HCA wishes to thank all the legislators, staff and testifiers who supported the measure. Mahalo nui loa to Senator Kanuha for introducing the bill and seeing it cross the finish line. We send another special mahalo to Hawaii’s Department of Agriculture for their unwavering support.

Coffee Farmers:  If you had purchases for Coffee Leaf Rust pesticides on the HDOA-approved list from 7/1/20-6/30/21, they will be eligible for 50% reimbursement in addition to your BotaniGard/Mycotrol receipts. The program is still being set up, so hold off a few months to apply. If you don't yet have CLR, but have CBB pesticide receipts from this timeframe, start your application here. For eligible receipts, farmers can receive up to $600 per acre with a cap of $6,000 per farm business for both CBB and CLR pesticides, with a $12,000 max. For further questions, contact Melanie Bondera, CBB-CLR Pesticide Subsidy Program Coordinator or 808-328-7578.
Message from University of Hawaii CTAHR:

UH Covid-19 Agriculture Needs Assessment Follow-up 2021

The past year has brought significant changes to daily life around the world and to the agriculture industry in Hawaiʻi. Fluctuating prices, changes in marketing strategies, supply chain disruptions, and others have contributed to making the sustainability of the Ag sector more challenging.

To address these challenges, a short needs assessment was circulated in April 2020. At that time, it was not clear how long the COVID-19 pandemic would last. We are conducting this follow-up survey to understand the impacts of the pandemic over the past year. This evaluation also focuses on the immediate needs of producers across the state of Hawaiʻi in order to inform extension agents and CTAHR administration how we may best focus our work to meet current challenges.

The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Your participation in this project is completely voluntary. You may stop participating at any time if you wish. We believe there is little to no risk involved in participating in this evaluation. Please complete the Survey Here.
Stay well,

Christopher A. Manfredi
Hawaii Coffee Association
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