Coffee Berry Borer Survey

CBB Survey (printable document) 


                CBB “Talk Story” Survey- Kona Coffee Farmers Association
           Please scan completed form to: info@KonaCoffeeFarmers.org with the subject                     line:CBB Survey or bring to CBB Talk Story Session on June 21, Thursday, from 3:30-5 pm at CTAHR, Kainaliu.

                                                                   Fill out below.
Location

Farm Location:   N. Kona___ Mid Kona ___ S. Kona ____

Farm Elevation:  <1,000 ft.___ 1000-1200ft.___1300-1500ft.___1,500ft.+_____

What are you doing to Combat CBB?

                                                           YES                       NO
Nothing                                              ____                     ____

Strip Trees                                        ____                     ____

Traps                                                 ____                     ____

Spray                                                 ____                     ____

 If spraying, how often?

Once ___
Weekly___
Every 2 weeks___
Monthly___
Every 2 months___

What are you spraying?
                                                            YES                   NO
Fungus                                               ____                  ____
Magick Solution                                 ____                  ____
Provado                                             ____                  ____
Dipel                                                  ____                   ____
Other?__________________________________________________

Roughly, what would you estimate the % Damage on your farm?
<5% ____
5-10%  ____
11-20% ____
21-35% ____
> 35%   ____

Have you noticed any effect on Black Twig Borer from Spraying?
Yes ___
No___
Don’t notice___

Mahalo !  KCFA Pest & Disease Committee

 

June 2012 Newsletter

The Independent Voice
Newsletter of the Kona Coffee Farmers Association                                           June 2012
PO Box 5436 Kailua Kona Hawaii 96745 USA                               www.konacoffeefarmers.org    info@konacoffeefarmers.org

Contents

Message from President
Legislative Update
Agricultural Theft Presentation
Kona Coffee Does Not Stand Alone
Be One – Bring One
Seahorse/Lobster Tour – June 12
New Member Barbeque – August 19
EDITOR:  Clare Wilson


“The Importance of Being Earnest” – about Coffee Farming
Driving the 1.75 miles up from Mamalahoa to my house, I see over 18 different coffee farms.  Some are healthy, but others scream a lack of vigor, and on our road… too little fertilizer seems to be the most prevalent issue on the poorer farms.  Like feeding a child to grow healthy, skimping on fertilizer makes for sad growth.  Another problem is not pruning regularly which makes for bushy out of whack plants and more importantly… growth which blocks the valuable light to create strong and healthy limbs (bones) for the plant’s Future Growth.  The last problem I see is an overuse of Round-Up, etc. – which makes the soil look quite dead. It means the roots of coffee trees which are close to the surface can’t possibly get what they need.  Healthy land and healthy plants means healthy potential.

To be earnest means to consistently do the right thing every year so that when Mother Nature has given us adequate moisture in years like this, your coffee trees can attempt to fulfill their destiny, even in spite of pests.
For this elevation (1900 feet) and exposure (South Kona), if I would dare suggest to my neighbor farmers:

Fertilizing
whether organic or inorganic should be done when plants are actively growing and perhaps 2- 3 times year April, June and September depending on the rains. Use a good fertilizer like:  15.5.25 or 10.5.20 or 12.4.22 and adequately apply evenly and not just at the base of the tree.  The roots extend out approximately as far as the branches do. Don’t hold back on their nutrition.

Pruning takes place from about January thru April.  Wait for the rains to come because pruning stimulates growth. Pruning under dry conditions will stress your trees. Be sensitive. And chop up and pile your prunings or chip them, so they will become future organic material. Return to your land what your land has given you. Don’t burn or take them to the dump.  (Except CBB raisins in a tied dense bag, of course.)

Weed Control:  Weed control takes place year long-groan. Weed whacking/mowing is best.  The soil is then protected from heavy run-off because of the existing roots. Be judicious if you use Round-Up, etc. Too many chemicals hurt the existing organic and biological material in your soil.

Be earnest and consistent every year, in the care of your coffee trees and you’ll receive the rewards. Here in mid-2012 even while fighting CBB etc., give your coffee trees the chance they deserve.
Mahalo! Cecelia Smith President, KCFA


LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
HB 280  Repeal of Mandatory Inspection and Certification

Over 700 people have signed the KCFA online petition asking Governor Abercrombie to veto HB280.  On May 21, at the request of KCFA Board Member Tom Butler, the Governor’s Advisory Council for West Hawaii sent a hard copy of the petition (with the names of the signers and their comments) to the Governor—along with the Council’s concurrence in the request. We do not want a return to the type of self-certification that led to the Kona Kai coffee counterfeiting scandal of the mid-1990s. The Governor has until June 17 to exercise his veto power.

HB280     $196,000 for CBB Eradication & Tree Destruction
At the same May 21 meeting of the Governor’s Advisory Council, KCFA members Bob Smith and Wayne Tanaka asked the Council to urge the Governor to direct the HDOA to send a full-time entomologist to Kona for the purpose of developing a science-based CBB mitigation program adapted to Kona and other Hawaii County regions. They urged that the $196,000 be used to help fund the entomologist’s work—rather than for destruction of infested coffee trees.
Submitted by Bruce Corker, Legislative Chairperson



“Yikes – I’ve been robbed!”

On Thursday May 24th, Deputy Prosecutor Mitch Roth met with about two dozen KCFA members to talk about agricultural theft.  It was a lively meeting with many questions and comments.  Notable points are that the police are not as knowledgeable about agricultural crimes as in other areas.  We have to remind them that a class C Felony theft of an agricultural equipment, supplies, commodity or product only requires having a value of more than $100, or a product weight of more than 25 pounds (Hawaii Revised Statutes §708-831). So, theft of a single partial bag of cherry is a class C felony!  Someone damaging your equipment or trees amounting to $500 damage or more is also a class C felony (HRS §708-821).   And it seems that the police are more interested in pursuing felonies rather than misdemeanors.

Ag theft has been a big problem in the past, so laws were passed to help track and identify stolen goods.  We were reminded that the law (HRS §145-22, HRS §145-23) requires two copies of a simple certificate of ownership to be carried along with the transport of agricultural commodities with a value of at least $100 or weighing more than 200 pounds. The certificate is nothing more than a simple piece of paper you can generate yourself with your name, the origin of the goods (TMK number is suggested), and the name of the destination (say to a processor for sale or for services like pulping, dry-milling, roasting).  The police or HDOA can stop you and ask for this proof of ownership (HRS §145-24).  IF you don’t, it can be considered prima facie evidence of theft (HRS §708-831), and they can seize the agricultural commodities (HRS §145-27).
We were also updated on the laws regarding criminal trespass on private property (HRS §708-814) and the limited liability of landowners for injury to trespassers on their property.
If you have questions you can contact the Deputy Prosecutor’s office in Hilo at 808-961-0466.
Submitted by Paul Uster, Education & Grants, Chairperson


 Kona coffee does not stand alone! 

Recently Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) has decided to join Kona coffee and Idaho potatoes as members of the Organization for an International Geographical Indications Network (oriGIn).   This group represents over 400 Napa grape growers and has defined with federal recognition what can be labeled as Napa wine must include 75% Napa grapes to use that name!

Furthermore, Kona coffee, Idaho potatoes and Missouri pecans came together to form American Origin Products Association (AOPA) for which there will be a founding conference in October in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  That said, it is of note that NVV has also become a member of AOPA, since they share the basic foundational desires of promoting and protecting their product of designated geographical origin.

Kona Coffee Farmers Association works nationally and internationally in order to ally with other groups who have similar goals in mind and legally can work with and learn from one another.  As North American Vice President of oriGIn, Colehour Bondera will continue to strengthen these relations and bring the viable experiences home to Hawaii.
Submitted by Colehour Bondera, Geographical Identities, Chairperson


 Be One – Bring One
It is June and we await the decision of our Governor on legislation that impacts us as Kona Coffee Farmers.  Will HB280 be vetoed or signed into law?  The fate of our effort to have the Bill defeated may be a sign of just how many Kona Coffee Farmers it takes to make a loud enough statement.  I heard one politician say, “The Governor’s attention has been gotten”.  This attention is a testament to the number (volume) of signatures on our petition, and the number “volume” of emails that have been written to the Governor about this Bill.  Loudness does count.

This is just one of the reasons for joining together as members of The Kona Coffee Farmers Association; one voice is hard to hear, but voices joined together cannot be ignored.  We also join to keep current with the events in the coffee world, to share our farming methods and to learn from both each other and from outside speakers who bring their expertise to our events.  We join because we care about the survival and success of Kona Coffee; the name, the product, the Heritage. We join because we truly have something in common with anyone who is passionate about growing or drinking Kona Coffee.

So, I have a question:  How much more successful could our organization be if we could turn up our volume?

What if there were twice as many of us tomorrow as there are of us today? 

Just how much more could we share if there were twice as many Kona Coffee Farmers who availed themselves of our educational programs and our CBB Talk Story?

Just how much more confidence would we  have in the fact that we are not alone in our efforts to grow and market  quality Kona Coffee if we had twice as many farmers tomorrow to contribute their ideas and expertise to the rest of the our Kona Coffee Farming community?

Just how much more exposure and recognition of the 100% Kona Coffee Name would be gained in the business  realm if we had twice as many Supporting Business members  tomorrow than we do today?

Just how much quicker would our message about 100% Kona Coffee spread if we had twice as many Associate Members tomorrow as we have today?

What if we could double the volume of our voice tomorrow in the state legislature?

We will not know the answers to these questions until there are twice as many members tomorrow as there are today. So a challenge to each of our present members:

Today I thank you for BEing ONE.

Tomorrow I ask you to BRING ONE.

I think each of us probably knows one Kona Coffee Farmer who is not now a member of the KCFA.

Imagine if each of us was to invite and encourage and sign-up that one non-member to become a member.  My personal experience is that word of mouth and personal connection are the best tools for encouraging people to join in a conversation, to add their voice.

If each of us would BRING ONE more member into the organization, we would double the volume of our voice for our mission to promote and protect the Kona Coffee Heritage Crop and Name.

When should you do this?     Okay, I know you are shy; so think about this and take your time choosing who you will BRING. Share your excitement about The Kona Coffee Farmer’s Association and how it has helped you. Show them our website, and how easy it is to join us on-line.  Your friend or neighbor who you recruit has a lot to gain by joining the KCFA.  Why would you want to delay?  Why would you want to deprive them of those benefits?
And by the way it is perfectly okay to bring more than one. So start now!

The “BE ONE – BRING ONE” challenge deadline?   December 31, 2012.
Can we double our membership by January 1, 2013?  With your help we can.
Submitted by Louise Hanna, Membership Chairperson


New Member Barbeque
This is an advance notice about the Welcome New Member BBQ which will be held at Two Step on August 19.  More information will be available in future editions of the Newsletter.
Submitted by Mary Lou Moss, Fundraising & Social Events Chairperson

Kona Coffee Blossom Banquet – April 28, 2012

Kona Coffee Blossom Banquet April 28, 2012! A Successful first Kona Coffee Blossom Banquet. Thanks to everyone from Mary Lou and her Committee to Members to Supporters and to our generous community.

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May 2012 Newsletter

The Independent Voice

           Newsletter of the Kona Coffee Farmers Association — May 2012

                   PO Box 5436 Kailua Kona Hawaii 96745 USA   www.konacoffeefarmers.org
info@konacoffeefarmers.org

                                  Fun at the Kona Coffee Blossom Banquet!


Contents

Geographical Identity 

Kona Coffee Blossom Banquet  

Legislative Update  

Kona Coffee Resolutions 

Note to Supporting Business Members  

CBB Forum  

Seahorses & Lobsters 

EDITOR:  Clare Wilson


 Geographical Identity: KCFA’s Path to Protection

By Colehour Bondera

How does the USA view geographical identity?

An “origin” product means one that comes from a specific geographical area and like Kona coffee there are many around the country and the world.  The United States of America in fact is one of the last countries in the world to have a national group helping these products/crops to be recognized and protected, due to a legal structure which does not easily recognize geographical identity unless it is first given credence at the local and state levels.

Is there local government endorsement?

We continue to work with the County of Hawaii and the State of Hawaii to inform and attempt to affect policy and legal decisions so that Kona coffee gets the name recognition and protection deserved by those governmental structures.  Of course 100% Kona coffee can and should be served at all such entity run meetings and events, and one of the likely needs will be to ensure that continued communication with our elected House and Senate representatives make sure that their offices serve 100% Kona coffee first!

What is AOPA?

Working with other farmer-focused groups, KCFA is a founding member of American Origin Products Association (AOPA), a non-profit like KCFA, based in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The Idaho Potatoes Commission and the Missouri Pecan Association have worked with KCFA to form this group whose mission is “Recognizing, protecting and sustaining origin products of the United States of America.”

What about AOPA formation & certification?

Since AOPA is now a legal entity (both Bruce Corker as President, and I serve on the founding Board of Directors) – a 501(c)(6) – we are holding our founding conference to attract and inform additional members so that the group can begin to have a voice and national recognition when consumers (which we all are) see something marked with AOPA certification.  While this has not yet begun, it is one of the preliminary intents of the group.

OK, but what is oriGIn?!?

The formation of AOPA and the work done in that direction has been in collaboration with the Geneva, Switzerland based non-profit oriGIn (Organization for an International Geographical Indications network).  KCFA is one of the over 350 members from more than 40 countries of oriGIn who seeks to represent and protect products from around the world by speaking with a united voice.  International law is based in Geneva and the Director of oriGIn is a trained lawyer.

What are KCFA activities with oriGIn?

KFCA contributed copy to the book, American Origin Products: Protecting a Legacy, published oriGIn in 2010.   In addition, KCFA has attended annual oriGIn meetings around the world, the last in 2011 in Mexico, when Colehour Bondera was elected to a two-year term as oriGIn Vice President for North America.  The work of oriGIn and the work of Parmigiano-Reggiano (PR) are hand-in-hand in terms of international impacts, since PR seeks to give recognition to a particular product with an award every two years at Salone del Gusto.  The KCFA involvement with oriGIn directly influenced the selection of 100% Kona coffee for this award in 2010, received in Turin, Italy from PR by Colehour Bondera.  Maintaining this connection is significant for all concerned.

Who do consumers trust?

How does all this come together?  When a consumer is selecting a purchase, they can more readily connect to it if they know where its coming from.  If an organization is recognized and trusted, and the purchased item is identified as a member of that organization (oriGIn, AOPA, or KCFA) then the value increases and the commitment to buy is enhanced.  Remember that people prefer to buy from reliable and respectful sources!

If united, can we help Kona coffee?

Working together within KCFA gives us a voice to go to the County and the State.  Working together nationally as farmer-based groups such as AOPA will give us a voice within the states and the nation.  Working together among and across countries gives us a voice internationally.  Only through these united forces can Kona coffee be protected from individual, small company, governmental and international large company self-interests.  Only through working with others can we stand on our own and preserve and protect Kona coffee at home and around the world!


 

The Kona Coffee Blossom Banquet held on Saturday, April 28, 2012 was a success! Over 125 farmers and friends gathered at the Courtyard Marriott at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel for fun, food and fellowship. The evening event was filled with live and silent auctions as well as several “give aways” which added lots of fun, hopefulness and excitement.

Auctioneer Rees-Thomas

The Kona Coffee Farmers Association was able to add over $10,000 to our treasury to further enable our KCFA mission as a result of this event.  Many thanks goes to our corporate supporters; Matson, Kona Trans, Horizon Lines, West Hawaii Today, Hawaii Electric Light Company, Meadow Gold Dairies; and our membership donors; Keith & Diane Keffer, Bob & Kristin Perry, Jim Cone and Jeff & Carol Seel. And a Special Mahalo to Mary Lou Moss, our successful Event Chair person!

Needless to say the over than seventy community auction item donors deserve a lot of credit, as well as the attendees who were so active in the bidding.

  Master of Ceremonies, Paul Uster

We had a great team of dedicated volunteers again this year which made the event run very smoothly and made my job much easier.  Special thanks goes to Cea Smith, Clare Wilson, Kathy Wood, Anita Kelleher, Lisa Corker, Kathy Gedeon, Tony Ambut, Michelle Jove, Lilly Kong, Brooks Wakefield, Cindy Telesco, Louise Hanna, Bob Kraus, Kathy & Denny Rement, Paul Uster, Debbie Donald and Nickie Hoppe. The banquet this year  was such a fun team effort that it actually made it run very smoothly.  If you would like to help with the banquet next year, just give me a call at 329-4035.

 

The Eckerts


Legislative Update

HB1827 (Warrantless HDOA Entry Onto Farms), HB1947 (Premature Food Safety Program) and SB2352 ($20 Million in Special Purpose Bonds for Kauai Coffee Co.): Each of these bills was opposed in KCFA testimony and died in committee.HB280 (Repeal of Mandatory Inspection and Certification of Green Coffee): This bill (pushed by the Blenders and Processors) was passed by the Legislature on May 2 and will become law unless Gov. Abercrombie vetoes it within 45 days. The bill would repeal the protective system of inspection and certification adopted in response to the Kona Kai Coffee Counterfeiting Scandal of the mid 1990s. Under HB280 sellers (not the Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture) would be “documenting” origin—an invitation to unscrupulous sellers to counterfeit Kona coffee. With repeal of the grading system, the Blenders/Processors would be able to label “Off Grade” coffee as “Kona Coffee”. This bill would have disastrous affects on the integrity and reputation for quality of our product. We need to request the Governor to veto HB280. If you have not done so already, please go to the KCFA website and use the link on the homepage to sign the online petition to the Governor. If you have signed the petition, please take two minutes to send the Governor a separate personal email asking for a veto: “Governor Neil Abercrombie” gov.contact@hawaii.gov.  Also please ask your friends and coffee customers to sign the petition and send emails. Hawaii needs to strengthen—not repeal—protections for coffee farmers. This is a BAD BILL for Kona Coffee.

Kona Coffee Resolutions!

We congratulate the Hawaii County Democratic Party for focusing attention on specialty crop farmers and in particular on two resolutions adopted by the delegates in their May 5 meeting in Honoka`a. Resolution #12HCD/2012 “Calling for Truthful Marketing of Kona Coffee” and Resolution #16HCD/2012 “Relating to Protection of ‘Origin’ Products and Their Small Farm Economies” go directly toward helping to protect the Kona coffee name.

Resolution #12HCD recognizes Kona coffee as one of the world’s premier specialty coffees which has been damaged by existing state laws allowing Kona blends of 10% Kona coffee and 90% coffee from unknown sources;  and seeks legislation to require Kona blends to contain at least 51% Kona coffee with the remaining coffee source identified.  The resolution also states that the State of Hawaii should provide the same type of protections to its specialty crop farmers as the State of California provides to Napa Valley wine grape growers, as Idaho provides to Idaho potato farmers, and as Georgia provides to Vidalia onion farmers.

Resolution #16HCD aims to protect origin products in Hawaii.  Origin products are high quality products whose unique characteristics derived from their geographical location and distinctive cultivation bring higher prices in the market such as Kona and Ka`u Coffee and Maui onions.  While other states and countries have laws to protect origin products and their names from counterfeiting and being marketed as common commodities of a similar type, the Hawaii legislature has enacted laws that allow for the diluted blending and misleading labeling of origin coffee and this year considered a measure to permit the diluted blending of Hawaiian teas. Protective laws such as those in California for Napa Valley wines and in Idaho for Idaho potatoes are necessary to support small family origin farms and their economies.

For the full text of the resolutions please go to:  http://www.konacoffeefarmers.org/county-democratic-party-resolutions-on-agricultures-fair-marketing-issues/


RE: www.KonaCoffeeFarmers.org website: Please NOTE: all links on site are now shown in red. Just click on the red words to go there. (Search engines use the text on-a-link to help determine what the content is, so when possible I will use a short description of what the page is being linked to <in red> instead of ‘here’.)


Supporting Business Members

To Our valuable Supporting Business Members:  With the redesign of the Kona Coffee Farmers Association’s website, you have enhanced listing opportunities. Your business logos now come up randomly on the Home page in our effort to promote you. You can also edit your listing to add a description and more information about your business. To do so:  you need to Login with your Username and Password.  If you don’t have them, zap an email to:  info@KonaCoffeeFarmers.org and we’ll get back you asap


CBB Talk Story

A CBB talk story session was held on April 24Th Susan Shriner and Andrea Kawabata were the resident “experts”.  It was attended by about 60 farmers.  Here are the highlights of the discussion:

Smith
~says need for working entomologist now.  Email Russell.s.kokubun@hawaii.gov and request that an entomologist be hired and based in Kona

Shriner:
~ citing Colombian study stated:  The more water you use/acre the better- ideally 100 gallons/acre, Shriner suggested 30 gallons/acre at a minimum
~citing Colombian study said 7–10 oz.  fungus solution with 4 oz. Spreader per acre.  Silicone Spreader as important as fungus.
~said to spray fungus on soil
~said results after spraying should show up within a week
~said commercial fungus may survive on its own.Cited Patent violations of growing your own, however, and graver violations of buying from other farmers if used as “pesticide’

M.Dasilva:  what time of day to spray?

Shriner:
~ spray in the afternoon when beetles are most active
~Colombian study able to reduce CBB damage to 0.5% by picking every 2-3 weeks

J. Oster:  has observed live adult beetles in stored coffee at 9% relative humidity

Shriner:
~Spray now! Bees have moved away from flowers and ground can be sprayed at any time. Put all cherries in plastic bucket, cover tightly, or spray with pyrethrins or fungus. Beans should be double bagged before taking to waste station.  CBB can chew through thin plastic covers.

L. Kong:  in late afternoon and evening, observed swarm of CBB coming off ground for several hours, finally observed them flying into cherry/ flower clusters.  Kong sets traps near ground level to catch CBB coming off ground.

B. Corker stated need for controlled data study —“only anecdotal here today”

S. Scarr asked if Traps were for Control or for Sampling?
Smith
~cited Eric Jang as saying “Traps excellent way to monitor population, not to control”.  We must remember that there are perhaps millions of beetles.
~suggested meeting back in 60 days to make further observations and audience in agreement.

Shriner asked that a CBB web Forum be accessible to all.
Kona Coffee Farmers Association has set up the Forum here: http://www.konacoffeefarmers.org/forums/forum/coffee-berry-borer/
please send all ideas for any improvement of the Forum to info@KonaCoffeeFarmers.org We need your input!

Next CBB “Talk Story”Meeting will be June 21- CTAHR 3:30-5pm ***everyone welcome!


                                                       Seahorses and Lobsters!

KCFA is hosting an event on June 12th at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii (NELHA) located south of the airport. At 1 p.m. we’ll be touring the Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm www.seahorse.com.
This is America’s only seahorse aquafarm and one of Hawaii’s most popular attractions. Tickets are $25 for this unique experience which will take approximately one hour.

Following the seahorse tour, we will continue down the road to Kona Cold Lobsters www.konacoldlobsters.com for a free tour of this cold seawater operation. KCL began operations in 1987 to propagate, raise and sell Maine lobsters. For economic reasons, KCL no longer grows lobsters and has instead become a major distributer of Maine lobsters, Dungeness crabs, oysters, clams, mussels, kampachi, and other seafood being produced at NELHA. This tour will also take about an hour.

You are welcome to attend both tours or choose one or the other. Sign up now and reserve your spot. Go to www.konacoffeefarmers.org “Upcoming Events” for more information.

NELHA is located one mile south of the airport on the makai side of the highway.  Follow the road to signs showing where to turn left to go to the seahorse farm.  Kona Cold Lobsters  is farther down the road on the left side just before the gate to the NELHA offices.

County Democratic Party Resolutions on Agriculture’s Fair Marketing Issues

The Hawaii County Democratic Party held its 2012 convention on May 5 in Honoka’a. Two of the resolutions adopted by the delegates are copied below:  Resolution #12HCD/2012 “Calling for Truthful Marketing of Kona Coffee” and Resolution #16HCD/2012 “Relating to Protection of ‘Origin’ Products and Their Small Farm Economies”.

These and other resolutions adopted at the County Convention will be forwarded to the State Democratic Convention in Honolulu later this month (May 25-27) for consideration at the State level.
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Resolution #12HCD/2012 Calling for Truthful Marketing of Kona Coffee

Whereas, the unique climatic and soil conditions of the Kona region on the Island of Hawaii are ideal for cultivation of coffee; and

Whereas, the care, skill and cultivation practices of Kona coffee farmers, most of whom operate small family-owned farms, have resulted in recognition of Kona coffee as one of the world’s premier specialty coffees; and

Whereas, existing Hawaii statutes allow unfair and deceptive business practices which are used to deceive consumers into believing that packages containing 90% foreign-grown coffee are “Kona Coffee”—thereby damaging the reputation for quality which Kona coffee farmers have built over generations of growing this heritage crop; and

Whereas, by way of example, HRS 486-120.6 permits the use of the “Kona” name on packaging of a coffee blend having as little as 10% Kona-grown coffee and 90% from unidentified foreign countries; and

Whereas, by way of further example, the writers of Consumer Reports in their review of Kona coffees confused “Kona Blends” with “Kona Coffee” and concluded that Kona coffee can be “second rate” on the basis of this common mistaken belief that “Kona Blends” are “Kona Coffee”; and

Whereas, the State of Hawaii should provide the same type of protections to its specialty crop farmers as the State of California provides to Napa Valley wine grape growers, as Idaho provides to Idaho potato farmers, and as Georgia provides to Vidalia onion farmers; and

Whereas, the Hawaii Legislature made a factual finding in Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 102 (2007) that “existing labeling requirements for Kona coffee causes consumer fraud and confusion and degrades the ‘Kona coffee’ name”; and

Whereas, Hawaii is the ONLY REGION ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD to permit the use of one of its heritage crops with only 10% genuine content; now therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Hawaii County Democrats request the members of the Hawaii County Democratic delegation in the State Legislature introduce and vigorously work for the adoption of legislation requiring a minimum of 51% Kona-grown coffee in any coffee package labeled as a “Kona Blend” and requiring prominent identification on the label of the country or region of origin of the non-Kona portion in such blend; and be it

Resolved, That all members of the Democratic delegation in the State Legislature vigorously support the adoption of this legislation; and be it

Resolved, That the secretary of the Hawaii Democratic Party mail to each Democratic Party member of the State Legislature a copy of this Resolution on or before June 1, 2012

Resolution #16HCD/2012 “Relating to Protection of ‘Origin’ Products and Their Small Farm Economies”

Whereas, “Origin” products such as Champagne from France, Napa Valley Wines from California, Parmigiano-Reggiano (Parmesan) Cheese from Italy, Tequila from Mexico, Potatoes from Idaho, and Vidalia Onions from Georgia are considered unique and valuable products because of the geographic locations where they are grown, as well as the care, skill and processes used to produce them; and

Whereas, origin products are high quality products whose unique characteristics bring higher prices in the market that are necessary to support small family farms and small farm economies; and

Whereas, national, state and international law protect origin products and their names from counterfeiting and being marketed as common commodities of a similar type; and

Whereas, these laws are essential to maintaining small, family origin farms and their economies; and

Whereas, the unique climatic and soil conditions of the Kona and the Ka’u regions on the Island of Hawaii are ideal for cultivation of coffee as are the conditions on Maui for the production of onions; and

Whereas, the care, skill and cultivation practices of Kona and Ka’u coffee farmers, most of whom operate small family-owned farms, have resulted in recognition of Kona and Ka’u coffee as among the world’s premier specialty coffees; and

Whereas, other high value crops such as tea and cacao are beginning to be produced throughout the state that also have high value qualities derived from the regions in which they are produced and the skill, care and processes used to create them; and

Whereas, the Hawaiian legislature has enacted laws that allow for the diluted blending and misleading labeling of origin coffee and this year considered a measure to permit the diluted blending of Hawaiian teas; and

Whereas, Hawaii is THE ONLY PLACE IN THE WORLD that has adopted laws permitting the debasement of an origin product and the weakening of an origin farming economy; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Hawaii County Democrats request the members of the Hawaii County Democratic delegation in the State Legislature introduce and vigorously work for the adoption of legislation protecting origin coffee, tea, cacao and all other origin products that might be grown in Hawaii; and be it

Resolved, That such legislation be patterned on and meet the standards of the best practices adopted elsewhere in the United States and the world for the protection of origin products and the small farming economies they support; and be it

Resolved, That all members of the Democratic delegation in the State Legislature vigorously support the adoption of this legislation; and be it

Resolved, That the secretary of the Hawaii Democratic Party mail to each Democratic Party member of the State Legislature a copy of this Resolution on or before June 1, 2012.

oriGIn- May 2, 2012 Napa Valley Vintners

The Napa Valley Vintners joins the global alliance of geographical indications
The Organization for an International Geographical Indications Network (oriGIn) is glad to announce that the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV), the non-profit trade association representing 430 Napa Valley wineries, has joined its global network. Read the Press release at:
http://www.origin-gi.com/images/stories/PDFs/English/OriGIn_publications/Press_releases/oriGIn_Press_Release_NVV.pdf

Ida Puzone
Project Manager – oriGIn
1, rue de Varembé 1202, Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 755 08 34; Fax: +41 22 755 01 72
Mailto: ida@origin-gi.com  http://www.origin-gi.com 

CBB Talk Story Notes of 04/24-KCFA

Please post all questions and replies to the Forum- Coffee Bean Borer.

April 24, 2012 CTAHR Kainaliu- 3:30- 5 pm- about 60 people in attendance
CBB Talk Story w/Bob Smith, Andrea Kawabata, and Suzanne Shriner

Smith says need for working entomologist now.  Email Russell.s.kokubun@hawaii.gov

Kawabata said HDOA has PT data-gathering position listed.  Good for college students

(Audience) L. Winn (900 foot elevation) said sprayed last week using 11 oz. Botanigard w/2 oz. Spreader still sees new beetles

Shriner citing Colombia study  stated:  The more water you use/acre the better- ideally 100 gallons/acre, Shriner suggested 30 gallons/acre at a minimum

Shriner: citing Colombian study said 7 – 10 oz.  fungus solution with 4 oz. Spreader per acre.  Silicone Spreader as important as fungus. Shriner said to get fungus on soil

Smith said results after spraying should show up w/week

Shriner said commercial fungus may survive on its own.  Cited Patent violations of growing your own however, and graver violations of buying from other farmers if used as “pesticide’

(Audience) M.Dasilva:  what time of day to spray?
Shriner:  Spray in afternoon when beetles are most active

(Audience) J. Oster gave illustration of 4 farms side/side with varying results- variables included shade cover/times sprayed/row arrangement all w/different results- long discussion on variables

Shriner:  Colombian study able to reduce CBB damage to .5% by picking every 2-3 weeks

(Audience) Gallien Wraye, inventor of Magick Solution citing systemic effect by Dr. John Lucas of UK. Magick ingredients included, rainwater, organic Molasses, salt (incomplete list) and EM1.  Available for sale.

Shriner:  EM1 speeds up composting and uses it 6 x a year

(Audience) J. Oster has observed live adult beetles in stored coffee at 9% relative humidity

ShrinerSpray now! Bees have moved away from flowers and ground can be sprayed at any time. Put all cherries in plastic bucket, cover tightly, or spray with pyrethrins or fungus. Beans should be double bagged before taking to waste station.  CBB can chew through thin plastic covers.  Photo passed around of chew damage.

(Audience) L. Kong:  in late afternoon/evening, observed swarm of CBB coming off ground for several hours, finally observed them flying into cherry/ flower clusters.  Kong sets traps near ground level to catch CBB coming off ground.

(Audience) B. Corker stated need for controlled data study —“only anecdotal here today”

(Audience) S. Scarr asked if Traps were for Control or for Sampling?
Smith cited Eric Jang as saying “Traps excellent way to monitor population, not to control” with perhaps up to 1 million beetles per acre

(Audience) D. Harens suggested use of sticky traps
Shriner would like evaluation of use of sticky traps

(Audience) R. Barnes citing Sean Nelson (?) said CBB damage is lower and production is higher with combined usage of Fungus solution + kaolin clay product known as Surround

Smith suggested meeting back in 60 days to make further observations and audience in agreement.

Shriner asked that a CBB web Forum be accessible to all.  Kona Coffee Farmers Association to set up Forum soon.

Next Meeting is reserved for June 21- CTAHR 3:30-5pm ***everyone welcome!

OriGIn Report April 2012

From OriGIn
TO:  KCFA
Dear Members,

oriGIn, Insight Consulting and REDD are glad to announce that the Consortium they established has been awarded a contract by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Internal Market and Services, for a study on Geographical Indication (GI) protection for non-agricultural products in the European Union (EU):

http://www.origin-gi.com/images/stories/PDFs/English/OriGIn_publications/Press_releases/Press_Release_NON_Agri_GI_EN.pdf

Kind regards,
Ida

Kona Coffee Blossom Banquet

We want you to  join us!  Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 5-9pm
at the King Kamehameha Beach Hotel

Cocktails (no-host) from 5 pm
Registration/Social Time
Silent Auction begins
Welcome Remarks
Sumptuous Hawaiian Buffet Dinner at 6:30 pm
Silent Auction ends at 7 pm and
Live Auction begins

Tickets $45 each (inclusive)

Fun for Everyone!

go to our KCFA Store and get your tickets now!

            Supporting Business Donations

  • Matson Terminals
  • Kona Trans
  • HELCO
  • Meadow Gold Dairies
  • Horizon Lines 
  • West Hawaii Today(50/50 Ad cost)                        

KCFA Angels
* Bob Perry
* Diane Keffer

Live Auction Items

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters - Kohala Coast Adventure for 2 $550 Value

Hilton Waikoloa Dolphin Quest  Encounter- for Two $400

Jeanne Marie Imports- Buddha garden art

Kona Brewing Co.  Five gallons , Your Choice – $85

Sheraton Two Night – $750

Sherri Johns Whole Cup Coffee Consulting LLC -$500

Soil Plus-a load of soil – $771.80

 
Silent Auction Items

Activities
 

Atlantis Submarines - Complimentary Dive for 2 guests

Body Glove Cruises – Complimentary cruise for 2

Captain Zodiac – 4 hour raft and snorkel adventure for 2

Fair Wind Cruises – Afternoon Snorkel & Snack Cruise for 2

Sea Quest Rafting Adventures – Complimentary afternoon Snorkel for 2

Farm  

Al’s Home & Farm Supply

Coffea Consulting – Sensory analysis of a single coffee.

Captain Cook Trading Co. – the world’s best Macadamia Nutcracker

Farm and Garden – Backpack Sprayer

Kimura’s Lauhala Shop - 1 straw hat w/visor, ladies visor & coin purse

Mountain Thunder- Gift Certificate

Soil Culture Consulting - Complimentary Consultation 2 hours

For you
 

Alii Design & Printing - Gift Certificate

Akamai Pest Control – 2 gift certificates worth $500 each off termite tenting

Big Island Gear – Gift Certificate

Big Island Jewelry – 14K yellow gold & ruby ring

Spike Blaine – hand made Koa paddle

Copy Post Plus – Gift Certificate

Dean, Marty  Facial Fitness- Total Skin/Body Care

Discount Fabric Warehouse - Gift Certificate

Gourmet Chef’s Supply – Gift Certificate

Hawaiian Cowboys Ladies Shirts – 6 different colors & styles to choose from

Kona Indich Collection  – Pashmina/silk shawl from Nepal

Kona Natural Soap Company - Gift Box of 3 Natural Soaps

Fran McClure- Rare Faceted Apatite Tear Drop Pearl necklace & earrings, both Sterling

Pacific Island Fitness Two – 1 Month memberships

Paradise Found Two Gift Certificates

Peter Von Hair Designs - Gift Certificate for one haircut

Quilt Passions & Needlework Shop -Gift Certificate for 1 all-day class & 1 wall quilt packet to make

Scarr Family Farms

Starbucks

Terri Nahl Permanent Cosmetics - Gift Certificate (Lash Extensions)

The Club in Kona - Two Complimentary 1 month memberships

Vivian Green Paper Artist – Handmade  cards

Home

Blessed Marianne Copp Ministries- Two gift Baskets

Originals by Hitomi – Handmade Baby quilt

Kailua Candy Company – Lavender Jade bracelet and Chinese figurine

Carlene Keller – Handmade Wall Quilt

Mark Kimball – Hand made sculpted Lava Pot

Makalei Estates/Joe Butterweck- Handmade Hawaiian woods Cutting Board

Miles Mason Waimea Studio – Painted Bamboo Vase

Mark Miller/Complete Art Service Hawaii- Watercolor Giclee

Mr. Maid - Gift certificate for 2 hours cleaning

Siriani & Associates- The Sharper Image super wave oven

Statements Furniture

Sunrise Nursery – Two  Gift Certificates

Volcano Winery – 6 Assorted Wines

Voyagers - The First Hawaiians  DVD

Wine Market- Gift Certificate

Hotels, Restaurants,and Food

Bamboo Restaurant-Hawi- Two Gift Certificates

Big Jakes Island BBQ & Catering –  Full Rack Dinner

Fish Hopper-  “Locals” breakfast for 2  and  3 course “Locals” menu for 2

Gio’s Gelato & Italian Pastry Shop – Gift Certificate

Harbor House - Five Gift Certificates

Jackie Reys Ohana Grill – Gift Certificate

Keei Cafe - (alcohol not included) Gift Certificate

Killer Tacos – Two 2 free lunch specials

King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel – Prime Rib & Seafood Buffet for Two

Kona Cold Lobsters LTD - Two  Gift Certificates

Lilikoi Inn- Two Attendees at the Monthly Feast

Merriman’s Market Cafe- Gift Certificate – Dinner for 2

Mi’s Italian Bistro – Gift Certificate

Orchid Thai Cuisine – Fine Thai Food – Gift Certificate

Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa - Two nights stay

The Strawberry Patch- Honuaino Square – Gift Certificate

Please support those who SUPPORT US when you have a choice!!!