May 2012 – The Independent Voice

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: …

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…

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 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,…

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…

Protect Kona Coffee – Mandatory Certification of Origin IS Necessary!

VETO HB 280 Repealing Mandatory Certification Hawaii-grown Green Coffee Please sign our Online Petiton to ask the Governor of Hawaii to REPEAL HB280 Sign the Petition Dear KCFA Members and Appreciators of 100% Kona Coffee: HB280 (Repeal of Mandatory Inspection and Certification of Green Coffee) appears almost certain to be adopted by the Hawaii Legislature…