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Honolulu Star Advertiser-7/13/2017 Dept of Agriculture report

‘Failed database’ opens isles to threat of pests, audit says  7/13/2017 Honolulu Star-Advertiser By Susan Essoyan sessoyan@staradvertiser.com photo credit: DENNIS ODA / 2014 The coconut rhinoceros beetle is an invasive species that poses a threat to Hawaii’s environment.“How can you identify and mitigate today’s threats — let alone tomorrow’s — when you are using yesterday’s inspection practices?” State Auditor Les ... Read More »

July 2017 – The Independent Voice

Governor Ige Signs HDOA Subsidy Bill, Chemistry of Coffee Roasting – Part 2, Help for Honduran Farm Workers, NYT Articles on Benefits of Drinking Coffee Seats Available for Korea Trade Mission, Kona Road Construction in 1897, Preserving your Farm for the Future, Salute to Supporting Business Member: Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union and Recipe: Mocha Coffee Cake with Coffee Glaze Read More »

June 2017- The Independent Voice

Doing Business in China, Legislative Update, Q Trader Training and Exam, Thank You Volunteers, Growing Coffee in California, Chemistry of Coffee Roasting, Local Inventors Attack Fire Ants, Interested in Export Markets?, Hawaii Farmers Exchange, The Price of Kona Coffee on the Mainland, Salute to Supporting Business Member: Kona Decaf Coffee Co. Write to Us Read More »

May 2017 – The Independent Voice

Vertical Selection Workshop, Made in Hawaii – Really?, 10th Annual EXPO, Report from the SCAA Show, Time to Fertilize, Coffee for the Troops, Salute to Supporting Business Member: Hawaiian Soil Therapeutics, Recipe: Coffee Sauce for Ice Cream Read More »

April 2017- The Independent Voice

10th Annual EXPO, Legislative Update, Coffee Country in Colombia, OZY Reports on Truth-in-Labeling for Kona Coffee, Immigration Crackdown Concerns, Coffee Production Up in the State, House Resolution Concerning Immigration, Luis Aristizabal Video, Learn the Kona Coffee Heritage, Combine Miracle-Gro with Botanigard? Salute to Supporting Business Member – Pooki’s Mahi, Recipe: Coffee Vinaigrette Read More »

Immigration Enforcement on Kona Coffee farms

from your Kona Coffee Farmers Association Immigration Enforcement and You Your workers have rights too.  The large majority of our year-round workers are documented (90% by estimates from local experts in this issue), however, the effects of a raid are chilling on our workforce, regardless of status.  As employers, we should know what their rights are if ICE enters our ... Read More »

March 7 Hearing-West Hawaii Civic Center 9 am-Your Help Needed

REMINDER–EXTENSION OF CURRENT HDOA COFFEE GRADE STANDARDS: On March 7, 2017, at 9:00 am at the West Hawaii Civic Center, the Hawaii Department of Agriculture will hold a public hearing on its proposal to extend the “sunset date” for the current grade standards. If the HDOA’s proposed amendments are not adopted, the current standards will expire or “sunset” on June ... Read More »

March 2017 – The Independent Voice

Immigration Policies & the Kona Coffee Industry, Diacetyl – a Chemical Byproduct of Roasting Coffee, Legislative Update (note March 7th Hearing in Kona), EXPO- Looking for Vendors, Build your Export Sales, 2017 Beauveria Subsidies, Slowly Protecting Pure Local Kona, Salute to Supporting Business Member – Gillies Coffee, Recipe: Kona Coffee Brownies with Coffee Ganache Read More »

HB186 Testimony Example

Dear Chair Gabbard and Members of the Senate AEN Committee: I am a Kona coffee farmer in the North Kona District of Hawaii Island and am a member of the Kona Coffee Farmers Association.  I strongly support the passage of HB186. The threat of Coffee Berry Borer (CBB) creates a danger that Hawaii-grown coffee will join sugar and pineapple as ... Read More »

February 2017 The Independent Voice

2017 KCFA Annual Membership Meeting, Legislative Update, Coffee Pruning (+ More) Workshop, Feb.11th, SOQ Program offers Marketing RFP, CTAHR 2016 Draft CBB Recommendations, KFCA Speaks to Japanese and Japanese-Americans, French Authroities May Ban Use of Brand Name, The Independent Voice Travels Far Read More »