WAILUKU – The Horticulture Section of the Maui Fair provides a spectacular display of the produce and flowers grown in Maui County by our residents, kids and adults alike. Everyone is invited to submit entries of their favorite home grown vegetables, fruits, nuts and flowers. Registration of entries is on Wednesday, October 1 from 4 until 7 p.m. and Thursday, October 2 from 7 – 9:30 a.m. in the War Memorial Gym
Awards will be given to individuals for outstanding entries in the Junior and Senior Divisions, and in the Junior Division schools are eligible for cash awards and a perpetual trophy for the school with the highest student participation. The Awards Ceremony takes place at the War Memorial Gym on October 5 at 7 p.m.
More information: www.mauifair.com/attractions/horticulture
By Nicole Beattie, UHMC
Kahului – Think you have what it takes to launch or expand a locally-grown food business, but not sure where to start? To help value-added food producers turn their ideas into reality, EdVenture at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College has developed a series of four non-credit Food Industry Fundamentals classes that will help participants develop differentiated, value-added, and safe specialty-food products.
“Nationwide we’re seeing a tremendous demand for locally-produced food products, but sometimes a farmer or food entrepreneur isn’t sure how to turn fresh fruit and vegetables into a safe, packaged (value-added) product,” said Lou Cooperhouse, a consultant to the Maui Food Innovation Center. “Food Industry Fundamentals will help participants understand the overall process better, but the classes will also offer information specific to Maui County. The goal is to support our local food producers so they can find new channels for their business, while providing more locally-grown products to consumers.”
Over the last two years, Cooperhouse has met with businesses throughout Hawaiʻi to listen to and collaboratively find solutions for the unique challenges faced by island farmers and food businesses. The Fundamentals classes progress from an overview of the market to ensuring that legal and safety requirements are met. Courses include Food Trends and Food Marketplace Overview; Food Technology and Product Development; Quality Assurance and Food Safety Principles; and Good Manufacturing Practices For Food Producers. “While some aspects of launching a food business, such as food safety and process technologies are the same no matter where you are, we’ve take a careful look at opportunities and needs that are specific to Maui,” says Cooperhouse.
The courses are designed for farmers interested in developing food products to increase profitability, businesses that want to expand their food offerings, new food businesses, and employees wanting to increase their knowledge of the food industry.
“This is an excellent opportunity for capacity building by our farmers and ranchers to not only increase their bottom line but add to our level of self sufficiency!” said Mae Nakahata of the Maui County Farm Bureau. “We hope this provides another mechanism to keep our multi-generation farm families in business and foster new farm operations on Maui.”
Ken Love of Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers believes that understanding food industry fundamentals is critical for value-added producers. “Lou makes you think. Not only in terms of value added products but through the whole process of development and supply chain access.”
The series will be offered on April 29th and 30th from 8:30am to 4:00pm at the Kahului campus, and can be taken in order over a two-day period, which is recommended, or as a single course offering if preferred. Certificates of Participation will be provided upon completion of each course.
Space is limited. Each seminar is $89, or $300 for the series (the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th classes are discounted if booked at the same time as the first class). To register for the series or a class on April 29th and 30th, please call EdVenture at 808-984-3231.
About Lou Cooperhouse: Lou is President of Food Spectrum, LLC, and has 30-years of experience in the food industry. During his career, he has served in senior leadership positions at numerous organizations including venture-funded new business startups, mid-sized and family-run companies, multinational corporations, foodservice and retail operations, university entrepreneurship centers, and food industry trade associations. As a result, Lou has gained expertise with a broad array of technologies and a diverse array of value-added foods.
About the Maui Food Innovation Center: The Food Innovation Center is a project of the University of Hawai`i Maui College (UHMC), created to solve the “missing link” problem for Hawai`i’s local farmers and food manufacturers. It is being developed in collaboration with the Maui County Farm Bureau. The Center will serve as a hub for food industry resources and will provide food-related business and product development services as well as workforce training. A comprehensive value-added facility is being planned, which can be used to develop, produce, and package such items as fresh cut and frozen fruits and vegetables, marinated meats, dried and baked goods, sauces, and juices.
The Maui Food Innovation Center is partially funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor in the amount of $759,350. Funding does not pay for student costs to participate.
Washington, DC—Today, the Senate passed the 2014 farm bill, which provides $881 million for clean energy projects, supports local jobs across Hawai‘i, extends the sugar program, and combats the destructive impact of the coffee berry borer. In November 2013, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) wrote a letter to Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) asking that the farm bill include funds for renewable energy projects and biofuels. Schatz’s priorities were strongly supported in the final version of the bill, which passed the Senate today and is now headed to the President for his signature.
“I’m glad that we were able to pass a bill that not only supports local clean energy projects that will create jobs and save farmers money, but also protects hundreds of local jobs dependent on coffee and sugar production across Hawai‘i, and helps families put fresh food on the table every night,” said U.S. Senator Brian Schatz. “The farm bill also takes an important step to make sure our kids have fresh, local food in their schools while also supporting local farmers.”
The farm bill addresses some of Hawai‘i most critical agricultural interests including:
Washington, DC—Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz released the following statement on the elimination of what is known as the “Monsanto Protection Act” from the Senate version of the short-term appropriations bill, the Continuing Resolution.
“The Monsanto Protection Act is bad policy for the country and the State of Hawai‘i,” said U.S. Senator Brian Schatz. “The Senate version of the Continuing Resolution does not include this provision, effectively repealing the Monsanto Protection Act. This provision took the ability of the Secretary of Agriculture to fully exercise his regulatory power over GMOs, and compromised the role of our courts as a check on the legislative and executive systems, making it significantly more difficult for concerned citizens to present their case.
“I strongly urge the House not to sneak the Monsanto Protection Act back into the final version of the appropriations bill. However, if it is slipped back in, rather than letting the issue be deliberated with full transparency and public input, I will immediately introduce legislation to repeal it.”
U.S. Senator Jon Tester from Montana led the charge in getting the Senate to remove the Monsanto Protection Act from the Continuing Resolution.
“Stripping the Monsanto Protection Act is a victory for American consumers and family farm agriculture,” said U.S. Senator Jon Tester. “Corporate giveaways have no business in a bill to fund the government, and I’m pleased that the Senate stood up for accountability and transparency and against special interests. I look forward to continuing to work with Senator Schatz to make sure that this damaging provision never again makes it into law.”
The Hawai’i State Legislature has provided these info-points in advance of GMO and agriculture consideration set for tomorrow in Honolulu. More information on each bill is abailable by clicking the blue “HB” links.
WHAT: The Committee on Agriculture will be deciding on four bills relating to GMOs and growing our local agriculture industry, which were previously heard on February 4, 2013.
HB174– GMO Labeling
HB97– Requires a permit to introduce or develop a new GMO
HB747– Exempts the slaughter and processing of poultry and livestock from GET
HB96– Exempts the first $50,000 of income for family farms and cooperatives
WHEN: Thursday, February 7, 2013
WHERE: Hawaii State Capitol
Conference Room 312
WHY:The Constitution of Hawaii mandates that the State “shall conserve and protect agricultural lands, promote diversified agriculture, increase agricultural self-sufficiency and assure the availability of agriculturally suitable lands.” These goals are also highlighted as a major priority in the Governor’s “New Day” plan. The Legislature aims to do its part to move Hawaii forward this Session.
WHO: Chair Jessica Wooley, Vice Chair Richard H.K. Onishi, Reps. Tom Brower, Romy Cachola, Isaac Choy, Takashi Ohno, Gregg Takayama, James Kunane Tokioka, Clift Tsuji, Lauren Kealohilani Cheape, and Gene Ward comprise the Committee.
HONOLULU – Governor Neil Abercrombie today signed a number of measures into law including two bills that are aimed to benefit local farmers who want to sell their products and/or establish agricultural-based commercial operations.
Senate Bill 2375 authorizes agricultural-based commercial operations in agricultural districts which will increase our farmers’ ability to sell their products and promote food sustainability for the islands. Senate Bill 2646 is intended to promote and support diversified agriculture by exempting certain nonresidential agricultural buildings that are on commercial farms from county building permit requirements.
“To truly support our local farmers we must empower them,” said Governor Abercrombie. “These measures not only provide for that to take place but it also promotes diversified agriculture. I want to thank the Legislature for recognizing the importance of helping our farmers.”
Senator Donovan Dela Cruz who introduced SB 2375 stated, “Farmers are being forced to diversify their products in order to make ends meet while continuing to provide local food for the community. This bill allows for additional opportunities for them to create revenue.”
SB 2375 immediately goes into effect; SB 2646 is effective July 1, 2012.
Governor Abercrombie today also signed into law the following measures:
House Bill 1524 – Makes theft of agricultural commodities an offense of theft in the second degree and requires restitution to the victim.
House Bill 1942 – Appropriates $200,000 for the Electronic Importer Manifest Program to support our agricultural inspectors in the prevention of invasive species.
House Bill 1943 – Appropriates $162,540 to reinstate the plant quarantine detector-dog program to help prevent the introduction of invasive species.
House Bill 2244 – Authorizes the State Department of Agriculture to establish compliance agreements with the federal government and other states regarding inspections for the import and export of plant commodities.
House Bill 2296 – Prohibits the purchase, sale, transportation, and delivery of any item containing bear gallbladders or bile.
House Bill 2429 – Allows ex-officio members of the Board of Agriculture to designate a representative to attend Board meetings.
Senate Bill 2695 – Appropriates $250,000 for a livestock feed feasibility project and another $250,000 to reimburse livestock producers for feed costs.
House Bill 1764 – Allows for the waiver of residency requirements for state or county department heads and deputies or assistants to a department head, when the appointed officer is required to have highly specialized or scientific knowledge or training and a qualified applicant who meets the residency requirement is not available to fill the position.
House Bill 2476 – Makes appropriations for claims against the State or its officers or employees.
House Bill 2848 – Requires the Department of Public Safety to plan for a model wellness center that employs native Hawaiian cultural practices on state land.
Senate Bill 2228 – Establishes an electronic tracking system for the sale of products containing pseudoephedrine.
Senate Bill 2508 – Amends filing deadlines for preliminary disclosure reports to the Campaign Spending Commission.
Senate Bill 2632 – Requires all fee time share interests to be recorded in the regular system rather than in the land court.
Senate Bill 2797 – Makes permanent previous changes to the psychotropic medication statute that ensure access to medically necessary psychotropic medications while allowing cost-effective strategies.
Today’s bill enactments bring the number of measures signed into law by Governor Abercrombie to 128. He has until June 25th to notify the Legislature of his intent to veto. July 10th is the Governor’s deadline to enact measures with his signature. For a list of measures enacted by the Governor, please visit: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/report.aspx?type=acts.
HALEIWA FARMERS MARKET UPDATE
Governor Abercrombie also provided an update regarding the Haleiwa Farmers Market which ended its run at an illegal site on June 10, 2012. Since June 2011, various State agencies have worked on finding a solution for the Sunday Market, which occupied a strip of highway that is deemed illegal.
For the past three years, the Market has operated at a triangular area at the junction of Kamehameha Highway and Joseph P. Leong Highway, known as the Haleiwa bypass road. The triangular area is part of a parcel of land which includes the entire highway, and is right next to the existing traffic on the bypass road. Hawaii Revised Statutes Section 264-101 states “Vending from highways prohibited” and notes that “highway” means “the entire width, including the berm or shoulder of a public highway.”
Over the last few months, several locations have been suggested for the Market by the State and various community members. These options have included the Waialua Sugar Mill, city parks, and local schools. These suggestions were not accepted.
“We exhausted every possibility to find a new location and I want to extend my appreciation to the landowners who came forward to help the State offer a solution for a new location. Unfortunately the locations offered were unsatisfactory for the organizers of the Haleiwa Farmers Market. We provided three extensions to the organizers in hopes of finding a compromise and are disappointed that the optional locations were not accepted.”
To prevent future activity from taking place at that the prohibited location, the State has erected “No Trespassing” signs.
Fortunately, there are two farmers markets that take place on Saturdays in the community at Waialua and Sunset on Saturdays. Both events support the sale and promotion of locally grown food.
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