The Hawai‘i Farm Bureau, serving as Hawai‘i’s voice of agriculture protects, advocates, and advances the social, economic and educational interest of our diverse agricultural community.
The Hawai‘i Farm Bureau (HFB) was organized back in 1948 by a group of farmers on the Windward side of O‘ahu. It was then that the very first Farm Bureau meeting was held.
In 1950, the HFB was formerly incorporated and has grown into the present statewide organization consisting of approximately 2,000 member families in eleven counties located throughout the State. These include:
The Hawaii Farm Bureau is a grass roots non-profit organization founded by Hawaii farmers and ranchers and working with organizations, communities and individuals involved in all aspects of the Agricultural Industry in Hawaii. The Hawaii Farm Bureau is organized to unify the County Farm Bureaus, thereby enhancing the knowledge, economic opportunity, prosperity, well being and happiness of its members; to analyze and resolve the problems that face agriculture through effective cooperation, planning and representation; to promote farmers’ and ranchers’ access to the physical, financial, intellectual, and human resources necessary for successful and profitable agriculture; and to ensure the protection and health of Hawaii’s agricultural resources and the environment today and in the future.
Our guiding policies originate at the grassroots County Farm Bureau level with the ideas, opinions and contributions of our concerned membership. We encourage the participation of every member, and try to have open communication with them through our annual convention, and county meetings. Policies are adopted after discussion at our County and State meetings.
Through our County Farm Bureau, members can identify areas of special interest in which they would like to participate. Some of these areas include:
THE FARM BUREAU IS ACTIVE IN GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS AND SOME OF OUR LEGISLATIVE GOALS INCLUDE:
- Adoption of sensible land use policies which will preserve agricultural lands currently in use and suitable for use in the future.
- Adoption of State and County governmental policies that will give farmers manageable water rate price structures and assure them of reliable water sources and adequate supply for their farms.
- Adoption of continuing State and County support of farmers marketing programs to expand the export of local crops and promote greater local consumption of locally produced commodities.
- Increase awareness of the economics and social contributions that agriculture makes to the State.