Click here for letter from US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack: 2015.10.23_Green Coffee Valuation_USDA Response
At long last USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) will publish a value for green coffee. This is the culmination of the work of many stakeholders over several years. Until recently, US-grown coffee was valued by USDA as cherry and “parchment equivalent”. Since coffee is typically traded around the world in its unroasted green state, this had the effect of undervaluing the industry both in Hawaii state rankings and in comparison with the rest of the world.
The Hawaiian Coffee industry will now be more accurately valued, both in state and in alignment with the coffee industry across the globe.
Two years ago Hawaii Farm Bureau proposed this as a policy amendment to American Farm Bureau. It was passed by AFBF’s House of Delegates that year. I am pleased that my meetings in DC with Hawaii’s Delegation this past July triggered the Delegation letter that was met with success.
Our gratitude goes out to the Delegation and their staff, the Hawaii Coffee Association their members, Hawaii’s Department of Agriculture, and especially to Kathy King, Hawaii’s NASS Statistician.
This is a prime example of what Farm Bureau can accomplish when working collaboratively, and tenaciously, with our partners.
Yours in Agriculture,
Chair, Government Affairs