The Hawaii Farm Bureau is working with legislators this session to introduce and pass more than a dozen bills to support agriculture. Each county Farm Bureau identified the requests as being necessary for its farmer-members.
We need your support to get these bills passed. Let’s work together to make sure our voices are heard at the Lege this year!
Some bills in the HFB legislative package appropriate funding to:
Make capital improvements to the Waiahole irrigation system
Plan and implement a farm-to-table program
Support the Hawaii Association of Conservation Districts and its 16 Soil and Water Conservation Districts helping farmers throughout the islands
Support a UH-CTAHR ornamental plant extension agent
Develop a program for controlling rose-ringed parakeets
Continue funding for the livestock revitalization program
Other bills direct the state to:
Create an income tax credit for farmers to offset expenses of complying with new food safety requirements (FSMA)
Enhance the biosecurity program
Create a single, statewide definition of “bona fide agricultural producer”
Issue general obligation bonds to improve irrigation systems statewide
Review enterprise program and revise the rules governing enterprise zones to support agricultural enterprises; expand and extend eligibility for tax credits under the enterprise zone law to better support agricultural production and viability
Provide tax credits for goods transported from Neighbor Islands to Oahu.
Create a K-12 agricultural workforce development pipeline initiative
One proposed resolution calls for convening a task force to identify and document the economic, regulatory and environmental consequences of crop degradation caused by endangered and invasive species. Another supports the state’s acquisition of land for agricultural purposes.