HFB President Cabral Nominated to Board of Ag

Big Island cattle rancher and Hawaii Farm Bureau President Randy Cabral has been nominated to an at-large seat on the state Board of Agriculture.

The BOA members are appointed by the Governor of Hawaii and confirmed by the State Senate. Cabral’s confirmation hearing is set for 1:15 p.m. April 12 before the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Environment, which is led by Chairman Mike Gabbard and Vice Chair Gil Riviere.

“I’m truly honored to be presented with this opportunity to continue to serve the agricultural community of Hawaii,” said Cabral, whose family-operated Big Island farm previously grew edible ginger, Chinese taro and dasheen, and vegetable truck crops and now raises cattle.

Cabral retired in 2015 after a 44-year career in agriculture that began as an experimentalist with the Hawaii Sugar Planters Association and ended as senior vice president of operations for Royal Hawaiian Orchards, where he was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of a 6,000-acre Big Island macadamia nut orchard with 200 employees.

Once confirmed, his term will expire June 30, 2021.

Cabral will be filling the seat previously held by Maui persimmon farmer Clark Hashimoto, who just completed two terms as an at-large member. The HFB extends its deep appreciation for his excellent service.

Other BOA members include Richard Ha, representing Hawaii County; Jerry Ornellas, Kauai County; Simon Russell, Maui County; and Michelle Galimba and Glenn Hong, who serve at-large. Scott Enright, chair of the Department of Agriculture; Suzanne Case, chair of the Department of Land and Natural Resources; Luis P. Salaveria, director of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism; and Maria Gallo, dean of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources – University of Hawaii, are ex-officio voting members of the Board.

The 10-member Board of Agriculture is charged with establishing broad operating policies for the Hawaii Department of Agriculture. It also reviews state agricultural land leases and permit requests associated with the import of restricted plant and animal species.