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July 20, 2018

Hawaii Farm Bureau (HFB) is pleased with the level of success gained in 2018 on behalf of our members and the entire agricultural community. We develop our legislative package collaboratively calling upon member participation from all 11 county chapters, using a scoring system by which we prioritize our initiatives. We work with our grassroots membership, partners, and lawmakers to advocate for policies that support local agriculture.

This year we screened nearly 3,000 pieces of legislation and tracked, reviewed and developed strategies on nearly 400 initiatives that could impact Hawaii’s farmers and ranchers.

HFB introduced a total of 9 priority initiatives this session. We are pleased that of the Farm Bureau initiatives introduced, HFB has effectively lobbied and received passage of 5 initiatives.

We thank you for your support and look forward to strengthening the agricultural sector in Hawaii now and for generations to come.

HFB 2018 Priorities:

Hawai‘i Association of Conservation Districts (#1 HFB Priority)
Act 053 (State Budget). Appropriates funds from the special land and development fund to the Department of Land and Natural Resources for the operational expenses and staffing costs of the Hawai‘i Association of Conservation Districts.

Important Agriculture Lands Tax Credit Extention (#2 HFB Priority)
Act 087. Extending through the 2021 tax year, the time that the Department of Agriculture may certify important agricultural lands qualified agricultural costs.

Rose-ringed Parakeet (#3 HFB Priority)
Act 180. Appropriates funds to the DLNR to provide assistance and supplemental funding to the National Wildlife Research Center of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to conduct pilot field studies to evaluate control tools and develop a management plan to reduce the rose-ringed parakeet population on Kauai.

Waiahole Irrigation (#7 HFB Priority)
Act 053 (State Budget). Authorizes the issuance of general obligation bonds and appropriates funds to finance capital improvements to the Waiahole Irrigation System.

CTAHR Ornamental Extension Agent (#8 HFB Priority)
Act 053 (State Budget)Appropriates funds to the UH college of tropical agriculture and human resources cooperative extension service for two full-time ornamental plant extension agents.

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