The Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation (HFBF) is a non-profit organization of farming families united for the purpose of analyzing problems and formulating action to ensure the future of agriculture thereby promoting the well-being of farming and the State’s economy.
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, county meetings and our monthly newsletter. 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:
- Land use
- Pesticide awareness
- Legislative activity
- Commodity groups
Each committee consists of a representative from each of the nine counties and meetings are held on a regular basis to address specific concerns.
The State organization and the individual counties have also become involved in a scholarship program and each year award deserving students a scholarship to continue their education.
The Farm Bureau is very active in Government and some of the 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.