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Kona Farmers Make Video About Coffee Berry Borer

February 26, 2012
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Kona Farmers Make Video About Coffee Berry Borer

A new  video about Integrated Beetle Management is available online to help farmers manage the coffee berry borer beetle (CBB). The beetle has spread at an alarming rate through Kona, threatening the survival of Hawaii’s premier specialty crop.   “With some Kona coffee farmers still discovering the beetle infestation and others reporting a total crop loss, information is needed to saturate the community immediately,” said Suzanne Shriner, Kona coffee farmer and member of the Kona Coffee Farmers Association. “In a region such as Kona, where 700 farms are in close proximity, the beetle crosses farm…

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Senator Green Introduces Coffee Labeling Bill

January 23, 2012
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State Senator Josh Green (D-Kona) has  introduced the Coffee Origin Disclosure Bill.  The Kona Coffee Farmers Association says the bill is designed to provide a  step forward toward truth-in-labeling.  The bill would require disclosure of the origin of all the coffee in the bag.   For labels on packages containing, for example, 10% Kona coffee the measure would require disclosure of the origin of the 90% not grown in Kona. As an illustration, labels would be required to include disclosures such as “Contains: 90% Panamanian Coffee, 10% Kona Coffee.” Under current law such packages are…

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Ag Department Plans to Quarantine Hawaii Island Coffee to Stop the Borer

January 5, 2012
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The Hawaii State Department of Agriculture will hold two public hearings Thursday to get input on their proposal to restrict intrastate movement of coffee plants, beans, used bags, and equipment to prevent further spread of the coffee berry borer. The proposal includes a provision to allow such movement with a permit, which would require inspection of some kind.  A temporary quarantine has been in place, but it expired December 2, 2011, so for the last month there has been no quarantine. This new move is to create a permanent quarantine. The Department of Agriculture is…

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Class Action Suit Filed Against Safeway for its “Kona Coffee” Blend

September 19, 2011
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Class Action Suit Filed Against Safeway for its “Kona Coffee” Blend

A Los Angeles attorney has filed a class action suit against Safeway in federal court in Northern California alleging Safeway profited off the reputation of Kona coffee while selling a coffee product with very little Hawaiian coffee.  The suit names only one coffee drinker, Chanee Thurston, of Benicia, California.  Attorney Janet Lindner Spielberg represents Thurston and other un-named plaintiffs, saying they paid more money for the product than they would normally because of the Kona coffee name on the label–but the label was not reflective of the product. The issue came to the forefront earlier…

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Safeway Agrees to Change Kona Coffee Blend Label

September 2, 2011
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Safeway Stores has agreed to make requested modifications in the labeling of their “Safeway Select Kona Coffee Blend” sold at Safeway Stores on the U. S. Mainland.  They sent a letter dated August 31, 2011 to  the Kona Coffee Farmers Association and Russell Kokubun, Chairman of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, to advise them of the changes. In July the Kona Coffee Farmers Association called for a nationwide boycott of all Safeway stores in response to Safeway’s disregard of concerns about deceptively labeled “Safeway Select Kona Blend”. The KCFA’s Boycott resolution also noted that Safeway…

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Kona Coffee Farmers to Picket Safeway Thursday

August 10, 2011
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The Kona Coffee Farmers Association has announced they will provide informational pickets at the Kona Safeway on Thursday, August 11, from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. The nonprofit group is concerned that Safeway is offering a product called Safeway Select Kona Blend which does not identify what percentage of Kona Coffee beans are in the bag, nor where the other beans originate.  Hawaii State law requires such identification, but only on products sold in the State.   In April, State Director of Agriculture Russell Kokubun wrote a letter, as suggested by Safeway’s Hawaii District Office, to…

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Safeway Responds to Kona Coffee Farmers

August 9, 2011
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Paul Uster of the Kona Coffee Farmers Association has met with representatives at the home office of Safeway Store, Inc., in Pleasanton, California.  The Kona Coffee Farmers Association called for a boycott of Safeway because they sell their own private label Kona Coffee blend in stores outside of Hawaii, but do not identify how much Kona coffee is in the bag.  Safeway had not responded to a letter from State Department of Agriculture Chair Russell Kokubun from April 11, 2011,  requesting compliance with Hawaii State labeling laws.  Although Safeway is not violating the state labeling…

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Coffee Farmers Call for Safeway Boycott

August 2, 2011
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The Kona Coffee Farmers Association is calling for a nationwide boycott of Safeway.     Their ambitious plan is fueled by what they say is lack of respect for the Kona coffee product and lack of adherence to Hawaii labeling laws. Safeway sells its own brand of coffee, called Safeway Select.   On the mainland, that includes offering Safeway Select Kona Blend, which invites consumers to “revel in the unmatched taste of savory beans from Hawaii’s Big island.” Bruce Corker of the Kona Coffee Farmers Association says that’s the problem.  Safeway does not say how much Kona coffee…

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State Ag Department Wants to Make Coffee Beetle Fix Easier to Get

April 8, 2011
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State Ag Department Wants to Make Coffee Beetle Fix Easier to Get

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture is proposing to make it easier to import a fungus used to control the Coffee Berry Borer Beetle, which is considered a major threat to Hawaii Island’s coffee beans.  The Borer has been discovered in Kona farms, the first place in the state it has been detected. The Department of Agriculture said they want to remove the fungus from the list of restricted microorganisms. Agriculture officials in February approved using pesticides that contain the fungus only with a permit. The department is proposing removing the permit requirement.  The pesticide would…

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Coffee Berry Borer Workshop Saturday

February 18, 2011
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Local Kona coffee farmers are taking matters into their own hands regarding the coffee berry borer beetle.   On Saturday, February 19, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. there will be a coffee berry borer trapping workshop at the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculure and Human Resourcers Extension Office, across from Aloha Theater in Kainaliu and up the hill.   The workshop is free, and everybody with coffee trees–from a few to many–is invited.  They’ll teach participants how to make coffee borer beetle traps and provide methanol bait, which poisons the beetles.   Those attending should…

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Congresswoman Hirono Talks Story

January 29, 2011
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Congresswoman Hirono Talks Story

United States Congresswoman Mazie Hirono was on Hawaii Island Friday.   She visited the Ellison Onizuka Space Center at the Kona International Airport, she stopped by the Kona Coffee Farmers Association Expo at Kona’s Old Airport Makae’o Events Pavilion, and she went to a business expo in the KTA Shopping Center in Waimea.  While at the Farmers Association Expo, Congresswoman shared some of her mana’o with Big Island News Center’s Sherry Bracken. -Committee assignments:  she’s on the Education and Workforce Committee, and the Ethics Committee.   She said everything has changed under Republican leadership, and it was…

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Possible Coffee Borer Beetle Solution Coming

January 26, 2011
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Possible Coffee Borer Beetle Solution Coming

The State Board of Agriculture approved field testing two pesticides that may control the Coffee Berry Borer.  Each contains a fungus that has been effective in keeping the damaging pest in check elsewhere in the world.  Both pesticides are approved for use in the other 49 states. Plant Pest Control Branch Manager Neil Reimer said the department’s proposal is to test the pesticides on five five-acre farms at different elevations in South Kona.  But Kona Coffee Farmers Association member Susan Shriner testified in favor of speeding up the process to allow the pesticides to be…

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