BY THE KONA COFFEE FARMERS ASSOCIATION – On Thursday, October 10, 2013, at 9:00 am at the West Hawaii Civic Center, Building G, the Hawaii Department of Agriculture will be holding a public hearing on proposed amendments to the Administrative Rules Relating to Coffee Standards.

These proposed rule changes will have major impacts on all Kona coffee farmers. Note that the final version of the amendments was not provided to Kona Coffee Farmers Association for review and comment prior to issuance of the Notice of Hearing.

Take a look at the comments, issues, and concerns about the rule changes that have been submitted so far by various KCFA members. They are posted here: http://tinyurl.com/mp7plg4. Among those issues and concerns are:

**Will “Home Roaster” Sales of Less-Than-Wholesale-Quantities of Green Coffee Be Adversely Affected?

**Are The Hawaii Coffee Grade Descriptions Deceptive and Damaging to Kona?

**Why is the HDOA Proposing to Charge $48/Page For Certificate Copies?

**Will the HDOA No Longer Issue Cost-Effective “Certificates of Origin Only” to small-scale farmers?

**Do the Rule Changes Affect Sales of Roasted Coffee? If So, How?

**Why is the Coffee Quality Certification Program Being Eliminated?

**What Are the Specific HDOA Objectives That Drive the Proposed Amendments?

**Has the HDOA Addressed Financial, Logistical and Other Practical Impacts On Small, Family-Scale Farms and Farmers?

For a link to the HDOA’s Notice of Hearing, go here: http://tinyurl.com/k2s9epm About two-thirds down that Notice of Hearing page there is an insignificant “click here” link to the Proposed amendments showing the changes. If you have additional questions or comments about these proposed amendments, please post them on the site or send them to info@konacoffeefarmers.org for posting.

Above all–please send written testimony to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture and come to the hearing on October 10.

Written testimony may be submitted prior to the hearing via postal mail to the Quality Assurance Division c/o Department of Agriculture, 1428 S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96814, or via fax at (808) 832-0683, or via email at HDOA.QAD@hawaii.gov. Please include the word “Testimony” and the subject matter <Rules related to coffee standards>.

Submitted by the Legislative Committee.

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