STAND. COM. REP. NO. 138________

                                 Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                   , 1999

                                 RE: H.R. No. 8
                                     




Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii

Sir:

     Your Committee on Agriculture, to which was referred H.R.
No. 8 entitled:

     "HOUSE RESOLUTION URGING ALL INDEPENDENT DIVERSIFIED
     AGRICULTURE FARMERS TO WORK TOGETHER THROUGH THEIR
     RESPECTIVE COMMODITY ADVISORY GROUPS TO PROMOTE, MARKET,
     DISTRIBUTE, AND EXPORT HAWAII-MADE PRODUCTS AND HAWAII-GROWN
     CROPS,"

begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this resolution is to urge all independent
diversified agriculture farmers to work together through their
respective commodity advisory groups to promote, market,
distribute, and export Hawaii-made products and Hawaii-grown
crops.

     Testimony in support of the measure was received from the
University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human
Resources, the Hawaii Cattlemen's Council, Inc., the Commodity
Advisory Group, the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association, and the
Hawaii Aquaculture Association.  The Department of Agriculture
testified in support of this measure but felt the intent of this
measure is already being met through the formation of the
Commodity Advisory Group, which was initiated at the 1997 Hawaii
Farm Bureau's convention.  The Hawaii Agriculture Research Center
submitted testimony in support of the intent of the measure.  The
Pineapple Growers Association of Hawaii commented on the measure.


 
 
 
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     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Agriculture that is attached to this report, your
Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of H.R. No. 8, and
recommends that it be referred to the Committee on Finance.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Agriculture,



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                                   FELIPE P. ABINSAY, JR., Chair