Agricultural Research

Appropriates funds for agricultural research and development to
be performed by the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center, provided
that the funds are matched dollar-for-dollar by the private
sector.  (HB1994 CD1)

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                H.B. NO.           H.D. 2
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                S.D. 2
STATE OF HAWAII                                            C.D. 1

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that agriculture is one of
 2 the State's growth industries and a vital component of the
 3 State's economic base.  Agriculture provides an economically
 4 viable use of land, providing the open space cherished by
 5 Hawaii's citizenry and sought by visitors.
 6      The legislature also finds that Hawaii's agriculture
 7 industry has become increasingly diverse with new economic
 8 opportunities as prime agricultural land has become available and
 9 quarantine restrictions have eased.  In addition, sectors of
10 agriculture--sugar, pineapple, macadamia, coffee, papaya,
11 flowers, and exotic tropical fruits--are working together to
12 accelerate the expansion of the agriculture industry.  To
13 maximize opportunities for maintaining and expanding the
14 agriculture industry and to take best advantage of the thousands
15 of acres of prime farmland, production-driven research is
16 paramount.
17      The legislature recognizes that the commitment of the
18 private sector is critical to the success of Hawaii's agriculture
19 industry.  The Hawaii Agriculture Research Center (HARC),
20 formerly known as the Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Association,

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 1 exemplifies such commitment.  HARC serves as a model of private-
 2 public partnerships for agricultural research, and effectively
 3 partners with public institutions, such as the United States
 4 Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service and the
 5 University of Hawaii college of tropical agriculture and human
 6 resources, in facilitating agricultural technology transfer and
 7 maximizing the use of limited community resources.  Most of
 8 HARC's funding comes from the private sector, which provides the
 9 accountability demanded by its stakeholders and increases returns
10 on the State's funding, benefiting farm production and the local
11 economy.
12      The legislature also finds that HARC has been directing its
13 research primarily to crops that have received direct financial
14 support, such as coffee, papaya, macadamia, sugarcane, and
15 forestry.  HARC seeks to help increase commercial production
16 through crop improvement programs by focusing on improving
17 cultural practices and producing superior planting material
18 through plant breeding and selection.  Agricultural research at
19 HARC will continue to be a key resource in the State's efforts to
20 strengthen and improve the agriculture industry, revitalize the
21 economy, and maintain and create employment opportunities for
22 residents, especially in rural areas.

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 1      The purpose of this Act is to provide necessary funds to
 2 assist in maintaining current minimum levels of agricultural
 3 research and development at HARC.
 4      SECTION 2.  There is appropriated out of the general
 5 revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $750,000 or so much
 6 thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2000-2001 for
 7 agricultural research and development to be performed by the
 8 Hawaii Agriculture Research Center; provided that no funds shall
 9 be released unless matched dollar-for-dollar by the private
10 sector.
11      SECTION 3.  The sum appropriated shall be expended by the
12 department of agriculture for the purposes of this Act.
13      SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2000.