Report Title:

Food Safe Certification; Pilot Program; Small Farmers

 

Description:

Establishes a pilot program to develop safe food certification for small farms that form agricultural cooperatives and establish purchasing agreements with hotels and restaurants.

 


HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

1471

TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE, 2009

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT


 

 

relating to farms.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


     SECTION 1.  (a)  The Hawaii tourism authority shall plan and implement a food certification pilot program to benefit small farmers throughout the state. 

     (b)  The pilot program shall be managed by the Hawaii tourism authority; provided that the department of agriculture and the department of health shall provide the authority with assistance as necessary in implementing the pilot program.  The pilot program shall:

     (1)  Encourage small farmers to form agricultural cooperatives;

     (2)  Coordinate purchasing agreements between the agricultural cooperatives and hotels, restaurants, and other buyers in the visitor and hospitality industries; and

     (3)  Develop and implement "safe" food certification for products under the pilot program to promote fresh, high-quality, locally-grown produce grown by Hawaii small farmers.

All small farmers operating in the state shall be eligible to apply for the pilot program.

     (c)  The Hawaii tourism authority shall establish and manage a separate and distinct special fund to be known as the food certification pilot program special fund to provide funding needed to operate the pilot program.

     SECTION 2.  There is appropriated out of the tourism special fund the sum of $160,000 or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2009-2010 and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2010-2011 to be deposited into the food certification pilot program special fund established in section 1 of this Act.

     SECTION 3.  There is appropriated out of the food certification pilot program special fund the sum of $160,000 or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2009-2010 and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2010-2011 for the operations of the food certification pilot program established in section 1 of this Act.

     SECTION 4.  The sums appropriated shall be expended by the Hawaii tourism authority for the purposes of this Act.

    

     SECTION 5.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2009.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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