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     SECTION 1.  Hawaii's farms and farmers reflect the heritage and diversity of many cultures and people.  They are the cornerstones of the State's goals for food security, sustainability, and self-sufficiency and are essential for producing local food for local consumption.

     The number of small farms in Hawaii has grown substantially during the last ten years, reflecting a changing agricultural model from plantations to smaller farms with diverse cropping and marketing systems that create new local food sources and significantly increased employment.  There is also a renewed interest in school gardens and in children being able to eat and enjoy the food they grow, contribute to their school cafeteria system, and learn economic, science, and cultural lessons through an agriculture-based curriculum.

     These trends necessitate the development of Hawaii good agricultural practices that are science-based guidelines to reduce the potential for food product contamination on farms.  The guidelines would provide support for farm practices regarding field management, proper hygiene, water quality for irrigation and produce rinse, agricultural chemicals, and the use of animal manure.

     At the national level, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 authorizes the Food and Drug Administration to develop science- and risk-based criteria for preventing food borne illnesses and encourages states to establish similar intra-state criteria for the safe production, distribution, and consumer handling of food.

     The Hawaii Constitution mandates both the preservation and protection of agricultural resources.  However, the department of agriculture's use of existing third party food safety certification audit systems is costly and impractical for many of Hawaii's farmers.  The current food safety procedure has reduced farmers' access to local markets, thereby reducing local consumers' access to local produce, and possibly discouraging the development of farms that create food sustainability for the State.  It also prevents children from having reasonable access to school gardens and undermines government programs that encourage food self sufficiency and economic development.

     The purpose of this Act is to establish a Hawaii good agricultural practices program for farms growing local agricultural food products.

     SECTION 2.  Chapter 147, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

     "§147-     Hawaii good agricultural practices program.  (a)  There is established the Hawaii good agricultural practices program to be administered by the department of agriculture.  The purpose of the program is to develop and support good agricultural practices for Hawaii farms growing agricultural food products.

     (b)  Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the Hawaii good agricultural practices program shall:

     (1)  Develop science- and risk-based good agricultural practices that reasonably reduce the potential for on-farm food borne illness and include specific considerations and methodologies for farm sizes, practices, techniques, materials, and crops;

     (2)  Develop and implement programs to educate and train Hawaii farmers to learn and implement good agricultural practices in a cost-effective and efficient manner;

     (3)  Provide procedures for voluntary verification of on-farm implementation of good agricultural practices and subsequent issuing of state compliance certification; and

     (4)  Develop a consumer information program for publication and broadcast to teach home practices for the treatment and handling of fresh and processed agricultural food products.

     (c)  The department shall consult as necessary with the department of health, the University of Hawaii college of tropical agriculture and human resources, and other state and federal agencies to develop and implement the Hawaii good agricultural practices program.

     (d)  The department may adopt rules under chapter 91 to facilitate the implementation of this section."

     SECTION 3.  There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $        or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2012-2013 for the implementation of the Hawaii good agricultural practices program.

     The sum appropriated shall be expended by the department of agriculture for the purposes of this Act.

     SECTION 4.  New statutory material is underscored.

     SECTION 5.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2012.








Report Title:

DOA; Hawaii Good Agricultural Practices Program; Appropriation



Establishes the Hawaii good agricultural practices program.  Makes an appropriation.




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