STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1005

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2015

 

RE: S.B. No. 376

S.D. 2

 

 

 

 

Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Agriculture, to which was referred S.B. No. 376, S.D. 2, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO A FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAM,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to improve the health of children and the agricultural economy through the support of school gardens, health and nutrition education, agriculture, and the procurement of locally grown food for school meals and snacks by:

 

(1) Establishing a Farm to School Program in the Department of Agriculture; and

 

(2) Appropriating funds for a Farm to School Coordinator position to oversee the Program.

 

The University of Hawaii System, two members of the Kauai County Council, Land Use Research Foundation of Hawaii, Hawaii Cattlemen's Council, Hawaii Green Growth, The Kohala Center, Hawaii Farm to School and School Garden Hui, Kokua Hawaii Foundation, Hawaii Dietetic Association, Local Food Coalition, Hawaii Farmers Union United, National Farm to School Network, Hawaii Public Health Institute, Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation, Hawaii State Teachers Association, and a number of concerned individuals supported this measure. The Department of Agriculture supported the intent of this measure. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs submitted comments.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Agriculture that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 376, S.D. 2, and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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CLIFT TSUJI, Chair