HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-NINTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2018

 

COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE

Rep. Richard P. Creagan, Chair

Rep. Lynn DeCoite, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Cedric Asuega Gates

Rep. Gregg Takayama

Rep. Kaniela Ing

Rep. Cynthia Thielen

Rep. Calvin K.Y. Say

 

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

TIME:

8:30 AM

PLACE:

Conference Room 312

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

HB 2099

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Requires the Department of Agriculture to conduct a feasibility study on the establishment of ag-tech zones within the City and County of Honolulu. Appropriates funds for conducting the feasibility study.

 

AGR, EDB, FIN

HB 2301

Status

RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION.

Restructures the Hawaii Invasive Species Council as the Hawaii Invasive Species Authority, administratively attached to the Department of Agriculture, to coordinate implementation of the Hawaii Interagency Biosecurity Plan and to improve coordination of the State's invasive species prevention, early detection, rapid response, control, enforcement, and outreach programs. Appropriates funds to implement the Authority and relevant interagency invasive species projects. Effective 7/1/2018.

 

AGR, EEP, FIN

HB 2302

Status

RELATING TO THE IMPORTANT AGRICULTURAL LAND QUALIFIED AGRICULTURAL COST TAX CREDIT.

Extending through the 2028 tax year, the time that the Department of Agriculture may certify important agricultural lands qualified agricultural costs.

 

AGR, WAL, FIN

HB 2305

Status

RELATING TO COFFEE BERRY BORER.

Extending through the June 30, 2022, the exemption from chapter 76, Hawaii Revised Statutes, of the pesticide subsidy program manager position in order to provide assistance to local coffee farmers for pesticide costs incurred through the final year of the program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGR, LAB, FIN

HB 2497

Status

RELATING TO THE HAWAII FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAM.

Establishes a farm to school grant pilot program within the Hawaii department of agriculture to provide grants to schools, early care and education centers, nonprofits, soil and water conservation districts, and food producers participating in the Hawaii farm to school program. Requires the Hawaii farm to school coordinator to submit a report to the legislature. Makes appropriations for continuance of the Hawaii farm to school program and coordinator position.

 

AGR, EDN, FIN

 

 

 

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

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Rep. Richard P. Creagan

Chair