STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3215
RE: S.B. No. 2704
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2020
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 2704, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to establish and appropriate funds for a crop reimbursement pilot program to reimburse farming operations in the State for the costs of acquiring cover crop seeds or green manure.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Department of Agriculture; Larry Jefts Farm, LLC; Pono Hawaii Initiative; Hawaii Farm Bureau; The Jones Family Farm; Sierra Club of Hawaii; and Hawaii Center for Food Safety.
Your Committee finds that it benefits the State to encourage and incentivize regenerative agricultural practices, including the use of cover crops and green manure.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Changing the appropriation to an unspecified amount; and
(2) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on the measure.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2704, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2704, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair