Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2015


RE:   H.B. No. 508

      H.D. 1





Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Agriculture, to which was referred H.B. No. 508 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to:


(1)  Establish and fund a grant program within the Department of Agriculture for Qualified Feed Developers based on their feed development costs;


(2)  Appropriate funds to reimburse Qualified Producers of certain products for their cost of feed; and


(3)  Appropriate funds to reimburse Qualified Feed Developers for their cost of development of feed for sale to Qualified Producers.  


     The Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation, Ulupono Initiative, Hawaii Cattlemen's Council, Inc., and Land Use Research Foundation of Hawaii supported this measure.  The Department of Agriculture    supported the intent of this measure.  Animal Rights Hawaii opposed this measure.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Adding a purpose and findings section to provide context to the need for locally developed livestock feed;


     (2)  Requiring that the amount of grant funds disbursed to a Qualified Feed Developer be based on cost of goods sold, as verified by a certified public accountant, rather than the feed development costs incurred by the Developer;


     (3)  Deleting the condition that feed development costs be limited to feed developed for Qualifying Producers and not for feed developed for resale or gift or the cost of transportation to Hawaii;


     (4)  Requiring the Department of Agriculture to aggregate the total grant applications and divide and distribute the available grant funds on a pro rata basis;


     (5)  Allowing qualified feed developer businesses to manufacture feed, rather than only cultivating feed, for Qualified Producers;


     (6)  Requiring and funding the Department of Agriculture to conduct a survey to identify, assess, and validate locally sourced feed ingredients that are available to Qualified Feed Developers; and


     (7)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for style, clarity, and consistency.


     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 H.B. No. 508, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 508, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Finance.


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