The Big Island Farm Bureau (BIFB) is a Multi-County 501c5 Non-Profit Farm Bureau representing agriculture on Hawaii Island. Our mission is to be the "Voice of Agriculture" by promoting, representing & protecting agriculture on Hawaii Island. We are affiliated with the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation. We are self supporting through projects, events & our social enterprise project Hawaii AgVentures; Membership fees are not charged for our services/programs.
USDA’s April 20, 2018, Milk Production report indicated U.S. milk production during the first quarter of 2018 was 54.4 billion pounds, up 1.5 percent or 823 million pounds from the first quarter of 2017. On a daily average production basis, during the first quarter of 2018, U.S. dairy farmers produced an additional 9 million pounds of milk per day than in 20 […]
Data recently released by the Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification indicates that U.S. farmers and ranchers continue to demand an increasingly large number of foreign workers via the H-2A program. In the second quarter of fiscal 2018, DOL certified 80,348 H-2A positions nationally, up more than 16 percent from the second quarter of fis […]
Many farms and ranches will be helped by the recently enacted estate tax exemption of $11 million per person indexed for inflation and the continuation of stepped-up basis, but the threat of a return to the $5.5 million per-person exemption in 2026 highlights the need for permanent relief, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.