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.
Following a prolonged downturn in the farm economy – now entering its fifth year – farmers and ranchers have the risk management certainty they need in the form of a five-year farm bill. Among the changes in the 2018 farm bill are evolutionary improvements to commodity support programs such as the Marketing Loan Program, Price Loss Coverage and Agriculture R […]
As harvest wraps for the year we now turn our attention to the pace of consumption. There are two primary data sources to monitor weekly grain and oilseed exports. One USDA’s Federal Grain Inspection Service reports export grain inspections by commodity, port and destination. Two, USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service’s U.S. Export Sales report includes weekly […]
The U.S. economy continues to outperform expectations. Year-over-year growth in gross domestic product has been positive for 36 consecutive quarters, unemployment is the lowest in nearly 50 years and inflation remains mostly flat (U.S. GDP Growth Continues Impressive Run). While the U.S. economy roars along, the farm economy continues to struggle. USDA’s mos […]
The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 expanded eligibility for Title I farm programs to cotton producers by designating seed cotton, i.e., a combination of cotton lint and cottonseed, a covered commodity beginning with the 2018/19 marketing year. Cotton producers with generic base acres have until Dec. 7 to enroll in either the Price Loss Coverage program or the […]
The Bureau of Economic Analysis released its second report on gross domestic product growth for the third quarter of 2018, confirming a preliminary release in October that indicated the economy grew at a real rate of 3.5 percent from July through the end of September. This marks 36 consecutive quarters of positive GDP growth which began in the 4th quarter of […]