Monthly Archives: March 2012

Ag Agenda – The Voice of Agriculture – American Farm Bureau

Update Our Ports or Miss the Boat

By Bob Stallman
President, American Farm Bureau

Someone once said that it’s not leaving port, but coming in, that determines the success of a voyage. While this has some truth to it, the port that one departs from is just as important to a successful endeavor.

It may surprise many that if the planned expansion of the Panama Canal was completed tomorrow, the United States, one of the world’s largest trading powers, would only have six ports deep enough to handle the new larger ships that will pass. Yet, we are competing with all other parts of the world that are updating their ports. Since agriculture goods play a significant role in U.S. trade, modernizing our ports is extremely important for farmers and ranchers to be able to continue to thrive in the world market.

If You Build It, They Will Come

Even more surprising than the U.S. only having six large ports is the fact that all these ports are i

Read the complete article Ag Agenda – The Voice of Agriculture – American Farm Bureau.


Hamakua Community Development Plan is having its last 3 workshops..Join in!

Hamakua CDP is Ready for the Community’s Final Input…Attend the CDP Regional Workshops!

The Hāmākua CDP Regional Community Planning Workshops (Workshop) are interactive events designed to:

  • Present proposed strategies and ideas that have come out of the CDP process
  • Capture communities’ opinions and preferences about those strategies
  • Provide the planning team guidance in developing policies and actions for the draft CDP
  • Gather to celebrate the Hāmākua Community.
Who should come?Anyone who is involved in agriculture, or the community…

It’s important all areas of agriculture have a voice…If you don’t speak up someone else will…and will that be your voice you hear when the plan is final! The plan will impact your life, income and community… 

Meeting Dates for Final Input…. See flyer for Details


Thursday March 29 5:00-9:00 p.m.

NHERC, Honoka’a Hāmākua and North

Friday March 30 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Pāpa’ikou Gym Rural South Hilo, and
Sunday April 1st Noon
Laupāhoehoe Point Gym

Additional CDP Resources & information click here


Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Bill is Back 

Please submit testimony this bill will affect every business in Hawaii!

The Senate Judicary and Labor Committee has taken a bill from last session as a vehicle to put the mandatory sick leave language back on the table (earlier versions of this session’s house and senate bills died).
A hearing on HB 341 HD4 Proposed SD1 is scheduled for this Wednesday, March 28, at 10:30 a.m. in Room 016 of the State Capitol. Because this bill has a single referral, it is the only senate committee that will hear the bill, thus the last hearing. If it passes, the measure will go for a full vote by the Senate.

We urge you to submit testimony by clicking this link or go directly to



Some of the requirements of the measure include:

1) Requires businesses of all sizes to provide employees (ie. FT, PT, temps) to provide a minimum amount of paid and safe leave to employees to be used to care for themselves or a family member who is ill or a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

2) Small employers with less than 100 employees who do not provide paid time off will need to give up to an unspecified number of days off.

3) For employers who already provide the benefit, it adds another layer of adminstrative burden.

4) Prohibits employers from requiring reasonable documentation unless the “sick and safe leave” exceeds three days of absence.

5) Penalizes employers for asking to verify whether someone is sick by requiring the employer to pay for the doctor’s note.

6) Paid sick leave accrues at the commencement of employment.



%d bloggers like this: