Aloha Coffee Farmers,
The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) Coffee Berry Borer (CBB) Pesticide Subsidy Program was established by Act 105, Session Laws of Hawaii 2014, to assist Hawaii coffee farmers with the cost of pesticides containing the fungus, Beauveria bassiana (i.e. BotaniGard® and Mycotrol®) known to control CBB. In 2017 the Hawaii Legislature extended the program through 6/30/2021.
Currently, applications are accepted until 6/30/2019 for purchases made from 7/1/2017 through 6/30/2018. For purchases made during this time period, reimbursement is available for up to 50% of out-of-pocket costs for Beauveria bassiana products and depending on number of applicants and available funds, up to $600 per acre and up to $6,000 per farm. Any applications received or postmarked after 6/30/2019 will not be eligible for reimbursement.
If you have eligible purchases and wish to apply for the subsidy, please complete Section I (Farm Owner/Manager Information) and Section II (Program Impact). If you already applied for the subsidy and would like to provide information on CBB management on your farm, please do for research and extension purposes.
It will take about 20 minutes to complete the application. You will need your contact information, tax map key (TMK) number(s), total harvested cherry yield for 2017/18 season, 3 harvested cherry CBB % damage #s from mid 2017/18 season, and other general production and economic information about your farm. If you own more than one farm, one application is required for each tax entity.
Once you start you cannot save your responses and return at a later time. Be sure to click the "DONE" button at the end to record your responses. You will be contacted and provided an appointment date and time.
Bring these required documents to your appointment: original receipts, a Driver's License or State issued ID, your State of Hawaii General Excise Tax ID Number, and your Social Security Number or Federal Tax ID. If your name is not listed as an owner or lessee on the TMK information provided by the County Real Property Tax Office, you will need to provide a copy of your lease.
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