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 covering purchases through 6/30/2021.
Currently, applications are accepted until 6/30/2022 for purchases made from 7/1/2020 through 6/30/2021 Reimbursement is available for up to 50% of pre-tax costs for Beauveria bassiana products (BotaniGard and Mycotrol). Depending on available funds, up to a maximum of $600 per acre and $6,000 per farm can be reimbursed. Applications must be fully completed by 6/30/2022 or those receipts 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). The additional Section is a Grower Survey which is optional, but essential for researchers and extension to assist farmers. The survey has been reduced to 10 questions, primarily focused on Coffee Leaf Rust management, and should take about 10 minutes to complete.
If you are using this as a guide to complete the online application, once you start the online application, 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 can upload your receipts and sign online or you will be contacted by email with a signature page and request for receipts.
If you prefer to complete the application on paper, contact the CBB Pesticide Subsidy Program office at 808-323-7578 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can submit your application and receipts by mail (PO Box 226, Captain Cook, HI 96704) or make an appointment to bring them in to Room #7 (next to the tax office) at 82-6130 Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook, HI 96704.
For new applicants, 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 are required. 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.
Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences in managing CBB and CLR on the Growers Survey.