Requires the department of agriculture, animal industry division,
to conduct a mandatory survey and sampling of swine farms in the
State to determine the incidence of porcine respiratory and
reproductive syndrome.  (HB2801 CD1)

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE                 H.B. NO.           H.D. 2
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                S.D. 2
STATE OF HAWAII                                            C.D. 1

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that the swine industry is
 2 a significant contributor to diversified agriculture in Hawaii,
 3 generating $6,000,000 in farm gate value alone.  Swine production
 4 is also an integral part of Hawaii's culture and economy, and is
 5 essential for the continued functioning of activities ranging
 6 from family luaus to Chinatown markets.
 7      However, the legislature finds that Hawaii's swine industry
 8 is threatened by porcine respiratory and reproductive syndrome
 9 (PRRS), which can have a devastating impact on swine,
10 particularly in herds that are free of the disease and have not
11 built up resistance to this disease.  PRRS has been shown in
12 Hawaii to cause losses of approximately six months production and
13 income, and increase ongoing production costs after the disease
14 is under control.  Moreover, this disease has made it impossible
15 for some farmers to continue in business.
16      The purpose of this Act is to coordinate a mandatory survey
17 and sampling of swine farms in the State to determine the
18 incidence of PRRS.

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 1      SECTION 2.  (a)  The department of agriculture, animal
 2 industry division, shall conduct a mandatory survey and sampling
 3 of swine farms in the State to determine the incidence of PRRS.
 4 The survey results shall be confidential except that final
 5 reports or report summaries shall be available to the general
 6 public upon request.  Raw data that would allow any owner or
 7 business to be identified shall be considered confidential,
 8 unless to do so would otherwise violate chapter 92F, Hawaii
 9 Revised Statutes; provided that the results shall be available to
10 the producer on whose farm the survey is conducted and to the
11 cooperative extension service for statistical analysis.
12      (b)  The department of agriculture shall establish
13 procedures to certify that swine herds are negative for PRRS and
14 maintain a list of these herds.
15      SECTION 3.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2000.