Establishes a voluntary porcine respiratory and reproductive
syndrome (PRRS) certification program, including developing
voluntary PRRS herd certification standards.  Appropriates funds.

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TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                   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 survey and
17 sampling of swine farms in the State to determine the incidence
18 of PRRS.
19      SECTION 2.  (a)  The department of agriculture, animal
20 industry division, shall conduct a survey and sampling of swine

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 1 farms in the State to determine the incidence of PRRS.  The
 2 survey results shall be confidential; provided that the results
 3 shall be available to the producer on whose farm the survey is
 4 conducted and to the cooperative extension service for
 5 statistical analysis.
 6      (b)  The department of agriculture shall establish
 7 procedures to certify that swine herds are negative for PRRS and
 8 maintain a list of these herds.
 9      SECTION 3.  There is appropriated out of the general
10 revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $62,300 or so much
11 thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2000-2001 to conduct
12 a survey and sampling of swine farms in the State to determine
13 the incidence of PRRS.
14      The sum appropriated shall be expended by the department of
15 agriculture for the purposes of this Act.
16      SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2000.
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