August 16, 2010
The Hawaii Crop Improvement Association (HCIA) recently honored House Speaker Calvin Say and Rep. Clift Tsuji, chair of the House agriculture committee, for receiving the 2010 BIO Co-Legislators of the Year award. The lawmakers were recognized by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) for their leadership and support of the agricultural biotechnology industry in Hawaii.
HCIA nominated both Speaker Say and Rep. Tsuji for the prestigious national achievement award that is given to state and Congressional public servants for their commitment to advancing biotechnology and promoting the public’s health and well-being. The awards are traditionally given to recipients at the annual BIO International Convention, which was held this year in Chicago. Speaker Say and Rep. Tsuji were unable to attend the convention in May to receive their awards. HCIA presented the awards to the lawmakers last week during a luncheon held in their honor at the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel.
Luncheon attendees praised Speaker Say and Rep. Tsuji for their longstanding leadership and support of agricultural biotechnology.
“Speaker Say and Rep. Tsuji have been vocal proponents of agricultural biotechnology, its economic and fiscal contributions to the state, and the potential of genetically engineered crops to help feed the world,” said Fred Perlak, HCIA president. “For the good of the state, both of these individuals have worked effectively and tirelessly to minimize policies that might negatively impact this vital industry.” Hawaii’s $200 million seed crop industry leads the state’s agricultural biotech sector and employs nearly 2,000 residents on the islands of Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, and Maui.
The Hawaii Crop Improvement Association is a membership organization that supports the growth and development of the seed industry, agriculture and agricultural sciences in Hawaii.
HCIA members with BIO Co-Legislators of the Year Award recipients (from left) Fred Perlak, president, HCIA; Laurie Goodwin, president-elect, HCIA; Speaker Calvin Say; Adolph Helm, HCIA; Rep. Clift Tsuji