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Sep. 16, 2020

Italy Provides €140M in Loans to Producer Groups to Buy Olive Oil, Table Olives

Guaranteed loans are available to producer organizations to buy Italian olive oil and table olives from their members.

Sep. 16, 2020

Xylella Fastidiosa Arrives in Third French Region

Authorities have implemented containment protocols after discovering an infected lavender plant at a gardening store in Occitanie. The southern region is home to about one-quarter of France’s olive oil production.

Sep. 16, 2020

Climate and COVID Worry Farmers Preparing for Harvest

An Olive Oil Times survey reveals a season of growing uncertainties and challenges for olive oil producers.

Sep. 14, 2020

Bad Weather Ahead of Harvest Dampens Spirits of Italy's Olive Oil Producers

Extreme weather events – ranging from hail storms to flash flooding – have impacted olive growers across Italy. For many farmers, hopes of a promising harvest have washed away.

Sep. 9, 2020

Italy Reiterates Opposition to Nutri-Score Label, Calls for Wider Adoption of Nutrinform

the Italian Minister of Agriculture has been lobbying other E.U. governments on the issue and has called for the protection of foods that she hailed as "pillars of the Mediterranean diet.”

Sep. 8, 2020

Ancient Olive Mill Transformed Into ‘Solidarity Kitchen’ on Lesbos

Situated above the massive Moria refugee camp on the eastern Greek isle, volunteers have turned an old oil mill into an impromptu community kitchen and are helping to provide 1,000 meals each day.

Aug. 31, 2020

Spanish Table Olive Exports to U.S. Fall Further

Table olive exports from Spain to the United States fell by almost a third in the first half of 2020. U.S. tariffs are blamed for the steep drop.

Aug. 31, 2020

Tunisian Exports on Record-Breaking Pace

Tunisia’s National Olive Oil Board attributes the record-setting exports to a bumper crop and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe.

Aug. 27, 2020

Italian Agricultural Agency’s Olive Oil Purchase Tenders Are Too Low, Farmers Argue

The Agency for Payments in Agriculture has awarded its €8 million tender. Skeptical farmers are questioning the criteria used to make the decision and have said the final amount of €2.28 is too low.

Aug. 27, 2020

Worker Shortages Problematic for Italian Farms as Harvest Nears

The usual influx of seasonal workers who come to harvest apples, grapes and olives in Italy has been interrupted. Travel restrictions related to COVID-19 has politicians and farmers worried that key crops will not be picked in time.

Aug. 25, 2020

Europe Removes Tariffs on U.S. Lobsters in Bid to De-Escalate Trade Tensions

In return for removing $111 million tariffs on lobster imports, the United States will eliminate $160 million in tariffs on a range of goods. Observers see this as the first step in de-escalating trade tensions that led to the imposition of a 25-percent tariff on some Spanish olive oils.

Aug. 25, 2020

Asian Bug May Be Cause of ‘Green Drop’ in Olive Trees, Researchers Find

An experiment revealed that the presence of the invasive brown marmorated stink bug on olive tree branches correlated with increased occurrence of the newly-observed ‘green drop’ disease.

Aug. 24, 2020

German Chancellor Casts Doubt Over Landmark E.U.-Mercosur Trade Deal

Angela Merkel is concerned that dropping E.U. tariffs on some agricultural products from Brazil will expedite deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

Jul. 30, 2020

In Italy, Farmers Unite to Compete With Multinationals

One of Italy’s largest agricultural firms has agreed to invest $200 million to provide more bargaining power and a larger pool of resources for independent farmers.

Jul. 29, 2020

Despite Challenges, Soap Production Continues in West Bank

While the majority of Palestine’s soap factories have closed after years of occupation and economic hardship, a few have managed to hang on. Giving a modern twist to ancient practices, some producers are not ready to wash their hands of the business yet.

Jul. 22, 2020

Geographical Indications Protected in New China-E.U. Trade Deal

The PDO and PGI status of two dozen extra virgin olive oils from five different European countries will be formally protected as part of the deal, which is expected to be ratified later this year.

Jul. 21, 2020

Farmers Warn Pesticide Ban Jeopardizes Italy's Olive Oil Production

While the prohibition on dimethoate-based pesticides was delayed until October, farmers and their supporters argue that no alternative treatments are available in time for the 2020 harvest.

Jul. 20, 2020

E.U. to Allow Member States to Regulate Olive Oil Supply

The decision comes as the three main institutions responsible for legislation in the trading bloc agreed on an extension to the Common Agricultural Policy. Spain’s main agricultural cooperative has welcomed the move.

Jul. 16, 2020

Olive Oil World Tour Campaign Relaunches in Spain

From July through September, thousands of passengers boarding the high-speed ferry, Cecilia Payne, will be reminded of Spain's olive oil sector.

Jul. 16, 2020

Tariff Threats, Covid Aftermath Hang Over Spain's Table Olive Harvest

Table olive producers are expecting a slightly better harvest this year than they had in 2019. In spite of this, uncertainty over the future of the sector remains.

Jul. 15, 2020

Best Olive Oils Guide Adds Feature to Boost Online Sales of Award-Winning Brands

Finding online retailers who sell the best extra virgin olive oils just got a lot easier.

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