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Nov. 2, 2022

Spain Lowers Barriers for Agricultural Workers to Access Wage Subsidies

The steep decline in olive production has decreased the amount of work for farm laborers in Spain and forced the government to expand its safety net.

Nov. 1, 2022

E.U. Asks Global Community to Accelerate Energy Transition Ahead of COP27

The 27-member bloc announced new strategies including stricter climate pledges. They said that 1.5 °C maximum temperature growth is still within reach.

Oct. 31, 2022

In Greece, Millers Call for Subsidies to Soften Impact of Rising Costs

Olive oil mill owners want the same energy subsidies given to bakers and bread manufacturers to cover the cost of rising energy bills.


Oct. 26, 2022

In Croatia, Students Join Award-Winning Farm for Olive Harvest

Students from Zagreb also learned about the milling process. The oil they helped produce will be submitted to the 2023 NYIOOC.

Oct. 24, 2022

Italy Announces €3.9B Investment in Water Infrastructure

The funds will be used to fix leaks, digitalize water management systems, renew irrigation channels and reinforce water systems in earthquake-prone areas.

Oct. 24, 2022

Producers in Abruzzo Seek PGI Certification

Farmers and producers in Italy’s fifth-largest producing region hope the PGI will add value to their olive oils and mitigate rising production costs.

Oct. 24, 2022

Montenegro Harvest Begins with Ancient Tree in Mirovica

Visitors and volunteers tasted early harvest oils and helped harvest the country's oldest tree.

Oct. 17, 2022

Greece Hails Strong Presence in U.S. Table Olive Market as Exports Rise

Greece ranked second among table olives exporters to the United States in the first half of 2022 but received the highest prices.

Oct. 17, 2022

E.U. Green Lights €100M Subsidy for Italian Olive Millers

The recipients will be eligible to receive the state-aid to cover up to half of the expense of upgrading their mills to be more efficient and sustainable.

Oct. 17, 2022

Olive Oil Aisles Result in Superior Supermarket Sales

Grouping all the olive oils in a single aisle and providing information about them resulted in an 18-percent increase in sales. Extra virgin olive oil sales rose 13 percent.


Oct. 17, 2022

Italy’s Organic Food Sales More than Doubled in the Past Decade

The value of organic agricultural exports also rose by 181 percent in the same period. Wine led the way, but extra virgin olive oil was not far behind.

Oct. 17, 2022

Olive Oil Production to Fall 25%, European Commission Predicts

All of Europe’s main producing countries, with the exception of Greece, are expecting significant production drops. However, some believe the forecast is too pessimistic.

Oct. 13, 2022

Officials Congratulate Regional NYIOOC Winners at Ceremony in Split

Ahead of the harvest, olive growers from Split-Dalmatia County were congratulated for their 17 awards at the 2022 World Olive Oil Competition.

Oct. 13, 2022

Olive Oil Prices Hit Record Highs in Spain After 'Unprecedented' Market Events

Prices for all grades of olive oil shot up after the Spanish and Andalusian governments released official harvest estimates well below initial expectations.

Oct. 12, 2022

Rising Production Prices Force Some Farmers in Sicily to Forgo Harvest

As the harvest season tentatively opens, some farmers have decided not to harvest, while others are working with local authorities to agree on fixed prices.

Oct. 12, 2022

Olive Oil and Agri-Food Exports Rise Even as Italy Re-Enters Trade Deficit

Olive oil exports grew by 17 percent, and total agri-food exports increased by 18 percent in the first half of 2022. However, imports rose faster.

Oct. 6, 2022

Excitement, Anticipation in Slovenia as Harvest Gets Underway

Despite high spring heat and drought, producers are anticipating high quantities of olives along with the excellent quality of the resulting oil.

Oct. 6, 2022

Art Exhibition Raises Awareness of Growing Wildfire Risk, Funds Reforestation

Artist Michele Ardu's exhibition 'Aurum Urens' uses charred olive tree remains from Sardinia to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change.