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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. 10, 2022

Farmers in Lazio Kick Off Harvest at Emperor Hadrian's Estate

Agricultural associations used the event to emphasize the challenges facing traditional olive farmers in Italy.

Jul. 13, 2022

Olive Oil Production Expected to Decrease in Italy Due to Ongoing Drought

After a promising start to 2022, with plenty of blossoms on the olive trees, heat and dry weather have led to a significant fruit drop and a lower-than-expected harvest.

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Jul. 5, 2022

Italy’s Farmhouses Enjoy a Post-Pandemic Boom

A new study found that more than seven in 10 Italians plan to visit a local farmhouse this summer.

Jun. 22, 2022

Northern Italy's Drought Continues to Worsen

Farmers’ associations estimate that crop yields will be significantly impacted as local authorities put limits on the amount of water available for irrigation.

May. 12, 2022

Court Halts Removal of Xylella-Infected Millenary Trees in Puglia

Local agricultural associations protested a local court's decision and said it would result in further damage to the region’s olive trees.

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Mar. 21, 2022

Italy Prepares to Sell 800 Farms to Young Farmers

Italy' aims to revitalize its aging agricultural sector by providing financing for young farmers to purchase land.

Mar. 17, 2022

Officials in Puglia Approve New Plan to Stem Spread of Xylella Fastidiosa

The goal is to monitor and combat the bacteria outbreaks that have been destroying traditional and monumental olive groves for nearly a decade.

Mar. 2, 2022

Italian Farmers Take to The Streets Against War in Ukraine

Producers' organizations called on institutions to take steps toward peace, while farmers in several Italian cities rallied against the war in Ukraine.

Dec. 15, 2021

Extra Virgin Olive Oils Will Be Sent to Space in 2022

Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti will bring seven extra virgin olive oils for her crew to enjoy with their meals and to see how the oils hold up in space.

Dec. 8, 2021

In Italy, a New Beer Made from Olive Leaves

Birra Olea is made from local olive leaves, which the brewer says lend a smokey flavor and antioxidants.

Nov. 29, 2021

Critics of Nutri-Score Demand Reform to Ratings of PDO and PGI Foods

Officials in France, Italy and Spain want specialty products to be treated differently than processed foods by the labeling system.

Nov. 10, 2021

Producers in Southern Italy in Crisis as Challenges Mount

From the hot and dry summer to the Covid-fueled labor shortages and unrelenting spread of Xylella fastidiosa, many farmers in Puglia find themselves in an emergency.

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Jul. 13, 2020

Covid-19 Inflicts €2 Billion of Losses on Italian Olive Oil Sector

Italy’s major farmers association attributes the bulk of losses to the shutdown of the nation’s foodservice sector during the pandemic and a precipitous drop in tourism.

Jul. 7, 2020

Nutri-Score Gains Traction Despite Opposition From Italian Farmers

The Italian farmers' group Coldiretti opposes the controversial French food labeling system, saying it underrates the health benefits of olive oil.

Jun. 25, 2020

Decline in Exports Add to Troubles for Puglian Producers

Exports are down and storage facilities are full in Puglia while farmers and local politicians call for urgent support.

Jun. 9, 2020

Italian Farmhouses Push to Revitalize Tourism in Pandemic's Wake

An association of Italian farmers warns that the sector could lose €1 billion in 2020. As the lockdown eases, farmhouses are finding new ways to safely attract tourists.

May. 11, 2020

Sales Slump, Drought, Hit Already Struggling Sicilian Farmers

Sicilian farmers struggle with drought and a severe sales slump as consumers move to cheaper, imported oil blends, leaving premium local EVOOs on grocery shelves.

Mar. 21, 2020

Olive Oil Sales Jump While Italian Economy Shrinks From Covid-19

Italians are shopping in masks and gloves, but they're still shopping, and buying more than they used to. Olive oil sales in Italy have jumped 22 percent since Covid-19 hit, and stores are finding that Mediterranean diet staples are now the top sellers

Jan. 31, 2020

Italy Approves €300M Fund to Fight Xylella

Better late than never, the Italian government will fund a €300 million-plan to fight Xylella fastidiosa through eradication, replanting, research and restoration.

Sep. 4, 2019

Optimistic Forecasts for Harvest in Italy

Under the current conditions, the yield could exceed 315,000 tons -- lower than the average of the last decade, but still better than in recent years.

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