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Nov. 29, 2021

Son of Pioneering Oregonian Wine Producers Blazes a Trail for Olive Oil

The owner of the state’s only commercial mill reflects on the challenges of producing award-winning olive oil in Oregon.

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.

Nov. 3, 2021

USDA Provides 'Historic' Funding for Specialty Crops

Through two programs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will make $243 million available to improve production efficiency and fund research.

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Oct. 26, 2021

Olive Oil Producers in Chile Hail a Record Yield

Chile produced 25,500 tons of olive oil in the 2020/21 crop year. But despite the bumper crop, exports fell substantially.

Sep. 23, 2021

WTO Delays Judgement on Spanish Black Olive Tariffs for Third Time

The European Union and the United States are negotiating a solution to the disagreement over anti-dumping tariffs imposed on Spain.

Sep. 14, 2021

After Slow Start, South African Producers Celebrate Record Harvest

While many growers reported more rainfall and record harvests, others fared less well and worry about the future.

Jun. 30, 2021

Spanish Researchers Begin Trialing Olive-Derived Treatment for Long Covid

A supplement made from polyphenols from olives and flavonoids from oranges will be given to patients to try and alleviate the symptoms associated with long Covid.

Jun. 30, 2021

South American Producers Celebrate NYIOOC Victories After Tough Year

The pandemic and difficult climatic conditions hampered the harvests of Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, yet these producers managed to win the industry's most coveted quality awards.

Jun. 29, 2021

Producers on Sicily and Sardinia Prevail in World Competition

Sicilian and Sardinian producers overcame the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic to craft award-winning oils once again in 2020.

Jun. 15, 2021

Mixed Expectations as Harvest Gets Underway in South Africa

While the country’s long-standing drought finally broke, pests, blackouts and Covid-19 restrictions resulted in a harvest of mixed results thus far.

Jun. 10, 2021

Andalusian Cooperative Crafts Award-Winning Olive Oil With Soul

Almazaras de la Subbética earned four awards at the 2021 NYIOOC, attributing their success to the terroir and climate.

Jun. 9, 2021

Italian Agriculture Fell in 2020, Olive Oil Sector Hit Hardest, Report Finds

While the Covid-19 pandemic severely damaged the entire agricultural sector, a government recovery plan could help by focusing on a sustainable transition to the future.

Jun. 7, 2021

Inclement Weather Dampens Argentina Olive Harvest, But Quality Remains High

Estimates for the 2021 harvest see production falling or remaining steady. Producers say they are more concerned about exports and prices.

Feb. 11, 2021

Andalusian Festival Inaugurates Virtual Event

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced some parts of La Molienda de Riogordo olive oil festival online. Organizers are capitalizing on the opportunity to offer an English-language version.

Jan. 4, 2021

California Table Olive Harvest Exceeds Expectations Despite Pandemic, Wildfires

The table olive harvest in the Golden State was between 9,000 and 15,000 tons larger than initially expected. The transition to high density groves has increased efficiency and quality, one of the state's main producers said.

Dec. 28, 2020

California Farmer Learns to Adapt to Constant Change

Challenges created by the pandemic and climate change prompted an award-winning producer to go with the flow.

Dec. 22, 2020

Producers in Greece Adapt to Challenging Harvest

Greek producers have shown resourcefulness in dealing with the exceptional challenges of the 2020 harvest, supported by their knowledge of the industry and their clients.

Dec. 14, 2020

Pandemic and Weather Extremes Compound an Off-Year in Turkey

Bad springtime weather and logistic challenges have made what was expected to be a tough year even worse.

Dec. 1, 2020

In Spain, Some See New Opportunities for Tourism in Pandemic's Wake

2020 gave outdoor activities a newfound importance. Efforts are underway to ensure that the olive oil industry is poised to capitalize on the shift.

Nov. 18, 2020

Covid Relief Program Could Also Help Italy's Olive Oil Storage Problem

Producers in Italy warn that storage facilities are filling up quickly just weeks into the harvest. Low demand from the restaurant and hospitality sector has caused the backlog.

Nov. 18, 2020

Second Wave of Covid Hampers Harvest in Greece

A newly-imposed lockdown has brought Greece to a standstill and created a logistical nightmare for olive growers. Some health experts believe the start of the harvest is partly responsible for the spread of the virus.

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