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May. 26, 2020

Spain Requests More EU Support for Olive Oil Producers

Spain has asked the European Commission to afford olive oil producers similar protection to other agriculturalists.

May. 26, 2020

Europe Announces 'Flexible' Support Programs for Olive Oil Producers

The latest measures by the European Commission will provide olive oil ands table olive producers with access to low-interest loans and change the funding priorities of the sector to help combat economic problems caused by COVID-19.

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.

Apr. 24, 2020

Coronavirus Crisis Hits Small Producers Hardest in Portugal

Domestic consumption has dried up as restaurants close and hotel rooms sit empty. Exports have also dropped as countries around the world cancel their orders for Portuguese oil.

Apr. 22, 2020

Australia Offers Growers Help Managing Workforce Restrictions

New resources and legislation can assist Australian growers to address the challenges in managing their workforce during the COVID-19 crisis.

Apr. 21, 2020

Drought, Worker Shortages and Roaming Boars: Challenges Mount for Italy's Farmers

Thousands of small farmers are having to contend with seasonal labor shortages, a lack of spare parts for their machines, severe drought and wild boars roaming through unworked fields. Italian agriculture is facing challenges from all directions in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apr. 21, 2020

Mixed Fortunes for European Olive Oil Sector Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Olive oil consumption has crept up as a result of the pandemic and prices of extra virgin, virgin and lampante olive oils have started to stabilize. However, both exports and imports are expected to fall.

Apr. 20, 2020

FAO Introduces Resources to Assist Policymakers During COVID-19 Crisis

Along with updating a database that policymakers can use to help inform their decisions, the FAO has also issued guidelines to help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus on the global food supply chain.

Apr. 17, 2020

Uruguay Anticipates Poor Harvest Amid Pandemic

Uruguayan olive oil producers are expecting a 60-percent production decrease in 2020, after a record-breaking harvest in 2019. The coronavirus toll on tourism, exports and production costs are hurting their profitability.

Apr. 17, 2020

Producers in Spain Prepare for New Reality as Crisis Grinds On

The immediate economic impact of the coronavirus crisis is being felt by producers in Spain to varying degrees as they gauge its lasting effects on the sector.

Apr. 14, 2020

Europe Approves €1B in Aid for Greek Agriculture

Farming enterprises are eligible to receive up to €100,000 ($109,000) in repayable advances under the aid program.

Apr. 13, 2020

U.S. Olive Oil Imports Fall Due to Coronavirus

The U.S. olive oil import market has seen significant declines in the first two months of 2020, with a continued fall predicted for the remainder of the year.

Apr. 8, 2020

Olive Harvest in South Africa Proceeds Largely Unhindered

South Africa is in lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but with the necessary permits, EVOO producers continue harvesting.

Apr. 6, 2020

Argentina Olive Harvest Begins Amid COVID-19 Lockdown

As the coronavirus spreads through Argentina, olive growers and oil producers are facing complications both during and after the harvest. Small producers are likely to be impacted the most.

Apr. 6, 2020

Chilean Producers Work to Prevent Harvest Disruption in the Face of COVID-19

Chilean olive oil producers prepare for an early harvest with a minimum of workers during the predicted peak of COVID-19 in the country.

Apr. 3, 2020

UN, WHO and WTO Call for Action Amid Threats to Food Supply

In a rare joint statement, the three bodies say measures are necessary to intercept a global food crisis due to the coronavirus trade restrictions.

Apr. 2, 2020

Transporters Warn of Effects of COVID-19 Measures on Food Supply

European logistics firms fear the quarantine measures and bureaucratic hurdles, while consumer demand keeps growing.

Mar. 31, 2020

Europe's Supply of Fruits and Vegetables Hindered by COVID-19 Restrictions

Travel restrictions are keeping agricultural laborers from their seasonal jobs, leaving crops unharvested amid the coronavirus emergency.

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