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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.

Sep. 14, 2021

Intensive Olive Farms Contribute to Desertification in Spain, Experts Warn

Researchers caution that one-fifth of Spain is at risk of desertification. Poor agricultural and land-use practices paired with historic mismanagement are largely to blame.

Sep. 8, 2021

Even During a Pandemic, Greenhouse Gas Emissions Soared to Record Highs in 2020

A report from the American Meteorological Society found that carbon dioxide concentrations were the highest they had been in at least 800,000 years.

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Sep. 1, 2021

Italian Olive Growers Suffer Through Long Summer of Drought, Wildfires

Coldiretti estimates that wildfires cost the Italian agriculture sector at least €1 billion in damage. Olive growers blame climate change for longer, hotter and drier summers.

Aug. 24, 2021

Algerian Farmers in ‘State of Shock’ After Week of Deadly Fires

While the damage to olive groves has yet to be fully assessed, some experts believe the fires will impact the 2021 harvest and prices.

Aug. 23, 2021

Thousands of Hectares of Olive Trees Burned to Ashes Across Southern Turkey

Producers worry that the country’s worst wildfires in recent memory are a symptom of climate change, and that the government is not adequately preparing for future fires.

Aug. 5, 2021

California’s Olive Oil Producers Face Uncertain Future as Historic Drought Continues

While some farmers remain optimistic that research and preparation will yield a fruitful future, others worry about the diminishing prospects of surface irrigation.

Aug. 4, 2021

Family Behind Organic Roots Adapts as California Drought Refuses to Break

The Polit family started out as rice farmers, but the state’s decades-long drought caused them to begin growing olives, which they continue to transform into award-winning oils.

Jul. 23, 2021

One-Fifth of Italy at Risk of Desertification, Irrigation Experts Warn

With less rain and water-saving infrastructure lacking, experts warn that the water crisis in Italy costs farmers €1 billion per year.

Jul. 20, 2021

Edible Oil Prices Expected to Keep Increasing, Olive Oil Levels Remain Steady

Poor harvest outlooks for major edible oil crops paired with steady demand means prices will likely rise until 2022 analysts say.

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. 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.

May. 28, 2021

Boundary Bend Plants California’s Second Largest Medium-Density Grove

Officials from the company said the medium-density groves provide them with the flexibility to select the best olive variety for each growing condition.

Feb. 8, 2018

Cape Town on Verge of Running Out of Water

Residents have been restricted to 50 liters of water a day before city taps are projected to be turned off in April.

Feb. 6, 2018

Quarter of Earth's Land Threatened by Aridity, Drought, Wildfires

A new study warns that aridification, drought and wildfires could affect a quarter of the earth's land if average world temperatures continue to rise.

Nov. 8, 2017

Drought Unlikely to Affect Yield, Say Some Greek Producers

Dry conditions over the last six months in Greece have created anxiety in the olive oil industry over yield this season. Producers are reporting, however, that their production might be better than expected.

Jul. 20, 2017

Droughts Threaten Olive Crops in Southern Europe

Farmers in Europe are concerned as continuing drought conditions and high temperatures throughout southern Europe are threatening crops like wheat, olives and almonds.

Feb. 14, 2017

South African Olive Farmers Feel the Heat as Wildfires Take Their Toll

South Africa's olive industry is set to take a blow from recent wildfires that have plagued the Western Cape region, an area home to most of the country's olive farms.

Jan. 31, 2017

What Recent Rains Mean for California Farmers

After years of drought, rain has once again returned to California. While many are celebrating, others are dealing with negative consequences including flooding and delayed harvests.

Jan. 19, 2017

Why the Next Three Months Could Decide the Future for Western Australia Farmers

Wet conditions in 2016 led to smaller than average olive crops for Western Australian farmers. With the next three months a critical period, many are hoping for better outcomes, but remain at risk due to lack of insurance.

Oct. 21, 2016

Olive Harvest in France Threatened by Drought

A prolonged drought in the French department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence is threatening the olive harvest which has just begun in the region.

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