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Sep. 14, 2021

Catalonian Farmers Seek More Aid to Recover from Filomena

A local farmers’ association said that the original damage estimates were calculated prematurely and additional losses have accrued.

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.

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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. 20, 2021

Wildfires Devastate Agricultural Land in Turkey

Large areas in the south and southwest of the country have been reduced to ashes after dozens of wildfires erupted in the country.

Aug. 17, 2021

Heatwave, Deadly Fires Threaten the Approaching Olive Harvest in Greece

The ongoing drought has led to wildfires burning around the country, damaging olive trees, and further diminishing the prospects of the 2021 harvest.

Sep. 25, 2020

Italy Approves Aid for Mills Hit by 2018 Snow Storm

Italy pledged €8 million to help mills and processing cooperatives affected by the Burian snow storm.

Aug. 7, 2020

Farmers, Politicians Blame Each Other as Wildfires Burn in Puglia

Farmers have blamed the rapid spread of the wildfires on dead olive trees that were killed by Xylella fastidiosa and never removed by local governments. Some politicians have insinuated that these trees are being intentionally burned.

Jun. 1, 2020

Ancient Olive Trees Burn in Jordan Wildfires

Thousands of acres in one of the most important Jordan regions for olive oil production are burning.

May. 20, 2020

Monumental Olive Trees in Cyprus Destroyed by Wildfires

Wildfires ravaged northern Cyprus last weekend, destroying tens of thousands of acres of crops and forest. Olive growers and oil producers, already struggling as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, are facing additional challenges in the aftermath of the blaze.

Mar. 23, 2020

Coronavirus Deals Another Blow to an Industry Already Reeling

An Olive Oil Times survey reveals growing despair and uncertainty for an industry that seemed under attack even before the pandemic arrived.

Mar. 21, 2020

Farmers Help Fight Coronavirus in Spain

Farmers use their tractors to disinfect public places, while farmworkers are constrained by traffic limitations trying to reach work.

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

Jul. 21, 2015

As California Grapples with Water Shortage, Olive Oil Producers See an 'Up Year'

Despite a wrenching drought and a widening debate over California's water supply, forecasts for the 2015 olive harvest are surprisingly upbeat.

May. 6, 2015

Drought Rages On in California

While golf courses and cemetery lawns go brown and cars get dirty, no cutbacks were imposed on the huge agriculture industry.

Apr. 19, 2015

Olive Tree Felling Starts in Apulia Amid Protests

The destruction of the trees follows a controversial proposal to cut down 11 million olive trees to contain the spread of the deadly bacterium.

Apr. 2, 2015

Lack of Consensus on EU Measures to Stop Outbreak in Salento

Experts from the 28 EU member states in failed to reach a consensus on the measures to contain the spread of the bacterium.

Mar. 31, 2015

What Will Save Salento's Olive Trees?

Is uprooting the only option to save Apulia's olive groves? In Italy, there's a growing outcry against proposed measures to stem a deadly bacteria.

Mar. 22, 2015

Europe Proposes Cutting Down Millions of Olive Trees in Italy to Fight Outbreak

The proposed measures would include eradication, buffer zones and a strict limit on the movement of young trees.

Feb. 5, 2015

Food Safety Authority Warns Bacteria Threatens Olive Trees Across Europe

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) warns that Xylella Fastidiosa could spread from Apulia to olive groves across Europe.

Dec. 15, 2014

After the Olive Fruit Fly and Bacterial Blight, the Dreaded Starling

There is little relief in this "Black Year" for Italian olive oil with challenges seeming to come from every direction.

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