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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

Mar. 19, 2020

Demand for Olive Oil in Spain Rises as Country Goes Into Coronavirus Lockdown

As anxious shoppers crowded into supermarkets, olive oil was at the top of many of their lists. Factories are running 24/7 to ensure supermarket shelves remain stocked.

Mar. 11, 2020

COVID-19 Lockdown in Italy Brings Critical Promotion Season to a Standstill

At a time when Italy's agriculture sector was already reeling, the coronavirus lockdown has wiped out major spring events and promotional activities.

Jan. 27, 2020

Australian Producers Making Do Despite Bush Fires, Record Drought

In spite of a record drought and devastating bush fires, some large Australian producers are expecting close to an average production and high-quality oils in 2020.

Oct. 10, 2017

'Apocalyptic' Scenes in Napa and Sonoma

Communities along Northern California's famous wine region have been ravaged by wildfires that came out of nowhere.

Jul. 10, 2017

Wildfire Destroys Grove in Turkey

In an ironic twist of fate, Turkey's olive trees had just been saved from proposed changes to the country's “olive law” when they went up in flames.

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.

Aug. 26, 2016

Earthquake in Central Italy: How to Help

In a race against time, the search continues unabated in the hope of finding people still alive.

Jul. 14, 2016

Research Shows Leccino Less Susceptible to Xf

According to a new study, the Leccino olive variety appears to be ‘tolerant’ to the attack of the Xylella fastidiosa bacterium that has wiped out large swaths of Italian olive-growing regions.

Jul. 27, 2015

European Commission Publishes Xylella Fastidiosa Factsheet

The document points out that Xylella fastidiosa is one of the world’s deadliest plant bacteria and the only confirmed outbreak in the EU is in Apulia.

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.

Oct. 20, 2014

Ruinous Floods in Liguria Add to Poor Outlook for Italian Production

Damaging floods in Liguria are adding to a rough year for Italian olive oil farmers, resulting in a drop in production and rising prices.

Oct. 1, 2014

Experts Gathering in Italy to Tackle New Olive Tree Killer

Experts from around the world will meet in Gallipoli, the epicenter of the outbreak of Xylella fastidiosa that threatens thousands of olive trees.

Sep. 4, 2014

Italy Unveils Plan to Battle Olive Tree Killer

The Italian Ministry of Agriculture has promised to increase monitoring, research, and funding to better understand Xylella Fastidiosa.

Sep. 2, 2014

Napa Olive Oil Merchant Recovering from Earthquake

Lucero Olive Oil will be open for Labor Day weekend despite damage to inventory caused by the Napa earthquake.

Aug. 25, 2014

Blight Continues to Threaten Olive Crops in Italy

Widespread bacterial infection has already destroyed thousands of olive trees across Italy’s Puglia region.

Jan. 14, 2014

The Toll of Climate Change on California Olive Oil

Climate change has affected how, when, and where farmers in California plant their crops.

Dec. 3, 2013

Europe Puzzled by Olive Tree Epidemic

Scientists are trying to determine how to prevent the spread of the devastating disease killing olive trees in southern Italy.

Nov. 5, 2013

Greek Olive Oil Production Down Fifty Percent

Weather and other natural conditions are being blamed for destroying crops during a critical point of the season.

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