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Dec. 8, 2022

Researchers Predict More Intense Wildfires in Europe

Climate and cultural changes mean more fuel is available for the fires. Researchers recommend some forestry practices to mitigate future mega-blazes.

Nov. 30, 2022

Greek Prime Minister Pledges to Restore Amfissa Olive Grove

Konstantinos Mitsotakis said that 60,000 olive trees will be planted in Amfissa. New initiatives are being planned to add value to its olives and olive oil.

Nov. 17, 2022

Consequences of Climate Change Increasingly Felt by Croatian Olive Growers

Drought, wildfires and sea level rise threaten olive groves across Croatia.

Oct. 6, 2022

Art Exhibition Raises Awareness of Growing Wildfire Risk, Funds Reforestation

Artist Michele Ardu's exhibition 'Aurum Urens' uses charred olive tree remains from Sardinia to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change.

Aug. 24, 2022

One Year After a Devastating Fire in Montenegro, Farmers Continue to Rebuild

While a court ruled that olive growers were entitled to some compensation, the emotional and cultural pains endure.

Aug. 18, 2022

Wildfires Stress the Importance of Crop Insurance in Croatia

After a wildfire damaged 15 percent of his grove in Dalmatia, one Croatian farmer explained the crucial role government-subsidized insurance plays for small farmers.

Jul. 15, 2022

Olive Trees in Dalmatia Burn in Fire Caused by Traffic Accident

The fire burned 657 olive trees on the Dolina Maslina Estate. Fortunately, there were no fatalities but the driver was hospitalized.

Jul. 13, 2022

Signs of Life from Millenary Olive Tree Burned in Sardinian Wildfires

Volunteers and researchers responsible for restoring the tree warn that more needs to be done to prevent future wildfires.

Jul. 11, 2022

Flames Engulf the Ancient Olive Grove of Amfissa

According to initial estimates, 30,000 to 40,000 trees were destroyed in fires that swept through some of the oldest olive groves in Greece.

Jun. 10, 2022

Hundreds of Native Olive Trees Burned in Balochistan Wildfires

After two weeks of extensive blazes burning the forests of western Pakistan, authorities are beginning to estimate the damage to the olive sector.

Mar. 8, 2022

Wildfires Are Becoming More Frequent and Intense Globally, Researchers Find

Olive farmers in the Mediterranean basin are among those at the highest risk of increasing and more intense wildfires.

Feb. 11, 2022

Campaign Aims to Replant Olive Trees of Olympia

Thousands of olive tree saplings will be handed out to local farmers to replant in the charred olive groves of Ancient Olympia.

Jan. 21, 2022

Greece to Compensate Olive Growers Impacted by Summer Fires

Full-time olive growers are expected to receive approximately €100 per destroyed olive tree, with half of the amount paid in advance.

Sep. 16, 2020

Climate and Covid Worry Farmers Preparing for Harvest

An Olive Oil Times survey reveals a season of growing uncertainties and challenges for olive oil producers.

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. 18, 2020

Tough Times for Producers in Jordan's Jerash Province

Ever-changing weather, marketplace turmoil and a surplus of olive oil have severely impacted local farmers and cast a shadow on the coming season

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.

Apr. 22, 2020

Megadrought May Be Underway in American West, Researchers Say

A moderate drought affecting the Southwestern states and northern Mexico can evolve into a megadrought -- a prolonged, extreme drought that lasts longer than two decades.

Mar. 31, 2020

Coronavirus Impacts Australian Growers as Harvest Nears

While much of the world grinds to a halt in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, olive growers in Australia are getting ready to harvest.

Jan. 27, 2020

Wildfires Unlikely to Impact 2019 Production Figures in California

Olive growers have largely been spared the fate of wine producers, who are likely to suffer setbacks from the Kincade fire that raged through Sonoma county late last year.

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