Oct 312013
 
Data search before the internet

Data search before the internet

Olive Crazy is a huge fan of information, and not just any information, but information that has been lovingly collected and catalogued.

Information collecting and cataloguing is for the dedicated and studious among us: university students, government and business researchers, and enthusiasts. The more involved I become in the business and culture of olives and olive oil the more appreciative I am of the olive databases I find while rummaging through the internet.

Here are a few of my favorites. I use all of them for my own olive research projects:

Olive Germplasm (cultivars, synonyms, cultivation area, collections, descriptors) database from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the Italian National Research Council, and Italian Institute of Plant Genetics.

DNA molecular markers Simple Sequence Repeats (SSR) database from the Italian National Research Council, Italian Institute of Plant Genetics. the University of Cordoba in Spain, and some university I couldn’t identify from its logo.

USDA Agricultural Research Service’s National Plant Germplasm System Germplasm Resource Information Network (GRIN) database (there are two separate links here so make sure to check out both).

The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program’s Managing Olive Pests and Diseases database.

May the sun shine through your branches.

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Apr 072012
 

I want to pass on another great bit of information about an olive business event in Georgia that is happening THIS WEEK.

Members of the fledgling US east coast olive growing and olive oil producing industries have the chance to participate in a “business-changing” event with global implications. If you are already involved or even thinking about becoming involved in growing olives for olive oil production or are interested in just the olive oil production side of the business you must attend the presentation and discussion of the proposed federal olive oil marketing order.

This important presentation and discussion will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at the University of Georgia’s, National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory (NESPAL) Building, 2356 Rainwater Road, Tifton, GA 31793.

If you plan to attend, please contact  Beth Oleson, Executive Director of the Georgia Olive Growers Association, by email at georgiaolivegrowers@asginfo.net or by phone at (706) 845-9085.

There is supposed to be a Google Map to the location just beneath these words but I noticed that sometimes I need to refresh my webpage to see the map. In case the map doesn’t show up or refresh doesn’t work, I added a link to the map in the address just above.


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May the sun shine through your branches.

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Jan 182012
 

Tomorrow is an important beginning to what I hope will become a powerful, well-run, and quality-centric industry in the United States – the olive oil industry. In Dixon, California at the Fairgrounds olive growers and olive oil processors will meet to begin the process of establishing a marketing order for olive oil. According to the sponsors, one of which I know is NursTech, the Spanish-owned super high density (SHD) olive tree supplier, this 1st Annual Olive Oil Conference is free to attend.

I saw this conference advertised over the last few weeks and decided to educate myself on marketing orders. One very important thing I learned is that there is a marketing order for table olives grown in California, but none for any table olives grown outside California, and no marketing order or agreement in the US for olive oil. I guess with so many folks in California growing olives for oil and with growers and processors now cropping up in other states the time has arrived to organize (not in the labor union sense).

Here is some of what I have learned from the Agricultural Marketing Service of the United States Department of Agriculture and from the National Agriculture Law Center located at the University of Arkansas. It’s dry reading but I am convinced, after my research, that in order to have a strong olive oil industry the US growers and processors must engage in this procedure.

Marketing Orders and Agreements: “Marketing agreements and orders are initiated by industry to help provide stable markets for dairy products, fruits, vegetables and specialty crops. Marketing orders help to maintain the quality of produce being marketed, standardize packages or containers, and authorized advertising, research and market development. Each order and agreement is tailored to the individual industry’s marketing needs.”

Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop Marketing Orders:

“Federal marketing orders are locally administered by committees made up of growers and/or handlers, and often a member of the public. Marketing order regulations, initiated by industry and enforced by USDA, bind the entire industry in the geographical area regulated if approved by producers and the Secretary of Agriculture.

Marketing orders and agreements (1) maintain the high quality of produce that is on the market; (2) standardize packages and containers; (3) regulate the flow of product to market; (4) establish reserve pools for storable commodities; and (5) authorize production research, marketing research and development, and advertising.

Marketing agreements and orders are legal instruments authorized by the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 and in subsequent amendments. The Secretary of Agriculture is vested with the power to exercise the use of these instruments to regulate the marketing of eligible commodities — fruits, vegetables, specialty crops, and milk — in certain clearly specified ways. Marketing orders help fruit and vegetable growers work together to solve marketing problems that they cannot solve individually. They help balance the availability of quality product with the need for adequate returns to producers and the demands of consumers.

Marketing orders are binding on all individuals and businesses who are classified as “handlers” in the geographic area covered by the order. Marketing orders are distinguished from marketing agreements, which are binding only on handlers who are signatories of the agreements. The definition of handler and handling depends on the particular program. As defined in most agreements and orders, a handler is anyone who receives the commodity from producers, grades and packs it, transports, or places the commodity in commercial channels. Handlers must comply with the grade, size, quality, volume, or other requirements established under the program.

All marketing orders are initiated by producers. Producers have an active role in the development of program provisions and support them at hearings. Approval by a two-thirds or larger majority (three-fourths of California citrus producers) by number or volume represented in a referendum is required before any program is implemented or amended.

For fruit, vegetable, and specialty crop marketing orders, local committees of farmers and handlers – appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture – administer the orders. Committee expenses, as set forth in budgets approved by USDA, are defrayed by assessments on handlers. Generally, any excess funds are set aside in a reserve fund for future needs, but they may be credited to handlers’ accounts against future assessments or returned to handlers at the end of each marketing season upon request.

Committees employ staffs to administer order provisions (e.g., collect assessments, assemble reports, oversee compliance with order provisions), and must maintain the confidentiality of all information submitted by handlers. Committees actively work with all handlers to explain marketing order requirements and to advise them on any particular concerns the handlers may have. Also, committees issue periodic instructions – written in plain English – and provide pertinent dates to comply with any required assessment payments, report submissions, or other program requirements. Committees place a special emphasis on helping small businesses that are handlers regulated under their programs for the first time.”

Steps to Establish a Marketing Order:

“The industry meets to identify mutual marketing problems and determine whether a marketing order could help the industry solve these problems. During these discussions, USDA staff may help the industry identify marketing order authorities relevant to the industry’s problems.

1. If there is general industry support for a program, a preliminary proposal is prepared by a steering committee of key industry people. Growers and shippers are included in discussions on the proposal.

2. A list of industry growers and handlers is developed by proponents. Next a request for a hearing on the proposal is sent to the Administrator of AMS. It should indicate the degree of industry support, the problems the program would address, and suggest a possible hearing site and approximate date.

3. AMS reviews the request and supporting documents, as well as any alternative proposals from interested parties. During this period, the staff of USDA is free to discuss the merits of elements included in any proposal with the industry.

4. A Notice of Public Hearing is then issued, and it is published at least 15 days before the hearing. USDA staff can comment only on procedural questions after this point.

5. A USDA Administrative Law Judge presides at the public hearing and a verbatim record is compiled of the testimony of opponents, proponents and others, including USDA personnel. Because proponents bear the burden of proof, they must present evidence to support the need for the program, and every provision in it. Briefs arguing for particular decisions may be filed with USDA after the hearing.

6. A recommended decision is issued by USDA based on hearing evidence. This is USDA’s formal recommendation on the proposal. Persons are allowed to file exceptions to it for a set time period.

7. After consideration of all exceptions to the recommended decision, USDA prepares a final decision. If it is favorable, a grower referendum is held on the proposal.

8. While producers are voting, copies of a companion marketing agreement are sent to handlers for their signature. Through their signatures on the agreement, handlers indicate their intention to abide by the terms of the program.

9. If at least two thirds of the growers voting by number or by volume approve the proposal, the Secretary of Agriculture issues the marketing order.

This process may take up to one and one-half years to complete, depending on the complexity of the proposal, the size of the industry, and the availability of resources within the industry and USDA to devote to the proposed program.

Here is the link to the National Agricultural Law Center Reading Room on Marketing Orders. It has current legislative, regulatory, and case law. I really enjoyed reading up on marketing orders here. I love this stuff.

Now you can be an expert on Marketing Orders. Have fun.

May the sun shine through your branches.

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Sep 162011
 

The US olive harvest will begin soon and it will be small, see the National Agricultural Statistics Service, 2011 California Olive Probability Survey Report and their August 2011 edition of the California Fruit & Nut Review. Despite the grim news, there are still some great California olive oils left from the 2010 – 2011 harvest.

If you would like to support your US olive grower (at least the ones from CA since this certification applies only to CA) and would like to be certain you are getting an extra virgin olive oil that meets high standards, then look for the COOC Certified Extra Virgin Seal on your bottle of olive oil.

The purpose of the COOC Certification Program is to:

• Provide producers and marketers with a standardized method of grading their 100% California olive oil as extra virgin.
• Provide consumers with assurance that the oil they purchase is, in fact, extra virgin.
• Provide producers and marketers, who meet the certification standard, with a means of distinguishing their products in the marketplace.

Some of the requirements that must be met to obtain the certification and wear the Seal are:

• Mechanical extraction without chemicals or excessive heat;
• The oil is less than .5% free oleic acid; and
• There are positive taste elements and no taste defects, as determined during a blind tasting.

It’s a tall order, but worth it to the consumer and even the restauranteur who wants to provide excellent, quality dishes that make folks want to come back for more.

Now for the list of 2011 California Olive Oil Council Certified Extra Virgin Seal holders. I have removed some of the information you will get by following the “list” link in the previous sentence, but kept the name of the company and any contact information they have. Depending where you live, you may find some of these company brands on your grocery shelves or available online.

Adobe Springs
jchaples@charter.net

Allure Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil
www.allureestates.com

AlphaWolf Estate
www.eagleeyewine.com

Alta Cresta Orchard
www.altacresta.com

Apollo Olive Oil
877-776-0703
info@ApolloOliveOil.com
www.apollooliveoil.com

Araujo Estate Winery Olive Oil
www.araujoestate.com

Balzana
shawn@figueroafarms.com
www.figueroafarms.com

Bari Olive Oil
www.barioliveoil.com

Bava Family Grove
farmerphil@sbcglobal.net
www.bavafamilygrove.com

Bassetti Vineyards
www.bassettivineyards.com

Bella Sun Luci
www.mooneyfarms.com

Berkeley Olive Grove 1913
www.berkeleyolivegrove.com

Big Paw Olive Oil
408-464-9048
www.bigpawgrub.com

Blue Skies
mbleav@aol.com

Bozzano Olive Ranch
www.bozzanoranch.com

Brandoil Inc.
www.purityoliveoil.com

B.R. Cohn Winery
www.brcohn.com

California Gold Olive Oil Company
www.californiagoldoliveoil.com

California Olive Oil Company
californiaoliveoil@att.net

California Olive Ranch
www.cal-olive.com

Calivirgin-Coldani Olive Ranch
www.calivirgin.com

Calolea
info@calolea.com
www.calolea.com

Capay Oaks Farm
925-283-5112

Carriage Vineyards
larry@carriagevineyards.com

Casa Pau Hana Estate
casapauhana@hotmail.com

Chacewater Olive Mill
www.chacewaterwine.com

Chapel Hill Vineyard
www.chapelhillca.com

Clif Family Farm
www.cliffamilywinery.com

Collina di Mela
www.collinadimelaoliveoil.com

Constellation Wines
yannis.toutountzis@cwine.com
510-681-5211

Corto Olive Oil
www.corto-olive.com

Counsel Oaks
http://www.counseloaks.com

Cumae Ranch
805-237-8489

Deer Creek
www.deercreekoliveoil.com

Dolce Paradiso
dafranchi@gmail.com

Drazek Olive Ranch
707-224-2183

Dream America, LLC
www.hiawathagold.com

Dutch Henry Winery
www.dutchhenry.com

Edge Hill Vineyards
bob@ruddwines.com

EGG Ranch EVOO

Elixir Olive Oil
Forza
www.elixiroliveoil.com

Enterprise Vineyards
ards@vom.com
www.enterprisevineyards.com

Fandango Olive Oil
805-238-4456

Figueroa Farms
shawn@figueroafarms.com
www.figueroafarms.com–>

Fontanella Olive Oil

Gloria Ferrer Winery
Sonoma Estate
info@gloriaferrer.com
www.gloriaferrer.com

Green Valley Olive
www.greenvalleyolive.com

Grove 45
www.grove45.com

Guerra Groves
www.guerranut.com

Harris Ranch-Napa Valley
www.harrisranch.net

Hillcrest Ranch
www.hillcrestrancholiveoil.com

Hillstone Olive Oil Company
www.hillstoneoliveoil.com

Homestead Olive Ranch
broos@fix.net

Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company
www.ilfiorello.com

Jaeger Family Estate
krisjaeger@gmail.com

Jordan Winery
info@jordanwinery.com
www.jordanwinery.com

Joseph Phelps Winery
www.jpvwines.com

Jovia Groves
www.joviagroves.com

Kamen Estate Wines
www.kamenwines.com

KATZ
www.katzandco.com

Kiler Ridge Olive Farm
www.kilerridge.com

La Brezza

La Ferme Soleil
www.lafermesoleil.com
info@lafermesoleil.com

La Rusticana D’Orso
www.larusticanadorso.com

Le Colline di Santa Cruz
831-662-2345
www.valenciacreekfarms.com

Lone Oak Estate
www.loneoakoliveoil.com

Long Meadow Ranch
707-963-4555
www.longmeadowranch.com

Lucero Olive Oil
www.lucerooliveoil.com

Mardesich Estate
mardesichestate@aol.com

McEvoy Ranch
info@mcevoyranch.com
www.mcevoyranch.com

Merchant’s and Miller’s
www.merchantsandmillers.com

Milagros Napa Valley
milagroscastro@att.net
www.milagrosoliveadvisor.com

Moose Valley Estate

Moulds Family Vineyard
smoulds@sbcglobal.net

Mt. Veeder Springs
donnajwalker@msn.com

Napa Valley Reserve
www.thenapavalleyreserve.com

Old Chatham Ranch
www.oldchathamranch.com

Olio Bello d’Olivo
belloolio@hughes.net
www.belloolio.com

Olio Nuevo
www.olionuevo.com

Olivas de Oro
email@olivasdeoro.com
www.olivasdeoro.com

Olive Hill Farm
805-688-3700
olivehillfarm@aol.com
olivehilloil.com

Oliveto del Vecchio
www.olivetodelvecchio.com

Olivina
www.theolivina.com

The Olive Press
www.theolivepress.com

Olive U Oil
peggy@oliveuoil.com
www.oliveuoil.com

Owens Creek
www.owenscreekcompany.com

Pacific Sun Farms
www.pacificsunoliveoil.com

Panacea Farms
www.panaceafarms.com

Pasolivo Olive Oil
info@pasolivo.com
www.pasolivo.com

PasoGold
www.oliveoilfarmer.com

Pine Mountain Olive Farm
831-465-9027

Preston Vineyards
www.prestonvineyards.com

Prince Olive Estancia
www.princeolive.com

Rancho del Cielo Malibu
310-457-4699

Regency Olive Ranch
www.regencyoliveranch.com

Roanti Ranch

Robbins Family Farm
805-544-4077
sales@robbinsfamilyfarm.com robbinsfamilyfarm.com

Roccia Viva
www.rocciavivaoliveoil.com

Round Pound Estate
888-302-2575
roundpond@roundpond.com
www.roundpond.com

S & G Estate

Salute! of California
www.saluteofcalifornia.com

Schmidt Olive Ranch
lmgrschmidt@comcast.net

Sisar Creek
www.ojaioil.com

Sister Julie’s Organic Olive Oil
www.starcross.org

Sky Ranch

Stonehouse California Olive Oil
www.stonehouseoliveoil.com

Suncoast Organic
suncoastorganicfarm@hughes.net

Sunset Olive Grove
www.sunsetolivegrove.com
my_olive_oil@yahoo.com

Sutter Buttes Olive Ranch
www.sutterbuttesoliveranch.com

Tablas Creek Organic
805-237-1231
www.tablascreek.com

Talcott Olive Oil
707-224-2492
info@TalcottOliveOil.com
www.talcottoliveoil.com

Tallgrass Ranch
tallgrass@hughes.net

Terra Bella Vista Estate
dmwebb13@yahoo.com www.tbvevoliveoil.com/

Terrace Hill Olive Company
www.terracehilloliveco.com

Tiber Canyon Ranch
www.tibercanyon.com info@tibercanyon.com

Tres Osos Olive Oil

Val di Luna Farms
valdilunafarms@yahoo.com

Villa Paradiso
info@milagrosoliveadvisor.com

Wente family Estates
www.wentevineyards.com

Windrock Estates
www.allmanward.com/WindrockEstates.htm

Winterhill Estate
www.winterhillfarms.com

May the sun shine through your branches.

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