Nov 012014
 

 

Brisbane QLD AU

Brisbane QLD AU

It wasn’t long ago that the Australian province of Queensland suffered record floods. Now some parts have the opposite water problem and are suffering from drought. Three months ago the areas outside of the capital city, Brisbane, were declared drought-stricken and 15 olive growers filed for Drought Relief Assistance.

While olive growers in the northern hemisphere are harvesting, growers in the southern hemisphere are looking for the fragrant, snowy-white blooms that foretell a healthy olive crop. In the drought-affected areas of Queensland the blossoms are burned and brown.

The olive growers west of Brisbane haven’t had many good crops in the last several years, but they still know they have businesses to run. With the help of other Australian olive growers the Queensland growers have several options: buy olives from other groves and press them in their own mills, harvest directly from another grower’s land and again press them in their own mills, or buy bulk olive oil from another grower and bottle it for sale under their own label. But, regardless of these options lots of money in wages, equipment, pest management, etc. are lost daily.

While Queensland growers wait for November rains (good) or el Nino (bad) at least they have some financial relief in sight. I am hoping they get just the right amount of rain.

Here’s a run down on what the Australian Drought and Rural Assistance Program provides:

  • Income support
  • Farm finance
  • Farm management deposits
  • Tax measures
  • Financial counseling
  • Drought loans
  • Water infrastructure investment
  • Community support
  • Pest management
  • Interest rate subsidies

May the sun shine through your branches.

www.olivecrazy.com

Jun 252014
 
Drought-stricken California

Drought-stricken California

On the east coast of the United States we take California’s massive contribution to our tables for granted. Lately is seems like there is an article every day about the increase in food prices due to the drought conditions in California and other western food production states. Usually the articles focus on celery and beef even though there are many other, and more popular, food items effected by the climatic conditions out west.

Here is a video and article about how the drought is effecting olives in Central California. Meet Art Kishiyama. He is a grower in Paso Robles, owning Olio Nuevo, and the President of the Central Coast Olive Growers. Even though I live and grow olives in Georgia, I am a member of the CCOG. They are a great group of folks who are interested in growing olives and putting out excellent olive oil.

From KSBY television in San Luis Obispo, California “Exceptional drought making no exceptions for drought-resistant olives.”

May the sun shine through your branches.

www.olivecrazy.com