All U.S. Olive Growers Can Learn from California Drought

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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.

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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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Georgia Olive Growers Association 2013 Annual Meeting and Conference

 Exhibits and Conferences, Farming & Gardening, Seminars  Comments Off on Georgia Olive Growers Association 2013 Annual Meeting and Conference
May 022013
 

I can’t believe I forgot to mention this event yet. On next Friday, May 10th, the Georgia Olive Growers Association will be holding its 2013 Annual Meeting and Conference.

Here is the link for information and registration: GOGA 2013 Annual Meeting and Conference.

The meeting will be held in Lakeland, Georgia at the Threatte Center, which was the sight of the last several annual meetings. The information provided is always great and you meet some interesting people.

I hope to see you there.

May the sun shine through your branches.

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Olive and Olive Oil Trade Associations in the Southern Hemisphere

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Apr 262013
 

I thought I’d show some love to the olive industry in the southern hemisphere. Harvesting has begun and will continue for a couple more months depending on several factors like region, weather, labor, equipment, cultivar, fruit maturity, and product (table olives or extra virgin olive oil).

Here, listed in alphabetical order, are the countries on the south side that have active olive-related trade associations and websites. There are other countries in the southern hemisphere that grow olives and produce table olives and olive oil, but for various reasons do not have active industry organizations.

May the sun shine through your branches.

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Fish Grilled with Black Olive Relish and Olive Oil

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Nov 032012
 

When I think of winter cooking I don’t usually have fish in mind. I am conditioned to think of fish as a warm weather food, but I shouldn’t.

Here is a recipe from ABC news using any firm fish. The final dish is very herbaceous with the richness of olives. The citrus should enhance the flavors and not overpower them.

Recipe for Grilled fish with black olive relish

May the sun shine through your branches.

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