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Jul. 5, 2022

Awards for California Producers Validate High EVOO Standards

Producers from the Golden State earned a record-high 88 awards at the NYIOOC. One prominent producer believes the state’s EVOO standards set it apart.

Jun. 27, 2022

Award-Winning Producer Hopes to Promote Olive Oil from The Peachtree State

Torrential rain and a congested milling schedule could not dampen Sharon Flanagan’s spirits as the former executive turned farmer struck Gold at the 2022 NYIOOC.

Jun. 15, 2022

Record Number of NYIOOC Awards for American Producers

Producers from California, Oregon, Texas and Georgia combined to earn 94 awards from 134 entries, despite challenges caused by inflation, supply chain issues and climate.

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Jun. 1, 2022

California’s Drought Expected to Worsen in 2022

Low levels of winter precipitation mean that reservoirs and groundwater sources will not be replenished. Officials said farmers will need to adapt.

May. 31, 2022

At Pasolivo, Olive Oil Production Is Art and Science

The central California producers earned five more awards at the 2022 NYIOOC, bringing their total at the competition to 27 since 2016.

May. 20, 2022

After 10 Successful Years Farming, Mother-Daughter Team Pivots to Oleotourism

The producers behind the Groves on 41 have parlayed award-winning production into a tourism operation focused on sustainable farming and cooking with olive oil.

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Nov. 29, 2021

Son of Pioneering Oregonian Wine Producers Blazes a Trail for Olive Oil

The owner of the state’s only commercial mill reflects on the challenges of producing award-winning olive oil in Oregon.

Nov. 20, 2021

WTO Rules in Favor of Spanish Producers in Table Olive Dispute

The WTO said anti-subsidy tariffs imposed by the United States on Spanish producers in 2018 were illegal. However, the organization rules anti-dumping tariffs could remain.

Nov. 15, 2021

Heart Association Declines to Endorse EVOO Consumption in Latest Guidance

The AHA recommended that Americans eat liquid plant oils instead of tropical oils, animal fats and partially hydrogenated fats, but stopped short of singling out extra virgin olive oil.

Nov. 3, 2021

USDA Provides 'Historic' Funding for Specialty Crops

Through two programs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will make $243 million available to improve production efficiency and fund research.

Oct. 26, 2021

Researchers Offer a Different Approach to Rating Foods

A new food rating system will allow institutions, producers and consumers to make healthier diet choices, according to a research team from Tufts University.

Sep. 23, 2021

WTO Delays Judgement on Spanish Black Olive Tariffs for Third Time

The European Union and the United States are negotiating a solution to the disagreement over anti-dumping tariffs imposed on Spain.

Sep. 1, 2021

Both Sides of Labeling Divide Satisfied As Amended Bill Passes California Senate

The bill, AB-535, would require brands that use the term “California” in their name to disclose the minimum percentage of California olive oil in their blended products.

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May. 18, 2021

Producers Honor Dan Flynn for His Contributions to California Olive Oil

The founder of the UC Davis Olive Center received the California Olive Oil Council's Pioneer Award for his "lasting impact on the state's olive oil industry."

May. 6, 2021

Despite Tariffs, Spanish Olive Oil Exports to U.S. Rose to Begin Fiscal Year

The reopening of hospitality and tourism in the U.S. combined with poor harvests throughout the Mediterranean may have had an impact.

May. 4, 2021

Legislation Restricting Use of 'California' on Olive Oil Labels Gains Momentum

While AB-535 has gained some prominent supporters and breezed through committees, its detractors remain confident a compromise can still be reached.

May. 3, 2021

Spanish Politicians Call on Biden to Drop Black Olive Tariffs Ahead of E.U. Summit

The meeting comes ahead of two important deadlines that will shape future trading relations between Spain and the U.S.

Mar. 31, 2021

USDA Funds More Covid Relief Aid for Farmers

Along with extending additional aid to farmers who did not receive any in the previous round, the package adds funding for many other programs, including organic certification.

Mar. 30, 2021

U.S. and Spanish Officials Discuss Future of Tariffs, Trade

The Spanish table olive sector urged its government to make progress on removing all tariffs. The U.S. warned Spain's new digital service tax could lead to new ones.

Mar. 16, 2021

New Legislation Aims to Limit Use of ‘California’ on Olive Oil Labels

Supporters of Assembly Bill 535 say it will protect California growers from unfair business practices. Detractors believe the bill punishes large producers and is unconstitutional.

Mar. 5, 2021

Europe, U.S. Agree to Freeze Tariffs for Four Months

The decision came after a phone call between the U.S. president and European commissioner and will give the two sides time to negotiate a new trade deal.

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