Feds Fund California Olive Confab, Eyeing Cooperation, Efficiency

Aug 3, 2016

California’s fast-growing olive industry received a $50,000 federal grant Tuesday, aimed at encouraging information sharing among growers and processors.

The Department of Agriculture grant will help pay for a conference this fall at UC Davis. The event is aimed at limiting the duplication of research, sharing knowledge and increasing efficiencies throughout the industry.

U.S. olive oil production soared nearly three-fold between 2010 and 2015 but remains a bit player on the world stage. According to the International Olive Oil Council, the U.S. produces one-tenth of a percent of the world’s supply. Almost all olives produced in the U.S. are grown in California.