September 09, 2006
Olive harvest has been underway for about two weeks and farmers say they are not finding much fruit on their trees. In an average year, farmers would harvest about 4 tons of olives from each acre of trees. This year, the average has been only about a quarter ton per acre. Some farmers have so little fruit they are not going to harvest at all. A variety of weather problems during the winter and spring conspired to cut olive production severely.
Food and Farm News
Between this year's disastrous crop and foreign competition, The Olive Growers Council (OGC) is requesting disaster funding be included in the current Farm Bill. Growers may also be eligible for the USDA Farm Service Agency Noninsured Crop disaster assistance program.