SACRAMENTO — The Olive Oil Commission of California (OOCC) will host its second annual California Olive Oil Day to be held March 5, 2019 at the Robert J. Cabral Ag Center in Stockton. The event is free and open to all interested industry members.
The day-long program will include a morning session from 8:30 a.m. to noon and an afternoon session from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. with lunch in between.
The morning session will feature updates on OOCC-funded research presentations including work done by the UC Davis Olive Center on the OOCC’s mandatory government sampling and testing program along with reports from other University researchers on peacock spot/Neofabraea and olive knot. Additionally, findings will be presented from an OOCC-funded series of literature reviews on carbaryl alternatives for black scale and canopy management. The morning session will conclude with a panel presentation by representatives from the UC Davis Olive Center, the California Olive Oil Council, the American Olive Oil Producers Association and the OOCC. Each will provide an overview of the unique activities they conduct to support the California olive oil industry.
Lunch will be served at noon with the afternoon session beginning at 1:00 p.m. This portion of the program features a workshop designed to educate producers and all sectors of the olive oil supply chain on the best practices to enhance quality and extend shelf life. This informative session has been developed for both OOCC members and non-members and is ideal for olive oil farmers, producers, millers and brand owners of all sizes. Following the workshop, a panel of olive oil experts including David Garci-Aguirre from Corto Olive Oil; Marcelo Berlanda from California Olive Ranch; Natalia Ruiz from Modern Olives; and Samantha Dorsey from McEvoy Ranch will answer questions and discuss their views on a host of factors affecting the quality of olive oil. Alexandra Kicenik Devarenne, olive oil consultant, will present the quality workshop and moderate the Q & A session.
“We are very excited to share the important work the OOCC has been conducting this past year in support the California olive oil industry,” said Chris Zanobini, Executive Director of the OOCC. “All members of the industry are encouraged to attend either or both of these sessions, and, of course to join us for lunch.”
–Olive Oil Commission of California
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