SACRAMENTO — The Olive Oil Commission of California will hold its annual California Olive Oil Day March 5, 2020 at the San Joaquin County Ag Commissioner’s office located at 2101 E. Earhart Ave. in Stockton, California. The event begins at 9 a.m. and will focus on how California olive oil producers can implement new growing and production practices to maximize quality, yields and profits. Approximately 150 olive oil producers and industry members from around the state are expected to attend.
Presentations will highlight the latest research and control practices for diseases that affect olive production and quality such as Neofabrea, Anthracnose, Peacock Spot and Olive Knot as well as best grove management practices for higher yields and quality.
“This information is critical to the production of top quality extra virgin olive,” said Brady Whitlow, Chairman of the Olive OIl Commission of California (OOCC). “We urge all interested California olive oil industry members to attend.”
Leading off the day’s agenda is a session on maximizing grower profits through grove management. Topics covered in this session include improved methods for canopy and irrigation management presented by Leandro Ravetti, Technical Director of Modern Olives and William Krueger, Farm Advisor Emeritus of Glenn County. Following these presentations, olive grower Jeff Colombini and Lizandro Magana, Director of Farming for California Olive Ranch will join the panel to answer audience questions and share insights.
The next session will address disease management and control strategies. Dr. Florent Trouillas, Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist at the Department of Plant Pathology, UC Davis will present on the biology and best control strategies for Neofabraea and the distribution of olive Anthracnose in California. Dr. James Adaskaveg, Professor in the department of Plant Pathology, UC Riverside will then present the latest research and control for Olive Knot and Peacock Spot. These presentations will be followed with a panel discussion including the researchers along with Paul Busalacchi, Director of Ag Operations for Corto Olive and John Post, President of Agricultural Advisors.
The third session of the day will cover olive oil quality and authenticity. Dan Flynn, Director of the UC Davis Olive Center will update attendees on their latest analysis of the OOCC’s mandatory government sampling program and other projects, while OOCC Executive Director Chris Zanobini will provide information on Produce Safety Rule requirements for olive oil producers.
The OOCC agenda will conclude with lunch at 12:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to contact OOCC Research Director Tyler Rood to RSVP for lunch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following lunch, the American Olive Oil Producers Association (AOPPA) will hold its annual meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. That meeting is open to any interested industry members. The agenda includes an address on the World Olive Oil Industry Outlook from AOOPA Chairman, Adam Englehardt followed by a presentation on Growing the American Olive Oil Industry by AOOPA CEO, Kimberly Houlding. Immediately following AOPPA’s meeting, there will be a reception with food and beverages for attendees that will conclude at 5 p.m.
More information about the OOCC can be found here.
–Olive Oil Commission of California
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