Olive Industry Growth in Georgia

Jaci Schreckengost Olives, Top Posts

The Georgia Olive Growers Association is working to help improve the industry and give growers the tools they need to be successful. Vicky Hughes, executive director of the Georgia Olive Growers Association, has seen substantial growth in the industry. She said that approximately five years ago, when she began her current position, there were only…

Researchers and Growers Working with Olives

Jaci Schreckengost Olives, Top Posts

The possibility of a commercial olive industry in the Southeast has caused many growers and researchers to begin looking at what could be attainable. Peter Andersen, professor of horticulture at the University of Florida (UF), said north Florida and south Georgia are two areas of the Southeast looking at the possibility of olives as a…

Pest Research for Florida Olives

Jaci Schreckengost Olives, Top Posts

While the possibility of olives becoming a commercial crop in Florida grows, research to determine what pests and diseases may affect the plants has increased.   Ornamental olive trees have been grown around Florida for over 100 years. However, olives as a commercial crop is relatively new.   Eleanor Phillips, an entomology and nematology graduate…

Florida Olive Pest Potential

Jaci Schreckengost Olives, Top Posts

Researchers at the University of Florida (UF) are studying the pest possibilities in Florida olive plants. Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman, associate Extension scientist at UF, says in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Research Service her team is looking for signs of pests in Florida olive crops. Her team is currently examining four different olive…

Florida Growers Invited to Olive Field Day

Kelsey Fry Olives, Top Posts

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County will be hosting the Florida Olive Field Day on April 7. The event will be held at Florida Olive Farms & Mill in Live Oak. Karen Stauderman, UF/IFAS commercial horticulture agent, says the event is open to commercial, new and potential…

Olives in Florida?

Kayla Mercer Olives, Research, Top Posts

Could olives be the next big thing for citrus producers? The Hardee County Industrial Development Authority (HCIDA) has started a new venture to facilitate diversity in agriculture production in light of citrus greening. HCIDA has a 264-acre tract of land, with a majority of acreage set aside for industrial development, called Commerce Park. It houses…