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California Olive Oil Production Surpasses France

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, April 9, 2012

Patricia Darragh heads the California Olive Oil Council. She expects olive oil production to hit 2 million gallons for this year's crop, up from 1.4 million gallons last year.

And Darragh says growers are adding acreage.

"Right now we have approximately 30,000 acres planted in the state for the production of extra virgin olive oil. And we're estimating approximately 5,000 new acres every year through 2020."

Darragh says California surpassed France last year in the amount of olive oil produced…with most of the olives grown in this region.

"The largest production comes from Sacramento Valley right now - Butte, Glenn counties, in that area, Oroville, Artois."

Growers like olive production because the crop requires relatively little irrigation and olive trees have extreme longevity compared to other stone fruit.  

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