03 Jun

Cal Olive Oil Maker Wins Honors

For the first time ever, a US-based company now ranks among the world’s Top 10 premium olive oil producers.

Competing against 750 high-end oils produced in France, Italy, Spain, and Greece, Apollo Olive Oil earned the coveted spot during the prestigious OLIO 2006 international olive oil competition in Munich, Germany last month.

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02 Jun

Northland olive oil makers have pipped the world’s elite at a respected US show.

By Brigid Lynch

Mangawhai’s Te Arai Olive Estate won best in show and a fistful of gold at the 7th annual extra virgin olive oil competition at California’s Los Angeles County Fair.

Raylee Campbell, who runs Te Arai with architect husband Colin, said winning four gold medals was stunning – “It’s beyond our wildest dreams.”

There are no cash prizes – “just some nice certificates, and some stickers to go on our bottles” _ but Mrs Campbell says the kudos and credibility make it all worthwhile.

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31 May

Northland olive oil wins top prize

A Northland olive oil has taken the top prize at the LA County Fair in the United States – one of the world’s biggest olive oil competitions.

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30 May

Cold off the press … olive oil from California

By Maryline Larocque

If ever there were a natural food and wine “pairing” in the raw, it’s grapes and olives. In Spain, Italy, Greece, and now California, the two crops are virtually inseparable. Antoinette Addison of Figueroa Farms (www.FigueroaFarms.com) inherited a third of an olive orchard in Provence, France. She and her husband, Shawn, bought out her siblings and restored not only the orchards, but the property as well. Back home in the Santa Ynez Valley, they started planting olive trees in 2000; 2005 was their first real crop.

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30 May

$44 million to protect county crops

By Julissa McKinnon,

This week the House of Representatives approved more than $44 million to continue funding three agricultural research programs that benefit Napa County. Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, secured the funding in the 2007 agriculture spending bill. The bill has yet to go to the Senate, where it could be amended and approved.

The agricultural spending proposed so far go toward the same three programs that were funded last year:

* $35.56 million for Pierce’s disease research and control

* $7.73 million for Sudden Oak Death research and control

* $1.35 million for olive fruit fly research and control

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