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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30 May

Olive oils press ahead of wines as gourmet pour

By Lauren Beckham Falcone

Leave the chianti. Take the oil.

From tastings to housewarming gifts, olive oil is the new wine.“It’s a huge market,” said Kim Evers, manager of O & Co. on Newbury Street. “It’s becoming a big household gift because when people bring wine, they usually drink it right away. With olive oil, it lasts.”

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30 May

Le b.a-ba de l’huile d’olive

On le sait et on le répète, l’huile d’olive est une des meilleures qui soit. Beaucoup la considère comme un aliment-santé. Elle agirait comme anti-oxydant et anti-cholestorol. Sans compter qu’elle amène du soleil dans nos assiettes ! L’olivier est un arbre noble, symbole du bassin méditerranéen. En France, il est présent depuis 20 000 ans au moins. Mais l’oléiculture en tant que telle n’existe que depuis 2 500 ans grâce aux Phéniciens, aux Grecs et aux Romains.

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30 May

EXOLEA: Olive Oil From All Over The World in Umbria

The Umbria region is the centre of the world’s attention for three days for extra virgin olive oil. From June 2 to 4, 16 countries will showcase the best they’ve got in terms of olive oil production, with 200 Italian and foreign labels participating in “Exolea”, a fair taking place in Foligno, Spello, Montefalco, Trevi, Giano dell’Umbria and Campello sul Clitunno. It will be a true trip into the tastes and smells of the best extra virgin olive oil produced the world over.

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29 May

Wild Salmon with Olive Tapenade

By Linda Gassenheimer

Give the Memorial Day Cookout a touch of elegance with this easy grilled seafood entree for two.
It’s a luxury to savor salmon this time of year. Try it with olive tapenade, a paste made from olives, garlic, olive oil and herbs. There are many good varieties on the market.

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