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As disease takes toll on citrus, more Florida farmers turning to olives
For the past eight years, HLB disease has wreaked havoc to the tune of billions of dollars in financial loss on the Sunshine State's citrus market. Garcia said that in that time, Florida farming has taken an interest in olives.
Soil, climate and other conditions make areas suitable for citrus growth also accommodating for olives. “Basically anywhere you grow citrus trees, you can grow olive trees,” he said. The crop traditionally has come from outside the U.S., with an estimated 98 percent import rate accounting for the 85 million gallons of olive oil consumed in the country last year.
Demand for olive products is up as Americans recognize the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, with olive oil consumption up 7 percent last year. That has opened opportunities for larger commercial operations, Garcia said.
He said he doesn't know exactly how many commercial growers there are across the state, but the amount stands at less than a dozen, with approximately 200 acres planted.
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