Thursday, January 17, 2013

Olive committee seeking grower nominations

The California Olive Committee, which handles marketing and research for the state's olive industry, is seeking nominations of new members to serve two-year terms beginning in June.

From the COC:
The California Olive Committee (COC) is seeking grower nominations for new committee terms, running June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2015. Appointees will have the opportunity to take an active role in shaping COC programs and the future of the California ripe olive industry.

Producers in both growing districts are encouraged to submit their nominations in person at two upcoming meetings in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys:


District 1 (North): Counties including Butte, Glenn, Tehama, Colusa and Shasta

1-3 p.m.
Corning Veteran’s Hall
1620 Solano St.
Corning, CA 96021
Seeking: Five (5) Members and five (5) Alternates

Growers unable to attend the meetings in their respective districts may also submit nominations to the COC via phone, fax and email. Nominations must be received no later than 7 days after the date of the nomination meeting in their district and can be submitted to the following:

COC office phone: (559) 456-9096
COC office fax: (559) 456-9099
COC email (Denise Junqueiro):

As a grower-funded federal marketing order under the United States Department of Agriculture, the COC strongly encourages women, minorities and people with disabilities to seek committee appointments in efforts to enhance the diversity of committee membership.

Each grower may nominate as many Members and Alternates as they wish, including themselves. The only prerequisite for Members and Alternates is that they must be producers within the specified district of nomination. Growers who produce in more than one district can be selected as a nominee in only one district.

Once all nominations are received, ballots will be mailed by March 15, 2013 to all growers.

The COC encourages all interested growers to participate in the nominations process and seeks a wide range of experience and perspectives. As an industry with a $493.6 million impact on the California economy, ripe olive growers across the state have the opportunity to help shape this vital agricultural industry for generations to come.

About the California Olive Committee

The California Olive Committee (COC) is a grower-funded program established by a Federal Marketing Order in 1965 to administer marketing, research, inspection and compliance programs on behalf of the ripe olive industry. The COC is comprised of two olive canners and thousands of family farmers, who raise olives on about 27,000 acres of orchards that crisscross the warm inland valleys of California.

About the California Ripe Olive Industry

California produces more than 95 percent of the olives grown in the U.S. today. Typically farms are not mechanically run, industrial farms, but multi-generational orchards powered by hardworking California farmers and their families. California groves come in all sizes – ranging from small 5-acre lots to 1,000-acre multi-crop farms – and are individually serviced by some of the finest stewards of the land with strict growing and handling standards. There are two main varieties of trees that produce California ripe olives: Manzanillo and Sevillano. These different varieties produce different sizes of olives, giving consumers a choice ranging from small to super colossal.

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