The Florida Olive Council, LAA is a not-for-profit entity organized under
the laws of the state of Florida (604.11 Fla. Stat.) and dedicated to
promoting research, cultivation and marketing of olive trees and olive
Supporters of the Florida Olive Council are dedicated to the highest
standards of environmental sustainability, academic integrity and business
ethics. Our vision is of an economically viable and sustainable olive industry
providing jobs for Floridians and healthful products for the world.
Florida Olive Research
The Council believes establishment of a successful Florida olive
industry will best be accomplished based on thorough and professional
scientific research. The goal is to identify and/or develop olive
varieties (cultivars) having market-viable taste and production
characteristics and optimal adaptation to Florida's environment.
The research design addresses all climates and soils within the State
with a view to optimizing cultivars and unique environmental characteristics. In that
regard, test plots are established at various locations in north, central
and south Florida. In addition, we gather information on milling,
marketing, storage and other activities attendant to a successful olive
are supported by industry, government, academia and the general public.
We will work with
all organizations to leverage strengths and ensure broad buy-in.
Timeline and Funding:
We anticipate Phase I of the project taking 5-7 years and costing approximately
Current Status: As of May 2013, four (4)
test plots (3 public 1 private) have been established in northern Florida.
Three (3) new sites have been identified in central Florida and one (1) site
is under consideration for southern Florida. The Council is actively
seeking private growers interested in becoming research partners.
Next Steps: Additional research site
For more information Contact:
Michael O'Hara Garcia