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Emerald Ash Borer Found in Oregon

Emerald Ash Borer, Photo Credit: Oregon Department of Agriculture

As some of you may have heard, Emerald Ash Borer, or EAB was discovered in Forest Grove, Oregon on June 30, 2022. EAB is a beetle that infests ash trees and can be devastating to our forest communities. This is the first time that EAB has been recorded in Oregon and the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is following an Emerald Ash Borer Readiness and Response Plan.

Olive trees have been found to be a potential host for EAB. Ash trees are the preferred host for EAB, however, there is also a risk to olives trees. We want to share this information among our growers for awareness, so that you may be on the lookout for this invasive pest in your area. If we hear more information in relation to EAB and olive trees we will update this page.

Oregon Department of Agriculture – EAB Information

Entomology Today – Olive Tree is Second Non-Ash Species Found Vulnerable To Emerald Ash Borer

First Monday Update

When people think of Oregon, they typically don’t think of olive trees and olive oil production; that’s been the purview of the Mediterranean and our neighbor to the south, California. Javier Fernandez-Salvador, assistant professor of practice at North Willamette Research and Extension Center, believes Oregon’s growing environment produces exceptional olive oil and he is embarking on research to expand the nascent industry.
Javier is Scott Reed’s guest for this month’s First Monday Update. Learn more about how Javier is responding to and working with the emerging industry. To learn more about the Oregon olive industry visit Olive Growers of Oregon.

May 21, 2019 – Olive Oil Times, “Oregon Project Aims to Improve Olive Oil Sector

May 25, 2018 – Digger Magazine, “Are Olives Viable for Oregon?

May 2018 – Oregon Live, “Yes, You Can Grow Olive Trees in Oregon; Here’s How: The Pecks

April 1, 2018 – Oregon Wine Press, “Oregon’s Growing Olives

September 28, 2017 – Capitol Press, “Olives Take Root in Oregon

Fall 2017 – Cultivating, “Dallas Grower at Forefront of Oregon Olive Growth

Olive Growers Needs Assessment and Survey

The Olive Growers Needs Assessment and Survey is available! Find it in the Grower Survey section.

Are you a small farmer seeking to diversify your farm? Are you interested in expand into a high-value crop and/or value-added product? Follow along with our research to gain a better understanding the potential for olive production in the Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

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