Adin Hester, president and chief executive officer of the Olive Growers Council in Visalia, who cited some adverse weather conditions in the Valley during fruit set, was among those who spoke during the 6th Annual Central Valley Olive Day in Exeter. He and others cautioned growers not to “panic” and take on harvesting crews at inflated prices early, despite an expected labor shortage.
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Adin Hester, president and chief executive officer of the Olive Growers Council in Visalia, and Elizabeth Fichtner, UC Extension specialist on olives for Tulare County.
Kyle Sawatzky, sales manager for Bari Olive Oil in Dinuba.
Joe Hallmeyer, center, an olive grower and owner of Ken’s Stakes and Supplies in Visalia, talks with Southern California Edison representatives Nick Henschel, right, and Richard Dennis.
Kurt McPhetridge, District Attorney investigator with the Rural Crime Task Force for Tulare County, and Darla Kaiser, Deputy District Attorney and Rural Crime Prosecutor.
Darla Kaiser, Deputy District Attorney and Rural Crime Prosecutor in Tulare County.
Louise Ferguson, a University of California extension specialist, left, with Dennis Burreson, director of field operations with Musco Family Olive Co.
Denise Junqueiro, director of programs and services for the California Olive Committee, and Dan Flynn, executive director of the University of California Davis Olive Center.
Dan Flynn, executive director of the University of California Davis Olive Center, left, and Jason Scott, publisher of the West Coast Olive Guide.