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Drought and hard freeze threaten California's olive production




A couple of taggiasca olives, almost ready to be picked for the oil.
A couple of taggiasca olives, almost ready to be picked for the oil.
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The ongoing drought, coupled with a hard freeze last winter has been bad news for olive farming in the state. Olive production has dropped 45 percent this year, making life hard for olive growers like Rod Burkett. 

He's a third generation olive grower and has been an olive grower for 25 years in Porterville, California. Burkett's crops were badly damaged by the hard freeze, leaving him without a crop this year.