Olive Industry in Florida
LaCrosse, Florida -- The olive industry in Florida will potentially grow over the next few years.
Florida Olive Council's president Michael Garcia is trying to get interest in growing olives in Florida.
He says a new research facility in LaCrosse will move them closer to their goal of creating a sustainable and profitable olive industry in the state.
He bought the property last month and is working with U.F. and IFAS
They're planting test plots of olives around the state to determine if they can find varieties that will do well in Florida.
According to Garcia Florida farmers and citrus growers are looking for alternative crops like olives because of the citrus greening disease killing the citrus industry.
Construction on the greenhouse will begin in early September.
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