Conference Agenda

  • 8:00am


  • 8:30am

    Welcome & Association Highlights—TXAOO Board of Directors

  • 8:45am

    Review of Climate Constraints on Olive Growing in Texas

    Monte Nesbitt, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

  • 9:20am

    Orchard Establishment Considerations: Varieties, Tree density, Training

    Adam Englehardt, President US Operations, Boundary Bend Olives, Woodward, CA

  • 9:55am


  • 10:25am

    Present & Future Control of Cotton Root Rot in Olive Orchards

    Jim Kamas, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

  • 11:00am

    Super High Density Olives—Management Keys to Success

    Brian Mori, Grower Relations Manager, California Olive Ranch

  • 11:35am

    Update on Olive Milling Options for Texas Growers

    Joshua Swafford, Central Texas Olive Ranch

  • 12:00pm

    Lunch (Provided On-site)

    Sid Miller, Texas Agriculture Commissioner & Kimberly Houlding, President, American Olive Oil Producers Association

  • 1:00pm

    Pre- and Post Harvest Keys to Producing Extra Virgin Olive Oil in Texas

    David Garci-Aguirre, Vice President of Operations & Master Miller, Corto Olive Co. — California

  • 1:40pm

    Expert Panel Discussion

    Englehardt, Mori, Garci-Aguirre, Kamas, Stein

  • 2:30pm


  • 3:00pm

    Development of a Sound Olive Orchard Nutrition Program for Texas Growers

    Dr. Jake Mowrer, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

  • 3:30pm

    Prevention & Control of Olive Knot Disease in Texas

    Sheila McBride, Texas A&M AgriLife Plant Disease Clinic

  • 4:00pm

    Olive Orchard Floor Management Strategies

    Dr. Larry Stein, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

  • 4:30pm

    Regulations in Olive Marketing—What Texas Producers Should Know

    Mary Bolton, Director of Technical Services, California Olive Ranch

  • 5:00pm


  • 7:00pm

    Cocktail & Sensory Reception

    Hyatt Riverwalk Downtown