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Olive-growing giant headed for Victoria

Jim Henry, a pioneer in the Texas olive industry, believes the midcoast area around Victoria could be the best place in Texas to grow olives and is planning a $5 million orchard there to prove it.

Henry currently produces extra virgin olive oil from the fruit of about 40,000 olive trees he's been raising at his Texas Olive Ranch in the Carrizo Springs area for eight years.

But with a group of investors, he’s about to close on 383 acres northeast of Victoria where he plans to plant 300,000 olive trees. That will boost his company’s productive capabilities and, he says, Texas’ reputation as an olive-growing center.

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