01 March 2019

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Today's Top Story
Genesis Kitchen's new shop at the Stumptown Marketplace in Whitefish on Feb. 13, 2019. Greg Lindstrom|Flathead Beacon. 

When David Cohen received word that the building that’s housed Genesis Kitchen since 2012 was reclaiming the space, it could have spelled disaster for his artisan olive oil and balsamic vinegar shop.

Read through to the part about local doctors prescribing high-polyphenol olive oil.
Australia

Maybe it's the tapas or the paella, but Spain has just surpassed Italy to become the world's healthiest country. That's according to the 2019 edition of the Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index, which ranks 169 economies according to factors that contribute to overall health. Spain placed sixth in the previous gauge, published in 2017. Australia ranked seventh in the new index.

The report suggests that eating habits may have something to do with it, specifically the "Mediterranean diet, supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil …”
ACCC activity report
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published its latest report on activity in the agriculture, small business and franchising sector. The report covers compliance and enforcement activities undertaken between July and December 2018, including facts such as reported small business scam losses of $4.7 million. View the report here.
Rising figures for Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions show that the Federal Government is failing to protect Australian farmers and their livelihoods, said Farmers for Climate Action this week.
The booming organic industry has grown a significant 88% in just seven years. According to the 2018 Australian Organic Market report, the nation’s organic industry is worth $2.4 billion, with annual exports of $700 million.
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Integrated pest management (IPM) combines the use of biological, cultural and chemical practices to control insect pests in agricultural production. It seeks to use natural predators or parasites to control pests, using selective pesticides for backup only when pests are unable to be controlled by natural means.

It’s also the focus of the recently-completed nationwide AOA IPDM Field Day program. If you missed out on attending, or want a recap of the information, you can view videos and presentations from the events 24/7 on the OliveBiz website here .
After moving to regional Victoria in 2012, Melissa Connors identified a knowledge gap between the older generation of farmers and ‘tree-changers’ such as herself. To bring the two groups together, Melissa established This Farm Needs a Farmer and was recognised for her contribution to agriculture by taking home the 2018 AgriFutures Victorian Rural Woman of the Year award. 
Sign up to the AOA export register
The Export Register has been set up to facilitate a targeted means of communication for AOA members interested in specific export markets. If that’s you, sign up and you will be notified when the AOA receives specific information about these markets and any associated inquiries. 
Hort Innovation's strategy consultation workshops continue in Victoria this week 
Make sure you get along to one of the ongoing workshops to share your ideas and insights how Hort Innovation can support better alignment between the needs of the sector as a whole and the strategic direction of the company. Workshops this week include Lindenow, VIC - 5 March, Shepparton, VIC - 6 March and Werribee, VIC - 7 March.
Find out more about the Hort Innovation Strategic Plan stakeholder consultation, and find a workshop in your region, here.
Events
Dates announced for 2019 Australian International Olive Awards
Imogen and Leon Bettio, Elisi Grove.
Harvest and the new seasons oils are on their way, as is the chance for peer review and a celebration of the best of the 2019 harvest via the Australian International Olive Awards. Australia’s premier EVOO and table olive competition, with the added benefits of international status and promotion, the Australian International Olive Awards is the “must enter” event on the competition calendar.
So SAVE THE DATES NOW and make sure you get your entries in for a chance to be named Best EVOO or Table Olive of Show for 2019:
  • Entries open – 1 July 2019
  • Entries close – 30 August 2019
  • Judging – 12-14 September 2019
  • Presentation dinner, Albury, NSW – 18 October 2019
Full details will be available in May on the competition website: www.internationaloliveawardsaustralia.com.au
Be part of the NOVA rejuvenation project
Want to hone your pruning and shaping skills, while helping to revitalise an important national site?
Grab your lunch, pruning tools and equipment, and head to Roseworthy on Saturday, March 16 for a working bee at the Roseworthy National Olive Varietal Assessment (NOVA) site.
Guided by grove management and pruning expert Peter Cox, Olives SA members and friends will give much-needed TLC to the site’s neglected trees, as the first part of a long-term rejuvenation and re-purposing project in collaboration with the University of Adelaide.
The action will happen from 9am-2pm and all interested parties are welcome. Please RSVP to Michael Johnston on 0419 815 839.
AOA Olive Oil Processing Workshop

The AOA is running an Olive Oil Processing Workshop in April, being held at Boort, Victoria. The comprehensive two-day course covers every aspect of processing quality from the grove to the laboratory, and combines the expertise of international processing consultant Pablo Canamasas and award-winning producers Peter and Marlies Eicher of Salute Oliva. 

What: AOA Olive Oil Processing Workshop
When: Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 April 2019
Where: Boort (Boort Resource & Information Centre/BRIC and Salute Oliva); Accommodation at Boort Lakes Holiday Park.

Registrations are now open, so BOOK NOW – places are limited and this is one course you don’t want to miss! More information and register here.

This project has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the Hort Innovation olive research and development levy, co-investment from the Australian Olive Association and contributions from the Australian Government.
New Zealand

All growers should now have registered with their local Council, with National Programme documentation verification and registration either completed or underway.
Olives NZ has three templates available to simplify preparation of the documentation: National Programme One for growers, National Programme One with bottling exemption and National Programme Three for all others, including processors. The templates are $250 each, including GST, and have been well received by Councils and MPI. Email admin@olivesnz.org.nz for more information and to purchase.


With the project drawing to a close, the final round of Olives New Zealand Focus Grove Project Field Days is being held in March. These events provide the opportunity for hands-on learning and information sharing on all aspects of grove managements, so don’t miss out on this last chance to look, listen and question. Dates and locations are as follows:
  • Monday 18 - Hawke’s Bay
  • Tuesday 19 - Northland
  • Friday 22 - Wairarapa (followed by AGM, Saturday 23)
  • Monday 25 - Canterbury
  • Tuesday 26 – Nelson.
More information on the Focus Grove Project here.
International

While the sector continues to trend upwards, producers from the center of the country faced a setback with heavy rains this spring. Producers in Brazil's south are rejoicing over a bountiful harvest.

Includes some interesting contemplations on elements which may affect EVOO flavour profiles and chemical composition.
ARS monitoring water quality using drones

Scientists with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service are using drones to sample irrigation ponds for E coli. This could give farmers a new tool to avoid spraying potentially harmful bacteria on crops. Watch the video here to find out more (2:04).
20-Feb-2019 By Jenny Eagle 

Today’s increasingly complex, fragmented and global food supply chains have led to a steep increase in food fraud, according to Bühler and the only way to tackle it is enhanced transparency across the entire value chain and emerging digital technology. 

Olive oil has long transcended the boundaries of the kitchen that this type of oil is now also used in different applications primarily for its many health benefits. One very interesting usage of olive oil is in a number of canine health conditions.

My fur-baby wanted me to remind you to share the EVOO goodness with ALL the family – Ed.
Unusual weather, Xylella fastidiosa and the removal of ancient trees for the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline in Puglia, have caused Italy's olive oil production to hit a 25-year low.

Consuming a minimum of 25 to 29 grams of fiber from Mediterranean diet plant foods is significantly tied to better health and longevity, including a lower the risk of diabetes.

Which means we should all be eating EVOO and olives ‘Everyday’!
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
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Drawn by an interest in health benefits and sustainable production, professionals from fields like law, medicine, and jewelry making have been turning to Greek olive oil. Loutraki Oil Company’s Athanasios Katsetos and Maria Guadagno Katsetos share with evo3’s Stratis G. Camatsos a dedication to using Greek extra virgin olive oil to help improve the world.

We’re an interesting and diverse bunch, we olive people!
What's On
2019

18-26 March
Olives New Zealand Focus Grove Project Field Days – various regions, NZ

23 March - Olives New Zealand 2019 Annual General Meeting – Carterton

25 March
Deadline for entries, OLIVE JAPAN 2019 – Tokyo, Japan

1 April
Closing date for entries, Oil China Competition 2019 - Beijing China

9 April
Closing date for entry/samples, London International Olive Oil Awards – London, UK

16-17 April
AOA Olive Oil Processing Workshop – Boort, Vic

5-10 May – New York International Olive Oil Competition – New York, USA

11-14 May
1st China Training Course of Olive Oil Tasters - Shanghai China

14-16 May
Oil China Expo 2019 + Summit Forum - Shanghai China

1 July 
Entries open, Australian International Olive Awards – Sydney, NSW

19-24 July
OLIVE JAPAN SHOW 2019 – Tokyo, Japan

30 August
Entries close, Australian International Olive Awards – Sydney, NSW

4 October
Entries close, 2019 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

18 October
Presentation dinner, Australian International Olive Awards – Albury, NSW

16-19 October
2019 National Olive Industry Conference & Trade Exhibition – Albury, NSW

14 November
Awards presentation, 2019 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

2020
9-12 February
World Congress on Oils & Fats – Sydney, Australia

To include your event, or update your existing event details, email FOE editor Gerri Nelligan at  editor@olivegrower.com.au
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