3 July 2020

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Entries NOW OPEN for the Australian International Olive Awards 
The Australian International Olive Awards (AIOA) is going ahead this year with an exciting new format. The 2020 competition will involve both national and international judging panels, with a total of 48 expert judges based in seven countries across the globe – Australia, Spain, Tunisia, Italy, South America, New Zealand and China. 
The awards this year will no doubt be recognised as truly international, with Australian and International exhibits and award winners having an outstanding opportunity for recognition and the marketing benefits that follow.
Along with medals, trophies, industry recognition, promotion and increased sales, the AIOA provides organoleptic appraisal for EVOO status and eligibility for OliveCare® accreditation.  
Each entry is individually judged on its merits, with comprehensive feedback provided, and will be featured in the 2020 Results Book. The comprehensive, high-quality publication will be provided to all entrants, judges and media, providing a great marketing tool for all medal and award winners.
New awards
This year there will be two Best EVOO of Show awards: Best EVOO of Show - Boutique Volume (<1000L) and Best EVOO of Show – Large Volume (>1000L), providing a greater opportunity to win a “big one”. 
The contract processor of any Best of Show winner will also be awarded a certificate recognising their role. 
Key dates
Entries open: 1 July 2020 
Entries close: 4 September 2020 at 5pm CST 
Winners announced: 5 October 2020 
Results: all entrants will be emailed their personal results and decal order link by 5 October. With a gathering not possible this year, medal certificates and major awards will be posted to winning entrants. An online presentation will take place in mid-October as part of the AOA 2020 Virtual Conference.
Full competition details and online entry forms are available on the AIOA website: www.internationaloliveawardsaustralia.com.au
Queries and more details: Competition Convenor & Chief Steward Trudie Michels - 0419 031 527 or tmichels@globaldial.com.

ENTRIES NOW OPEN – enter here .
Chairman of the Mareeba-Dimbulah irrigation scheme and mango grower, Joe Moro said he saw the blockchain technology as a way to add transparency to water trading.

Blockchain technology is being trialled in Far North Queensland irrigation district, Mareeba-Dimbulah, to improve water trading in the region.
It's been a slow process to get the olives off the trees this harvest, and the wet winter hasn't helped.
At White Hills in the states north-east, Christine Mann has just started picking the 7 varieties on her 15 hectare grove. Laurissa Smith called into the olive grove to catch her raking the trees.

Always great to hear the stories of our producers – and their locally-grown products – being broadcast.
Planning to send used machinery or equipment to South Australia? Make sure it’s certified
A requirement for people bringing machinery and equipment into or through South Australia is that it must be clean and free of plant residues and soil on arrival at the border. Used machinery and equipment entering SA should be accompanied by either a Plant Health Certificate or a Plant Health Assurance Certificate (eg SA ICA 54).
An amnesty period is now over and any used horticultural equipment not accompanied by the correct biosecurity documentation will be quarantined at the state border, at the cost of the importer.
More information here.
Permit issued for anthracnose control
A chemical use permit was issued yesterday by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) for Mancozeb, for use on olives for the control of anthracnose. Mancozeb fits within the Group M3 fungicides and is reported to be very effective against anthracnose, peacock spot and cersospora.
AOA Agri-Chemical Permits Co-ordinator Peter McFarlane said it’s good news for the industry, which has been in increasing need of a new option for anthracnose control.
Group M3 fungicides:
Dithiocarbamate fungicides (group M3): low risk of fungicide resistance developing. Products include Mancozeb, Methan, Metiram, Propineb, Thriram, Zineb and Ziram.
  • PER14908 Pyraclostrobin + Metiram (Aero)/Olives/Anthracnose, permit to 31 July 2024. Systemic Group 11 and protectant M3 dual action fungicide, withholding period 56 days;
  • PER88358 Mancozeb/Olives/Anthracnose, permit to 31 July 2023. Group M3 protectant fungicide, withholding period 14 days. 
View the permit and further details here.
Exporters relying on commercial flights to carry fresh produce have struggled to get it to markets Supplied: World-Link)

Farmers and fishers struggling to export fresh produce overseas due to a lack of flights will receive a $240 million boost from the Federal Government today. It will extend the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) until the end of the year.
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Glyphosate as a whole has been in the news following Bayer's decision to settle court cases in the US brought against it for its glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup's role in causing the plaintiffs cancer.

Australian farmers are preparing to take a stronger advocacy role in defending the use of glyphosate, the nation's most popular herbicide, in the wake of Bayer's decision to settle thousands of court cases in the US.

And while we’re on weeds …
Feedback wanted on new national weeds management website
The Centre for Invasive Species Solutions has launched a beta version of Weeds Australia, a new nationally focused weeds’ website providing best practice information on weeds management within Australia.
The site was developed with the weeds’ community front of mind and as they continue to make updates throughout 2020, the project team are seeking your feedback on the site. 
Take a look here and provide your feedback via the tab on top right of screen.
Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS): funded support for small regional businesses

The Australian government has committed funding to provide eligible small businesses in regional communities with access to free and confidential financial counselling. The initiative provides over $4.7 million for financial counselling to help eligible small businesses understand their financial position, identify options and implement plans to improve their long-term financial viability.
Learn more about the Regional Recovery Small Business Support Program here and register your interest now by calling 1300 771 741.
2020 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show cancelled
The RAS and the Sydney Royal Fine Food Committee officially announced this week that, due to the impact of COVID-19, the decision has been made to cancel the 2020 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show, scheduled to take place in August/September.
The affected Competitions include Aquaculture, Branded Meat, Coffee, Chocolate, Pasta, Professional Bakery, Oil & Olives, Smallgoods & Charcuterie and Specialty Foods. The 2020 Sydney Royal Taste of Excellence has also been cancelled.
2020 National Agriculture Day
Friday, 20 November has been announced as the date for National Agriculture Day (AgDay) 2020, so save the date and get organized to get involved. Celebrating the work, values and importance of farming people and communities, the event provides the opportunity for people all around the country to learn more about, and stand with, our farmers. You can join in the celebrations by hosting an AgDay event, sharing the love on social media or registering to receive an AgDay pack. 
Find out more and get involved here.

While some producers simply entered an off-year in 2020, others had trouble finding workers to harvest their olives. Low global olive oil prices have also made production less profitable for all in the sector.

A new report from the country's Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries said olive oil consumption grew by more than three percent for the second straight year. Demand for extra virgin olive oil has led the way.

Aishwarya Iyer started Brightland, an olive oil company, in 2018 with the idea of describing the products like wine and marketing it like a beauty brand.

Marketing is a tough gig and new perspectives always useful …

Italy’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry has signed a decree providing €120 million ($135 million) in income support for agricultural enterprises impacted by Xylella fastidiosa in Puglia.
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Olive oil producers and researchers are working to bring biorefineries to rural producers in Andalusia. The goal is to supplement revenues while making mills more sustainable.

The head of Tunisia's National Olive Oil Board has formally requested that Brussels nearly double existing duty-free olive oil import quotas to 100,000 tons per year.
What's On

6 July
Closing date for samples, Golden Olive Awards – Vic, Australia

31 July 
Entries close, 2020 Royal Adelaide Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Table Olives Competition – Adelaide, SA  

29 August
Results announced, Golden Olive Awards – Vic, Australia

September TBA
World Team Tasting Championship

4 September
Entries close, 2020 Australian International Olive Awards

11 September 
Entries close, 2020 Hunter Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

5 October
Results emailed to entrants, 2020 Australian International Olive Awards

22 October
Awards Presentation, 2020 Hunter Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW


23-25 March
Soil CRC Participants Conference

7-9 June 
Hort Connections 2021 – Brisbane, Qld

15-17 October 
AOA National Olive Conference & Trade Exhibition – Devonport, TAS

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