28 June 2019

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Entries open on Monday for Australian International Olive Awards – don’t miss your chance to be named 2019 BEST EVOO or TABLE OLIVES OF SHOW

It’s now just three days until entries open for the 2019 Australian International Olive Awards – Australia’s premier EVOO and table olive competition.
New elements in 2019 include:
  • Reserved Champion of Class awards - increased chances of winning
  • Bigger and better trophies
  • Online decal ordering
  • Medal results emailed post-judging
  • Earlier entry and earlier results = early promotion and increased marketing opportunities
Key dates:
1 July – entries open
30 August – entries close
18 October – Awards Presentation Dinner, Albury, NSW
More information here or contact Chief Steward Trudie Michels on 0419 031 527, tmichels@globaldial.com.
Wellgrove, the new over-the-counter health and wellness brand from the makers of Australia’s award-winning Cobram Estate extra virgin olive oil, has launched in Australia with a campaign highlighting all the antioxidant power of the olive tree and olive leaf extract. Asking consumers to ‘Get Wellgrove this winter’, the marketing initiative kicked-off with a 15 second TVC this past weekend on television networks 7, 9 and 10.

Nation-wide promotion of the health benefits of olive products – great stuff!
Olive Industry Communications Survey: your feedback is important
The AOA operates a communications and extension program for the benefit of our industry. They need your feedback from time to time to help measure the impact the program, and ensure each of the resources is delivering benefits for producers. 
The 2019 Communications and Extension Survey is currently underway and your participation would be greatly appreciated. All responses remain confidential and completion should only take 5-10 minutes. 
Thank you in advance. Your feedback is important in ensuring we continually improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our efforts - Greg Seymour, AOA CEO.
The survey closes on 22 July 2019 – please take part now here.
New-look Farm Biosecurity website
Sourcing information on how to secure your farm against diseases, pests and weeds just became a whole lot easier, with improved access to a vast suite of resources on the Farm Biosecurity website.
Animal Health Australia (AHA) and Plant Health Australia (PHA) recently launched the new-look site for the Farm Biosecurity Program, a joint initiative of the two organisations managed on behalf of members. Learn more and take a look here.
Helen has more Jumbo Kalamata fruit than she needs, so she’s gone directly to her target market
Got something to sell, or want to buy? You can reach your target market directly with Olivebiz Classifieds. If you’ve got something industry-related to sell, our online Classifieds service is an easy and inexpensive solution to advertise your unwanted equipment, extra oil or even your grove - like Helen, who has surplus ripening Jumbo Kalamata fruit to sell. And if there’s something you’re looking for, it’s the ideal way to get the message out loud and clear to your peers and industry associates. 
Olivebiz Classifieds cost just $40 for AOA members ($100 for non-members), including a text ad and link through to either your web page or images hosted on our site. And you don’t need to be a tech-head: just send us your info and we’ll post it up for you.
Olivebiz Classifieds are online now at www.olivebiz.com.au/classifieds. To arrange a listing, contact Gerri at editor@olivegrower.com.au
2019/20 Australian Olive Association membership – help us continue to help you
Are you an Australian Olive Association member? Thank you! We appreciate your ongoing support and look forward to hearing from you in 2019/20. Please look out for your membership invoices which will be emailed over the next couple of weeks. Please check your SPAM folders and whitelist secretariat@australianolives.com.au to ensure you receive your invoice.
Here is a reminder of some of the many activities the AOA is able to achieve for the olive industry with your membership contribution:
✓Advocacy and Representation - your voice to Government ✓Australian Standard for Olive oil and olive pomace oil AS 5264-2011 ✓Code of Practice OliveCare® ✓Consumer Awareness & Education Campaigns – Everyday, Fresher Tastes Better! ✓Biosecurity management ✓Australian International Olive Awards ✓AOA National Industry Conference & Exhibition ✓Point of sale marketing merchandise ✓PHA Biosecurity Levy ✓Market surveillance and reporting ✓Grower field days & seminars ✓Industry communications – Olivegrower & Processor, Friday Olive Extracts, Olivebiz ✓ AOA Facebook page ✓ TasteBook™ program ✓Registered pesticide minor use permits holder for industry ✓Voice of Horticulture Membership ✓NFF Horticulture Council Membership ✓Industry Risk and Crisis Management.
Being a member also entitles you to many invaluable benefits which can provide you with major competitive advantages – e.g. the opportunity to obtain certification through the OliveCare® program, and discounted subscriptions and tickets to the annual premier olive industry events, the National Industry Conference & Exhibition and Australian International Olive Awards – knowledge and awards can set your business apart!
Not a member? Help us help you. New members receive a FREE copy of The Olive Growing Book, valued at $165. Click here for more details on the benefits of becoming a member today.
New biosecurity collective ready for action
With the number of pest and disease threats that could enter our country rapidly growing, last week biosecurity champions from across Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Mexico came together to form Australia’s first biosecurity collective. The inaugural Australian Biosecurity Symposium saw almost 400 delegates converge on the Gold Coast to discuss how we can future-proof our biosecurity system to better protect our multi-billion agricultural industry, our iconic native plants and animals and our people. Read more here.

25-Jun-2019 By Gary Scattergood 

A widely respected regulatory regime that fuels consumer confidence, thriving brands, and its relative proximity have helped propel Australia to the number one spot for supplements imports into China. 

Let’s hope health-promoting olive products are among those in the ‘special medical foods’ which are in such hot demand.
2020 Future Young Leaders Program
Are you a young, innovative Aussie or New Zealander bursting to make your mark in the agricultural or food-tech industries? Do you have the guts to stand on stage at evokeAG. 2020 and share your passions and thoughts?
Applications for the evokeAG. 2020 Future Young Leaders Program are now open, providing the opportunity for eight emerging leaders in the agriculture industry to attend the evokeAG. event in Melbourne and present their key passion or research relating to one of the event themes – Food, Farm, Future – to an international audience.
Applications close 30 June – more information and apply here.
Tackling Tough Times Together grants 

The Tackling Tough Times Together program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the drought. Grants in tiers of up to $20,000 and $60,000 are currently available, with EOIs invited for grants up to $150,000. Round 14 applications close 23 July – more information and apply here.
Pruning day at Roseworthy National Olive Varietal Assessment (NOVA) site
As part of the ongoing rejuvenation project of the NOVA grove, Olives SA is holding a second pruning day at the Roseworthy site. This is a great opportunity to hone your pruning and shaping skills, while helping to revitalise this important national resource. The site is unique within Australia and possibly the world, so it’s also an opportunity to learn more about it.
Details: Sunday, July 14 from 9:30am. BYO picnic lunch, pruning tools and other useful equipment.
All interested parties are invited to take part: call Michael Johnston on 0419 815 839 for more information or to register your attendance.
New Zealand
2019 Royal Easter Show Olive Oil Competition

Details have been announced for the 2019 Royal Easter Show Olive Oil Competition, with key dates as follows:
Entries close – Monday, 26 August
Oils to be received – Monday, 2 September
Judging – Wednesday, 11 September at the ASB Auckland Showgrounds
For a copy of the Entry Form and Schedule, please email res@asbshowgrounds.co.nz.

Olive oil is widely recognized for its health benefits. It boasts anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and may even help protect against certain chronic diseases. While it’s commonly used as a cooking and dipping oil, some people believe that drinking it will allow you to reap its maximum benefits.

Scientists warn global sea levels could rise by as much as 6.5 feet by 2100, displacing nearly 200 million people and damaging agricultural land.

They note that areas affected include substantial olive-producing regions.
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
With 2019 now well underway Friday Olive Extracts  (FOE) continues to bring all the latest industry news and events to your Inbox every week. THE place to share olive industry news, event details and reminders, our industry e-newsletter keeps growing in popularity and we now have nearly 4000 subscribers across the globe. If you’re not one of them,  you can sign up here.
And please remember that FOE is YOUR e-newsletter, so we’re keen to receive your news and help spread the word. Just email your information to Editor Gerri Nelligan at  editor@olivegrower.com.au - it’s free, and the best way to reach your fellow industry members!

The report cites unseasonably hot temperatures along with a lack of rain as the main reasons for the dip, which could see production drops of up to 50 percent in certain areas.

In the early 1800s, olive leaves were crushed and mixed with liquids to treat fevers and then later on malaria. The Morrocans used olives to stabilize diabetes. The reason for its ubiquitous usage is the presence of many bioactive compounds such as oleuropein, flavonoids and secoiridoids with antioxidant properties.
07-Jun-2019 By Flora Southey 

Transitioning from conventional to organic farming methods is an expensive and time-consuming process. In an effort to better support farmers as they transition, French cooperative D’Aucy has developed a front-of-pack label that adds value and raises awareness. 
Cobram Estate, award-winning producer of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), today announced the company is expanding its product line to include a new collection of 100% California extra virgin olive oil aimed at providing everyday versatility and value.

Blocksyte's SaaS-based application has been used to track Caroli's olive oil shipment between Italy and the United States, monitoring real-time location, temperature, humidity, and light exposure, to ensure that the olive oil was handled under optimal conditions throughout its entire journey.

Popular party foods could cost you a lot more this summer. President Donald Trump has proposed tariffs ranging from 25% to 100% on more than 300 products from Europe, including wine, cheese and seafood. The biggest price hikes, though, could be on olive oil, CBSN New York’s Lisa Rozner reported Monday.
Roman oil press replica
The Costa del Sol’s first ever Roman olive oil press has been unearthed in Mijas. The ancient find is one of many at the site of Finca de Acebedo, a Roman villa which continues to be excavated by archaeologists. Experts came across the counterweight for the four-tonne device, which they believe was used between the third and fourth centuries.

Feeding a growing global population while cutting carbon emissions seems unrealistic until you see the results of Johannes Eisenbach’s ageing compost.

Soil is one of the feature topics at October’s National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition - we’ll keep you posted on registration opening.

Worldwide, 50 million people are living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, the mere thought of which is enough to elicit anxiety. The good news: many experts believe we are largely in control of our cognitive destiny. 

No 1 on the list – you guessed it – extra virgin olive oil!

Harvesting at the right time, proper stewardship of the land, attention to details, teamwork, perseverance, and passion were all listed by award-winning Italian producers as the reasons for their success.
The proposed US tariffs on imported Greek olive oil will have a catastrophic effect on the country’s olive oil industry, as this vital sector is the main driving force behind the growth of the country’s agri-food sector at present.
What's On

Australian Women's Leadership Symposiums – all states, Australia 

30 June
TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory workshop – Wagga Wagga, NSW

30 June
Community olive pressing day, Freshfield Grove – Campania, Tasmania 

30-31 July
Western Sydney University Soil Biology Masterclass – Richmond, NSW 

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

12 July
Entries close, 2019 Royal Hobart Fine Food Awards – Hobart, Tasmania

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

25 July
Submission deadline, 2019 Australian Golden Olive Awards – Rutherglen, VIC 

2 August
Entries close, 2019 Royal Adelaide Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA 

20 August
Royal Adelaide Olive Awards Presentation Dinner – Lockleys, SA 

26 August
Entries close, 2019 Royal Easter Show Olive Oil Competition – Auckland, NZ

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

24 September
2019 Taste of Excellence Awards, Sydney Fine Food Show – Sydney, NSW

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

12 October
ONZ EVOO Awards Dinner – Wellington, NZ 

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

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

23-25 April
2020 London International Olive oil Competitions – London, UK

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