02 August 2019

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Today's Top Story
Help remove cooking oils from unfair Health Star Rating System
Cooking oils need to be removed from the Health Star Rating System and time is running out to have your say.
The survey linked below clearly states why Extra Virgin Olive Oil is healthier than refined oils like canola oil and sunflower oil, even though these oils rank healthier than Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the current system.
If you agree, help make this happen by signing the petition and leaving a comment that you think cooking oils should be removed from the Health Star Rating System and why.

Sign the petition here

To post a comment while signing, follow these steps:
Once you have clicked on the survey link above, log into or create a Change.org account.
You can leave your comment in the box 'I'm signing because...'
Once you have added your comment, just press the "Sign this petition" button.
Let’s make this happen – have your say now! And please share widely with your network to maximise petition numbers.
Australia
LOCKED: The quad bike safety stalemate rolls on between farming groups, bike manufacturers and the federal government.
Farmers, the Country Women's Association and rural doctors are banding together to demand politicians ignore the "bullying" of industry lobbyists and mandate roll-over safety equipment on all new quad bikes.

Kevin O’Connor has just wrapped up his second week of olive oil-themed cooking at the London Carousel restaurant. The Cobram Estate chef-at-large completed a two-week residency at the well-regarded restaurant, where he demonstrated the versatility and delicious possibilities of cooking with olive oil.
Continuing the discussion around water …

Farmers for Climate Action is calling for a fully-funded and implemented national strategy for climate change and agriculture, as the Federal Government’s revised Future Drought Fund clears its final hurdles in the Senate.
An urgency motion presented on the final day of the NSW Farmers conference in Sydney has called for a Commonwealth royal commission into the Murray-Darling Basin Plan (MDBP).
Olive Industry Communications Survey extended – please share your thoughts
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. A wide cross-section of industry input is vital to make the process a success, so all industry members and stakeholders are invited to take part. All responses remain confidential and completion takes just 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 has now been extended – please take part now here.
Interested in good quality ‘pre-loved’ olive equipment? Your peers are sharing some great offers directly with their target market – YOU!
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. 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. 

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.
The key ingredient in Roundup is the chemical, glyphosate. (ABC News: Louie Eroglu)
Australia's peak cancer body is calling for an independent review into the world's most popular weedkiller, which has been linked to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
2019/20 Australian Olive Association membership renewals now due – 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. You should have received your membership invoice by now: please email secretariat@australianolives.com.au if it hasn’t arrived, and make your payment by the due date.
These are just 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 providing major competitive advantages – e.g. 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.
Events
It’s time to get your entries in for the Australian International Olive Awards – don’t miss your chance to be named 2019 BEST EVOO or TABLE OLIVES OF SHOW
This could be you!
We hope you’ve got your oil ready and lab testing organized, because entries are now open for the 2019 Australian International Olive Awards – Australia’s premier EVOO and table olive competition.
Providing an unmatched opportunity for peer review and brand promotion, the 2019 competition features new elements including:
  • 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:
Entries now 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.
Last day to enter Royal Adelaide Olive Awards
Competition entries for the 2019 Royal Adelaide Olive Awards close today, so jump to and enter your Table Olives or Extra Virgin Olive Oil now. Full information and download entry forms here.
International

03-Jul-2019 By Oliver Morrison 

It is time to act on soil erosion to stay in business, warns Tobias Bandel from Soil & More.

Recent donations have allowed the leading U.S. olive oil research center to invest in new equipment, expand their olive groves and improve production.

$750,000 for ongoing industry research and education – Australian/New Zealand donors are most welcome to follow suit!
This 2017 photo shows an olive tree infected with Xylella fastidiosa that has been cut back to its trunk and then grafted with a variety of olive resistant to the plant disease. (Photo: CAIN BURDEAU/Courthouse News Service)
Working in an arid Italian field of crumbly soil, agronomists are battling a rampant bacterium that has already infected millions of olive trees and could threaten the entire Mediterranean basin.

Resistance is NOT futile!

The Co-operativa de Olivicultores de Valpacos, one of the most renowned Portuguese producers, has over 2,200 associates from the town of Valpaços and neighboring Mirandela.

An interesting read about the benefits of co-operatives among small producers – and note the references to quality and harvest timing.
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 warm season corresponds to crucial phases for olive trees. Two experts provided their suggestions for the successful management of the organic olive grove in these conditions.

Reverse the months and seasons and there’s some great practical advice here.

Eating a Mediterranean diet while pregnant could prevent women at risk of gestational diabetes from developing the condition, a study has found. The women who took part in the study followed a Mediterranean-style diet, by eating more nuts, extra virgin olive oil, fish, white meat and pulses; while cutting their levels of red meat, butter, margarine, and cream.

A judge in the United States has slashed the multi-billion-dollar award for a couple who blamed Bayer AG's glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup for their cancer to less than $US100 million.
What's On
2019

May-August
Australian Women's Leadership Symposiums – all states, Australia 

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

15 August
Entries close, West Australian Olive Awards 2019 - WA 

18 August
TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory workshop - Mt Hawthorn, WA

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

31 August
TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory workshop – Wangaratta, NSW

20 September
TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory workshop - Roseworthy, SA

22-27 September
Sol d’Oro Southern Hemisphere – Tacna, Peru

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 

12 October
Awards dinner- West Australian Olive Awards 2019 - WA 

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

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

12-14 November
Food & Hotel China 2019 – Shanghai, China

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

26-28 November
SITEVI – Montpellier, France 

2020

7-8 February 
Sensory Masterclass – Geelong, Vic

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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