03 April 2020

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AOA COVID-19 Bulletin for the Olive Industry
The impact of the Coronavirus or COVID-19 has certainly taken us into uncharted waters and is delivering new twists and turns every day. The AOA team, with help from its extended family in similar organisations across the country, is working hard to keep abreast of all that’s happening, and working out what it means for AOA members and the olive industry in general. 
They’re then communicating that in a bulletin providing both general COVID-19 information and some tailored specifically for the olive industry. There's information about labour and employment issues; interstate border protocols; postponed olive industry events; and an up-coming webinar technical program whilst in the grip of COVID-19, with direct links for more information where applicable.
Read the full bulletin here and if you’d like to receive future updates, please contact Liz Bouzoudis at secretariat@australianolives.com.au to be put on the mailing list.
Australia’s agricultural and fisheries sector is reconnecting with their international customers thanks to a $110m Government-backed freight service to export their high-quality produce. The International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) will help Australian agricultural and fisheries producers, who have been heavily impacted by COVID-19 containment measures around the world.

We don’t know yet exactly what products are included in the service but it’s good to see more active proof of the government’s commitment to agriculture during the current crisis.
Boundary Bend.

While much of the world grinds to a halt in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, olive growers in Australia are getting ready to harvest.

The Federal Government is close to changing the visa conditions of seasonal workers in farming to prepare against workforce shortages caused by COVID-19. Amid the pandemic, the Business Council of Australia and National Farmers Federation has backed calls for working visas to be extended for people already in Australia.

and …
Working on farms has been unappealing to many Australians, but job losses because of COVID-19 work restrictions are forcing people to rethink (ABC Rural: Grace Whiteside). 

Coronavirus is expected to force hundreds of thousands of Australians out of work, but farmers are already being inundated with pleas from the unemployed. 

With the olive harvest now not far away – and for some, getting underway – it looks like pickers will be plentiful this year.
COVID-19: guide for protecting your workforce
PMA A-NZ has produced a guide for the fresh produce industry to assist business to better manage teams in the unique environments of harvesting and packing fresh produce during the COVID-19 situation. While not all of the fresh produce situations are relevant to olive harvest and processing operations, there’s some great guidance in particular in regard to field harvest crews and workforce accommodation. 
Download the guide and checklists here.
nbn™ Sky Muster™ COVID-19 update

NBN Co has unveiled new measures to support increasing capacity and data demand for nbn satellite services in regional and remote Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic, as more people need to spend time at home.
Customers on standard nbn™ Sky Muster™ services will have their data download limits increased significantly, while for customers on nbn™ Sky Muster™ Plus services, nbn will implement an increased range of applications that will not count towards monthly data quotas.
More information here.

17-Mar-2020 By Tingmin Koe

Australia and New Zealand health foods companies are seeing strong online sales of immune boosting supplements from the China market.

Among the ‘popular products’ achieving more than double year-on-year growth was olive leaf extract.
Theo and Matt are both SELLING OLIVE EQUIPMENT and they’re letting olive producers know through the OliveBiz Classifieds
Your circumstances have changed and you’ve got equipment you no longer need but there’s undoubtedly another producer out there for whom it would be ideal. Let them know about it through the Olivebiz Classifieds – THE intra-industry way to sell, buy and source. 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 Theo, who has production and warehouse equipment for sale, and Matt, who’s selling a large OFM olive sorting machine. 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.
NFF biodiversity certification scheme
The National Farmers' Federation is inviting growers to participate in online consultations as part of the Australian Farm Biodiversity Certification Scheme Trial. The scope of the scheme is to maintain and improve environmental outcomes by establishing a verification mechanism for sustainable agriculture practices, including where they support the protection of biodiversity.
A series of consultative online forums during March-May aim to identify critical success factors that will be required for implementation of biodiversity schemes in Australia.
Access details of the online forums here - and register quickly, they’re proving popular and several are already fully subscribed.
Survey: AgTech in South Australia 
The call is out for people involved in primary industries, research, or agricultural technologies (AgTech) to help unlock the potential for South Australia in the field.
The State Government, through the AgTech Advisory Group, is creating an AgTech strategy for South Australia to encourage greater uptake of technology on-farm to increase productivity and profitability.
This survey is the first step in putting together a blueprint to make South Australia a leader in AgTech.
Take the survey here - closes 24 April.
Olive Japan 2020 postponed
The organisers of the Olive Japan 2020 International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition have announced that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition has been postponed.
The new entry deadline is 20 May 2020 and competition judging dates are 3-5 June 2020.
More information here.

Olive oil remains an indispensable item in most Italian kitchens, according to a recent survey by the market research firm, Nomisma. Sixty-four percent of respondents said they would never give up extra virgin olive oil.

That’s the attitude we need to keep growing here in Australia and NZ.

As Italy’s coronavirus death toll surpasses the 10,000 mark with more than 94,000 confirmed cases, many of the country’s businesses have ground to a halt with agriculture among the exceptions.

One of the activities outlined is similar to our own TasteBook sensory training program.
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
With 2020 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!
Provençal olive oil represents distinctive organoleptic characteristics, unique chemistry and strong historical ties to the land.

Which is good for Provencal producers because …

According to a new report, the value and volume of extra virgin olive oils with geographical indications are increasing across Italy. Puglia and Tuscany are leading the way.

Unfortunately, not all the news from Italy is as good …
Funds are coming to counter the bacteria and sustain the local economy. But the COVID-19 epidemic has stymied urgent action.

But this is …

Thousands of olive trees in abandoned fields are going to find a new life thanks to an association in central Italy.

Meanwhile, it’s mixed for Greece …

Greeks are buying more olive oil to stock their pantries, but the COVID-19 pandemic is predicted to obliterate the highly anticipated growth of the national economy.

And looking good in Brazil …

Over the past two decades, olive oil production in southern Brazil has gone from one man's dream to a small but booming industry. As the 2020 harvest gets underway, producers in Rio Grande do Sul prepare for another trailblazing year.
What's On

8 April
Soil CRC webinar, Drought Project – Australia

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

2020 NYIOOC – New York, USA

9 -12 May
Berlin Global Olive Oil Competition 2020 – Berlin, Germany

18-10 May
EVOO-IOOC – Palmi/Calabria, Italy

20 May
Entries close, Olive Japan 2020 International EVOO Competition – Tokyo, Japan 

20 June 20
Winners announced, Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition – LA, USA

September TBA
World Team Tasting Championship

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

16-18 October
AOA National Olive Conference & Trade Exhibition – Devonport, TAS

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


16-17 February 
evokeAG. – Perth, WA 

7-9 June 
Hort Connections 2021 – Brisbane, Qld 

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