Friday 15 June 2018

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Today's Top Story
The Arthritis Foundation in the UK has recommended olive oil to help decrease joint inflammation caused by arthritis. The benefits of a Mediterranean diet have long been extolled by arthritis researchers. A study from the Cochrane Collaboration in 2009 found that olive oil and the Mediterranean diet may reduce pain following a 12-week trial.
Carol and Tony O'Neil of Cradle Coast Olives during harvesting at Abbotsham. Picture: Chris Kidd.
It is a case of both quality and quantity for Tasmanian olive growers as they begin to harvest what is shaping up to be a bumper crop in some areas. After low-yielding crops last season, growers are happy to see large amounts of fruit on the trees this year as harvest starts across the state.
National IPDM Field Days: Round 1, NSW – have you diarised yet?
The schedule of AOA National Integrated Pest & Disease Management (IPDM) program Field Day/Workshops commences in July with three events across New South Wales. Details are:
  • Saturday, 21 July - Rylstone - Rylstone Olive Press, 25 Mossy Rock Lane, Monivae
  • Friday, 10 August – Marulan - Daisy Bank, Brayton Rd, Big Hill 
  • Sunday, 12 August – Hunter Valley - Adina Vineyard & Olive Grove, 492 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale
The program will continue with events in WA in September; QLD, VIC and SA in November; and TAS in December. Dates and locations will be announced in July.
Registration for the full-day Rylstone Field Day/IPDM Workshop is now open: numbers are limited to 40 per event, so reserve your place quickly - keep a look out for an e-notice with event details and registration links from the AOA next week.
Got something to sell? Or want to buy?
If you’ve got something industry-related to sell, you can now reach your target market directly with Olivebiz Classifieds. Our new online Classifieds service is an easy and inexpensive solution to advertising 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 associates. 
Olivebiz Classifieds cost just $40/month for AOA members ($100/month 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, with new listings including a polyphase converter and certified organic award-winning EVOO. 
To find out more, or arrange a listing, contact Gerri at
Regional notes: differing olive oil qualities offer a trace back to region of origin.
Queensland olive oil has been shown to present its own identity and qualities in an Australian-first study partnership. In a project funded through the Farming Together program, Queensland-based Olive Centre CEO Amanda Bailey and SA olive oil expert Dr Richard Gawel undertook the analysis focusing on two health-giving components, phenols and an important bioactive, squalene, in oils from Frantoio-variety olives.

You can read all about the study in the coming June edition of Olivegrower & Processor, on its way to letterboxes now. Not a subscriber? You can fix that here .
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
The first quarter of the year has passed already and we’re now well into 2018 with Friday Olive Extracts (FOE), bringing all the latest industry news and events to your Inbox every week. THE place to share olive industry news, event details and reminders, the weekly format introduced in 2017 has made our industry e-newsletter even more popular, 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 - it’s free, and the best way to reach your fellow industry members!
Time is running out to participate in the national Industry Pest & Disease Management (IPDM) Survey. This important industry initiative is an integral element of the levy-funded R&D industry IPDM project, providing information that will guide the scope and activities of the project, including the upcoming national IPDM Field Day program, commencing in July. 
Taking part is quick (17 mins average), the questions are straightforward and easy to answer, and all responses remain anonymous, so please click through and add your input now. 

Thanks to all those who have already responded, and if you haven’t, please use the coming weekend to click through and complete the survey. 
Olive Wellness Project Review Committee
Hort Innovation is seeking an olive grower or olive industry member with a background in nutrition or health marketing to join a reference group for the Olive Wellness Project. This is a great opportunity to play a part in guiding the direction of this valuable initiative, which provides fact-based, peer-reviewed research and information on the health and wellness benefits of EVOO and olive products to health professionals and other stakeholders, and provides a wealth of resources for producers. 
Anyone interested and with the relevant experience is invited to email a brief CV to Will Gordon at with their contact details.
Irrigators in the Murray Darling Basin can apply for funding through the Commonwealth On-Farm Further Irrigation Efficiency Program for irrigation infrastructure upgrades and other on-farm water efficiency activities. Funding will be up to 1.75 times the advertised water value, with $35M available. A pilot has been launched for SA, with a total funding pool of $15M. Project proposals can be submitted until 13 September 2019.  More information here.
Rural Women’s Awards
Online applications for the 2019 AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award open on Monday, 3 September and close on 31 October 2018. Aimed at identifying, celebrating and empowering women, the Award provides each state and territory winner with a $10,000 bursary for innovative ideas and projects, access to professional development opportunities and alumni networks. More information here.
One year after a damning review suggested that many published clinical trials contain statistical errors, The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) today is correcting five of the papers fingered and retracting and republishing a sixth, about whether a Mediterranean diet helps prevent heart disease.

The good news … it does, with olive oil among the top foods with a “net positive on heart health”.
Buying olive oil seems to be fraught with more danger than it needs to be. You have to consider which type you get, where it’s from, why something can be “extra” virgin, how it was pressed, and how long it was sitting on the store shelf — and that’s all before it gets into your home where you have to be careful where you store it and for how long.

Freshly processed benchtop EVOO in 45 mins – yes; using vac-packed olives up to a year old – hmmm.
Arthritis pain is common and typically affects people over the age of 50 in the knee, hip and hands. There are treatments available to control symptoms, and some studies suggest making dietary changes can reduce damage. While some fats are essential to a healthy eating plan, others may increase joint inflammation.

It’s no surprise that olive oil is not among them – and is listed as the better choice for those with arthritis.
The European Commission labeled as “unacceptable” on Wednesday the United States’ conclusion that Spanish olives should face import duties because they are being sold far too cheaply and benefit from unfair subsidies.
13-Jun-2018 By Lester Wan

From fortification to free-from, there are five key trends shaping demand for new products suitable for Asia’s rapidly ageing population, our first Healthy Ageing APAC Summit in Singapore has heard.

Among the trends are “food for prevention”, particularly for heart disease.
As the RHS bans a list of plants from its garden shows because of the risk of Xylella, Hannah Stephenson looks at safer alternatives.

Good to see proactive advice for the ‘average Joe’ in the battle to control Xylella.
If you find yourself with relentless skin conditions, including acne, irritation and itchiness, there may be more you can do than simply look for topical treatments.

One of the dietary elements recommended for skin health is, of course, olive oil.
Pablo Voitzuk (Photo: NYIOOC).
After a seven-year stint with Pacific Sun Farms, miller Pablo Voitzuk has left the company. His departure comes after another successful award season for one of California’s most acclaimed brands and the decision by the company to wind down their olive oil business.
What's On

22 June - Entries open, 2018 Spring Sydney Royal Fine Food Show Olive Oil Competition – Sydney, NSW

24-26 June - Fine Food New Zealand – Auckland, NZ

6 July - Invitation to Participate closes, Australian Golden Olive Awards – NE VIC

16 July – Entries open, 2018 Australian International Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA

21 July – AOA Field Day/IPDM Workshop – Rylstone, NSW 

10 August - AOA Field Day/IPDM Workshop – Marulan, NSW 

12 August - AOA Field Day/IPDM Workshop – Hunter Valley, NSW 

13 August - Entries open, 2018 NZ EVOO Awards – New Zealand 

17 August  – Entries close, 2018 Royal Adelaide Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA

20 August – Entries open, 2018 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

25 August – Awards presentation dinner, Australian Golden Olive Awards – NE VIC

5 September – Presentation dinner, 2018 Royal Adelaide Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA

14 September - Entries close, 2018 NZ EVOO Awards – New Zealand 

21 September - Entries close, 2018 Australian International Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA

21 September – Presentations, 2018 Spring Sydney Royal Fine Food Show Olive Oil Competition – Sydney, NSW

5 October – Entries close, 2018 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

13 October - 2018 ONZ Conference and Awards Dinner – Masterton, NZ

14 October – Olives NZ grove visits – Wairarapa, NZ

18-19 October - AOA National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition 2018 - Wagga Wagga, NSW

19 October - Awards Presentation Dinner, 2018 Australian International Olive Awards - Wagga Wagga, NSW

15 November – Presentation dinner, 2018 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

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