28 February 2020

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Today's Top Story
Photo: John Fenton believes his non-Hodgkin lymphoma was caused by spraying Roundup. (ABC News: Jess Davis).

As tens of thousands of cases against the makers of the weedkiller Roundup mount up in the United States, a class action is about to test the product's standing in Australia. John Fenton is getting ready to take on the world's largest agricultural chemical company, Monsanto.
Ahead of the Speak Up 4 Water petition debate, NSW Nationals leader, John Barilaro, has stated he will support a Royal Commission into the Murray Darling Basin Plan. 

A petition signed by 11,000 people calling for a Royal Commission into the Murray Darling Basin Plan and a national water register was debated by the NSW Legislative Assembly this afternoon. 

However …

The NSW Nationals need to decide if they support farmers or support secret water barons ahead of a parliamentary debate on publishing the names of water owners, says Shooters Fishers Farmers (SFF) party leader Robert Borsak.
Olive grower and business owner Greg Mathews, 34, shares his day on a plate.

Not surprisingly, there are both olive oil and olives on that plate, elements strongly supported by nutritionist Dr Joanna McMillan. Spreading the word …
Facebook: Olive's Olives
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Brilliant workshop today run by Australian Olive Association. Guest speaker the very excellent table olive expert Linda Costa. Thank you Linda for many great ideas and take aways for immediate implimentation.

Some of the great feedback from the AOA/Linda Costa National Table Olive Workshop series, currently underway across Australia.
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.
The fall armyworm damages hundreds of plant species and has just been detected on the Australian mainland. (Supplied: Biosecurity Queensland). 

A CSIRO researcher studying an invasive moth species, known as fall armyworm, has said Australia may struggle to eradicate it if it gets a hold on the mainland. Biosecurity Queensland yesterday confirmed to the ABC that a single armyworm moth had been detected at Bamaga at the tip of Cape York.

Another dramatic reminder of the need for constant vigilance against biosecurity incursions.
It’s no surprise to see drought and water among the National Farmers' Federation's top 10 priorities for 2020, but climate change, workforce challenges and biosecurity funding are also on the organisation's hit list. NFF chief executive Tony Mahar it was both a challenging and exciting time for agriculture.
Webinar: Victorian Climate Change Projections
Agriculture Victoria has published a recording of the New Victorian Climate Change Projections webinar, presented on 4 February by CSIRO Research Team Leader John Clarke. 
In the 70-minute webinar, John provides information about what the future climate could be like out to 2090 under various scenarios of human-generated greenhous gas emissions. He also discusses the resources and products which are available to assist in dealing with the projected changes.
Access the webinar here.
… or hone in your region

There’s also a series of Victorian regional climate projection reports available, developed by the CSIRO’s Climate Science Centre. The reports provide local-scale climate projections data for Victoria at a 5 km by 5 km scale and cover average and extreme temperature and rainfall, relative humidity and evaporation out to 2090 for moderate and high greenhouse gas emissions scenarios.
The 10 regional reports can be downloaded individually here.
Hong Kong consumers still hungry for Australian produce 
Looking to export to the valuable markets of Hong Kong and Macau? Austrade have produced a video showing how you can reduce your time, risk and cost. Watch it here. You can also access the latest Hong Kong retail sales figures here
Olives SA Table Olive Field Day tomorrow
Following on from the AOA Table Olives Workshop with Linda Costa in SA, Olives SA are holding a table olive field day at Verdale Olive Estate in Two Wells, owned by Nick and Anna Kryiacou. 
Attendees will have the opportunity to see a successful facility processing 250T of table olives each year, and join in an on-grove discussion by horticulturalist Andrew Taylor about harvesting and pruning practices for improved table olive fruit quality. Table olive judge Andrew Markides will also enlighten on what judges look for in a table olive, before the day finishes with a wood-oven pizza light-lunch. 
Saturday, 29 February – 11am; lunch 1pm.
Verdale Olive Estate, 27 Bailey Road, Two Wells, SA 5501
Attendance is free for OSA members, $20 for non-members. Coffee/alcohol from the Estate café at own cost. Please RSVP to Michael Johnston on 0419 815 839 or mj@johnstons.net.au ASAP for catering purposes.
Register now for SA and QLD Sensory Training Workshops – SA closes 2 March
Registration is still open for the SA and QLD TasteBook®/OliveCare® Sensory Training Workshops, being held in Urrbrae, South Australia on 6 March and Perseverance, Queensland on 4 April. 
An opportunity to learn from industry experts and sensory scientists, the workshops will provide participants with a better understanding and appreciation of what goes into producing quality Australian EVOO and table olives, and to learn about sensory evaluation.
The program includes TasteBook™ sensory training using EVOO and table olives, olive oil chemistry, freshness testing of EVOO, determining objective best before dates (BBDs) plus so much more.
The cost is $40 inc GST levy payers, $50 inc GST non-levy payers. 

Register NOW for SA here: closing 2 March;
Register for QLD here: closing 30 March.
evokeAG. 2021 heads to Western Australia
Asia Pacific agrifood tech event evokeAG. will head west in 2021, with Perth recently named as the host city for the third edition on 16-17 February 2021. Aimed at bringing together members of the Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific agrifood tech ecosystem, the event provides a forum for the latest innovations, technologies and key trends set to shape the future in agriculture, covering the three main themes of food - farm - future.
Find out more about evokeAG. here.
New Zealand
Three young olive trees welcome visitors to Montecillo Veterans Home in Bay View Rd, a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by New Zealand soldiers in Greece and Crete during World War 2. Photo: Linda Robertson.

For a while there it looked like a conspiracy. So many maps of the world did not show New Zealand, writes columnist Mark Clark. Never mind, one of the most important and well-known world maps not only shows New Zealand (albeit upside down), but puts it in the centre at the top.

A lifestyle piece celebrating the olive tree, with a nice little plug for Central Otago EVOO!
Registrations closing for Olives NZ processing and judging courses

A reminder that registrations are closing soon for Olives NZ’s April 2020 interactive courses, both being presented by international olive industry experts:
  • Processing Practices with international industry consultant Pablo Canamasas, 14/15 April – more info here
  • Judging EVOO and Flavoured Oils with NSW DPI Sensory and Consumer Research Scientist Dr Soumi Paul Mukhopadhyay, 15 April – more info here.
Register now to secure your place via admin@olivesnz.org.nz.

Sweden tested 21 brands that it suspected could be mislabeled and found most of them were. Producers and regulators are arguing over the survey's methods.
Changes in temperature and precipitation patterns can fundamentally transform microorganism communities in the soil. This, in turn, impacts plant growth and, potentially, crop productivity. 

One of the less-discussed but more disruptive impacts of climate change on agriculture will be how changing weather and precipitation patterns affect plant-soil feedback systems, according to a recent scientific paper out of Spain.

25-Feb-2020 By Guan Yu Lim

Seven-out-of 10 online shopping complaints received by Beijing Internet Court from September 2018 to October 2019 were related to food and health food products.
Using drones, multi-spectral cameras and remote sensors, olive farmers can make accurate nutrient predictions, target phytosanitary treatments and more precisely apply fertilizers and irrigation.

AOA National Olive Conference attendees have a heads-up on the topic thanks to presentations by Mike Thomsett (‘Drones in groves’) and the Hort Remote Sensing Project team.

The minister of agriculture said cooperatives would help the sector by allowing producers to benefit from financial support and other measures.
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03-Feb-2020 By Nikki Hancocks

Higher flavonol intake could help lower the risk of Alzheimer's dementia by up to 48%, according to a prospective cohort study of 921 older adults from Rush University in Chicago.

One of the flavenols, found in olive oil, was linked to a 38% reduced rate of Alheimer’s dementia.

27-Jan-2020 By Oliver Morrison

Health eclipses environmental concerns among sustainability-conscious consumers, according to a report released by Tastewise, a food intelligence start-up powered by artificial intelligence.

But healthy and sustainable rates best, along with plant-based … hello EVOO!

Using extra virgin olive oil as a loss-leader allows food retailers to draw customers in a challenging economy, but the olive growers and mills are the ones paying the price.
What's On

29 February 
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – Campbell Town TAS

29 February
Olives SA Table Olive Field Day – Two Wells, SA

1 March
National Table Olive Workshop – Perth, WA

6 March 
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – University Adelaide Waite Campus SA

April, dates TBC
AOA Processing Workshop – Boort, VIC

4 April
TasteBook™/OliveCare® Sensory Training Workshop - Perseverance, Queensland

14-15 April 
Olives NZ Processing Practices Course – Auckland, NZ

15 April 
Olives NZ Judging EVOO and Flavoured Oils Course – Auckland, NZ 

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 May
Registration closes, EVO IOOC 2020 – Palmi, Italy

15-17 June
Hort Connections – Brisbane, Qld

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 

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