Friday 23 February 2018

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Today's Top Story
Temple University researchers have conducted a study that links the consumption of canola oil to worsened memory, decreased learning ability and increased weight gain in Alzheimer’s disease. This is in contrast with olive oil which has been shown to improve memory impairments and reduce levels of amyloid plaques linked to tissue loss and cell death in those with the degenerative illness.
Sommariva Olives owner and bronze medal winner Karen McLennan, at her grove near Charleville in western Queensland.(ABC Rural: Andrea Crothers)

Italy and Spain may be the countries that come to mind when you think about olive oil but western Queensland's only olive-producing grove has joined the ranks of the world's best.
Better rural roads can lift nation’s agricultural capacity
A new AgriFutures Australia funded study shines a spotlight on the need for a national framework to assess agricultural road use, taking into consideration the implications of road use by farmers and how it is valued. 
According to the report Research activities on rural roads, the current way new rural and regional roads and upgrades are evaluated and prioritised does not adequately capture the real value of agricultural use:
“Increased reliability and quality of freight infrastructure can yield big benefits for agriculture. For example, simple logistics like getting a product to market on a sealed road vs unsealed could mean the difference between taking advantage of export opportunities and premium prices.”
Read the full report here.
To start our review of the importance of best quality olive oil and the pitfalls of using lower grade olive oil, I thought no better way to commence than comments from arguably the finest organic olive oil producer in Australia - Toscana Grampians. Victoria.

A great article on the quality – and value – of Australian EVOO.
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
Top 10 tips to improve biosecurity at harvest time
Harvest is not that far away, and is the season when extra activity on your property can create additional biosecurity risks for your grove. Every movement onto your property risks bringing in hitchhiking pests, disease and weeds. With that in mind, the Preparedness and R&D team at Plant Health Australia have compiled a list of on-farm biosecurity measures to reduce these extra risks. Read more here - and while you’re there, download the farm biosecurity essentials toolkit.
Friday Olive Extracts – YOUR e-newsletter, so send us your news
Almost two months down, just 10 to go! 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!
Fair Work Ombudsman speaks your language with instant website translation
It’s now easier than ever for overseas workers and linguistically diverse communities to find out about their workplace rights and obligations, with the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website now accessible in 40 languages other than English. Visitors to can now instantly translate website content, including fact sheets, information guides and templates, with just the click of a button.
Employers and employees seeking assistance can visit or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. An interpreter service is available on 13 14 50.
On 16 March 2018 Melbourne University College is hosting the 2018 Invisible Farmer Symposium.
Invisible Farmer is the largest ever study of Australian women on the land: the three year project (2017-2020) funded by the Australian Research Council involves a nation-wide partnership between rural communities, academics, government and cultural organisations. Learn more about the project here.

The event will run from 9am-5pm at Parkville. More information here.
2018 Australian Golden Olive Awards
Dates have been announced for this year’s Australian Golden Olive Awards, as follows:
  • closing date for Invitation to Participate: 6 July
  • return of entries: 19 July
  • judging: 4 August 
  • results released (chemicals and sensory NOT SCORES – for use in other shows) 10 August
  • presentation dinner: 25 August
Entry fees are $105 for oils and $80 for table olives, with a discount for OPNEV members.
Enquiries to Laurel Nowacki – ph: (02) 6032 7022 or E:
New Zealand
Processing Practices seminar – Aussies welcome!
A session of last year’s seminar, held at Wells Grove Estate
Places are filling for Olive NZ’s “How Processing Practice impacts on Quality and Quantity” seminar, being held in Auckland on 9-10 April 2018. Following enthusiastic feedback from the 2017 event, the seminar will again be run by internationally-acclaimed expert Pablo Canamasas.
“How processing practices impact on the quality and quantity of the product produced is a hot topic for everyone in the olive industry - particularly with reports from members that winning Gold medals is a major differentiator in selling their oil at a reasonable price,” ONZ EO Gayle Sheridan said.
Cost for the two day course is $500 (incl GST) for members or $1,000 (incl GST) for non-members. Australian producers are also welcome, and AOA members can attend at the Olives NZ members rate. Email for a registration form: places are limited, so reserve yours now.

AOA members can attend at the Olives NZ members rate.
Contraception methods used by our ancestors were ingenious, interesting, bizarre – and sometimes even life-threatening.

Skip the crocodile poo section and go straight to olive oil to read about the “molecular condom” lupeol, found in olives.
Image: Jeremy Eades
Say goodbye to insipid boiled veggies; frying can actually improve their nutritional profile, study finds.
Here is a piece of happy news for you ... There is no need to compromise flavor for health! A new study out of the University of Granada, Spain, has found that frying vegetables in extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) can be healthier than boiling.

It’s actually not a new study (published 2015) and we’ve reported on it previously in Olivegrower & Processor, but it’s great to see the information getting out there to consumers.
In her book Super Foods for Awesome Memory, chef Shipra Khanna shares a variety of recipes related to 16 foods that are excellent for strengthening memory. This excerpt is about the health benefits of extra virgin olive oil.

This is interesting - e.g. she tells us that there are two types of olive, green and black, and the oil from green olives has no bitter aftertaste. We still have a long way to go …
A theme of the two-day event in Madrid will be how to do business in the United States, the world’s top olive oil importer.
Gilgit-Baltistan government on Friday has launched a campaign to plant three million olive trees in the province to save the environment and ecosystem. The project will be completed in three months, said Asifullah, Secretary Forest, and Wildlife GB.
Olive oil has been around since forever. Over the years, it has seen several use and application. It has been used as a preshampoo hair treatment, lip scrub, eye-makeup remover, ear-wax remedy, food, medicine, eczema remedy and so forth.

So many benefits … it obviously doesn’t help with spelling, though!
What's On
19-20 February - Thriving Women Conference – Hahndorf, SA

March  - World Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting Team Championship, Priego de Cordoba, Spain

15-23 March - ONZ Focus Grove Project field days – various regions, NZ

16 March - Invisible Farmer Symposium - Melbourne University, VIC

19-23 March  – IRTA Olive Oil Evaluation Course - Barcelona, Spain

24 March - 2018 Olives NZ AGM – Napier, NZ

9-10 April – Olives NZ Processing Seminar - Auckland, NZ

12 April - registration closes for OLIVE JAPAN 2018 – Tokyo, Japan

21 April - Horticulture for Olive Growers – Nangkita, SA

22 April - “Olive U” classes – Nangkita, SA

8-9 June - OLIVE JAPAN international trade show 2018 – Tokyo

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

6 July – Closing date for Invitation to Participate, Australian Golden Olive Awards – Rutherglen, VIC

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

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

13 October – 2018 ONZ Conference & NZ EVOO 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

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

To include your event, or update your existing event details, email FOE editor Gerri Nelligan at
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