Friday 08 February 2019

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Today's Top Story

The instances of palm, sunflower or other oils being put in olive oil is lower since Canada began testing products.
New Zealand-based science and innovation company Plant & Food Research is establishing a base at the largest agricultural research and teaching hub in the Southern Hemisphere. The move into the University of Adelaide’s Waite Campus in South Australia will give the company access to world-class facilities and drive research collaborations aimed at enhancing production, sustainability and value-adding in the horticulture, food and agriculture industries.

Always good to hear about increased opportunities for high quality industry R&D.
Climate research collaboration heats up with new direction for 2019

An eight-year climate research partnership between industry, government and research institutions is moving into its third phase with a renewed strategic direction, set to boost agricultural industry preparedness for a changing climate. Find out more here.
Draft Tasmanian Biosecurity Bill 2019 available for comment

The final draft of Tasmania’s Biosecurity Bill 2019 is now available for public comment. The draft Biosecurity Bill provides a simpler and more effective legal framework for the management of disease, weeds and vermin, imports of plant and animal products, and biosecurity emergencies. Feedback is open until 22 February 2019. More information and download the document here.
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What’s the difference between antioxidants, polyphenols and phyto-chemicals?

Strictly speaking, these three are NOT inter-changeable terms and it’s not a simple cut-and-dried issue. For those of us who are still a little confused, there’s help in sorting out the different terminologies from respected dietician Catherine Saxelby here.

2020 International Year of Plant Health

The United Nations has proclaimed 2020 the International Year of Plant Health. The year aims to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals and recognises that global co-operation is important to keep plants healthy and free of pests and diseases. It also provides an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of plant health in Australia across government, industry and the wider community. More information here.
On-Farm Drought Infrastructure Support Grants
The Victorian Government has now established the On-Farm Drought Infrastructure Support Grants, providing up to $5,000 (ex GST) to eligible farm businesses to implement on-farm infrastructure that improves drought management and preparedness. Eligible farm businesses are required to provide at least dollar for dollar matching funding co-contribution. The program is now available to eligible farm businesses across a number of regions. More information and apply here.
Soil carbon tests

Want to know your grove’s carbon levels? Register for two free Southern Cross University soil carbon tests, being are offered by the Regenerative Agriculture Alliance (RAA) in celebration of the first National Regenerative Agriculture Day. Email 8am-5pm (EST) by February 14 - be prompt, as registrations will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis and are limited to 200 farms. Participants will be required to pay postage. 
National Regenerative Agriculture Day will also see a new project, Carbon8, investing in farmers increasing the carbon levels of their soil. Learn more here.
AOA Olive Oil Processing Workshop

The AOA is running an Olive Oil Processing Workshop in April, being held at Boort, Victoria. The comprehensive two-day course covers every aspect of processing quality from the grove to the laboratory, and combines the expertise of industry processing ‘guru’ Pablo Canamasas and award-winning producers Peter and Marlies Eicher of Salute Oliva. 

What: AOA Olive Oil Processing Workshop
When: Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 April 2019
Where: Boort (Boort Resource & Information Centre/BRIC and Salute Oliva); Accommodation at Boort Lakes Holiday Park.
More detail will be available in coming weeks, so SAVE THE DATE NOW – places are limited and this is one course you won’t want to miss!

This project has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the Hort Innovation olive research and development levy, co-investment from the Australian Olive Association and contributions from the Australian Government.
Olives SA Tasting Course
Olives South Australia are holding an EVOO Tasting Course, providing refresher or entry-level training led by master blender Trudie Michels. The course is open to growers, retailers and other industry members, and interested consumers are also welcome to attend.

Where: Royal Banquet Room, Adelaide Showground, Wayville
When: Sunday, 24 February 2019 - 9.00am for 9.30am start to 12.30pm
Cost: $40 per person, including light lunch
RSVP to Michael Johnston on 0419 815 839 by 5pm on Friday, 16 February.
Last days to book for WA IPDM Field Days: don’t wait - register NOW
The AOA’s program of IPDM Field Days has been a huge success, with enthusiastic feedback about the wealth of information shared – especially the practical take-homes in terms of pest and disease identification. The final two events are being held in Western Australia next week and there’s still time to grab your place. Details are:

Western Australia
  • Friday, February 15 - New Norcia: New Norcia Benedictine Community, New Norcia. Click here to see the program and register.
  • Sunday, February 17 - Margaret River: Olio Bello Olive Grove, Cowaramup. Click here to see program and to register.

The Field Days are part of the national program in the olive levy-funded project: An integrated pest and disease management extension program for the olive industry (OL17001). Organized by the AOA in conjunction with Western Sydney University, the sessions explore IPDM extension services, focused particularly on black scale, olive lace bug and anthracnose management.

Vital information from industry experts combines with the opportunity to share issues and experiences with other grove owners, making these “must do” events for EVERY GROWER. 

More information, registrations and view the full program here.

*These are the final two events in the program – book now so you don’t miss out!*
Hunter Olive Association field day

The Hunter Olive Association is holding a field day on Saturday, February 23, run by Col Freeman from local land services. Activities commence at 9am and the venue is 852 Milbrodale Rd, Broke.
Attendees are invited to bring soil samples from their own groves for assessment and management suggestions.
Growers from further afield are most welcome to join their Hunter counterparts. Please register attendance via
MrConsumer specializes in spotting packaging tricks such as mouse print: small, low-contrast or otherwise obscured text designed to fool the consumer into thinking a product is something it is not. He spotted this very bland, normal looking bottle of olive oil available at Target. It's just olive oil, right?
The search is on to determine whether stolen Syrian olive oil has been imported into Spain under the guise of 'Made in Turkey.' A criminal investigation could be coming.
Olives add salty, bright flavor to a variety of dishes, including slow-cooked fish, spicy seafood cocktail, braised chicken, and salads.

Because who doesn’t want a year-long (almost) store of olive recipes!
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
With the new year now upon us,  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 - it’s free, and the best way to reach your fellow industry members!

The Institute of Services for the Agricultural and Food Market (ISMEA) has released data indicating that the volumes produced during the current olive oil crop season in Italy have reached record lows, amounting to 185,000 tons (slightly above the 182,000 tons of 2016).

During a royal engagement today, Kate Middleton revealed a particularly interesting tidbit about her young daughter: she loves olives.

A prospective industry ambassador?
A consumer alleges Lindsay Naturals Spanish Manzanilla Olives are falsely advertised as having no preservatives. Sheryl Newman, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on Jan. 15 in the St. Louis Circuit Court against Bell-Carter Foods LLC alleging that the California corporation violated the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act.

The allegation is that the claim is false as the product contains lactic acid.

More than a hundred scientists and researchers, including doctors, nutritionists, agronomists, food technologists, and chemists have been involved with the Hellenic Oxidative Stress Observatory over the last six years, waging the “battle” to inform and evaluate agrifood products and identify the valuable antioxidants that prevent dozens of diseases. At a recent tasting event of Greek and foreign olive oil in Thessaloniki, the Greek Observatory presented the beneficial properties of Greek olive oil that act against premature aging.
Interned Italians cook in the Fort Missoula kitchen. The Peter Fortune Memorial Collection, Courtesy of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula Collections.
It started with suet. Some say camp administrators decided that Italian internees should cook with suet instead of olive oil to cut costs. Others say lower ranking internees, who had been crew members on the ships they were taken from, suspected that former officers were getting olive oil while they were stuck with beef fat. Either way, tensions hit a breaking point when a group of angry internees charged into the kitchen.

No doubt many of us would join them!
What's On

15 February
AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day – New Norcia, WA

17 February
AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day – Margaret River, WA

17-21 February - FIAL at Gulfood - Dubai, UAE

23 February
Hunter Olive Association Field Day – Broke, NSW

18-26 March
Olives New Zealand Focus Grove Project Field Days – various regions, NZ

23 March - Olives New Zealand 2019 Annual General Meeting – Carterton

25 March
Closing date for entries, 2019 Olive Japan International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition – Tokyo, Japan

1 April
Closing date for entries, Oil China Competition 2019 - Beijing China

16-17 April
AOA Olive Oil Processing Workshop – Boort, Vic

5-10 May – New York International Olive Oil Competition – New York, USA

11-14 May
1st China Training Course of Olive Oil Tasters - Shanghai China

14-16 May
Oil China Expo 2019 + Summit Forum - Shanghai China

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

9-12 February
World Congress on Oils & Fats – Sydney, Australia

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