Friday 12 October 2018

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Today's Top Story
2018 AOA National Olive
Industry Conference & Exhibition
~registrations extended until midday today~
The annual AOA National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition is the year’s must-attend event, allowing delegates to stay up-to-date with the latest industry trends and information.
Featuring key local and international speakers, this year's program includes a broad range of topics including Drones in Groves, Irrigation Management, Food Safety in Table Olives, Megasonics in EVOO processing, Keeping Defects Out of Olive Oil, plus so much more. 
The registration fee also includes the Thursday industry networking dinner, along with a Field Session at the NSW Department of Primary Industries Testing Lab and Sensory Panel, and the Charles Sturt University Olive Oil Research Facility.Access the full up-to-date program here and register NOW.

Unable to attend for both days of the conference program? If you require registration just for one day, please email Liz Bouzoudis at and she’ll get you sorted.
Can’t make the Conference but want to celebrate at the AIOA Gala Presentation Dinner? Order your tickets BY MIDDAY TODAY  here
AOA announces new directors
The AOA has announced that three new directors were welcomed to the Board at its recent meeting. They were: 
  • Rita Bikins (nominated by Victoria)
  • Mick Ryan (nominated by Western Australia)
  • Kent Hallett (nominated by South Australia)
Ed Vercoe has also been re-appointed to fill a casual vacancy. The new directors join Michael Thomsett (NSW) and Christine Mann (Tasmania) as state representatives on the AOA Board.
We are told almost daily about "pure" honey or olive oil that has been watered down with lower quality alternatives. Wolter Peeters.
Great milk comes from happy cows and happy cows come from California, according to the Real California Milk commercials. Japanese Wagyu beef cows spend their days being massaged daily, and get fed beer or sake. Wine from Bordeaux has a similarly rich story, of the generations of French expertise that guide the grape's journey from vine to barrel.
Existing agricultural work visa schemes could be expanded as the Federal Government scrambles to help farmers find enough workers for the coming harvest. The Weekly Times understands the Government is looking at short-term options to help address the current labour shortage, as an agriculture-specific visa looks to be completely off the table.

Let’s hope they get this sorted before the next olive harvest.
Got something to sell? Or want to buy? Go direct to your target market
If you’ve got something industry-related to sell, you can reach your target market directly with Olivebiz Classifieds. The 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 To arrange a listing, contact Gerri at
Photo: Jesinta Burton.
Yirri Grove owner Anne O’Neill said she felt that all of their hard work was starting to pay off after taking out three silver and a bronze at this year’s Perth Royal Olive Oil Awards.
Science needs your help! Olive pomace wanted
The Solid Waste Management group at The University of Queensland is studying new techniques for the management of olive pomace, and is looking for samples of olive pomace to work with.
The techniques include self-sustained smouldering, a form of flameless combustion (similar to a burning cigarette) which works at very high moisture content and without constant energy input. Other advantages are the low cost of equipment, fast process and adaptability to different waste generation rates. The resulting ash may be used as fertilizer as an alternative to composting.
Smouldering has been successfully proved for waste streams such as faeces, vegetable and animal waste, and olive pomace is seen as a promising product for the process due to its high water content, energetic value and phosphorous and potassium content.
Anyone with samples of olive pomace available is asked to email project management Luis Yerman at
A story on glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular weed killer RoundUp and other herbicide products, aired on Monday 8 October 2018 on ABC’s 4 Corners. This story centres on a court case in September this year, where a Californian jury found in favour of a plaintiff who alleged exposure to RoundUp had resulted in terminal non-Hodgkinson Lymphoma.
Bookings open for Queensland IPDM Field Day. Be there and protect YOUR grove
Bookings are now open for the Queensland IPDM Field Day, the third in the national program as part of the olive levy-funded project: An integrated pest and disease management extension program for the olive industry (OL17001). Details are: 
When: Saturday, 3 November; 8:30am - 5:30pm, followed by BBQ (8pm finish)
Where: Perseverance Hall, Perseverance and Rash Valley Olives, Palm Tree, Qld. 
The field days are being organized by AOA in conjunction with Western Sydney University to explore appropriate IPDM extension services focused particularly on black scale, olive lace bug and anthracnose. Events will also be held in November in Victoria and South Australia, followed by Tasmania in December and WA events in February. More information and view the full program here and register here.
Xylella fastidiosa has been found for the first time in Belgium - on three olive trees imported from Spain. The infected olives were were found at a trading company in West Flanders on 26 September. The Belgian Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) discovered suspicious symptoms in a batch of olive trees during a routine check on the trading company, reported the Belgian nurseryman's association AVBS.
04-Sep-2018 By Tingmin Koe

The Chinese authorities have approved new e-commerce rules, with lawmakers now calling for a 'complete regulatory system' to also cover cross-border transactions.
According to the provisional data provided by the countries, global production reached 3 315 000 t in the 2017/2018 crop year, although the data is only provisional. This indicates a 28% increase, 723 500 t more than the previous crop year. Consumption stands at around 2 958 000 t (+9%), and imports and exports total 889 000 t and 925 000 t respectively.
Olive oils, like wines, should be chosen to produce the ideal combination with the foods you're preparing.
The JD120 million olive and olive oil agricultural industry faces major challenges ahead of the olive harvesting season, including 'the selling of cheated olive oil', spokesperson for the Jordanian Farmers Union Nedal Samaeen, told The Jordan Times on Sunday.
The second edition of a guide to Brazilian olive oils tells stories of the people behind the products.
05-Oct-2018 By Adi Menayang 

New Jersey-headquartered DolCas Biotech has partnered with a Moroccan olive oil manufacturer to distribute an olive tree-derived ingredient called TruOliv.
Image: Dreamwood - Michael & Lucy.
If you ask most doctors how to eat for optimal health and longevity, chances are they'll point you to a Mediterranean diet. Rich in whole, minimally processed foods like vegetables, fruits, olive oil, fish, nuts, and seeds, this diet has been associated with a reduced risk of many age-related and chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's, breast cancer, and more.

Great promo for olive leaf extract!
Izola, 10 October - Beno Bajda, an olive oil producer from the coastal town of Izola, has recently patented a new oil extraction method which requires no heating whatsoever. It is using ultrasound to extract oil directly from olive cells.
What's On

12 October - Focus Grove Project Field Day – Wairarapa, NZ

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

22-26 October
Olive Oil Sommelier Course – Tuscany, Italy

24 October - Drip and Microjet Irrigation Users Course – Rutherglen, Vic

25 October 25 - Drip and Microjet Irrigation Users Course – Tatura, Vic

9-12 November - Australian Biological Farming Conference and Expo 2018 – Gold Coast

9-12 November 
Australian Biological Farming Conference & Expo – Bilinga, QLD

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

24 November – Olives SA NOVA site + IPDM field day – Roseworthy, SA

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