22 November 2019

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Today's Top Story

Drought isn’t the only obstacle climate change throws in the way of olive oil producers. In a white paper on the effect of climate change on European agriculture, the evidence of climate change is “solid and real."

The white paper is from the European Union, so has serious credibility, and calls on agricultural producers to be part of the solution.
Know anything about GAL compact controllers?
As many Friday Olive Extracts readers know, Olives SA are working to restore the NOVA grove at Roseworthy. One of their obstacles is programming the irrigation controller, as the manual has gone missing and even the internet can’t uncover one. None of the suppliers can remember the model either.
So we’re hoping one or more of you growers out there are currently, or have in the past, run a GAL compact controller (pictured left) and could help them sort out how it works.
They’re very keen to get it up and running, so if you can help please call Michael Harbison on 0419804896 or email mjhharbison@gmail.com.
Six key steps for biosecurity action
Vinehealth Australia have created a six step process to help identify key biosecurity risks and how to appropriately address them on-farm. Although written with grapegrowers in mind, it can be used by other producers to help turn your biosecurity plan into action. The ultimate aim is that the biosecurity activities you undertake become embedded in your every day practices. Read more here.
Adelaide's desalination plant, at Lonsdale, will increase capacity. (Supplied: SA Water)
Adelaide's little-used desalination plant will be cranked up as part of a deal to provide relief to drought-ravaged farmers in the eastern states.
Data collection: Plant counts, soil tests and chemical recommendations are just some of the data agronomists are collecting on farm which need to be treated as a data asset. 
Farm data can be both an opportunity and a threat. As data collection becomes more automated and examples of third-party big data agencies increase the National Farmers' Federation is looking to developing policies and frameworks that not only protect farmers but also allow them to capitalise on the data they collect. 
Are you making the most of the gifting season?
Even with an economic lull happening, it’s that time of year when people are buying gifts – and lots of them. Luxury and gourmet food items are a popular choice, particularly as gift packs, providing olive producers with a fantastic marketing - and sales - opportunity. 
So have a look at your range, think about what you can put together as a gift package, and give your farmers market, farmgate store or online shoppers an easy answer to their Christmas gift dilemma this year. It doesn’t take much effort – and when you think about it, you’ll be doing them a favour by providing a healthy, flavoursome, locally-produced option to some of the alternatives they’d otherwise be likely to fall back on.
Looking for medal-winning AEVOO? Or maybe you’ve got olive pits/seeds you don’t have a use for. We can help you hook up with your target market!
If you’re looking to sell or buy something olive industry-related, the Olivebiz Classifieds are the answer. THE intra-industry way to sell, buy, source and swap, our online Classifieds service is an easy and inexpensive solution to advertise your unwanted equipment, extra oil or even your grove – like Russell, who has Silver medal winning WA EVOO for sale. And if there’s something you’re looking for, it’s the ideal way to get the message out directly to those who might have it – like Harry, who’s on the hunt for clean, whole olive pits/seeds for bracelet-making
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.
Modern Olives Sensory Masterclass 2020
Places are filling fast, so book now for the Modern Olives Sensory Masterclass 2020, being held in Geelong in February 2020. Presenters will include sensory chemist and head of the Modern Olives Laboratory Service Claudia Guillaume and Dr Wenceslao Moreda, a member of the IOC Committee of Sensory Experts, from Spain.
Dates: 7-8 February 2020
Location: Geelong Regional Library
Places are limited so don’t miss this opportunity for comprehensive sensory learning with international experts. Register now by emailing info@modernolives.com.au.
New Zealand
Olives NZ expert courses 2020
Olives New Zealand is running two interactive courses in April 2020, both being presented by eminent international olive industry experts:

Processing Practices with Pablo Canamasas – 14/15 April 2020
Pablo Canamasas is an international industry consultant in olive oil processing. 
Day 1 - theory at the Auckland Airport Jet Park Hotel; Day 2 - practical demonstration at River Estate, Whitford. Transport will be available. 

Judging EVOO and Flavoured Oils with Dr Soumi Paul Mukhopadhyay – 15 April 2020
Dr Soumi Paul Mukhopadhyay, NSW DPI Sensory and Consumer Research Scientist, is currently leading the Hort Innovation levy-funded national sensory training program promoting Australian EVOO and table olives. 
The course will be held at the Auckland Jet Park Hotel from 2-6pm, following the processing workshop, and will feature top winning oils from both New Zealand and Australia.
For more information or to register your interest, email admin@olivesnz.org.nz

The Puglia Region, the Ministry of Agricultural Policies, and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage signed a protocol agreement which allows farmers to replant olive trees in the areas affected by Xylella fastidiosa (Xf) subject to landscape constraints, without prior authorization from the landscape commissions and the Superintendent of Cultural Heritage.

On the first day of a two-week trip to Spain, we flew into Bilbao to visit the Guggenheim Museum. The museum, built alongside the Nervión River, was inaugurated on Oct. 18, 1997, by King Juan Carlos I of Spain and features works by Spanish and international artists.

We love that olive oil has its own sub-heading in the listing of top cultural aspects!

A new study by researchers from the University of Oxford and the University of Minnesota shows that foods that are considered to be healthy, such as whole-grain cereals, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and olive oil, also have the lowest environmental impact.
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
With 2019 now well underway 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  editor@olivegrower.com.au - it’s free, and the best way to reach your fellow industry members!

The European Commission will allocate €200.9 million ($222.5 million) in 2020 to fund promotion activities for EU agri-food products at home and abroad. The 2020 promotion policy work program adopted by the Commission outlines the main priorities for support.

Eligible sectors include olives and olive oil, and the move is expected to increase EU market share in high-growth potential new markets.

Italian olive oil producers have formally recovered from the problems that crippled it starting a year ago, according to the country's main olive grower groups. But the threat of climate-related hazards is likely to keep olive growers on high alert going forward.

A sudden outburst of the fruit fly and other pathogens inflicted unexpected damage on the island's farms.

The California wildfires are taking a toll on small businesses, including those that are miles away and safe from the flames. Smoke, ash and power outages force companies to shut down or cost them business even if owners and employees aren't forced to evacuate. The power outages implemented by utilities in hopes of preventing wildfires have been unpredictable, making it hard for companies operate.

Among those affected was Cobram Estate, in the midst of its 24/7 harvest.
What's On

26-28 November
SITEVI – Montpellier, France 


10 January 10
Entries close, Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition – LA, USA

20-24 January
Olive Oil Sommelier Certification Program – London, UK

7-8 February 
Sensory Masterclass – Geelong, Vic

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

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

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

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

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

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