Friday 20 July 2018

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Today's Top Story
16-22 July is National Farm Safety Week, an annual event to raise awareness of farm safety issues across Australia. The theme for 2018 is “Innovative, Safe and Healthy", highlighting the importance of business and industry working together to increase the well-being of Australian farmers through innovation and improved attention to health and safety outcomes.
It’s a great reminder to make sure your operation is as safe as possible. Farmsafe provides some great resources here.
Riverland horticulturalist Roger Hefford is surprising olive industry experts with the high volume of olive oil he is producing from trees he only planted in 2015 at his Waikerie property.
Are you Australia’s Farmer of the The Year?
Nominations are now open for the 2018 Australian Farmer of the Year Awards, celebrating and applauding the outstanding achievements of those individuals and families making a significant contribution to Australian Agriculture. Entries are invited for five award categories. More information and nominate here.
2017 National Plant Biosecurity Status Report out now
The latest edition of the National Plant Biosecurity Status Report has been released, documenting the exotic pest species that threaten our nation, and charting the efforts of government, industry, research and community partners in the plant biosecurity system. Access the report here National Plant Biosecurity Status Report.
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. Our 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 – like Rob, who’s on the hunt for an olive de-pitting machine
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 To arrange a listing, contact Gerri at
Mixed farming: Angus cross cattle roaming the olive grove. Picture: Supplied.
The Meron family have been a sponge for olive information after inheriting a grove with a property they bought for cattle. Yigal Meron, his wife Johanne and his two sons Yoni and Boaz Meron had their first harvest in 2016 and have been growing their business, Macintyre Brook Grove, ever since.
Share your thoughts on Hort Frontiers investments
Hort Innovation is currently seeking feedback around the investment priorities and themes of the Hort Frontiers strategic partnership initiative An online survey for growers and other industry participants is now available here or download and print a hard copy version here, then scan and email to Information will only be collected only for this survey and answers are anonymous.
The survey closes at 5pm on 27 July 2018.
Contemplating a co-op?
Farming Together now has an online course to help your group understand collaborative business structures. Designed for agricultural groups, the course includes information on governance, financing and member engagement and comprises six self-paced 10-minute video lessons with quizzes and access to support resources. Complete the course and pass the tests and you receive certification from Farming Together.
Two versions are available - a simpler ‘how-to’ course preview and the full certification course - both currently at no cost. More here.
NSW: farmer upskill support
NSW farmers can take subsidised pre-approved courses through the State Government’s $45m Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program, or apply for other professional development activities and claim reimbursement of up to 50% (GST-excl) up to $5000/farmer or $9000/farm business. More here.
Tas: up to $1M low-interest loans
The Tasmanian Department of State Growth is offering low-interest loans of $30K to $1m to Tasmanian farm and agri-food businesses. More here.
Vic: wild dog/fox bounty
The fox and wild dog bounty runs until the end of October. Eligible participants can submit entire fox scalps for a $10 reward and entire wild dog skin pieces for a $120 reward. More here.
2018 AOA National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition – have you blocked your diary?
Collective learning is the focus of this year’s AOA National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition, being held in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales on 18-20 October. The packed program of plenary and field sessions aims to provide information and skills on a broad range of topics, relevant to people at different stages and with varying business operations, with valuable practical take-homes for all participants.
Thursday, 18 & Friday, 19 October 2018; Saturday, 20 October - Optional Field Days/Workshops;
Wagga Rules Club, Wagga Wagga, NSW 
Australian International Olive Awards Presentation Dinner – Friday, 19 October
Event accommodation: Quality Hotel Rules Club Wagga -
Registrations open
NSW IPDM Field Days - time running out to book, limited tickets still available. Be there and protect YOUR grove.
Bookings are open for the Integrated Pest and Disease Management (IPDM) field days at Marulan on Friday, 10 August and the Hunter Valley on Sunday, 12 August. Numbers are limited to 40 per event, so reserve your place now. Click the button below for full details and to register, and for the full program of events rolling out across the country in coming months. 
The field days are being organized by the AOA in conjunction with Western Sydney University to explore appropriate IPDM extension services focused particularly on black scale, olive lace bug and anthracnose. The program is part of the olive levy project An integrated pest and disease management extension program for the olive industry (OL17001). 
Further information: Liz Bouzoudis: 0478 606 145,

This is essential pest & disease management information. If you are serious about keeping your grove viable into the future, you cannot miss these field days!
New Zealand
Olives NZ October Focus Grove Field Days
Dates have been finalised for the October round of Focus Grove Project Field Days, as follows:
  • Monday 8 - Northland
  • Tuesday 9 - Hawke’s Bay
  • Wednesday 10 - Canterbury
  • Thursday 11 -Nelson (incl visit to Weka Olives)
  • Friday 12 - Wairarapa (incl visit to River Grove followed by a BBQ)
  • Saturday 13 – major report on the Project at the Olives NZ Conference in Masterton.
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
The first half of the year has passed already, with Friday Olive Extracts (FOE) continuing 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!
17-Jul-2018 By Lester Wan 

‘New retail’ — where online and offline strategies converge — may be the sector’s hottest topic after it was coined by Alibaba founder Jack Ma last year, but what is the thought behind the buzz word? 
The modest door of an electrical supplies store leads you to a small haven for olive oil lovers.

No doubt Murat’s passion for EVOO will resonate with many FOE readers.
Research offers insight into the role that fat consumption may have on dopamine, and on your motivation as a result.
The Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces continues to investigate a Virgin Mary sculpture in a Hobbs church that appears to be weeping. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Bishop Oscar Cantu of the diocese said Friday a sample of the fluid collected from the sculpture was sent for chemical analysis and it was determined that it was olive oil.

We think EVOO’s a pretty miraculous food but …
China’s growing demand for olive oil is accelerating the development of a domestic olive oil industry at a pace that appears to start raising alarm among traditional olive oil producers.
17-Jul-2018 By Cheryl Tay 

Asians are at higher risk than Europeans when it comes to obesity and related cardio-metabolic disorders in older age, and functional ingredients may be vital to helping them combat these issues.

EVOO would have to be an obvious choice in that functional foods list …
Dcoop faces a €2.8 million fine from the Spanish authorities as well as scrutiny from the rest of the sector for what are seen as anti-competitive market practices.
17-Jul-2018 By Elizabeth Crawford 

While the US olive oil market is highly competitive and extremely confusing to many Americans, Italian-based Domenico Manca believes it can add clarity and superior quality with the upcoming expansion of its San Giuliano brand throughout the US and Canada through its focus on transparency and modernity.
What's On

10 August - AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day - Big Hill 

10 August
Entries close, 2018 Perth Royal Olive Awards – Perth, WA

12 August - AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day - Hunter Valley 

13 August - Entries open, 2018 NZ EVOO Awards – New Zealand 

17 August  – Entries close, 2018 Royal Adelaide Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA

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

25 August – Awards presentation dinner, Australian Golden Olive Awards – NE VIC

5 September – Presentation dinner, 2018 Royal Adelaide Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA

14 September - Entries close, 2018 NZ EVOO Awards – New Zealand 

16 September
Presentation evening, 2018 Perth Royal Olive Awards – Perth, WA

21 September - Entries close, 2018 Australian International Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA

21 September – Presentations, 2018 Spring Sydney Royal Fine Food Show Olive Oil Competition – Sydney, NSW

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

13 October - 2018 ONZ Conference and 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

19 October - Awards Presentation Dinner, 2018 Australian International Olive Awards - Wagga Wagga, NSW

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

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

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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