Friday 17 November 2017

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Today's Top Story
The quality of Australian produced extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) from the 2017 harvest is arguably the best the industry has ever seen, according to the national peak body.
As part of its Road access National Harmonisation Program, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is developing new laws and permits for moving heavy or large agricultural vehicles. If you use large equipment that needs to be moved around on public roads then the opportunity to provide your feedback is NOW – the deadline is today. Download the issues paper, associated documents and feedback form here and have your say.
ABC Saturday Breakfast talks EVOO
The Goulburn Strathbogie Olive Growers/Olives Victoria Fresh & Local event was a great success, giving consumers the opportunity to taste and learn more about fresh locally grown EVOO. It was also the impetus for an entertaining and informative interview on ABC Radio Melbourne’s Saturday Breakfast program, where AOA director and EVOO producer Andrew Laing talked with Hilary Harper about the wonders of olive oil. Covering everything from flavours, stability during heating, quality and the importance of freshness, it’s great information. Listen here (starts at 30:30 mins).
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Adelaide breakthroughs in DNA tracking are set to protect the state’s clean, green and premium produce as food fraud gouges an estimated $54 billion from the global industry.
Biosecurity officers in South Australia recently set up a random road block near Blanchetown, to stop and inspect vehicles for fruit and vegetables which can carry fruit fly. Over two days, a total of 78 written cautions were issued by PIRSA staff after inspecting 500 vehicles.

A timely reminder about the importance of implementing biosecurity measures in your grove.
CSIRO citizen science survey
CSIRO is s eeking stories and anecdotes on ecological changes over the past decade or more. Farmers, natural resource managers, ecologists and naturalists are being asked to select an area (e.g. your farm, a reserve, bushlan d) that you have known for at least the last 10 years. The survey will take about 30-40 minutes. More information and access the survery here.
The dates have been announced for the OLIVE JAPAN 2018 International Olive Oil Competition, with registration opening in just two weeks’ time on 1 December and closing on 12 April 2018. Competition judging will be held from April 18-20 and winners will be announced online on April 25.
The associated international olive oil trade show, OLIVE JAPAN SHOW 2018 (formerly known as the OLIVE JAPAN Marche) will be held on 8-9 June 2018 Futako Tamagawa RISE Shopping Center, Tokyo.
More information and register here .
Smart Farms Small Grants
The Australian Government is inviting applications for the National Landcare Program - Smart Farms Small Grants initiative, an agriculture component of the National Landcare Program (NLP). Grants support local on-ground projects that increase the knowledge and capacity of farmers, and facilitate the adoption of tools, technologies and improved land management practices to effectively, sustainably and productively manage Australia’s natural, and adapt to significant changes in climate, weather and markets. More information here .
Could you be a co-op? If there's five of you who want the benefits of a co-op structure, including tax benefits, visit the FREE online DIY co-op builder here . There's a click-through on the second slider picture, or click to the page at Resources. You can also access further assistance with developing your constitution or disclosure documents.
New Zealand
2018 Olives NZ AGM
The 2018 Olives New Zealand AGM will be held on Saturday, 24 March, tentatively in Napier. This will be preceded by a Focus Grove Field Day at Ngatarawa Olive Grove, Hastings on the Friday, and followed by a field trip to the Mohaka olive grove, one of the largest in New Zealand with 27,000+ trees. Coach transport and a packed lunch will be available, and the day will end with dinner and a special guest speaker.
Three Executive positions are due for nomination – President, Vice President and Treasurer. See information on the role and responsibilities of the Executive here .
Robinson's Bay Olive Oil, near Akaroa, is just one of many successful national olive oils. Kirk Hargreaves.
Flying quietly under the radar, New Zealand's olive oil industry is developing an impressive reputation. Our extra virgin olive oil growers are taking on - and beating - some of the world's biggest names. At the recent New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards, international head judge Giuseppe Di Lecce said the olive oils were "some of the best" he'd tasted all season.
Lots of great messages here about local quality, freshness and storage.
Food Safety Act National Programme workshops
Olives NZ EO Gayle Sheridan has sent a reminder to members that Farmers Market management and retail stores now require National Programme registrations. Olives NZ has worked with Food and Health Standards on an industry-specific National Programme template and has now arranged for regional workshops to be made available to take growers through completing the NP1 and NP3 documents. ONZ branch chairs have information on the costs involved: please let your regional committee know if you would like to attend a workshop.
More information on the time/cost required for the verification process here .
Processing Practices Seminar
Olives New Zealand has had requests to repeat the well-received two-day seminar on How Processing Practice impacts on Quality (e.g. Gold medals) and Quantity which it held in April 2016. The proposed seminar would be held in Auckland in April 2018, with the cost being $500 (GST incl) for members or $1,000 for non-members.
Expressions of interest are required to ensure sufficient numbers to confirm arrangements – the current four interested would see the seminar not proceed – so anyone interested in attended is asked to advise EO Gayle Sheridan ASAP – Decision time is mid-December, so get in touch now!
The Golden State is on track to produce a record amount of olive oil this year and growers in the business say they should have no problem clearing their inventory, as Americans’ appetite for California olive oil continues to outstrip supply.
Increased shelf space for local oils, and recognition of their quality over imported oils … this is a story we want to be running from an Aust/NZ perpective in the future.
Photo: Johnsons of Whixley
Environment Secretary Michael Grove said Europe needs to step up its protection to halt the spread of the disease and demanded more checks on high-risk plants.
26-Sep-2017 By Katy Askew
French farmers and food processors are increasing their investment in organic production in response to growing demand for “bio” products, according to the latest figures.

Proven by the UK market …
25-Sep-2017 By Niamh Michail
Fresh produce, dairy and processed foods are fuelling organic sales in the UK, as they are tipped to exceed a record £2.2bn (€2.5bn) by the end of the year. 
Workers use a machine to extract oil from ripe olives at Thaha Municipality, Makwanpur. Post Photo.
Production of olives in Chitlang, located in the northern part of Makwanpur district is expected to fall by a whopping 85 percent this year due to excess rainfall. 

With an estimated production of only 80 litres this year, Nepal could be worth a look for Aust/NZ EVOO exporters.
09-Nov-2017 By Niamh Michail
The deadlock over glyphosate continues as EU policy-makers today failed to gather support for the Commission’s proposal to renew the herbicide for another five years.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini. Justice is poured: O Live Brooklyn owner Greg Bernarducci celebrated his legal victory over a national olive-oil trade association with some of his finest “Ultra Premium” olive oil .
This shop is O Live and well! A Park Slope purveyor of fine olive oils triumphed in a David-versus-Goliath legal battle against a national association of other liquid-fat merchants, according to the shop’s owner, who boasted of his victory after being sued for claiming his specialty cooking products are superior to cheaper, grocery-store varieties.
What's On

17 November - Awards Presentation, Hunter Olive Show - Hunter Valley, NSW n.a u

25 No vem ber – Olives WA All About Olives Conference – Mt Hawthorn, WA

28 November  – Australian Olive Association AGM – West Lakes, SA

30 November – Olives South Australia AGM – Wayville, SA

1 December – registration opens for OLIVE JAPAN 2018 – Tokyo, Japan

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

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

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

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

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