18 October 2019

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Today's Top Story
If you’re not here, you’re missing a great gig!
The 2019 National Olive Conference & Exhibition is happening right now in Albury, NSW, with a strong turnout of delegates taking in the topical - and often action-provoking – information being presented by speakers and exhibitors. A great time was had at the Conference Dinner last night, with another night of celebrations on its way at tonight’s Australian International Olive Awards Gala Presentation Dinner before the Saturday workshop and field tour program. 
We’ll bring you news of the winners in next week’s Friday Olive Extracts – good luck to all the medal-winning entrants in the running to be named 2019 Best in Show!
Find out more about what’s happening at the Conference here.
Tenterfield residents have been hit hard by the drought, with the township on the highest level water restrictions. (ABC News: Mark Leonardi).
In the midst of one of the country's worst-ever droughts and as towns across Australia run out of water, the National Party is insisting there's never been a better time to build more dams. But despite the Federal Government having billions of dollars set aside to support water infrastructure, in the words of Water Minister David Littleproud, "bugger all" has actually been built.

This week has seen a mass worldwide protest on climate change. The Extinction Rebellion is playing for keeps, and the protesters are setting out to make noise and force politicians and authorities to deal with them. If you think those protesting are just a bit too angry and annoying, let us remember the situation is urgent and is no longer something for future generations to worry about – we are at a point where a majority of Australians now living will be affected by its impact.
PBRI Plant Biosecurity Research Symposium
The PBRI Plant Biosecurity Research Symposium was held in Brisbane in mid-August, sharing plant biosecurity RD&E across plant industries in Australia and New Zealand. Aiming to avoid duplication of research on common biosecurity themes, the event was the first time biosecurity research, supported by seven plant RDCs and Better Border Biosecurity (B3) New Zealand, had been discussed in one forum. More detail here.
Decision time is looming … have you had your say on the unfair Health Star Rating System? 
Cooking oils need to be removed from the Health Star Rating System and time is running out to have your say - the final review decision will be made in November.
The survey linked below clearly states why Extra Virgin Olive Oil is healthier than refined oils like canola oil and sunflower oil, even though these oils rank healthier than Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the current system. 
Help fix the problem by signing the petition and leaving a comment that edible oils should be removed from the Health Star Rating System, and why.
Sign the petition here.

Let’s make this happen – have your say now!
Got olive equipment you no longer need? Offer it for sale directly to your target market – like Peter, who has a bottling line, tanks and lots of other equipment to sell .
Some people have gear they no longer use and others are looking for a good alternative to the cost of brand new equipment. With OliveBiz Classifieds – THE intra-industry way to sell, buy and source – we get them together to seal a deal. 
Our online Classifieds service is an easy and inexpensive solution to advertise your unwanted equipment, extra oil or even your grove; or to put out a call to your peers and industry for that hard-to-find item you’re searching for. 
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.
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A NSW farmer has taken legal action against the manufacturer of the commonly-used weedkiller, Roundup.
For the first time in Australia, a farmer has launched legal action against Monsanto - the manufacturer of Roundup - claiming it caused his cancer. New South Wales farmer, Ross Wild, 67, has used Roundup on his mixed farming property in Moama since its introduction in Australia in 1976.
Leadership development scholarships now available for women in horticulture
Funding grants of up to $10,941 are currently available to women who work in the horticulture sector to support their participation in a leadership development program, providing access to one of three part-time practical courses. Participants will network with peers from a variety of industries, and cover such topics as reinforcing resilience and wellbeing, rewiring your networks, evolving strategic change, team dynamics and supporting leadership performance. ​
Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here by 15 November.
Cover cropping podcasts 

The Growing Matters podcast series provides insight into soil health, with the first looking at the basics of cover cropping. Presented by Dr Kelvin Montagu, the podcast discusses cover cropping, the key benefits for using it on your farm – for your wallet and for your soil health – as well as some handy tips and methods for doing it successfully.
This is nine minutes of valuable listening, created for the vegetable industry and relevant for everyone growing in soil. Listen here.

Soil health was one of the hot topics during discussion sessions at yesterday’s National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition, and is a crucial element for ensuring sustainable crops in our increasingly unstable climate. Learn and act to improve your soil – and business – health.
TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory workshops – book now for SA and NSW
Registrations are now open for the October  TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory training workshop, being held in the Hunter Valley, NSW. Please note that the SA workshop has been postponed to March 2020.
The workshops offer the opportunity to learn from industry experts and sensory scientists. Feedback to date has been outstandingly positive, with attendees gaining invaluable insight into the evaluation process, varietal nuances and EVOO quality parameters. Don’t miss the opportunity to: 
  • learn what makes award winning EVOO and table olives stand out from the rest 
  • understand what judges look for in industry competitions
  • develop your taste palate
  • network with peers.
The program includes sensory training, olive oil chemistry, freshness testing of EVOO and determining objective best before dates (BBDs) and more, providing an interactive learning experience which will benefit olive growers and processors, olive oil judges and anyone wishing to gain a better appreciation for EVOO and table olives.  
Details are:  27 October - Adina Vineyard, 492 Lovedale Road Lovedale, Hunter Valley, NSW.
The cost is just $40 for levy payers, $50 non-levy payers, including catering and comprehensive course notes. 
More information and register  here.
New Zealand
Winners in New Zealand’s most prestigious competition for olive oil were announced last night at a formal dinner held in Wellington. The New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Awards are run by Olives New Zealand, the national organisation for olive oil growers.

Click through to the article to find out more … but we’re happy to share that the Best in Show winner is Kapiti Olives, awarded for its Kapiti Picual Blend. Congratulations to owners David and Helen Walshaw! We’ll bring you all the competition details in the December edition of Olivegrower & Processor.

The newly approved measure expires on September 30, 2024, with 80% of the fee going to promoting olive oil and its consumption and the rest going to fund research and development.
As many consumers have become more concerned about health, Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) is experiencing sales growth in the US. California-based companies are driving this trend, with more than 400 growers crafting 75 olive varieties. While the overall olive oil market is essentially flat, there has been robust growth in premium California EVOO oils, driven by a reputation with consumers for being healthy and fresh.

Among them – and central to the article on quality and labelling – Cobram Estate.

The European Commission will present its plan to begin allowing the private storage of olive oil in Spain “immediately,” ABC reports. Phil Hogan, the outgoing European commissioner of agriculture, made the announcement at a meeting of the European Union’s 28 heads of agriculture at a summit in Luxemburg.

09-Oct-2019 By Mary Ellen Shoup

Emphasizing taste and a ‘positive experience’ on food labels may be more effective at encouraging healthier eating habits than providing nutrition information alone, a new study from the Association for Psychological Science finds.
Olive farmers protest in Madrid, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Thousands of farmers rallied in Spain’s capital to protest against low prices and demand government protection against US plans to levy taxes on EU agricultural produce. (Bernat Armangue/Associated Press) 
Several thousand olive farmers have marched through Spain’s capital to protest plunging prices and to demand protection from tariffs the United States plans to levy on European Union on agriculture products. Many of the protesters waved olive branches as they marched to Agriculture Ministry headquarters in Madrid on Thursday chanting for fairer prices.

And meanwhile …

The North American Olive Oil Association (NAOOA) and 80 other American trade organizations have written to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to ask for an exemption to impending tariffs on products shipped from Europe before the start of October.
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.
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Independent ethical retailer Hisbe has been “blown away” by the support of its local customers after it was reprimanded by the authorities for unwittingly breaking the law and selling extra virgin olive oil on tap.

The clash between protecting product quality and the environment …
Matthew Eisman/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Olive oil is a big part of my diet. However, until I visited the Olive Oil Museum on Brač Island, Croatia, this past summer, I never gave much thought to whether or not my olive oil was real. I mean, why would anyone make fake olive oil?

In the depths of the eurozone crisis, many Greeks cited a mantra from the poet Odysseas Elytis that their repeatedly shattered nation would always be able to rebuild itself while it had three things: an olive, a vine and a boat.
08-Oct-2019 By James Ridler

A new edible, scannable code has been developed for food applications, reducing the need for packaging and allowing consumers to track products from farm to fork.

Interesting idea … just not sure how they’d apply it to EVOO or an olive!

Andalusia’s regional government has temporarily banned the use of machines to harvest olives at night, according to a report from Jaén’s association of young farmers (ASAJA). The ban will remain in place until the autonomous community’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Research and Training Institute can conduct a study on the impacts of super-intensive harvesting on local and migrating bird populations.
What's On

27 October
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – Lovedale, NSW

2 November
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – Tasmania

12-14 November
Food & Hotel China 2019 – Shanghai, China

14 November
Awards presentation, 2019 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

15 November
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – Toowoomba, Qld

21-22 November
Savantes Melbourne, Australia

22 November
Hort Innovation AGM – Sydney

26-28 November
SITEVI – Montpellier, France 


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

7-8 February 
Sensory Masterclass – Geelong, Vic

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

23-25 April
2020 London International Olive oil Competitions – London, UK

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