12 June 2020

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The United States Department of Agriculture predicts that global olive oil production will fall by nearly three percent, to 3.03 million tons, in the 2020/21 crop year.

You can drizzle it on salads, crisp up your baked veggies and even use it for deep-fried delicacies. Oil is one of the most versatile cooking staples, and in many food cultures, a primary source of good fat. But, with so many types on the market, it’s time for a much-needed oil check - so nutritionist Nicole Dynan is here to explain everything you need to know about cooking oils.

Great to see this factual consumer information in the mainstream media – they even recommend EVOO for frying!

New South Wales water officials had no official process for checking water trades and believed it would be "impractical" to undertake compliance action over misreported trades, emails obtained by 7.30 reveal.

While research shows …
The often-overlooked “human factor” in water management rules can have serious consequences for water supply for both irrigated agriculture and the environment, new UNSW Sydney research has found.

And this is why it’s so important we get it sorted:
An analysis of new climate model projections by Australian researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes shows southwestern Australia and parts of southern Australia will see longer and more intense droughts due to a lack of rainfall caused by climate change.
Theo and Matt are both SELLING OLIVE EQUIPMENT and they’re letting olive producers know through the OliveBiz Classifieds
Your circumstances have changed and you’ve got equipment you no longer need but there’s undoubtedly another producer out there for whom it would be ideal. Let them know about it through the Olivebiz Classifieds – THE intra-industry way to sell, buy and source. If you’ve got something industry-related to sell, our online Classifieds service is an easy and inexpensive solution to advertise your unwanted equipment, extra oil or even your grove – like Theo, who has production and warehouse equipment for sale, and Matt, who’s selling a large OFM olive sorting machine. 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.
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.

Farmers have leant on Australians' generosity to help them through fires and drought, and many are looking to return the favour.

There are organisations like this all over Australia, so if you’ve got oil to spare and can afford to help, give them a call.

As China turns up the heat on Australia, insisting subsidies helped our exporters discount the sale price of barley in 2018, international research shows the Chinese are world leaders in the farm subsidy support stakes.
Most spare machinery parts are made overseas and local suppliers don't keep big stockpiles. (Mark Bennett)

Many Australians might expect the journey of food from paddock to plate to be fairly simple, but the coronavirus pandemic has exposed a number of ways that system can be thrown into chaos.
Temperatures may have been above average overall, but it was chilly for parts of the south-east. (Supplied: BOM)

It might be hard to believe, considering how cold it has been in recent weeks, but autumn temperatures were actually slightly above average for Australia as a whole.
New IFAM flights and Qantas routes extended 
The IFAM is supporting a range of new outbound flights: to Hong Kong from Adelaide and Toowoomba; to Abu Dhabi from Melbourne; return to Los Angeles from Brisbane; return to Tokyo (Narita) from Melbourne; and one-way to Singapore from Toowoomba and Tokyo (Haneda) from Sydney. In addition, IFAM has extended key routes with Qantas to Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong and Auckland. 

View current scheduled IFAM flights flight information, and submit an EOI to access flights, here.
In addition to IFAM flights, alternative air freight options include domestic network flights, international repatriation flights and international commercial freight only flights. More information here.
SA: One-off $15 million funding to help jump start regional economies

A special round of the Regional Growth Fund has been established to help fast-track the recovery of regional economies after COVID-19, and applications are now open. The one-off $15 million Strategic Business Round 2020 will give grants from $50,000 up to $2 million to shovel-ready projects that drive new or enhanced activity and create jobs for our regional communities.
Applications will be accepted from commercial enterprises, incorporated associations, and business clusters.
Applications are open until 12pm on Monday, 6 July 2020, and must be submitted online. Full details, including eligibility and how to apply, are available on the PIRSA website here.
Webinar series turns to processing productivity – register now!
The ongoing series of AOA Productivity and Profitability Webinars continues next week with a focus shift to oil production and the Evaluation of Processing Aids for Olive Oil Extraction and Quality Improvement.
Presented by international olive oil consultant Pablo Canamasas, this webinar will outline the use of the processing aids available, their impact on yield and quality, and other related equipment adjustments required to maximise oil recovery. 
Knowing how to assess the performance of olive oil processing aids and adjust their use accordingly is an invaluable skill if you are seeking to increase profitability without affecting the quality of the final product. The information provided will benefit both olive oil processors and olive oil producers.
The webinar will be in Zoom meeting format and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenter. 
Webinar: Evaluation of Processing Aids for Olive Oil Extraction and Quality Improvement.
Details: Tuesday, 16 June, 9.30am AEST - Free. Registrations close 15 June, 2pm AEST. 

Don’t miss out on this FREE opportunity to maximize your EVOO quality and recovery. Register here.

These webinars are part of the Olive levy project Australian olive industry communications and extension program (OL18000), funded by Hort Innovation, using the Hort Innovation olive research and development levy, co-investment from the Australian Olive Association and contributions from the Australian Government.
How secure is your business IT?
Forget the toilet paper, when COVID-19 struck, printers, monitors, tablets, network hardware and office furniture became a rare commodity as business rushed to get staff working from home - often risking IT security. In response, AusIndustry have engaged Maxsum Consulting to help business take control of their IT security with two key webinars: Circling back to Cyber Security and Phishing for love, masks and money in the time of COVID-1. 
More information and register here.
New Zealand

The journey of New Zealand’s high quality nutritious food from farmer to fork is what drives Agcarm’s horticultural scholarship winner, Alexandra Tomkins in her goal to be a leader in food production.

NZ producers have a great future advocate here.

The Spanish association of small farmers UPA asked for an in-depth investigation of the largest olive oil packaging companies and the challenges for traditional olive growers.

04-Jun-2020 By Oliver Morrison

Functional food and beverages that are seen to improve mental health could be set to be a ‘recession proof’ sector, claims market researcher MMR. It says its new data highlights innovation opportunities as consumers seek new strategies to manage their mental wellbeing.

And we all know how good EVOO can make you feel! Seriously, the research backs its positive effects on depression.

A heatwave during the critical flowering stage was enough to raise concerns among growers for their expected yields.

Sounds like the hot northerlies experienced semi-regularly across South Australian groves.
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
With 2020 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!
A 60-year-old Italian woman made 90 stuffed olives in under an hour during a brain operation to remove a tumor. The tumor was located in the patient’s left temporal lobe, the area of the brain dedicated to the control of language and complex movements of the right side of the body.

No doubt the involvement of olives was partly responsible for the operation’s success!

Chile's worsening coronavirus outbreak has added to the challenges facing producers who nevertheless remain optimistic about the quality of their harvests.

Harvest in a pandemic was always going to be challenging … we look at some of the adaptations made by Australian processors in the coming edition of Olivegrower & Processor.

Used as the foundation for just about every recipe we make, olive oil is undeniably one of the most important pantry staples in every kitchen. However, this liquid gold is a lot more delicate than you may think and requires special care and consideration before you even get cooking.

Good advice here … the only thing we don’t agree with is the omission of Australia and New Zealand in the list of best producing countries! 

An association of Italian farmers warns that the sector could lose €1 billion in 2020. As the lockdown eases, farmhouses are finding new ways to safely attract tourists.

For those of you with tourism as part of your business mix, there are some interesting ideas for COVID-safe operations here.

02-Jun-2020 By Will Chu

Fermented foods can be regarded as a possible source of Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB) adding additional probiotic properties to the gut microbiome, according to a team of scientists.

Even more reason to eat more healthy fermented table olives!
What's On

12 June
Closing date for entry EOI, Golden Olive Awards – Vic, Australia

20 June 20
Winners announced, Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition – LA, USA

1 July
Entries open, 2020 Australian International Olive Awards

6 July
Closing date for samples, Golden Olive Awards – Vic, Australia

29 August
Results announced, Golden Olive Awards – Vic, Australia

September TBA
World Team Tasting Championship

4 September
Entries close, 2020 Australian International Olive Awards

11 September 
Entries close, 2020 Hunter Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

5 October
Results emailed to entrants, 2020 Australian International Olive Awards

22 October
Awards Presentation, 2020 Hunter Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW


23-25 March
Soil CRC Participants Conference

7-9 June 
Hort Connections 2021 – Brisbane, Qld

15-17 October 
AOA National Olive Conference & Trade Exhibition – Devonport, TAS

To include your event, or update your existing event details, email FOE editor Gerri Nelligan at  editor@olivegrower.com.au
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