Friday 01 December 2017

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Today's Top Story
A study found a positive relationship between altitude and levels of CoQ10, tocopherols and phenolic compounds.
Securing Australia’s plant health status
The future of Australia’s plant health status will receive a significant boost via a $330,000 government-funded trial of AUSPestCheck as part of the National Plant Health Surveillance Program, which collects critical information on plant pests to support Australia’s plant industries. The funding is for Plant Health Australia to conduct the trial, which could provide a range of biosecurity and trade benefits for Australian agriculture. More about AUSPestCheck here .

And also by …
New Plant Innovation Centre at post-entry quarantine facility
A new Plant Innovation Centre (PIC) has been launched at the Mickleham Post-Entry Quarantine (PEQ) facility. The PIC@PEQ will progress a range of projects focused on improving Australia’s plant biosecurity measures, including investigations of mobile applications for front line inspectors to conduct plant diagnostics, and more efficient and effective diagnostic platforms, such as next generation sequencing. The centre will also progress improved treatments to help manage some of the most significant plant pests for Australia, including Xylella fastidiosa.
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Don’t forget to water!
The Bureau of Meteorology’s climate outlook for December to February is for warmer than average daytime temperatures for southeast, central and far northern Australia, and warmer than average night-time temperatures for northern, central and southeastern Australia and along the southern WA coastline.

Warmer temperatures mean an increased need for water in your grove – and as most growers now know, this is one of the most important times to ensure adequate irrigation for your trees to ensure a bountiful crop.

Don’t miss the feature article on water needs across the olive growing cycle in the December edition of Olivegrower & Processor – coming to your letterbox soon. And if you’re not a subscriber, you can do so here .
Save the date:
AOA National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition 2018
Initial details have been announced for the AOA National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition 2018, as follows:
Venue: Wagga Wagga, NSW.
Dates: Thursday 18 & Friday 19 October 2018, with optional field tour Saturday 20 October.
We’ll bring you more details as they’re announced.
Vic: Food Source grants
Food Source grants are a $20m initiative aimed at supporting Victorian agri-food businesses to work together and with value chain partners to grow exports and create new jobs. Deadline for applications is 30 June 2019. More information here:

Qld: Farm succession planning rebate
Up to $2500 rebate (up to half of total cost) is being offered for Queensland farming families to undertake farm succession planning. Application deadline is 30 June 2019. More information here.

NSW: Aid for NSW farmer upskill
NSW farmers can take subsidised  pre-approved courses through the State Government’s $45m Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program. Applications can also be made for other professional development activities. Participants can  claim reimbursement of up to 50% (GST-excl) up to $5000/farmer or $9000/farm business. Funding is ongoing. More information here.

SA: Agribusiness growth program
The Agribusiness Growth Program from Food South Australia offers business performance/plan reviews and recommendations for improvement. It also includes one-on-one business coaching to $10K with 25% co-contribution. Applicants must be ag/food businesses of 2+ years with turnover of $300K to $1.5m. Funding is ongoing. More information here .
A Malaga olive oil has been crowned the best in Spain for the fourth year in a row. The Finca La Torre received the Food Award of Spain for the Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Freshly picked Coratina olives in the receiving hopper. Photo: Jay Ferreira
The Greenleaf Olive Company near Cape Agulhas in the Overberg planted its first trees in 2006. Just 10 years later, the olive oil produced here is one of South Africa’s premium local brands.

And that success is based on … Australian production methods.
20-Nov-2017 By Niamh Michail
New EU rules intended to simplify organic farming and processing have been approved by EU Council representatives.
Greek police have made several arrests after sunflower oil was sold as olive oil.
A Greek prosecutor on Sunday charged seven people for fraudulently selling large quantities of adulterated sunflower oil as olive oil in Greece and abroad.
After an improved yet unexceptional olive harvest in France, olive growers are turning to a Spanish company for help.
What's On

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

18-19 October - AOA National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition 2018 - Wagga Wagga, NSW

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