26 June 2020

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Future agriculture graduates could hold the key to helping the industry achieve its goal of being worth $100 billion by 2030. The Federal Government recently announced that agriculture students would pay 62 per cent less for their degrees from next year, a move that the National Farmers Federation (NFF) said highlights the value of the agriculture sector.
Even with decent rainfall in some areas water remains the hot ag news topic this week, with calls for action from a variety of platforms:

Expanding almond plantations across the southern Murray-Darling Basin are increasing the risk that water entitlements cannot be met, even in years of good rain, according to a study conducted for the federal government.

The bid to curb the volume of water drained from Murray Darling Basin irrigation communities for the environment from 2680 gigalitres to 2075GL has sprung a leak, as key projects fall short of expectations.

Communities in northern Victoria, and across the Murray Darling Basin, need an end to
the uncertainty around the Basin Plan. With Water Ministers soon meeting for the first time since December, the Murray River Group of Councils is pressing for clear and decisive action that will prioritise certainty for the future of Basin Plan implementation.
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Australians literally gave away more than $634 million to scamming specialists in 2019, according to latest Targeting Scams data from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's Scamwatch.

Business email scams accounted for the highest losses, proof that we all need to be aware and alert. 
AOA Membership: helping to build a sustainable and profitable future for the olive industry

Are you an Australian Olive Association member? Thank you! Membership of the AOA helps to financially support and empower the AOA to represent your interests and to help build a sustainable and profitable future for our industry.
We appreciate your ongoing support and look forward to hearing from you in 2020/21. Please look out for your membership invoices which will be emailed over the next couple of weeks. Please check your SPAM folders and whitelist secretariat@australianolives.com.au to ensure you receive your invoice.
Here is a reminder of some of the many activities the AOA is able to achieve for the olive industry with your membership contribution:
  • Advocacy and representation - your voice to Government and regulators;
  • Industry risk and crisis management – protecting the olive brand and our industry; 
  • Affiliation and co-ordination with other horticulture and agriculture organizations;
  • Australian Standard for Olive oil and olive pomace oil AS 5264-2011; 
  • Code of Practice OliveCare®
  • Consumer Awareness & Education Campaigns – Everyday, Fresher Tastes Better!
  • PHA Biosecurity Levy and biosecurity management; 
  • Australian International Olive Awards and promotions; 
  • AOA National Industry Conference & Exhibition;
  • PR program and point of sale marketing merchandise; 
  • Market surveillance and reporting; 
  • Grower field days & seminars; 
  • Industry communications – Olivegrower & Processor, Friday Olive Extracts, OliveBiz
  • AOA Facebook page; 
  • TasteBook™ program; 
  • Registered pesticide minor use permits holder for industry; 
  • Voice of Horticulture Membership; 
Your membership contribution also entitles you to many direct benefits which can provide major competitive advantages: 
  • The opportunity for certification through the OliveCare® program, which can provide a competitive edge when marketing olive oil;
  • Discounted magazine subscriptions and tickets to workshops and annual industry events such as the National Industry Conference & Exhibition and Australian International Olive Awards – knowledge and awards which can set your business apart;
  • Access to the Members Lounge of the AOA website, which contains invaluable olive-related resources and exclusive emails relating to export for those signed up to the AOA Export Register.
Not a member? Help us help you. New members receive a FREE copy of the Olive Growing Book, valued at $165. Click here for more details on the benefits of becoming a member today.

Global pharmaceutical giant Bayer will spend up to $US10.9 billion ($15.87b) to settle thousands of lawsuits alleging the company's weedkiller, Roundup, causes cancer.

Agriculture sector leaders have praised the Federal Government for its push to shore up domestic fuel security but add that having adequate supplies within Australia should always be the goal. The government this week announced it had opened a Request for Information (RFI) process to identify opportunities to increase Australia's domestic fuel storage capacity.
Nominations open for 2020 QLD Agriculture Awards

Celebrating outstanding contributions to Queensland agriculture, the 2020 Queensland Agriculture Awards are now open for nominations. Comprising the Peter Kenny Medal and the Minister’s Emerging Leader Award, each award offers a $3000 prize.
Applicants may come from any agricultural, fisheries or forestry field, including agribusiness, education, farm-based production, supply chain operations, research or policy.
Nominations close 20 July 2020 – more information and nominate here.
New IFAM flights to Kuala Lumpur and Los Angeles 
The International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) is now supporting new flights from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur via Perth with Qatar, and Melbourne to Los Angeles return with Virgin Australia. These flights will operate for six weeks and commence next week. View the current IFAM flight schedule and associated 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.
2020 Royal Adelaide Show Olive Competition
Entries are now open for the 2020 Royal Adelaide Show Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Table Olives Competition, which is proceeding despite the cancellation of physical show event.  
Open to olive growers and producers across Australia, this year’s competition has classes for EVOO, flavoured oils and table olives, and offers awards and valuable marketing opportunities for winning products.  
There are now 11 major awards for olive oil and 6 major awards for table olives, including the new Best Mild, Medium and Robust Extra Virgin Olive Oils.  
Closing date for entries is Friday, 31 July, with the deadline for receipt of samples Friday, 21 August.
More information and online entry forms here or contact The Show Entries Team on (08) 8210 5211 or entries@adelaideshowground.com.au.
*Note: If for any reason this competition is not able to be held, entry fees will be refunded.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will consider a new standard of identity for imported olive oil after a citizen’s petition filed by the North American Olive Oil Association and the Spanish giant Deoleo last month.

Coconut oil has developed a cultlike following in recent years, with proponents touting benefits ranging from body fat reduction to heart disease prevention. Sadly for devotees, the evidence to support these assertions remains rather sparse.

She comes to the right conclusion!

Olive oil stocks in the European Union have fallen by nearly a quarter since the end of the 2018/19 crop year, according to the latest data published by the 27-member trading bloc.

European olives, chocolate, gin and beer made with malt are among the latest products that could be hit with steep tariffs as part of a US-European dispute over government subsidies to aircraft makers.

Table olive imports from our part of the world may be more competitive in future.

Since agricultural activities were classified as an essential service when South Africa went into lockdown on March 27 due to COVID-19, the country’s olive growers were allowed to continue harvesting unhindered to a large extent.

So similar to local experiences – except for the bumper harvest.
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.
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A program that provides incentives to establish new businesses in abandoned Italian farmlands has enticed young agricultural entrepreneurs. 
Head lice (Picture Courtesy: Instagram) 

Lice do not only affect your hair health but also become a reason for embarrassment. Once you are infested, it will take time for you to get rid of them. Lice make your scalp itchy and cause various skin infections. Olive oil can be magical when it comes to flushing out these tiny organisms. 

Natural rather than chemical treatment – and new market for that oil which has passed its BBD?

These days most farmers in the Jerash province in Jordan are not able to prune and care for their olive trees.

Interesting also for the reported difference in demand for olive oil during the COVID-19 shutdown: in most countries it increased dramatically, while Jordan’s producers saw a dramatic drop.
What's On

1 July
Entries open, 2020 Australian International Olive Awards

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

31 July 
Entries close, 2020 Royal Adelaide Show Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Table Olives Competition – Adelaide, SA  

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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