Friday 24 August 2018

Brought to you by  Australian & New Zealand Olivegrower & Processor
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A 50-minute German lecture becoming a viral hit on YouTube might sound unusual, but the title of the talk by Karin Michels, the director of the Institute for Prevention and Tumor Epidemiology at the University of Freiburg and a professor at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, has caused a bit of a stir online.
Aust-NZ agreement to build biosecurity capabilities
A unique and valuable biosecurity system is something Australia and New Zealand have in common. Now we also share an agreement that will help protect it. Last month both countries announced an agreement to co-operate on trials of innovative technologies to improve both countries' biosecurity operations. The Trans-Tasman Cooperation on Biosecurity Risk Detection Technology will mean that new X-ray technologies being trialled in Australia could be used both here and in New Zealand. Read more...

And this is why:
Passenger caught with 800+ hidden plants, bulbs and seeds
X-ray reveals plants, bulbs and seeds that a man attempted to smuggle into Australia.
Biosecurity officers at Perth airport recently thwarted a significant biosecurity threat. A man was found to be carrying plants, bulbs and seeds, despite telling officers that he only had honey and oregano to declare. The officers found a large amount of plant material in the passenger’s suitcases and pockets, including seeds and fresh plants with roots and soil still attached. In total, 844 plants, bulbs and seeds were found, plus eight packets of undeclared flower seeds and two packets of rice.
On Saturday, August 11, Greg and Clare Gibson of Gibson’s Grove were invited to showcase their products at the Grape, Grain and Graze Festival (Wine and Food Festival) at Sydney Showground at Olympic Park in Sydney.
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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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Hort Innovation Review of Performance
The independent Review of Performance on Hort Innovation has been released and Hort Innovation has responded to all 14 recommendations of review. The review highlights what Hort Innovation is doing well and what it can improve, and provided an opportunity for stakeholder feedback on the organisation’s performance and collaborative opportunities to advance horticulture across Australia.
Hort Innovation thanks all who took part in the review. 
View the review and Hort Innovation's response on the Hort innovation website here, and contact with any queries.
Vic: Free energy audits
Farmers who have spent more than $8000/year on energy can apply for free on-farm energy assessments under the new $30m Agriculture Energy Investment Plan. Funding is ongoing until March 2020 or until expended. More information here
Rural Women’s Award
Online applications for the 2019 AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award open Monday, 3 September, and close on 31 October 2018. A bursary of $10K is available to each state and territory winner. More information here.
Register now for 2018 AOA National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition
Registration is now open for the 2018 AOA National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition, being held in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales on 18-20 October. The packed program of plenary and field sessions aims to provide information and skills on a broad range of topics, relevant to people at different stages and with varying business operations, with valuable practical take-homes for all participants.
Thursday, 18 & Friday, 19 October 2018; Saturday, 20 October - Optional Field Days/Workshops; Wagga Rules Club, Wagga Wagga, NSW 
Australian International Olive Awards Presentation Dinner – Friday, 19 October
Event accommodation: Quality Hotel Rules Club Wagga -
More information and register here –

Don’t miss the industry’s learning and networking event of the year – register now! And don’t forget, discounted AOA member rates apply.
WA Soil Health Field Day
The South West Olive Association and West Australian Olive Council are presenting a Soil Health Field Day on Saturday, 8 September at Sai Estate, Parkfield from 9.30am-2.30pm. Attendance is free for SWOA and WAOC members, $50 for non-members. RSVP or more information:
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
The first half of the year has passed already, with  Friday Olive Extracts (FOE) continuing 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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Entries open for 2018 Australian International Olive Awards 
Entries are open for the 2018 Australian International Olive Awards, with the chance to be named Champion EVOO and/or Table Olive of Show. Now in its second year with international status, the competition provides the opportunity for producers to benchmark their products against both Australian and international peers – and to showcase their winning EVOO and table olives to the world.
Key dates are: 
  • Entries now open
  • Entries close: September 21
  • Judging: 4-6 October, Adelaide
  • Awards Presentation Dinner: 19 October, Wagga Wagga, in conjunction with the 2018 National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition
More information and enter here.
New Zealand
Register now for 2018 ONZ Conference

The full program and registration form for the 2018 Olives NZ Conference are now available on the ONZ website. The Conference is being held in Masterton on Saturday, 13 October, with the NZ EVOO Awards Dinner held that evening and followed by a Field Day at Leafyridge Olive Grove on the Sunday.
Registrations close on 28 September, however the special accommodation rate applies only to bookings made before 14 September, so reserve your room now! Download the conference pack here.
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California Olive Ranch Inc. has planted 2,200 acres of olive trees this year, more than doubling what it planted for oil production last year. The Chico-based company reported last week that it has planted 3,200 acres of new olive trees in the past two years.

When I read “The Pesto Heresies” in a recent Wall Street Journal food section, I thought the article title was apt after perusing a couple of insanely complicated recipes for broccoli pesto and tomato pesto.

Another pesto recipe, you’re saying … this one’s noteworthy for its instruction regarding the quality of the olive oil. Consumers, take note!
Olive farmer Rocco Ciurlia sets fire to leaves and branches left behind after he cut away the dead parts of his family's trees. Photograph by Patricia Kühfuss.
In southern Italy, bacteria are ruining groves and uprooting traditions. But scientists and growers are fighting back.

17-Aug-2018 By Elizabeth Crawford

Three simple farming strategies, based in regenerative agriculture philosophy, could hold the key to the “ancient and ongoing” problem of soil degradation, which could be nearing a tipping point as the world’s population – and need for more food – continues to rise, according to one researcher.
Travellers looking for an interactive holiday and a true taste of rural living must visit Greece during the olive harvesting season of October to December and enjoy a unique immersive experience.

Spain’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has published the bulletins on the foreign trade of olive oil and olive pomace oil corresponding to the period between October and May of the 2017/18 campaign. According to the Ministry, exports of olive oil posted a turnover of more than 2 billion euros, thus remaining above average.

but …

After drought and disease clouded export forecasts, the Spanish government is optimistic that they are in an upswing. The same is not true for consumption though as research shows Spaniards are perpetually using less olive oil.
What's On

25 August – Awards presentation dinner, Australian Golden Olive Awards – NE VIC

27 August – Entries close, NZ Royal Easter Show Olive Oil Competition – NZ

5 September – Presentation dinner, 2018 Royal Adelaide Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA

8 September – SWOA/WAOC Soil Health Field Day – Parkfield, WA

14 September - Entries close, 2018 NZ EVOO Awards – New Zealand 

16 September
Presentation evening, 2018 Perth Royal Olive Awards – Perth, WA

16-21 September - Sol d'Oro Southern Hemisphere - Cape Town, South Africa

21 September - Entries close, 2018 Australian International Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA

21 September – Presentations, 2018 Spring Sydney Royal Fine Food Show Olive Oil Competition – Sydney, NSW

1-2 October
Olive Oil Sensory Master Course – Geelong, Vic

5 October – Entries close, 2018 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

8 October - Focus Grove Project Field Day – Northland, NZ

9 October - Focus Grove Project Field Day – Hawke’s Bay, NZ

10 October - Focus Grove Project Field Day – Canterbury, NZ

11 October - Focus Grove Project Field Day – Nelson, NZ

12 October - Focus Grove Project Field Day – Wairarapa, NZ

13 October - 2018 ONZ Conference and Awards Dinner – Masterton, NZ

14 October – Olives NZ grove visits – Wairarapa, NZ

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

19 October - Awards Presentation Dinner, 2018 Australian International Olive Awards - Wagga Wagga, NSW

22-26 October
Olive Oil Sommelier Course – Tuscany, Italy

9-12 November - Australian Biological Farming Conference and Expo 2018 – Gold Coast

9-12 November 
Australian Biological Farming Conference & Expo – Bilinga, QLD

15 November – Presentation dinner, 2018 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

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

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