29 January 2021

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Heat is more dangerous than the cold in most Australian regions. About 2 per cent of deaths in Australia between 2006 and 2017 were associated with the heat, and the estimate increases to more than 4 per cent in the northern and central parts of the country. In fact, Australian death records underestimate the association between heat and mortality at least 50-fold and chronic heat stress is also under-reported.

Topping the list in one 10-year study was “animal and horticultural workers”, while another rates agriculture among the industries with greater risk. There’s plenty of summer left, so heed the reminder and take care when working in the heat.
The Darling River in January 2021 at Kinchega National Park in Menindee. (Supplied: Paul Oxenham)

A ban on pumping from the Barwon-Darling River has been partially lifted, 12 days after the rule was introduced. The rule, part of the NSW Government's Barwon-Darling Unregulated Water-Sharing Plan, requires A, B and C class licence holders to stop pumping when the flow at Wilcannia has been less than 200 megalitres for 90 days.

And while we’re on water …

There is a spring in the step of irrigators in southern New South Wales who are growing summer crops like rice for the first time in three years. Irrigators in the Murrumbidgee Valley were recently given a full water allocation for the first time since 2016.

We hope this means olive growers have also got plenty of water this year.
New seasonal worker agreement made between Tasmania and Victoria

Seasonal workers from the Pacific Islands will be allowed into Victoria under special quarantine arrangements under a deal struck between the Victorian and Tasmanian State Governments.
The arrangement will see Tasmania quarantine the 1,500 workers for two weeks before they are allowed onto Victorian farms, while Victoria will meet Tasmania's 330-person commitment for returned travellers in Melbourne hotels.
  • The cost of the workers’ program will be shared by industry and the Victorian Government, with further details still to be announced. You can read the program release here.
Investigating what makes general surveillance work
General surveillance requires a systems-thinking approach.

With biosecurity risks increasing and finite resources available to manage them, general surveillance is becoming an increasingly important part of Australia’s biosecurity surveillance. General surveillance involves people from all walks of life participating in gathering and reporting information about the presence of pests, weeds and diseases. 
The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) has been exploring general surveillance in its ongoing ‘Making general surveillance work’ project.
Read more here.
COVID restrictions: stay informed

It’s important to keep up with the changing status of pandemic regulations across the country, so you can access state-specific information on COVID-19 from the links below: 

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Seasonal shift: Dry River in south-east NSW, as seen in December 2019 and a year later. (Supplied: Emma Banyer)

A year ago, Canberra was surrounded by fire and smoke. The city had just sweated through its hottest year on record and the region was in drought. The past month was a stark contrast. Temperatures have been high this week but summer, to date, has been wet and wintry. Canberra is green rather than the dry yellow of 2019. So why is this happening in a warming planet? (And yes, it is still warming: 2020 was the fourth-hottest year on record.)

And that’s not all it’s bringing …
William Henderson has helped his mum rid their house of hundreds of mice and rats. (Supplied: Emma Henderson)

A "carpet" of mice has blanketed parts of New South Wales, with farmers and townspeople working tirelessly to keep the rodents at bay. The mouse population has been on the rise in Merriwa in the Upper Hunter, extending to Tamworth and Moree in New England and into Queensland.
More rain means more vegetation and an explosion in rabbit numbers.
(Supplied: Anne Young/Centre for Invasive Species Solutions)

Clint Taylor, who works for Bush Heritage Australia at Bon Bon Station — a former sheep property that is almost the size of Sydney — is all too familiar with the destruction rabbits can cause. In 2019 the organisation and the station, based near Roxby Downs in South Australia's far north, was awarded a $10,000 grant through the local Natural Resource Management Board to undertake rabbit mapping and control.
VIC: Digital Harvest – training to take your agri-business online
LaTrobe Business School, in partnership with Agriculture Victoria, is delivering a 12-week program on how to take agri-food businesses online. Digital Harvest will cover a number of topics, including agribusiness development, sales, retail, e-commerce, digital leadership and strategy, analytics, SEO/SEM, email marketing and social media.
  • 13 online workshops delivered over 12 weeks; running for two hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6-8pm
  • On-boarding session Wednesday, 10 February
  • Program concludes on Friday, 30 April 
  • Free for participants and open to agri-businesses in Victoria.
Online registrations close at midday on Thursday, 4 February. More information here or email accelerator@latrobe.edu.au
SA: Export Market Development Masterclass
The Export Market Development Masterclass series provides practical and actionable export insights and guidance for export success. Delivered over three two-hour online sessions, the Masterclass explores and explains the different characteristics of key export markets to identify North Asia markets (Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and China) with the highest potential to deliver sales growth for your business.
All content is specific to the food and beverage and agribusiness sectors and will be tailored to key product categories represented by participating businesses. Participants will receive access to the Food South Australia Export Plan Builder Toolkit to prepare their market strategy.
The Masterclass is suitable for SA food and beverage businesses who are existing exporters and want to enter or expand in the North Asia markets, or for businesses re-entering exporting with a focus on these markets. 
Details: 15, 17 and 19 February 2021, 10.00am to 12 noon. Participation is free. Register here or contact SA Food and Beverage Export Hub Manager Annabel Mugford - annabel@foodsa.com.au or 8303 9435 - for more information.
New and extended IFAM flights  
The International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) continues to provide new and extended flights for export freight, including a new focus on key Asian markets.
Routes announced this week include: (new) Adelaide to Singapore, Brisbane to Ho Chi Minh City 
a, Perth to Taipei via Narita, Melbourne to Bangkok and Sydney to Los Angeles (extended) Brisbane to Dubai, Melbourne to Los Angeles and Perth to Singapore.
Contact your preferred freight forwarder to access available flights. 
For more information and flight details, visit the IFAM webpage or download the IFAM Flight Schedule Outbound.
AOA Healthy Soils Field Days – have you registered?
There’s just a little over two weeks now until the first of the AOA’s Healthy Soils Field Days program, running during February and March in major production regions across all states.
Each field day focuses on the role of healthy soils in producing healthy trees and lifting grove productivity. Presented in the grove, the information will cover a wide range of topics around soil health, from identifying and managing soil issues to monitoring and improving both soil and tree health. Along with expert speakers, each program will involve a panel of specialist service providers who will demonstrate and discuss the latest technology to monitor, test and measure vital soil parameters and tree health.
Dates and venues:
14 February - Lentara Grove, Exeter, TAS
21 February - Lisadurne Hill Olives, Rushworth, VIC
28 February - Peninsula Providore Farm - Nangkita Olive Grove, Tooperang SA
7 March - Hunters Dream Estate, Pokolbin NSW
14 March - aFthonia Farms, Hampton (via Toowoomba), QLD
28 March - Preston Valley Grove, Lowden (via Donnybrook) WA
Cost* is $40 incl GST for AOA members and levy payers; $50 incl GST for others.
* Tickets will be refunded where a Field Day needs to be re-scheduled to due COVID. Where possible, the decision to cancel will be made at least 7 days prior to the scheduled date.

The full program for each field day, including speaker and venue details, is available on the OliveBiz website here, where you can also register. 

This one day of learning how to care for your soil will repay you, your grove and your business for years to come. Don’t miss out, register now!
This project has been 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.
Webinar: Seasonal farm work for international students 

Do you know international students looking for work? Seasonal work in agriculture can fit around studies and this webinar can help them find out what the jobs are like and where to apply.
Facilitated by Agriculture Victoria, Outcome.life, Study Melbourne Career Catalyst and OnePassport, the webinar is being run at 4pm (AEDT) on Thursday, 28 January and will explain what seasonal work actually is. Speakers will come from speakers from across the industry, including Agriculture Victoria, fruit and vegetable producers and students who have already taken up a seasonal work opportunity.
All employment opportunities promoted are compliant with FairWork Australia guidelines.
Find out more here.
New Zealand
COVID postpones 2021 Processing Practices Course 

Limitations and requirements for international visitors around the COVID-19 pandemic mean that, despite the scheduled roll-out of vaccinations, the situation for international visitors other than from Australia is unlikely to improve in the near future.
The Olives NZ executive has therefore concluded that the proposed 2021 Processing Practices Course with Pablo Canamasas cannot be scheduled.
On a positive note, it is hoped that the 2021 NZ EVOO Awards Judging Panel will include two Australian judges, even if this occurs remotely.
We’ll update on both events throughout the year, and as/if the situation changes.
Eighty-three percent of the sugar found in olive pits can be efficiently retrieved and, thanks to the high quality of the raw material extracted, it can then be used in several different industrial processes. Researchers at the University of Jaén has devised a new method they believe will appeal to the food and pharmaceutical industry as well as the biofuels sector.

This swap works surprisingly well for certain types of baked goods - however, there are some instances when olive oil simply won't do the trick. Baking swaps can be tricky, so it's best to know the ins and outs of ingredients before making adjustments. If you've ever baked an olive oil cake and liked the results, you might want to explore other baking recipes where olive oil can be used, but is the swap a straightforward one?

We love that they always choose EVOO for baking and cooking. Would be keen to hear readers’ experiences on whether you’ve successfully substituted EVOO for butter in recipes which call for creaming.
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As the 2020 harvest draws to an end in Greece, data released by the European Commission reveal a mediocre season of olive oil production with a projected output of around 265,000 tons.
Other estimates, though, predict a lower total of 230,000 to 240,000 tons.
A farmer in Longnan, Gansu province, harvests olives in October. [Photo provided to China Daily] 

The processing industry is helping to raise rural incomes. Hou Liqiang reports from Longnan, Gansu:
Though still regarded as a newcomer to China, the olive tree is nicknamed the "premier's tree" because Premier Zhou Enlai introduced the Mediterranean native in 1964. That year, Zhou not only promoted the importation of about 10,000 olive trees from Albania, but also planted one in Kunming, capital of Yunnan province.
What's On

14 February
Healthy Soils Field Day - Exeter, TAS

21 February
Healthy Soils Field Day - Rushworth, VIC

28 February
Healthy Soils Field Day - Tooperang SA

7 March
Healthy Soils Field Day - Hunter Valley NSW

14 March
Healthy Soils Field Day, Hampton (via Toowoomba), QLD

21 March
Olives NZ AGM (Zoom)

23-25 March
Soil CRC Participants Conference

28 March
Healthy Soils Field Day - Lowden (via Donnybrook) WA

5 April
Entries close, Berlin Global Olive Oil Awards – Berlin, Germany

7 May
Entries close, OLIVE JAPAN 2021 International Olive Oil Competition

15 May
Registrations close/samples due, EVO IOOC – Palmi, Italy

18-19 May
Farm2Plate Exchange 2021 – Scenic Rim, Qld

25 May
Winners announced, OLIVE JAPAN 2021 International Olive Oil Competition

7-9 June 
Hort Connections 2021 – Brisbane, Qld

2 August
Entries open, Hunter Olive Show

3 September
Entries close, Hunter Olive Show

7 October
Awards night, Hunter Olive Show

15-17 October
2021 National Olive Conference & Trade Exhibition - Devonport, Tasmania

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