13 December 2019

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Today's Top Story
"Olive growing is now a sustainable strategy against climate change," said Abdellatif Ghedira, the Executive Director of the IOC, in a message to participants at the Olive4Climate conference, organised by the University of Perugia.
Dale and Ange Bowles with their prestigious silver medal.
The silver and green olive leaves at Moama’s Murray Gums Estate are not the only things shining, after the business added another medal to its growing collection … it was the owners’ special care and consideration for the olive oil-making process that led Murray Gums to take out a silver medal at one of the newest and most comprehensive olive oil and table olive competitions in the world.

The AIOA media coverage keeps on coming …
AOA Xmas closure dates
It’s been a big year of action and activity for the AOA team so, with Xmas and the New Year not far away, it’s time for the organisation’s annual break. 
The administration and executive office will close for the year at COB today and re-open on 29 January 2020. Emails will be checked sporadically throughout this period but if you’ve got anything urgent to chase up, or want a clean slate on your unpaid Membership fees in the new year, send an email or phone now before the answering machine goes on - Liz Bouzoudis, secretariat@australianolives.com.au or 0478 606 145.

Note: Friday Olive Extracts will continue to be published next week, then will take a shorter break and return to your Inbox on 17 January.
Fire preparedness for farmers

The current devastating fire situation in NSW is a sobering reminder of the increasing risk of bushfire across Australia. The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has worked with farmers to create the Farm Fire Plan to help manage fire risks on your land. It’s a great step-by-step resource which will help getting ready for a bush fire easier than you think – and could save you, your family and your livelihood.
Create your Farm Fire Plan here
There’s also practical information around managing life around and after bushfires from the NSW Farmers Association here.
Need equipment but can’t find it? Or prefer a ‘pre-loved’ model? Or maybe you’ve got something you’ve loved/used but now don’t need. Either way, you can reach your target market - olive growers and producers - through the OliveBiz Classifieds
The Olivebiz Classifieds is 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. 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 – and check out the Gwydir Grove auction details here. It’s on 9-11 December, so check out the catalogue now and make your bid.
Australia needs to overcome a $40 billion shortfall in agricultural productivity over the next decade, but it’s not an impossible task. When the National Farmers’ Federation called for Australia’s agricultural production value to increase to $100 billion per annum by 2030, a few were left scratching their heads. 
How could it possibly be done? After all, it can’t be said that the sector doesn’t have its challenges.
Workplace Wellbeing Guide launched
Workplace wellbeing is essential for businesses to thrive, so Business SA has produced the Small Business Workplace Wellbeing Guide. The guide is designed in two parts, with the first section dedicated to the small business owner and the second providing easy and inexpensive tips on how to build a healthy and safe working culture for your team. 
Find out more and access the guide online here.
Soil CRC Project opportunity

As a major partner of The Soil CRC (Co-operative Research Centre for High Performance Soils), Southern Cross University is looking to bridge the gap between soil scientists and farmers. If your local farming group is interested in soil-related research, they’re keen to hear from you. Applications for the next round of Soil CRC projects are closing soon, so contact the Regenerative Agriculture Alliance team for more information - raa@scu.edu.au
Learn more about the Water Efficiency Program
Past information webinars on the Water Efficiency Program are now available to watch online.
Did you miss attending one of the Water Efficiency Program webinars? You can learn about eligibility requirements and how to register via videos of the past information webinars which have been posted on YouTube.
The Australian Government is funding $1.5 billion in water-saving projects across the Murray-Darling Basin to help water users increase efficiency and improve productivity. These Water Efficiency Program projects will help water users modernise their infrastructure, with their water savings being returned to the environment.
Find our more here.
Seasonal Worker Programme short harvest trial
A trial within the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) is being undertaken so that crops with shorter harvest periods can access these highly motivated workers from our Pacific neighbours and East Timor. Growers of commodities such as cherries and apples have found it difficult to use the SWP because their seasons are too short to be able to comply with requirements. A new pilot has been made available to a number of Approved Employers, in specific areas, to see if relaxed requirements can broaden the number of horticulture commodities that can use these workers.
Find out more here.
Free tomorrow? Hone your pruning skills and help restore an industry treasure
Olives SA’s third pruning day at the National Olive Variety Assessment collection (NOVA) site, part of the University of Adelaide’s Roseworthy campus, is happening tomorrow – and they’d love to see you there!
With experts on hand to advise beginners, the pruning days are a great opportunity to learn more about olive tree pruning or just spend a few hours with like-minded people helping with the restoration work. They’ll be starting at 10am, break for lunch and a chat at 12.30, then give it away at about 3pm. There will be plenty of jobs for everybody - pruning, tidying and chipping.
The grove is located on Mudla Wirra Road, Wasleys, around 50kms north of Adelaide.
If you’re keen to take part, please call OSA President Michael Johnson on 0419 815 839 so he knows you’re coming. BYO hat, gloves, boot and gaiters, chainsaw and other pruning gear (plus water and lunch), and you’re sure of a great welcome. 

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) is in the process of reviewing the list of European Union products currently facing tariffs as a result of the Airbus subsidies dispute.
“As soon as you pluck the olive, the clock starts ticking,” says Alfonso. “You have only 24 hours to process it into olive oil”. Yet here at Almazaras de la Subbética, a co-operative in Andalucía, that’s enough time to produce one of the world’s best olive oils.

Spain’s National Institute of Agricultural and Food Research (INIA) will host a forum on the prevention of Xylella fastidiosa, specifically focussing on the impact of climate change on the spread of the pathogen.

Nearly one-third of all the olive oil produced globally over the past half-decade has come from the Picual variety, according to statistics compiled and published by the industry analyst, Juan Vilar, and his consulting agency.
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
With 2019 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 heart attack is a condition that affects a third of the world’s population today. While it can be avoided, or the risk reduced through a good diet, olive oil is one ingredient that has been proven to reduce the risk of this condition.

03-Dec-2019 By Mary Ellen Shoup

Consumers are increasingly factoring in a product's sustainability attributes into their purchasing behavior and 73% of consumers surveyed by Nielsen say they are willing to change their consumption habits to reduce their environmental impact.

Producers in Argentina are expecting a better harvest this year as they look to a new government to spur more exports.

22-Nov-2019 By Natasha Spencer

The free-from movement, minimally-processed food and clean labeling trends are heavily influencing consumer demands for nutrient-filled diets.
What's On

10 January 10
Entries close, Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition – LA, USA

20-24 January
Olive Oil Sommelier Certification Program – London, UK

7-8 February 
Sensory Masterclass – Geelong, Vic

9-12 February
World Congress on Oils & Fats – Sydney, Australia

29 February 
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – Campbell Town TAS

6 March 
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – University Adelaide Waite Campus SA

14-15 April 
Olives NZ Processing Practices Course – Auckland, NZ

15 April 
Olives NZ Judging EVOO and Flavoured Oils Course – Auckland, NZ 

23-25 April
2020 London International Olive oil Competitions – London, UK

2020 NYIOOC – New York, USA

15-17 June
Hort Connections – Brisbane, Qld

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

September TBA
World Team Tasting Championship

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

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

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