13 September 2019

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Today's Top Story
Letetia Ware leaves court in handcuffs after being sentenced to 11 months in jail. (ABC News) 
A Tasmanian woman who put Australia's agricultural sector at risk by illegally importing garlic bulbs marked as "office supplies" to avoid detection will spend at least two months in jail.
Australia
Rating: Extra virgin olive oil is currently ranked as a category 3 in the Health Star Rating system but the Australian olive industry would like to see that upgraded through an improved assessment calculator. 

Olive oil is getting short-changed within Australia's Health Star Rating (HSR) system despite a five year review of the program. It's prompted the Australian Olive Association (AOA) to call for a regulated exemption of edible oils from the HSR system.

More great coverage of the issue from the AOA’s recent media release.
Have you had your say on the unfair Health Star Rating System?
Research has proven that EVOO is healthier than refined oils like canola oil and sunflower oil, even though these oils rank healthier than Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the current system. Cooking oils therefore need to be removed from the Health Star Rating System and time is running out to have your say.
If you agree the problem needs to be fixed, help make this happen by signing the petition and leaving a comment that you think edible oils should be removed from the Health Star Rating System and why.
Sign the petition here.

Let’s make this happen – have your say now!
09-Sep-2019 By Guan Yu Lim
 
Australian ‘health and wellness’ products including functional foods, supplements and personalised nutrition, along with more sustainable products such as alternative protein, will become a AU$25bn billion market by 2030, according to new data. 
Messages were sent to my mobile tipping me off about the fraudulent delivery. (ABC News: Rebecca Trigger) 
"Ping" went my phone, late one night. A message from my phone company saying my order was on its way. That's weird, I thought. I didn't recall ordering anything. It was the first sign I'd lost control of my identity - and as it turns out I'm probably never getting it back.

An important reminder of the risks of our connected world – and a great reason to make sure you’re there for Glenn Makowski’s presentation at the 2019 National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition, ‘Cybersecurity – Keeping You and Your Business Safe’. See the program and register here .
Victorian Plant Quarantine Manual goes digital 

The movement into Victoria of plants, plant products, equipment and soil may be subject to a prohibition, or to one or more conditions which may include chemical treatments. Agriculture Victoria's Plant Quarantine Manual provides details of all requirements for the movement into Victoria of plants, plant materials and related items. An interactive online version of the manual is ready to replace the current ‘hard copy’ manual and is currently being trialed – access and provide feedback here.
AOA action on water market trading

The AOA is taking action on the current issues with the Australian water market, collaborating with other horticultural industries in a letter sent to Minister for Water Resources David Littleproud. 
The combined industries have drawn the Minister’s attention to the ongoing unconscionable conduct by some water traders and brokers that is undermining the integrity of the southern Murray-Darling Basin water market, and is pushing water prices beyond market fairness. The letter requests that immediate action be taken to create a fair water market and also that the various industry representatives be given the opportunity to meet with the Minister in regard to the issues raised.
Olive growers using irrigation in electorates in the Murray Darling Basin are also urged to contact their local members requesting their support for a fairer water market.
Margi’s got packaging consumables, and Peter has olive equipment, that they no longer have use for – so they’re offering it for sale directly to their target market – OLIVE GROWERS AND PRODUCERS
Changes in circumstance mean producers sometimes have equipment and supplies they no longer need, so a great solution is to find someone who does. It’s easy to get together and do a deal through the OliveBiz Classifieds – 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. Like Margi and Peter, who are selling packaging consumables and olive equipment respectively. 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.
National survey on Horticulture Award 

A National Survey is currently underway, providing the opportunity to have your say on changes to the Horticulture Award. The survey aims to capture impacts of changes to the Horticulture Award that came into effect in April, including overtime entitlements.

And some industry opinion on the issue …

The horticulture industry is at a breaking point. Hardworking, law abiding, and award paying growers are being pressured to a point that their businesses are being severely compromised to service and be profitable. Some are seriously considering exiting the industry.
Opportunities
Export Hubs Initiative open
 
The second round of the Small and Medium (SME) Export Hubs Initiative is now open, allowing SMEs to access opportunities to co-operate and collaborate with businesses in their region, develop collective branding, leverage infrastructure, utilise existing knowledge to improve local export capacity, access global supply chains, encourage business growth and create local jobs. 
There is $11.9 million in funding available under Round 2 on a dollar-for-dollar basis and projects must conclude by 30 June 2022. Stage 1 expressions of interest close on 19 September, with Stage 2 applications expected to open in mid-November and close on 17 December. 
More information and application forms here www.business.gov.au.
Events
After months of planning, Registration is now open for the 2019 AOA National Olive Conference & Trade Exhibition, being held in Albury NSW, 17-19 October. This year’s focus is ‘Healthy groves, healthy businesses’ and the packed program is aimed at getting attendees and all aspects of their business in good shape. The information and skills shared will cover a broad range of topics relevant to producers at all stages and with varying business operations, with valuable practical take-homes.
The two-day plenary program includes the annual Conference Dinner and is followed by an optional ‘Super Saturday Workshops & More’ program. See the full program here.

Don’t miss the industry event of the year – Register now .

The Trade Exhibition will feature a range of leading olive industry suppliers and service providers. This is the ideal time to review your business needs and discover the latest olive product innovations, with experts on hand to nut out the fine detail. Check out the list of conference exhibitors here.
The National Olive Conference & Trade Exhibition is facilitated through the Hort Innovation Olive Fund. It is partially funded by Hort Innovation using the olive R&D levy, with in-kind contributions from the Australian Olive Association and funding from the Australian Government. The event is also supported by Destination NSW and a range of industry sponsors and exhibitors.
New Zealand

Last year, the European Union (EU) launched negotiations for a comprehensive free trade agreement (FTA) with New Zealand. This was seen as a bold step that may significantly boost trade and investment between the two parties.
International

The Court of Justice of the European Union found that Italy had failed to fulfill two of its obligations under the European Commission decision to prevent the spread of the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa. 

And now …
Aerial image of olive groves in Puglia, southern Italy, showing two varieties of olive trees, some infected with Xylella fastidiosa (left) and some resistant to the disease. Photograph: Charles Onians/AFP/Getty Images.
A deadly disease estimated to have killed a million olive trees in Italy has spread to France. The French agriculture ministry announced the discovery of the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa, known as olive tree leprosy, on two trees in the south of the country and said the infected trees would be destroyed to stop it spreading.

Tim Francone was 8 years old and living in Palm Springs when the Annenberg estate in Rancho Mirage was being built in the 1960s. On Wednesday morning, he was behind the pink wall helping with the olive harvest as one of 100 community volunteers taking advantage of a rare opportunity to walk the estate.

Community picking days are a fantastic way of introducing and connecting consumers to EVOO. There’s coverage of a recent sell-out Tasmanian event in the September edition of Olivegrower & Processor, hitting letterboxes any day now. Not a subscriber? You can do so here .
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.
And please remember that FOE is YOUR e-newsletter, so we’re keen to receive your news and help spread the word. Just email your information to Editor Gerri Nelligan at  editor@olivegrower.com.au - it’s free, and the best way to reach your fellow industry members!

Heavy rains and hail have severely damaged nearly 1,000 acres of olive trees in Arganda del Rey, a small municipality outside of Madrid. Nearly all of the damaged trees belong to small-scale family producers. The Association of Young Farmers and Ranchers (Asaja) said that olive oil production is estimated to be 90% lower this year as a result.

28-Aug-2019 By Flora Southey 

Without a national or EU-wide ban on herbicide glyphosate, a number of mayors in France are attempting to limit its use within their communities. 

Olive oil producers in the province of Buenos Aires have stalled in an effort to create a stamp of quality - similar to a Protected Designation of Origin - which would identify locally produced extra virgin olive oil and potentially increase the price at which it is sold.
David Malosh for The New York Times. Food Stylist: Vivian Lui.
This golden cake makes a persuasive case for baking with olive oil; it is fragrant, peppery and not overly sweet, with an orange glaze that brings all the flavors together.

Only a few weeks remain until the olive harvest season begins in Greece, and the conditions seem favorable for a substantial crop with most olive oil producing territories rebounding from last year’s poor harvest.
What's On
2019

22-27 September
Sol d’Oro Southern Hemisphere – Tacna, Peru

24 September
2019 Taste of Excellence Awards, Sydney Fine Food Show – Sydney, NSW

4 October
Entries close, 2019 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

12 October
ONZ EVOO Awards Dinner – Wellington, NZ 

12 October
Awards dinner- West Australian Olive Awards 2019 - WA 

12 October
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop - South Australia

18 October
Presentation dinner, Australian International Olive Awards – Albury, NSW

16-19 October
2019 National Olive Industry Conference & Trade Exhibition – Albury, NSW

27 October
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – Hunter Valley, NSW

2 November
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – Tasmania

12-14 November
Food & Hotel China 2019 – Shanghai, China

14 November
Awards presentation, 2019 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

15 November
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – Toowoomba, Qld

22 November
Hort Innovation AGM – Sydney

26-28 November
SITEVI – Montpellier, France 

2020

7-8 February 
Sensory Masterclass – Geelong, Vic

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

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

To include your event, or update your existing event details, email FOE editor Gerri Nelligan at  editor@olivegrower.com.au
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