30 October 2020

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Today's Top Story
An inflatable person is used in a dingo enclosure as part of the research into non-lethal control. (Supplied: Bradley Smith).

Those wacky, inflatable, arm-flailing tube people may be the solution to keeping dingoes away from farms and livestock. A study led by CQ University psychologist Bradley Smith has found large inflatable people could be used to keep dingoes away from farms in a non-lethal manner.

We’re wondering if they’d work for deer, wallabies and other olive-munching critters?
Challenge rewarded: Jude Cazaly of Flinders Island Olives has won an international award, despite nearly not picking this year due to COVID-19 restricting harvest helpers. Picture: supplied.

Retirement means something entirely different to Flinders Island olive oil producer Jude Cazaly. Ms Cazaly retired to Flinders Island after a decorated career in education in Melbourne, but instead of sipping cocktails on a beach enjoying her newfound freedom, Ms Cazaly and her friend found a new pursuit - growing olives.

The AIOA media coverage keeps coming … and don’t miss our feature coverage of the 2020 major award winners in future editions of Olivegrower & Processor.
Farmers & tourism operators call for the return of backpackers 

The NFF and the Backpacker and Youth Tourism Advisory Panel (BYTAP) have called for a three-phased approach to safely resume the flow of backpackers to Australia to help with the immediate labour shortage impacting Australian agriculture, specifically those felt by the horticulture, cotton, grains and dairy sectors.
Read more here.

And meanwhile …

Unemployed Australians say they are struggling to get farm work and are dismissed as ‘lazy’ by employers, despite the industry complaining of a massive shortfall in workers.
Got something to sell, or want to buy? Go direct to your target market – olive growers and producers – like Karen, who’s got Dorica bottles for sale, and Carlo, who’s selling 2020 bulk virgin olive oil
If you’ve got something industry-related to sell, you can reach your target market directly with Olivebiz Classifieds. Our online Classifieds service is an easy and inexpensive solution to advertising your unwanted equipment, extra oil - or even your grove. Karen has Dorica bottles for sale, and Carlo is selling 2020 bulk virgin olive oil, so they came to us to help spread the word. 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 associates – the most likely to have what you need.
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Australia's climate is highly variable from year to year. Much of this variability relates to the oscillation between El Niño and La Niña events, known as the El Niño — Southern Oscillation (ENSO). The ENSO is a major seesaw in ocean temperature, air pressure and rainfall patterns between the Australian/Indonesian region and the eastern Pacific Ocean.

A really interesting overview of forecast weather patterns, no matter where in Australia you live. And while we’re on weather patterns …
For three years, Kate Hook watched as the only source of water for her and her kids slowly vanished. The dam in her backyard, on the outskirts of Orange in central New South Wales, went from overflowing into her neighbour’s property, to a puddle so small she could jump over it.

While many of our readers experienced it first-hand, this is a must-read feature on the impact of the recent three-year drought on Australian communities.
The NSW Government wants to add an extra 650 gigalitres of storage to Wyangala Dam near Cowra, doubling its capacity. (Supplied: Water NSW).

The New South Wales Government has been accused of pursuing a $650 million dam expansion to help mines in the state's Central West. An Upper House committee is holding its first public hearing as part of an inquiry into the rationale and justification for building and expanding dams in rural NSW.
Have your say on an Australian geographical indication right

The Australian Government is consulting on the development of a possible new Australian Geographical Indication right as part of negotiations for the Australia European Union Free Trade Agreement. It’s keen to hear from Australian businesses making food or beverages with an interest in Australia’s Geographical Indication (GI) regulatory framework and is seeking industry, business and community views on key policy considerations. Consultation closes 30 November – find out more and have your say here.
OSA Tasting Course celebrates 2020 olive harvest
Olives South Australia and the WEA are running a 2020 EVOO Tasting Course with Trudie Michels, 2020 Royal Adelaide Show Chief EVOO Judge and AIOA Chief Steward.
The session will feature new season’s medal-winning Extra Virgin Olive Oils, exploring and tasting the unique qualities of over 10 different styles. Participants will learn how to tell them apart by smell and taste, to recognise different olive oil characteristics and learn what to look for in a great olive oil. Open to consumers and industry alike, this is a unique opportunity to learn from the best about the best.
Saturday, 7 November, 11am-1:30pm – WEA, 223 Angas St, Adelaide SA
Cost: $54 per person
WEA session code is 07089 - enrol here.
Host an AgDay Long Table Lunch

National Agriculture Day celebrates the everyday extraordinary efforts of our farmers, who have had Australians’ back during COVID-19, continuing to grow the food and fibre we all depend on. This year’s event is keeping it local, with Australians everywhere encouraged to host an AgDay Long Table Lunch.
On Friday, 20 November, get the family, your workplace and/or the community together, fold out the picnic table and chairs, and raise cheers to all that is good about Australian agriculture and the people behind it.  
Register your event here, where you can also access information on the current COVID-19 limits on public gatherings in each state and territory, along with a guide to hosting a great Long Table Lunch. 
Webinar: Australia’s Free Trade Advantage
Join this webcast to hear Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham and other trade leaders discuss Australia’s free trade agreements (FTAs) and what they mean for your business, jobs and growth and Australia’s economy. There will be a spotlight on Australia’s FTA with the USA, along with the launch of the Free Trade Advantage e-learning platform.
Details: 2 November, 11:30am-12:30pm AEDT. Free. Register here.
OSA 2020 AGM
The 2020 Olives South Australia AGM will be held at 6pm on Wednesday, 18 November at the Halifax Café, 187 Halifax Street, Adelaide.
The AGM will be followed by drinks, a light meal and an opportunity to network with the Board and OSA members. New members are most welcome to attend and join.
More information and AGM Agenda here.
For catering purposes, please indicate attendance to President Michael Johnston at mj@johnstons.net.au or on 0419815839.
Webinar: Wild pollinators and beneficial insects

This webinar will help you learn about the contribution native pollinators and beneficial insects make to your farm and the environment, and what you can do on your property to encourage these important invertebrates.
Keynote speakers include Australian National University's Dr Julian Brown and Professor Saul Cunningham, who will discuss the role and habitat needs of native bees. Wild Pollinator Count's Karen Retra will discuss identifying wild pollinators and their role on your farm.
The webinar will include various breakout sessions and a Q&A to finish up.
Details: 10am-12noon (AEDT) on Thursday, 12 November. RSVP online by Wednesday, 11 November here.

Worldwide olive oil production will be somewhat lower than consumption in the 2020 season. With current estimates suggesting production of around 3.11 million tons of olive oil and 3.14 million tons expected to be consumed, there could finally be some good news for producers, according to the international consultant Juan Vilar.

(Jordan) The Food and Drug Administration recently seized 85 cans of adulterated olive oil, prompting the General Syndicate of Olive Oil Producers and Press Owners to call on authorities and citizens to “protect Jordanian olive oil, which is known as one of the best in the region and worldwide”.

This is really concerning: oil which after several months ‘changes its colour to red’.

A UK grower is closing in on domestic production of figs, olives and even citrus. Essex grower Peter Thompson has been trialling a selection of non-traditional British crops in recent years, with his work landing him a Special Merit Award from the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers.

Who’d have thunk it?
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Engineer in the impoverished Gaza Strip uses leftover olive pomace to make fuel pellets Palestinians use olive oil pomace to make clean energy.

Cheaper than other fuel options AND re-using waste products. Win-win.

Early seasonal prices have reached €3.80 per kilo while the lack of foreign workers has prevented some harvesting activities in Greece.

Olive oil has ridden a wave of increasing popularity, in part due to growing awareness around the healthfulness of the Mediterranean Diet. However, the product also remains broadly misunderstood because of misconceptions about its appropriate uses and recurring reports about olive oil that is “counterfeit” or improperly labeled as “extra virgin” when it’s not.

Interesting article on markets, pricing and the importance of consumer education.
What's On

7 November
OSA-WEA EVOO Tasting Course – Adelaide, SA

18 November
OSA 2020 AGM – Adelaide, SA

20 November
2020 National Agriculture Day – Australia


23-25 March
Soil CRC Participants Conference

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

7-9 June 
Hort Connections 2021 – Brisbane, Qld

October TBC 
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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