24 July 2020

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Today's Top Story
Brussels has blocked the UK from introducing tough new import controls to protect oaks and other favourite trees and shrubs from a devastating plant disease.
Thousands of Aussie kids are about to get a first-hand account of agriculture in action under a $4.75 million Australian Government program rolled out by state and territory farming bodies.

They won’t help solve the current temporary labour shortage but may be the enthusiastic olive growers of the future!
VIC: Eyes front for state prohibited weeds
With more water around at present, there are also more weeds, and Agriculture Victoria is asking all landowners to keep their eyes peeled for any state prohibited weeds growing on their properties. State prohibited weeds are the highest category of declared noxious weeds in Victoria: they either do not naturally occur in Victoria and/or are present in small numbers and can reasonably be expected to be eradicated. By reporting them, you can help the Ag Vic team detect and eradicate any infestations before they become widespread, protecting the environment and local agriculture.
There’s a whole bunch listed on the Ag Vic website here - take a look and then keep your eyes out around your property.
How water is used in the Murray–Darling Basin
The Murray-Darling Basin Authority has created a new animation and webpage explaining how water is used by many different agricultural industries in the Murray-Darling Basin. The information looks at water allocations to irrigators based on water availability and the varying rules and licences developed by different Basin state governments.
View the webpage here.
It was great to read this recent Facebook post by Australian Gourmet Gifts, providing consumers with useful – and factual – industry-sourced information on olive oil:
“Some of our hampers contain Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, but what is the difference between this style and other types? Here are the definitions of olive oil grades and what they all mean from the Australian Olive Association Ltd.”
Carlo has FRESH NEW SEASON’S EVOO FOR SALE and he’s letting you all know through the OliveBiz Classifieds
Supply needs change, as do harvest yields, so sometimes growers have more fruit or oil than they need – or are looking to top up their own supply. There’s sure to be someone out there who needs more, or has got too much, so let them know about it 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 Carlo, who’s got fresh, new season’s EVOO to sell 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.

Pantone 448 C, also referred to as "the ugliest colour in the world", is a colour in the Pantone colour system. Described as a "drab dark brown", it was selected in 2016 as the colour for plain tobacco and cigarette packaging in Australia, after market researchers determined that it was the least attractive colour. The Australian Department of Health initially referred to the colour as "olive green", but the name was changed after concerns were expressed by the Australian Olive Association.

Look no further than Wikipedia for more proof on the AOA’s ongoing pro-active representation of the industry! Renew your membership or join now to ensure their continuing work in building a sustainable and profitable future.
More help for financially-stressed farms

Further improvements to the Farm Household Allowance (FHA) have been made, operating from 11 June 2020. These improvements make it easier for farming families to apply for FHA and get the help they need to address the issues that are causing the stress - the cost or availability of water, market volatility, drought, or succession planning issues, just to name a few.
Find out more here.
Australian Trusted Trader program survey
The Australian Border Force has contracted research into potential benefits for exporters through the Australian Trusted Trader (ATT) program. The online survey is open to any business or individual with views on exporting - you don't need to be an existing Trusted Trader.
Trusted Trader exporters currently receive priority processing with eight overseas customs authorities and they want to know what else they could be doing to help with the export process. Findings from the survey, which takes around 15 minutes, will help inform the future of ATT and expand the range of benefits the program offers to exporters to help get goods to market.
Take part here.
Note: your details will not be collected as part of this survey if you do not consent to be contacted as part of any potential secondary information collection processes.
New IFAM flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Los Angeles
The International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) is currently supporting flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Los Angeles with Qantas. These are limited, one-off flights departing over the next two weeks, so book soon to avoid disappointment.
View the current IFAM flight schedule and associated information, and submit an EOI to access flights, here.
In addition to IFAM flights, alternative air freight options include domestic network flights, international repatriation flights and international commercial freight only flights. More information here.
2020 Hunter Olive Show cancelled
The Hunter Olive Association has announced with regret the cancellation of the 2020 Hunter Olive Show. Convenor Alan Smith provided the following information for our readers:
“With our limited resources and our dependence on volunteers, we judged it too risky to plunge ahead with the show. We also know that the potential for local Hunter entries is low this year.
“Whilst the Covid situation is increasingly becoming very uncertain for NSW, if we were to hold the judging and get an infection we would be putting a lot of people at risk. A significant number of those involved with the show are over 65 years, in the higher risk category.
“As well we do not want to ask our sponsors for funding in an environment where we are so uncertain.
“However on the upside we are planning a ‘mini-show’ combined with an olive oil appreciation training session. This will be essentially for our Hunter producers, especially newcomers to the industry.
“Such an arrangement is flexible: we can cancel it, defer it, or run it, on very short notice. This seems to better suit the unusual environment in which we find ourselves.
“The Hunter Olive Show will come roaring back in 2021!”
Webinar: e-Commerce opportunities in Singapore and SEA 

Gain insights into the South East Asia e-commerce ecosystem, understand the issues and challenges when shipping into the region, and learn about the opportunities in Singapore and South East Asia for Australian businesses to explore.
Details: 27 July, 2-3pm AEST – free.
More information and register here.
Last week to enter 2020 Royal Adelaide Show Olive Competition – don’t miss out!
There’s just one week left for entries for the 2020 Royal Adelaide Show Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Table Olives Competition, open to olive growers and producers across Australia. With classes for EVOO, flavoured oils and table olives, there are now 11 major awards for olive oil and 6 major awards for table olives on offer, including the new Best Mild, Medium and Robust Extra Virgin Olive Oils.
Closing date for entries is Friday, 31 July, with the deadline for receipt of samples Friday, 21 August.
More information and online entry forms here www.olivessouthaustralia.org.au or contact The Show Entries Team on (08) 8210 5211 or entries@adelaideshowground.com.au.
New Zealand
2020 Olives NZ Conference
Details of the Olives NZ 2020 Conference have been announced, with Wellington the destination and Saturday, 10 October the date to diarise. The venue is the Rydges Airport Hotel, where the 2020 NZ EVOO Awards Dinner will also be held on the Saturday night. 
The program includes:
  • Focus Grove Project - Stuart Tustin
  • Good Agricultural Practices - Damien Farrelly, NZGAP Manager, Hort NZ
  • Organics; benefits, process - Donald Nordeng, Chief Executive Officer for BioGro NZ
  • Grower Profile - Ray Gregory, Kakariki, Nelson
  • Social Media Marketing - Mike Kotlyar, @consult
The Wairarapa Field Day will be on Friday 9th October, making for an information-packed two-day event package.
Conference registration is $200 for the first attendee and $150 for subsequent from the same company/grove, and the final date for registrations is Friday, 18 September. View the full program and register here.

More than $40 million worth of potentially dangerous food and drink has been seized in an operation coordinated by Europol and Interpol. Operation Opson IX dismantled 19 organized crime groups and led to the arrest of 407 people worldwide. About 12,000 tons of illegal and harmful products were confiscated but results were at least partially affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Disappointingly, olive oil was a significant inclusion in the haul.
Interprofessional president Pedro Barato spoke with reporters at the port of Denia.

From July through September, thousands of passengers boarding the high-speed ferry, Cecilia Payne, will be reminded of Spain's olive oil sector.

Should we lobby for a new paint job for the Spirit of Tasmania?

Olive oil is a nutritional and medicinal treasure of the Mediterranean, considered the best oil to use when cooking. Discover its wonderful therapeutic properties. You will not use another oil again! It’s one of the basic ingredients in the kitchen, is the fat par excellence for stewing and seasoning a long list of dishes.

A snapshot of its health benefits – and promotes the cooking-with-olive message. 

Table olive producers are expecting a slightly better harvest this year than they had in 2019. In spite of this, uncertainty over the future of the sector remains.

In the wellness world, olive oil is thought of as liquid gold; it has a definite health halo. Canola oil on the other hand, which is less expensive and used in more foods (at least here in the States), isn’t typically given the same praise. Canola oil and olive oil are the most commonly used oils in the kitchen - is the latter really all that superior?

No guesses as to the conclusion.
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
With 2020 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!

The three main institutions of the European Union dealing with new legislation – the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union – have agreed to extend the existing Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) until the end of 2022, when new rules will come into effect.
(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Bayer AG got a $79 million award against it slashed by three-quarters but failed to overturn the first jury verdict that its Roundup weed killer causes cancer. The decision, by a California appeals court on Monday, may buttress tens of thousands of claims even after Bayer reached a settlement of almost $11 billion.
And while we’re on chemicals …

While the prohibition on dimethoate-based pesticides was delayed until October, farmers and their supporters argue that no alternative treatments are available in time for the 2020 harvest.
What's On

25 July
Olives SA Woodside Grove field session – Woodside, SA

31 July 
Entries close, 2020 Royal Adelaide Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Table Olives Competition – Adelaide, SA

10 August
Entries open, 2020 NZ EVOO Awards – Wellington, NZ

24 August 
Entries open, 2020 WA Olive Awards – Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition

29 August
Results announced, Golden Olive Awards – Vic, Australia

September TBA
World Team Tasting Championship

4 September
Entries close, 2020 Australian International Olive Awards

4 September
Organic Regenerative Conference 2020 – Wellington, NZ

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

11 September 
Entries close, 2020 NZ EVOO Awards – Wellington, NZ

11 September
Entries close, 2020 WA Olive Awards – Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition

5 October
Results emailed to entrants, 2020 Australian International Olive Awards

10 October 
Awards Dinner, 2020 NZ EVOO Awards – Wellington, NZ

10 October 
Olives NZ 2020 Conference – Wellington, NZ  

10 October
2020 NZ EVOO Awards – Wellington, NZ

19 October
Results emailed to entrants, 2020 WA Olive Awards – Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition

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


23-25 March
Soil CRC Participants Conference

7-9 June 
Hort Connections 2021 – Brisbane, Qld

15-17 October 
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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