30 August 2019

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ENTRIES CLOSE TODAY
… for the Australian International Olive Awards – don’t miss your chance to be named 2019 BEST EVOO or TABLE OLIVES OF SHOW
This could be you!
If you haven’t got your entries in yet, get cracking NOW – today is the final day for entries in the 2019 Australian International Olive Awards – Australia’s premier EVOO and table olive competition.
Providing an unmatched opportunity for peer review and brand promotion, the 2019 competition features new elements including:
  • Reserved Champion of Class awards - increased chances of winning 
  • Bigger and better trophies
  • Medal results emailed post-judging
  • Online decal ordering with fast delivery to maximise marketing
  • Earlier entry and earlier results = early promotion and increased marketing opportunities
Key dates:
Entries now open
30 August – entries close
18 October – Awards Presentation Dinner, Albury, NSW
More information here or contact Chief Steward Trudie Michels on 0419 031 527, tmichels@globaldial.com. Please note that oil entries received today have an extension until Tuesday, 3 September for delivery of samples.
Australia
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 of plenary and field sessions 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 for all participants.
The two-day plenary program includes the annual Conference Dinner and is followed by an optional ‘Super Saturday Workshops & More’ program. Attendees are encouraged to attend all three days, however separate ticketing options are available for those with tight timeframes. See the full program here.
The Trade Exhibition will run across the two plenary days, and 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.
Don’t miss the industry event of the year – Register now.
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.

Shopper confusion over what oils are good for them risks undermining Australia's health star ratings system, experts have warned. The federal government's five-year review of the system has rejected calls to give olive oil special treatment, leaving it ranked below canola and sunflower oil at a maximum of four stars - despite having proven health benefits - because it contains slightly more saturated fat.
Banana corms can harbour damaging fungal growth.
Vigilant work from our biosecurity officers at Brisbane Airport has prevented live plants with signs of a devastating banana disease from entering the country and threatening our banana industry.

Read on and be thankful … this could have been plant material carrying Xylella fastidiosa
The Barwon river above the weir at Brewarrina, NSW. Of the 158 licence holders in the Barwon-Darling, just 10 control 86% of the water extracted. Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian.
A handful of big irrigators are responsible for 86% of water extracted from the Barwon-Darling river system, pushing the lower Darling into drought three years early, an expert report has found.

And yet …
San Luis Dam is California's fifth-largest reservoir but fell to less than 10 per cent capacity during the drought. (ABC News: Owain Stia-James). 
In the powerhouse food bowl of California, the impact of its most recent drought - which finally ended in 2017 after eight gruelling years - continues to be felt across the sunshine state. Farmers, experts and lawmakers are working to find more sustainable ways to drought-proof farms and address the vexed issue of water allocation.
  • OLIVE OIL WASHED GIN
  • 700 ml Melbourne Gin Co. Dry Gin
  • 175 ml extra virgin olive oil (use the best you can afford)

Yay - they just made martinis healthy!!
Got olive equipment you no longer use? Why not offer it for sale directly to your target market – OLIVE GROWERS AND PRODUCERS
Your production level has changed and you’ve outgrown that small processor but there’s undoubtedly another producer out there for whom it would be an ideal size. Why not get together and do a deal through 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. 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
Help shape Australia’s new biosecurity website
Biosecurity.gov.au will be a central hub for Australia’s biosecurity information.
Following a recent Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity review, a new national biosecurity website is being built as a central hub for Australia’s biosecurity information. The website is vital outlet for providing biosecurity information to a wide range of stakeholders, including state and territory agencies, industry, environmental groups, research bodies and other government agencies.
A beta site lets users get involved in the website’s development, with data and feedback collected being used to shape the final website. Visit beta.biosecurity.gov.au and provide feedback to help improve the site.
Opportunities
Water Efficiency Program webinar
The Water Efficiency Program has $1.5 billion available to return water to the environment in the Murray-Darling Basin and to make infrastructure more efficient. A webinar is being run on 5 September providing information about the program, in particular discuss the eligibility requirements for projects from Project Partners and Delivery Partners (who provide project management services for both large and smaller projects and can assist individuals and business with proposals for water efficiency projects). 
Learn more and register here.
Participants will be able to ask questions that will be answered during the webinar or afterwards on the website.
PHA Non-Executive Director positions 
Plant Health Australia Limited (PHA) is inviting applications from persons wishing to be considered for appointment as non-executive Directors of the company. PHA is a not-for-profit public company, formed in 2000 to facilitate and manage improvements in biosecurity policy and practice and to build capacity to respond to plant pest emergencies.
Due to rotation, four paid Director positions are to be filled - find out more here. Applications close on 6 September 2019.
Events
Australian Organic Awareness Month
Australia’s largest organic awareness campaign will be taking place throughout September during Australian Organic Awareness Month (AOAM). Held each spring, industry body Australian Organic will be promoting the importance of certified organics for consumer wellbeing and the environment. 

Find out more and take part here.
International
Trees have been cultivated that are resistant to xylella fastidiosa, known as olive tree leprosy. Charles Onians/AFP/Getty
Olive tree farmers in southern Italy have breathed a sigh of relief after fearing that a bacterial disease could wipe out their lucrative industry. The first olive oil has been produced from trees rendered resistant to Xylella fastidiosa, which has caused more than £1 billion damage after infecting at least 20 million trees.

Phil Hogan has promised to intervene in order to protect the interests of Spanish olive oil producers if prices do not rebound. Varied production forecasts and trade uncertainties make it unclear whether this will happen.

Recovered ancient olive cultivars seem to provide a good answer to today's challenges such as those posed by climate change, extreme temperatures and pests.

Here's how to tell if your oil has oleocanthal, which a new study in mice found may help protect against cancer.
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!

France’s inter-professional association of the olive sector is undergoing a name change, ditching the acronym Afidol in favor of the more simple France Olive. “We decided to rename Afidol as France Olive this year to celebrate its 20th anniversary,” Laurent Bélorgey, the president of France Olive and an olive oil producer in Vallée des Baux, told Olive Oil Times. Twenty years is the age of reason and we thought it was the time to relaunch it”.

South Korean research team has confirmed that elaidic acid in olive oil has excellent anti-aging benefits.
Animals living in a relatively cold environment, particularly cold-blooded animals, are known to have the tendency to live longer than those living in warmer climates. The reasons for the difference, however, has yet to be fully explained as experts are trying to figure out if low temperatures have any role in longevity.

Soon the “plunk, plunk” sound of olives dropping into buckets will resonate as olive pickers harvest this year’s table olive crop in California. In preparation to the 2019 harvest, the Olive Growers Council of California went to the table with the state’s two major table olive processors, Musco Family Olive Company and Bell Carter Foods, to iron-out a price agreement on the crop.

16-Aug-2019 By Michelle Knott 

There are many ways for food manufacturers to reduce their carbon footprint – and not all of the actions need to involve sweeping changes or massive investment. 

A new beverage is brewing amid the olive groves of Rajasthan, a state in northwestern India, where a team of olive experts say they have developed the world’s first ever olive wine.
What's On
2019

May-August
Australian Women's Leadership Symposiums – all states, Australia 

30 August
Entries close, Australian International Olive Awards – Sydney, NSW

31 August
TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory workshop – Wangaratta, NSW

2 September
Closing date for entries, West Australian Olive Awards – Perth, WA 

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

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