13 March 2020

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The Mediterranean diet embraces high-quality olive oil, fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and some dairy. Photo: Getty 
Eating a Mediterranean diet could help older people stave off frailty and keep sharp, researchers have found. A diet rich in fruit and vegetables, olive oil and fish boosts bacteria in the gut linked to healthy ageing and reduces bacteria linked to inflammation, experts from five countries said.

Australia’s extra virgin olive oil producers are the latest to be caught in the coronavirus mire as shipments of glass bottles are holed up in China. Most of Australia’s extra virgin olive oil is packaged in Chinese-made bottles.
Glysophate ‘not a carcinogen’ says US EPA 

Infopest has welcomed the findings of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (US EPA) review on glyphosate that concluded the herbicide is not a carcinogen and poses no risk to human health when used according to its label instructions. 
Read the US EPA media statement here.
Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement

From 1 January 2020, businesses in Australia’s horticulture industry are able to apply for the new Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement. The Agreement increases access to skilled and semi-skilled migrant workers for the horticulture industry, where appropriately qualified Australians are unavailable. Access more information, including a summary of approved occupations, terms and available concessions here.
Theo and Matt are both SELLING OLIVE EQUIPMENT and they’re letting olive producers know through the OliveBiz Classifieds
Your circumstances have changed and you’ve got equipment you no longer need but there’s undoubtedly another producer out there for whom it would be ideal. 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 Theo, who has production and warehouse equipment for sale, and Matt, who’s selling a large OFM olive sorting machine. 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.
Water prices and availability could see Australian horticulture expand into non-traditional areas. 
They may also force some out of the industry entirely. The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences' (ABARES) March 2020 quarter Agricultural Commodities Outlook has suggested premium water prices will limit or postpone the expansion of horticulture. 

and more on water …
Life blood: 200GL is expected to flow into Menindee after the recent deluge. Photo: Tim Keegan.
The NSW government is preparing to restart the lower Darling river, with 200 gigalitres expected to flow into the Menindee Lakes after the recent deluge. The Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) said it was working with the NSW government in anticipation of the water arriving by the end of the month.
Connecting communities: New Peri-urban Environmental Biosecurity Network website launched
The Peri-urban Environmental Biosecurity Network (PEBN) provides a platform to connect small landholders in peri-urban communities and experts in environmental biosecurity, allowing them to work together to protect the environment from exotic pests and diseases.
Supported by funding from the Australian Government Environmental Biosecurity Project Fund and led by the NSW DPI, the network will publish and post seasonally relevant articles on how to look for and identify pests and diseases, as well as guidance on the tools and steps to report them. By raising awareness and preparedness in reporting unusual pests, the project aims to increase community participation in general surveillance of environmental pests in peri-urban areas.
Find out more here.
APR.Intern/FIAL STEM PhD research subsidies
A $40,000 partnership between APR.Intern and Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL) will accelerate STEM PhD research talent into Australian food and agriculture businesses. The agreement will provide food and beverage businesses with a subsidy of up to $4,000 on the cost of a 3-5 month PhD student research placement, connecting food and agribusinesses with some of Australia’s brightest PhD-level research talent. Under the Australian Government’s National Research Internship Program (NRIP), businesses may also receive a 50% rebate on remaining costs.
Find out more here.
2020 AOA Olive Oil Processing Workshop – one event only, book now to secure your place!
Thursday 16 – Saturday 18 April, Boort Resource & Information Centre and Salute Oliva, VIC 

Returning in 2020 due to huge demand, the course covers every aspect of processing quality olive oil, from grove management for optimal fruit quality to best-practice processing and storage. Along the way you’ll learn a lot about olive oil chemistry, and the practical aspects of oil extraction, with time to find out the answers to the many of the “why did/does that happen to my oil?” questions, you’ve always wanted to ask.
Meet the experts and learn industry secrets
This highly-acclaimed and comprehensive program will be delivered by international master miller Pablo Canamasas and 2019 AIOA Best of Show winners Peter and Marlies Eicher of Salute Oliva. 
Cost: Members & levy payers: $250 inc GST, Others $340 inc GST 
More information and register here or contact Liz Bouzoudis at, secretariat@australianolives.com.au - 0478 606 145 for more details.
Registrations close 9 April 2020 and places are limited – don’t miss out!
Stay on for the “Healthy Soils - Healthy and Productive Groves” Field Day
Value-add your visit to Boort and stay on for the AOA “Healthy Soils - Healthy and Productive Groves” field day on Sunday 19 April, one of a regional series being held in NSW, VIC, SA, WA, QLD and TAS.
Highlighting the role and management of healthy soils in producing healthy trees and lifting grove productivity, the field days will feature soil expert John Barton* building on his highly acclaimed 2019 National Olive Conference presentation, “The Importance of Soil Carbon”. John will also demonstrate how to make compost and how to incorporate compost into soil. 
The Hort levy R&D Remote Sensing Project Team will share their knowledge on “the application of remote sensing to the management of olives groves”, including monitoring tree health; and a panel of specialist service providers will demonstrate a range of the latest technology to monitor, test, and measure vital soil parameters, and tree health. 
*Andy Gulliver of C-Wise will be presenting in place of John Barton in WA 

Venue: Saluté Oliva, Boort VIC
Cost: Members & levy payers: $40 inc GST, Others $50 inc GST.
More information and register here or contact Liz Bouzoudis at, secretariat@australianolives.com.au - 0478 606 145 for more details.
Note: a separate ticket is required for each of the Boort workshops.

These projects have been funded by Hort Innovation, using the Hort Innovation olive research and development levy, co-investment from the Australian Olive Association and contributions from the Australian Government.

Ten thousand hectares (almost 25,000 acres) of farmland will be auctioned in the next few weeks in Italy, by a newly created bank. The Bank of the Lands will manage the sale of old farms, abandoned olive groves, wheat fields and unused institutional agricultural lands.

Some of the land is in Puglia, where care for abandoned groves is good news indeed in the battle to contain the spread of Xylella fastidiosa.

Higher olive oil intake is associated with a lower risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) and total cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a study presented at the American Heart Association Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2020 Scientific Sessions, held from March 3 to 6 in Phoenix.

Read through to the ‘replacement’ benefit figures – impressive!
Sierra da Mantiqueira, Brazil

Among the fruit and coffee plantations of Minas Gerais, olive trees have taken root. Despite the region's unconventional climate, local producers are creating a new kind of olive oil culture in Brazil.

02-Mar-2020 By Jenny Eagle

Free From, healthy food and vegan is seeing a meteoric rise, with consumers seeking better nutritional and ethical balance in their diets, according to the organisers of the Free From Functional & Health Ingredients (FFF&HI) show.
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!

28-Feb-2020 By Helen Gilbert

Recyclable and refillable packaging have been named as two trends to watch in 2020.
There is no denying that when it comes to gorgeous, bouncy, beautiful manes, Julia Roberts got one.
And now we might have just figured out just how she keeps her locks looking go good.

No prizes for guessing what she uses!

21-Feb-2020 By Jenny Eagle

The savoury snack market is growing worldwide, driven by a variety of consumer trends including ‘health and well-being’ and ‘exotic flavour variations’, according to tna.

The amount of land suitable for olive cultivation will steadily decrease in Andalusia over the next 80 years, according to a study from the University of Córdoba, the Center for Research in Geo-Space Sciences (CICGE) and the University of Porto.

The rising number of coronavirus infections across northern Italy has impacted every corner of the country's agriculture sector, from harvesting and production to tourism and exports.

Bans on movements of farm workers, agri-tourism cancellations and a hit to on-grove sales … let’s all hope it doesn’t get as bad here.
What's On

4 April
TasteBook™/OliveCare® Sensory Training Workshop - Perseverance, Queensland

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

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

16-18 April
AOA Processing Workshop – Boort, VIC

19 April
AOA Healthy Soils – Healthy & Productive Groves Field Day – Boort, VIC

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

2020 NYIOOC – New York, USA

9 -12 May
Berlin Global Olive Oil Competition 2020 – Berlin, Germany

18 May
Registration closes, EVO IOOC 2020 – Palmi, Italy

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

16-18 October
AOA National Olive Conference & Trade Exhibition – Devonport, TAS

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


16-17 February 
evokeAG. – Perth, WA 

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