Friday 27 July 2018

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Today's Top Story
Researchers at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), near Kampala, Uganda are testing an olive oil and honey wound dressing in an attempt to reduce maternal deaths following Caesarean deliveries.

Another remarkable use for olive oil and its protective properties!
Mighty small: Bugs for Bugs staff member Maigen Dowley with some of the mealy bug agents.
A Queensland bio-control company is working hard to keep up with the demand for their products as an increasing number of producers look to new methods to combat pests. 

Bio-control is one element of Integrated Pest & Disease Management (IPDM). Learn more at the AOA IPDM project field days, coming to your state soon. More here .
National Australia Bank has bent to the pressure brought by the royal commission and will stop charging drought-affected farmers penalty interest rates for missed repayments, despite telling the inquiry just a few weeks ago that the practice met community expectations.
Olive producers, marketers, food service and competition judges are invited to register now to participate in Round 4 of the Tastebook™ program, a sensory training initiative in appreciating, describing and understanding how to improve the quality of EVOO and table olives. 
After three successful rounds of Tastebook™ the AOA Board has decided to implement a cost recovery charge for participation in Tastebook™ Round 4. Registration will now occur on-line via Eventbrite with the following fee structure: 
  • Domestic participants: AOA members: $25/Non-members: $30
  • International participants: All countries: $50
Tastebook™ Round 4 samples and basic instructions will be posted to registered participants from the week commencing 6 August. Detailed instructions and training materials will be emailed to registered participants, with a link to the Tastebook™ Round 4 on-line Survey Monkey response form, which will be ‘live’ from 6 August-3 September.
Got something to sell? Or want to buy? Go direct to your target market
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. 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 – like Rob, who’s on the hunt for an olive de-pitting machine
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 To arrange a listing, contact Gerri at
Despite the fact that there are literally hundreds of diets out there which all prescribe different approaches, there are a handful of foods that most of these regimes agree are some of the best foods nutritionally that we can eat.

It’s no surprise that number one on the list is EVOO.
Running your own horticultural business can be rewarding, yet demanding. Financial and other pressures can mount, putting a strain on your family and personal life. The Farm Family Business Handbook is a resource that growers can use to help them navigate through those tougher times. Access it here.
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
The first half of the year has passed already, with Friday Olive Extracts (FOE) continuing 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.
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Vic: $30m for energy audits
Farmers who have spent more than $8000/year on energy can apply for free on-farm energy assessments under the new $30m Agriculture Energy Investment Plan. Ongoing until March 2020 or until funding is exhausted. More here.
Free ag resource library
A free agribusiness-linked resource library is available from the Agribusiness Development Institute, which is also running subsided courses. More here.
2018 AOA National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition – have you blocked your diary?
Collective learning is the focus of this year’s AOA National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition, being held in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales on 18-20 October. The packed program of plenary and field sessions aims to provide information and skills on a broad range of topics, relevant to people at different stages and with varying business operations, with valuable practical take-homes for all participants.
Thursday, 18 & Friday, 19 October 2018; Saturday, 20 October - Optional Field Days/Workshops; Wagga Rules Club, Wagga Wagga, NSW 
Australian International Olive Awards Presentation Dinner – Friday, 19 October
Event accommodation: Quality Hotel Rules Club Wagga -
Registrations open
NSW IPDM Field Days - time running out to book, limited tickets still available. Be there and protect YOUR grove.
Bookings are open for the Integrated Pest and Disease Management (IPDM) field days at Marulan on Friday, 10 August and the Hunter Valley on Sunday, 12 August. Numbers are limited to 40 per event, so reserve your place now. Click the button below for full details and to register, and for the full program of events rolling out across the country in coming months. 
The field days are being organized by the AOA in conjunction with Western Sydney University to explore appropriate IPDM extension services focused particularly on black scale, olive lace bug and anthracnose. The program is part of the olive levy project An integrated pest and disease management extension program for the olive industry (OL17001). 
Further information: Liz Bouzoudis: 0478 606 145,

This is essential pest & disease management information. If you are serious about keeping your grove viable into the future, you cannot miss these field days!
Olives harvested by hand and pressed within 36 hours yield oil which may remain fresh for longer periods of time, according to new research from Namık Kemal University in Turkey.
Chinese tariffs on American farmers have tanked prices of the two agricultural commodities. Olive oil appears to be weathering the storm, unaffected by these latest developments.
A recently revised study suggested that a nutritious diet with healthy fat is more beneficial to the heart than a low-fat diet.
Chef Seamus Mullen, President of the Spanish Olive Oil Interprofessional Pedro Barato, Consul General Rafael Conde De Saro and Manager of the Spanish Olive Oil Interprofessional Teresa Pérez at Olive Oils from Spain and the European Union ͞Olive Oil World Tour͟ kick-off event at Cervantes Institute of New York on July 12, 2018. Photo: Rina Oh.
The Spanish Olive Oil Interprofessional trade association, with the financial support of the European Union this month launched a three-year, multichannel campaign to promote olive oil as an integral part of the Mediterranean diet (MedDiet).
The world’s largest olive oil company is launching an offensive against what it sees as a proliferation of ‘fake news’ articles and click-bait headlines disparaging its brands.
18-Jul-2018 By Katy Askew 

Eating a Mediterranean diet can help reduce bone loss in people with osteoporosis, a new study reveals.
Danny Kim for TIME.
Home cooks have plenty of options when it comes to choosing which type of oil to sauté, bake and drizzle with. Some, like olive oil, are well known, and others, like avocado or coconut oil, are less familiar. Which oil is right for you? 
25-Jul-2018 By Lester Wan

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has proposed the mandatory labelling of blended edible vegetable oils to indicate the exact percentage of the blend on the front of the pack.
What's On

10 August - AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day - Big Hill 

10 August
Entries close, 2018 Perth Royal Olive Awards – Perth, WA

12 August - AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day - Hunter Valley 

13 August - Entries open, 2018 NZ EVOO Awards – New Zealand 

17 August  – Entries close, 2018 Royal Adelaide Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA

20 August – Entries open, 2018 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

25 August – Awards presentation dinner, Australian Golden Olive Awards – NE VIC

5 September – Presentation dinner, 2018 Royal Adelaide Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA

14 September - Entries close, 2018 NZ EVOO Awards – New Zealand 

16 September
Presentation evening, 2018 Perth Royal Olive Awards – Perth, WA

21 September - Entries close, 2018 Australian International Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA

21 September – Presentations, 2018 Spring Sydney Royal Fine Food Show Olive Oil Competition – Sydney, NSW

5 October – Entries close, 2018 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

13 October - 2018 ONZ Conference and Awards Dinner – Masterton, NZ

14 October – Olives NZ grove visits – Wairarapa, NZ

18-19 October - AOA National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition 2018 - Wagga Wagga, NSW

19 October - Awards Presentation Dinner, 2018 Australian International Olive Awards - Wagga Wagga, NSW

22-26 October
Olive Oil Sommelier Course – Tuscany, Italy

9-12 November 
Australian Biological Farming Conference & Expo – Bilinga, QLD

15 November – Presentation dinner, 2018 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

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