Friday 29 March 2018

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Today's Top Story
A chemical compound found in olive oil can help prevent cancer that develops in the brain, according to a new study published in the journal Journal of Molecular Biology. The study on oleic acid (the main ingredient in olive oil) has shown how it can help prevent cancer-causing genes from being expressed in cells.
The National Farmers' Federation (NFF) wants to grow agriculture to $100 billion in farm gate output by 2030. Reaching that goal requires new ideas to accelerate the industry's growth. In partnership with Telstra, the NFF is kicking off a national conversation to identify and champion new ideas for growth. Learn more here.
Image credit: Cobram Estate 
By Rob McGavin's estimation, it took about a decade to get his business off the ground.
Those seeds, pun intended, were planted while the Australian was in college. That's where he met Paul Riordan. They bonded over their farming backgrounds and aspired to produce olive oil right in their home country. 
​With olive season almost upon us, I'm keen to brine my own. What's the best method? A. Thomson

Had to share this … not just because it’s good to see promotion of table olives but also for the instruction “Leave in the laundry, shed or disused sauna”. Because we all have one, of course!
If you’ve got something industry-related to sell, you can now reach your target market directly with Olivebiz Classifieds. Our new 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. 
Olivebiz Classifieds cost just $40/month for AOA members ($100/month 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, with new listings including a polyphase converter and certified organic award-winning EVOO. 

To find out more, or arrange a listing, contact Gerri at
Farmers ride to Sydney with climate message
Thirty farmers rode through central Sydney on horseback last Saturday to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change on rural Australia. The Farmers for Climate Action riders were joined by other farmers on foot as they took part in the #Time2Choose rally against fossil fuels, and have also crowd-funded an advert about the impacts of climate change on rural Australia. View the ad here and learn more about Farmers for Climate Action here.
ACCC moves to improve quad bike safety
The ACCC has proposed major changes to improve the safety of quad bikes, one of the leading causes of death and injury on Australian farms. 
To help reduce these deaths and injuries, the ACCC is proposing a mandatory safety standard that:
  • adopts the US Standard and requires an additional rollover warning label
  • introduces a safety star rating system
  • requires manufacturers to integrate an operator protection device in the design of new quad bikes
  • imposes minimum performance tests for dynamic handling, stability and mechanical suspension.
The proposals are detailed in the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement here, which has been released for a six-week public consultation period. Anyone with an interest is encouraged to make a submission, which can be done online here up to 4 May 2018.
Friday Olive Extracts – YOUR e-newsletter, so send us your news
The first quarter of the year has passed already and we’re now well into 2018 with Friday Olive Extracts (FOE), bringing all the latest industry news and events to your Inbox every week. THE place to share olive industry news, event details and reminders, the weekly format introduced in 2017 has made our industry e-newsletter even more popular, 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 - it’s free, and the best way to reach your fellow industry members!
Waste not want not - olive husk recycling in S-E Queensland
SIMILITUDE is conducting an organic waste audit which includes the olive industry. All olive growers and processors in the region are encouraged to contact Frank Stadler to participate in the audit and to express their interest in a new recycling initiative. Contact 0422 731 540 or, and see more information on the company’s work here.
Seeking a business of tomorrow
Westpac is seeking 200 businesses to help fund, mentor and grow through its Businesses of Tomorrow program. Businesses may be large or small and don’t need to be a Westpac customer, but all:
• demonstrate a clear purpose and vision
• deeply understand their customer’s needs
• have the capability to meet tomorrow’s challenges.
Deadline for nominations is April 8. More information here.
Applications are now open for three Churchill Fellowships being offered by Hort Innovation for international research on a topic related to horticulture. The scholarships are available to anyone working in a registered levy-paying Australian horticulture business. More information here.
Rebates of up to $2.5K are available for 50% of advice/assessment costs to help farmers prepare and apply for a new insurance policy helping to management with drought and other risks. NB: receipt of funding may result in ineligibility for other government support and may also have tax implications - seek qualified advice. Deadline for applications is 15 May 2019. More information and apply here.
New Zealand
Loopline share winning philosophy with OG&P readers
At the 2017 NZ EVOO Awards Kate and Mark Bunny took home the Best in Show trophy for the second time – and yet they say they still have a lot to learn. You can read about their winning philosophy and grove practices in the March edition of Olivegrower & Processor – one of two feature articles on the major award winners of 2017, Loopline OLIVES and Rylestone Olive Press. Not a subscriber? You can do so here.
The European Commission released an update of the current wholesale prices of olive oil in the major markets of Spain, Italy and Greece revealing rates generally lower than the same period of last year.
Horticulture Week has heard unconfirmed reports of four Xylella interceptions. Reports of a coffee plant Xylella interception from Costa Rica surfaced in January, while reports of newer interceptions are believed to include one on lavender from the Toulon area southern France, imported into southern England.
In view of proposed amendments to a regulation covering the requirements for certain optional indications on the labeling of olive oil, the European Commission’s directorate-general for Agriculture and Rural Development has requested feedback from stakeholders via a dedicated website.
27-Mar-2018 By Joseph James Whitworth 

Spain, Germany, Netherlands and Italy made the most requests last year in a system to deal with fraudulent activities along the agri-food chain.
The new olive varieties that have been catalogued. Credit: Carmen González-Barrerio, Beatriz Cancho-Grande.
Olive oil is a key element and one of the main sources of fat in the Mediterranean diet. Olive oil is remarkable for its nutrients and Spain has the honor of being the number one producer of this "liquid gold." 
Micro-organisms play a larger role than previously thought in affecting the chemical and sensory qualities of olive oil, research from the University of Molise suggests. Yeasts are among the micro-organisms present in olive oil and, depending on their enzymatic activities, they can either improve or damage the oil quality.
What's On

9-10 April – Olives NZ Processing Seminar - Auckland, NZ

9-13 April - Olive Oil Academy’s Olive Oil Sommelier Course - Lake Garda, Italy

12 April - registration closes for OLIVE JAPAN 2018 – Tokyo, Japan

22 April   - Horticulture for Olive Growers – Nangkita, SA

22 April - “Olive U” classes – Nangkita, SA

8-9 June - OLIVE JAPAN international trade show 2018 – Tokyo

24-26 June - Fine Food New Zealand – Auckland, NZ

6 July – Closing date for Invitation to Participate, Australian Golden Olive Awards – Rutherglen, VIC

July 16 – Entries open, 2018 Australian International Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA

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

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

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

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

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

13 October – 2018 ONZ Conference & NZ EVOO 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

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

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