24 January 2020

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Today's Top Story
TAP executives have been summoned to appear in court on May 8 and will face charges of committing environmental damage including the unlawful removal of olive trees.
The wildfires raging across Eastern Australia can be seen from space. Photo courtesy of the European Space Agency.

Australia's olive growers have mostly been spared from the wildfires that have been ravaging the country. Persistent drought, however, continues to cause concern.

Which means this is good news …
Increased transparency for water customers in Murray-Darling Basin
On 1 July 2020, changes to the water charge rules in the Murray-Darling Basin will come into effect. The changes were announced by the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources on 3 April 2019, based on advice provided by the ACCC in 2016.
The new rules provide transparency for customers of monopoly water infrastructure operators by requiring them to include certain charges on their schedule or bill. The rules also set limits on termination fees that may apply to customers exiting an irrigation network.
An example schedule of charges has been developed showing the content that must be included under the amended rules and is avalailable, along with further information, on the ACCC website here.
Australian Bushfires: information, key contacts and assistance 
With thousands of farmers in southern Australia impacted by the current bushfire crisis, FarmHub has developed a webpage containing details for accessing information and assistance. The information is being updated as new services become available. 
Access the page here.
Measuring impacts of changes to the Horticulture Award

On 15 April changes to the Horticulture Award came into effect regarding ordinary hours of work, night loading and overtime entitlements. The Horticulture Award National Survey is being undertaken to capture changes to your employment practices as a result of these changes made to the Award.
Completing the survey will provide information on how the changes are working, and whether future changes to the Award should be called for. Take the survey here.

… and here’s some media comment on the topic:
Fruit company Piñata Farms has to pay its workers an extra 15 per cent to pick mangoes at night.
(ABC Rural: Daniel Fitzgerald)

Farmers and some workers say they are losing money because of changes to the award wage for casual horticultural employees. Since April 2019 farmers have had to pay their casual workers overtime rates if they worked more than 38 hours a week (averaged out over an eight-week period), along with penalty rates to those working more than 12 hours a day or night-shifts.
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Export fees and charges – submission deadline extended to 31 January
The Department of Agriculture is consulting with industry on its intention to revise and increase the costs charged to exporters of horticultural products.
Producers currently or planning to export are encouraged to review the Cost Recovery Implementation Statement Plant Exports Certification 2019-20 and provide any feedback/comments to the Department of Agriculture through the Have You Say online form here.
The deadline for submissions has been extended to Friday, 31 January and the latest Industry Advisory Notice from the Department of Agriculture is available here.
WCOF 2020 Workshops 
Registrations are filling fast, so book your place now for the WCOF 2020 Pre-Congress Workshops, part of the World Congress on Oils & Fats 2020. Being held in Sydney on 8-9 February 2020, workshop topics include: Optimum Frying – Practical and Theoretical Aspects, Infant Nutrition and The Mediterranean Diet.
More information and register here.
New Zealand
Olives New Zealand AGM

The 2020 Olives New Zealand AGM will be held on Saturday, 21 March at Carterton.
The timeline for proceedings is:
23 January    Notice of AGM and Call for Remits to members
20 February   Final date for receipt of remits
23 February   Voting papers for remits to members (if any)
6 March       AGM Agenda and papers to members
There are no Executive positions due for election in 2020.
All Branch AGMs should be held on or before 29 February as per their Branch Rules.
Queries and further information: admin@olivesnz.org.nz.

Italy’s General Confederation of Agriculture, Confagricoltura, has drafted new plans to support the regrowth of olive trees in Xylella fastidiosa-ravaged region of Puglia. 

Spanish olive growers have claimed an important victory in a U.S. court, which could help lift some of the duties imposed by President Donald Trump's administration, Spain's olive exporters' association said on Tuesday.
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) 

Cycling’s Tour de France has added leading French olive oil brand Puget as an official supplier. The agreement will come into effect for the 2020 edition of the historic race, which passes through the south-east region of France where Puget was founded.

We assume they’re supplying olive oil to the riders and support teams … but then again, it’s probably a great bike lubricant too!
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The International Olive Council (IOC) celebrated 60 years with an event held at the IOC headquarters in Madrid in conjunction with the 110th session of the Council of Members. The ceremony, which was also the occasion to honor the UNESCO’s official proclamation of November 26 as World Olive Day, was attended by representatives of governments, diplomatic corps, and delegations from the Member States.

While at a local level …
Challenging: The Axarquia’s green olive oil provides very low profits.

The museum in Velez Malaga is hosting a series of activities in honour of the local olive oil. For the third consecutive year, the municipality is hosting the ‘Oil Month’, that pays homage the green olive oil of Periana.

Great promotion … does anyone think their local council is likely to follow suit?

20-Dec-2019 By Flora Southey

Italy is affixing high-tech tags to crates of PGI Sicilian blood oranges in an effort to boost transparency and protect against food fraud.

The net is tightening …

A staple cooking oil is in danger thanks to climate change. Italy’s olive harvest is changing with the climate, and bottles of olive oil are rising in price due to lower supplies.
A young olive tree at the Miralon housing development in Palm Springs, Calif, in Decembe 2019. The gated community will include 7,000 olive trees. (Photo: Taya Gray/The Desert Sun)

Just about 30 master-planned communities in the country feature a working farm or community garden as a main focal point. Soon, Palm Springs will be added to that list with a new housing development that features acres of olive groves.

13-Jan-2020 By Mary Ellen Shoup

Consumers are moving across online and offline channels more fluidly, leaving retailers needing to create a variety of new customer touchpoints to build engagement and shopper loyalty.
Marco Martino, oil sommelier.

While his wine counterparts sniff and swirl in search of the best varietals and bouquet, Marco Martino is doing the same, but with extra virgin oil instead of an old or new world wine. The Singapore-based Italian is among a rare breed of olive oil sommeliers - yes, there's actually such a thing - certified by the Associazione Italiana Sommelier dell'Olio since 2016.
What's On

7-8 February 
Sensory Masterclass – Geelong, Vic

9-12 February
World Congress on Oils & Fats – Sydney, Australia

19 February
National Table Olive Workshop - Hobart, TAS

21 February
National Table Olive Workshop - Melbourne, VIC

23 February
National Table Olive Workshop - Adelaide, SA

25 February
National Table Olive Workshop - Hunter Valley, NSW

27 February
National Table Olive Workshop - ACT, NSW

29 February 
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – Campbell Town TAS

1 March
National Table Olive Workshop – Perth, WA

6 March 
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – University Adelaide Waite Campus SA

April, dates TBC
AOA Processing Workshop – Boort, VIC

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

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

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

2020 NYIOOC – New York, USA

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

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