31 May 2019

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The Institute of Services for the Agricultural and Food Market (ISMEA) has released the final olive oil production figures for Italy, which estimated that 175,000 tons were produced in the 2018/19 harvest season — the lowest output since 1990.
Free entry to Paris EVOO competition

The AOA have been approached by the organisers of the Paris Olio Nuovo Days Southern Hemisphere, who are offering free competition entry to three Australian producers. This provides our industry with an opportunity to further showcase the quality of Australian EVOO, and producers both the promotion of their brand and also the potential for export opportunities. 
The invitation has come at very short notice, however, with the event now only three weeks away. Entrants would need to have their EVOO ready to send and be prepared to express freight it to France at their own cost. 
If you have the capacity to export and are interested in taking part, please email secretariat@australianolives.com.au ASAP with details of the EVOO you would enter (varietal/blend, 2018/2019 harvest). Opportunities will be allocated as received. The AOA will then provide your details to the competition organisers, who will communicate directly to provide the competition entry form and other details. 
Learn more about the competition here www.olio-nuovo-days.com.
The state government has committed $700,000 in Thursday's budget to fund a new package of measures aiming to increase quad bike safety. Under the plan, the government will work with stakeholders to implement safety measures including introducing a safety rating system for quad bikes, enforcing helmet use by all riders, banning children from riding adult-sized bikes and banning children under the age of six using any quad bike.

Horticultural growers in the Northern Adelaide Plains are being encouraged to strengthen their on-farm biosecurity arrangements through a new jointly funded State Government and horticulture industry initiative.

And while we’re on the topic …
New free online Pest Reporting and Responses course 

PHA’s Biosecurity Online Training (BOLT) system provides free access to e-learning courses related to plant biosecurity. In response to demand for more training options, a new Pest Reporting and Responses course has been developed. The course is for growers, farm workers and agronomists and aims to provide them with a better understanding of reporting and responding to plant pests in Australia. Find out more and access the course here.
A dedicated ag visa will help secure farm workers and agriculture’s goal to reach $100 billion in farm gate output by 2030.
Saturday night delivered a result the polls didn’t predict: a Coalition win for reigning PM Scott Morrison and a farewell to Bill Shorten as Labor leader. The Prime Minister and his second-in-charge, Nationals Leader Michael McCormack, didn’t waste any time in getting out to rural Australia.
Position paper on Food Standards Code review now available

Food Standards Australia New Zealand has extended the deadline for comment on the proposed scope and approach of the review of food safety standards in the Food Standards Code. FSANZ is reviewing chapters 3 and 4 of the Code to ensure a consistent, up-to-date approach to food safety management in Australia, focusing on:
  • requirements for food safety management in the food service sector and closely related retail sectors 
  • potential development of a primary production and processing standard for high-risk horticulture products to introduce requirements to manage food safety on-farm, including requirements for traceability
  • new technologies since the original standards were developed.
Olive industry members can access further relevant information in a position paper prepared by AOA OliveCare® Code of Best Practice Administrator Peter McFarlane. Access it here. All stakeholders are encouraged to comment by the new deadline of 14 June 2019.
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June Olivegrower out soon – have you renewed your subscription? 
The June edition of Olivegrower & Processor will be out soon. If you’ve received a renewal notice and haven’t gotten around to paying it, now’s the time to act to ensure you get your copy – it’s chock-full of great news, R&D and practical grove information, so you don’t want to miss out!
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TasteBook™ Round 5 is here!
Round 5 of the TasteBook™ national sensory training initiative is now underway, and you’re all invited to take part. Round 5 will focus solely on EVOO (no table olives), specifically the Picual variety. Oils have been sourced from three different regions of Victoria and New Zealand, providing the opportunity to explore the influences of climate and soil on flavour and aroma. 
Registrations close on 16 June, with the sample kit and survey link sent to participants from 17-22 June for a survey completion date of 7 July. 
The cost is $25 levy payers, $30 non-levy payers, $50 international – learn more and register here.
The TasteBook™ program has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the Hort Innovation olive research and development levy, co-investment from the NSW Department of Primary Industries, the Australian Olive Association and contributions from the Australian Government.
Explore the evidence around olive leaf extract and immunity
Registrations are now open for the fourth in the series of webinars presented by The Olive Wellness Institute, this time covering the evidence around olive leaf extract and immunity. Presented by Associate Professor Teresa Mitchell-Paterson, the webinar will provide an overview of the current scientific and practical evidence surrounding the use of olive leaf extract for immunity.
Details: Tuesday, June 4 from 12-1pm. Participation is free and all are welcome to join in. Register here.
The webinar is part of the olive levy project Educating health professionals about Australian olive products (OL17002).
TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory workshops – book now for Victorian events
Learn how to recognise the diverse flavour, aroma and taste attributes of Australian EVOO and table olives, and what sets the award winners apart from the rest, at a series of national sensory training workshops being run by NSW DPI Sensory and Consumer Science Researcher Dr Soumi Paul Mukhopadhyay and OliveCare® administrator Peter McFarlane. The program includes sensory training, olive oil chemistry, freshness testing of EVOO and determining objective best before dates (BBDs) and more. The workshop will benefit olive growers and processors, olive oil judges and anyone wishing to gain a better appreciation for EVOO and table olives. 
Cost is $40 for levy payers, $50 non-levy payers. 
The first workshop in Adelaide last week was a cracking success, with participants enthusiastic about the skills and knowledge acquired and the inclusive forum for information sharing and discussion.
Don’t miss your opportunity to join in. Register now for the following Victorian events: 
  • Friday 14 June - Geelong, VIC
  • Sunday 16 June - Wangaratta, VIC
  • Sunday 30 June - Wagga Wagga, NSW
Access more information and register here, where you’ll also find the full national schedule.

We all know eating meat and dairy isn’t good for the planet, so to celebrate World Environment Day on June 5, ISRAEL21c made a special Tayim episode: roasted grasshoppers in zaatar (olive) oil.

We know EVOO makes everything taste amazing but …

Estimates of this year’s olive oil production by key stakeholders offer contrasting pictures of the quantities of extra virgin olive oil that may be available on the Greek market for this season.

13-May-2019 By Katy Askew 

Biodiversity in food production is getting more attention from consumers and food makers alike. How can the sector safeguard against biodiversity loss? 

Want to know more? Don’t miss booking your place at the 2019 National Olive Conference & Exhibition in Albury in October, where biodiversity in farming is a feature topic.

Solfrut, an agricultural company, and the government of the San Juan province in Argentina have teamed up to invest $14 million in the company’s plant, which will be the largest in South America upon its completion.
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
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Scientists at the American Psychiatric Association’s 2019 annual meeting presented the results of a study that showed adherence to a Mediterranean-style diet may reduce the risk of depression symptoms in later life.

24-May-2019 By Noli Dinkovski 

Food firms can avoid serious safety-related product recalls by applying the ‘Never Event’ principle used in the health sector, a leading consultant in the field has argued. 
Credit: Asociación RUVID 
Climate change threatens the medium-term commercial viability of citrus fruits, vines and olives. A study by the Ecophysiology and Biotechnology research group at the Universitat Jaume I de Castelló (UJI) - carried out in collaboration with scientists from France, Greece and the United Kingdom - warns that the effects of global warming will reduce the productivity of these three species of traditional and iconic fruit trees in the Mediterranean area.

Learn more about current climate science closer to home in the June edition of Olivegrower & Processor, where we break down the Australian-produced Weather Gone Wild report. Not a subscriber? You can fix that here .

The American fighter jets roaring above Joaquín García as he strolls among the 8,000 trees on his family farm in southern Spain are a reminder of the battle the U.S. administration is waging against his cash crop. García grows olives -one more product ensnared in the dragnet of President Donald Trump’s trade wars - and his groves border the Morón Air Base, which hosts hundreds of U.S. military personnel and their families.

Subsidies, tariffs and an industry in crisis …

Determined to enjoy longer and healthier lives, two women researched the science to find the key. Here, they share what they discovered.

The ‘gold’ on olive oil is a little way down … but it’s a really interesting read to get there.
What's On

Australian Women's Leadership Symposiums – all states, Australia 

1 June
“Groove in the Grove”, Lauriston Grove - South Arm, Tasmania

14 June
TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory workshop – Geelong, VIC

16 June
TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory workshop – Wagga Wagga, NSW

26 June
entries close, 2019 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show – Sydney, NSW 

30 June
TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory workshop – Wangaratta, VIC

30 June
Community olive pressing day, Freshfield Grove – Campania, Tasmania 

30-31 July
Western Sydney University Soil Biology Masterclass – Richmond, NSW 

1 July 
Entries open, Australian International Olive Awards – Sydney, NSW

12 July
Entries close, 2019 Royal Hobart Fine Food Awards – Hobart, Tasmania

19-24 July
OLIVE JAPAN SHOW 2019 – Tokyo, Japan

2 August
Entries close, 2019 Royal Adelaide Olive Awards – Adelaide, SA 

20 August
Royal Adelaide Olive Awards Presentation Dinner – Lockleys, SA 

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

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 

18 October
Presentation dinner, Australian International Olive Awards – Albury, NSW

16-19 October
2019 National Olive Industry Conference & Trade Exhibition – Albury, NSW

14 November
Awards presentation, 2019 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

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

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