Friday 24 November 2017

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Today's Top Story
Scientists from Mallorca university UIB are joining forces with engineers to determine the best strain of olive. Researches want to create an olive that can withstand harsher weather conditions, failing farming models, and the recent plague known as the ‘olive ebola’, which is spreading throughout Spain.
ABC Radio Sydney host Chris Bath celebrated the olive as her ‘crop of the week’ on Wednesday night, speaking with AOA CEO Greg Seymour about growing olives, producing oil and the increasingly high quality of Australian products. Listen at the 1:30 mark here .
Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL) is seeking 50 innovative food/agribusiness companies for a new book, focussed on celebrating Australian business successes and learning together from challenges. More information here .
How’s your mental health?
Life gets tough sometimes, and depression and other mental health issues affect many of us at one time or another – in fact, right now three million Australians are living with anxiety or depression. But help is hand, with a range of mental health services available for Australians to access help at any time of day. 
The Black Dog Institute’s website holds a wealth of information on a range of topics, including: mental health and wellbeing; self-tests for depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder; e-mental health tools; getting help and helping others; webinars and community presentations; how to obtain a referral for its assessment clinic; and telehealth services.
And beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live. Take a look or call the beyondblue Support Service 1300 22 4636 for support and advice.
If you need emergency assistance, please contact 000 (Aust) or 111 (NZ).
Olive oil is a key ingredient of the famed Mediterranean diet. It has been credited with reduced cholesterol; lower rates of heart and artery disease; lower rates of certain cancers; and a slowing of the ageing process.

Some good consumer information here – especially the ‘Bottom line’ section.
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Olives SA AGM
The 2017 Olives South Australia AGM will be held on Thursday, 30 November at the Royal Adelaide Showgrounds - Secretary’s Office building, at 5.30pm for a 6pm start. Please use the Rose Terrace carpark; tickets will be validated for free parking. A buffet supper and wines will be provided.
All OSA Members and interested members of the public are invited to attend, and potential new members are asked to consider nominating for the board. Nomination forms can be downloaded here or p hone OSA President Michael Johnston on 0419815839 for more information.
Expressions of interest for funding from the Ian Potter Foundation opened on November 3. This round will consider applications for international learning and development, conferences and travel. The emphasis is on projects that address the causes of problems rather than treat the symptoms, and which take a new approach to problem solving. More information here .
Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative offering female ag-leaders grants of between $3K and $8K to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs. Deadline for applications is December 15. More information here .
New Zealand
Kiwis are spending less on luncheon sausage and more on olives and fresh herbs, Stats NZ said today. As a result, the humble sandwich filler is dropping out of the basket used to measure food price inflation.

If you’re thinking of going into table olive production, it sounds like this might be the time to do it!
Scientists in Chile have developed a software modeling program to assist olive growers in making key decisions about when to plant and harvest their crops.
As the disease spreads, olive growers in northern Puglia remain confident their trees will fare better than those of the neighbors to the south.

What is most disturbing is the belief of some growers that the disease is a fabricated “money making scheme”.
10-Nov-2017 By Tim Cutcliffe
Consuming a diet rich in antioxidant foods is associated with a reduction in risk of type-2 diabetes (T2D) in middle-aged women, reports a new study in Diabetologia.
The “Friends of Olive Oil” in Greece announced the Olive Challenge, the first “innovation and entrepreneurship competition” for the olive sector last week at a press conference in Athens.
Kevin O'Connor has spent the last few months learning all he can about olive oil as the resident chef for the Australian brand that recently set up shop in the U.S.
The recent unsettled weather in western Greece, along with the floods it brought and the tragic toll on human lives it took in Attica, did not leave the olive crop unaffected. The storm called Eurydice that hammered many parts of the country brought along strong winds, rain and hail.

Exports to Greece, anyone?
Using innovation and technology to transform Tunisia’s olive oil industry was the focus of a high-level conference today in the country’s capital, Tunis. The event, organised by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), drew around 80 industry players from Tunisia, Morocco and Europe to discuss the latest trends and advances in the field.

The focus was on “raising quality standards and developing high-value-added products” – great aims.
What's On

25 No vem ber – Olives WA All About Olives Conference – Mt Hawthorn, WA

28 November  – Australian Olive Association AGM – West Lakes, SA

30 November  – Olives South Australia AGM – Wayv ille, S A

30 November – Olives SA AGM – Wayville Showgrounds, Adelaide
Michael Johnston: 0419815839

1 December – registration opens for OLIVE JAPAN 2018 – Tokyo, Japan

March - World Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting Team Championship, Priego de Cordoba, Spain

19-23 March – IRTA Olive Oil Evaluation Course - Barcelona, Spain

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

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

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