21 February 2020

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Today's Top Story
The trailers with olive trees were sent back to the mainland.

On Thursday, the port police in Palma stopped two trailers loaded with olive trees that had come from a nursery on the mainland and were on their way to a location in Calvia. The cargo of olives was totally uncovered, which was one breach of regulations regarding the movement of plants and trees since restrictions were introduced to control the spread of xylella fastidiosa, the so-called olive ebola.

This is why we need to be vigilant!
Photo: Geoff Treloar olive oil sensory tester tastes olive oil at the Wagga Agricultural Institute. (ABC Riverina: Jake Lapham) 

If an olive oil tastes fusty, musty or rancid it is not extra-virgin, so check if it has passed the gurus' taste tests at Wagga Wagga.
As our world becomes increasingly connected, the only way we can manage the risk of pests coming into Australia is ensuring an effective biosecurity system.

(See today’s Top Story!)
The Andrews Labor Government is demanding an explanation on why NSW and Queensland irrigators have been allowed to harvest floodplain waters out of the northern Murray-Darling Basin rivers.
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Volunteering work undertaken by backpackers in disaster zones will count towards the 88 hours needed for a second-year visa. (Flickr: Slim Teller) 

The Federal Government has unveiled temporary changes to working holiday visas which it says will make it easier for backpackers to help rebuild fire-ravaged communities and stay in Australia longer.
2020 National Awards for Excellence 
Nominations are open for Hort Connection 2020's annual National Awards for Excellence, recognizing the outstanding contributions that individuals and companies make to the Australian horticulture industry.
The awards cover a range of areas in horticulture, recognising remarkable growers in multiple categories as well as researchers, sustainability practices, innovative agribusinesses and the industry’s leading exporters.
Find out more, and nominate a grower or industry member who deserves recognition, here.
National table olive workshops with Linda Costa underway – registrations still open for WA event, closing Monday
AOA Table Olive Workshop, Tasmania: In-depth discussion of attendees’ queries is a hallmark of Linda Costa’s informative and inclusive workshop presentation style.
The National Table Olive Workshop Tour by South African expert Linda Costa is now well underway, with the Tasmania workshop held earlier this week and the Melbourne event happening today. Adelaide participants have their turn on Sunday, with the Hunter Valley and ACT workshops following next week, and Perth on 1 March. 
Working with the AOA, Costa is deliver a full day program in all major producing states covering all aspects of table olive production and marketing, from varietal options and processing methods to food safety and consumer demand.
Registrations for most of the workshops have closed, however bookings can be made until next Monday (24 February) for the WA event:

Perth - 1 March - Owen Homeopathics, 443 Great Eastern Highway, Perth
Access more information, including the full program, and register here

Don’t miss out - secure your place now!

The National Table Olive Workshops are part of the Olive levy project Australian olive industry communications and extension program (OL18000), funded by Hort Innovation, using the Hort Innovation olive research and development levy, co-investment from the Australian Olive Association and contributions from the Australian Government.
Olives SA Table Olive Field Day
Following on from the AOA Table Olives Workshop with Linda Costa in SA, Olives SA are holding a table olive field day at Verdale Olive Estate in Two Wells, owned by Nick and Anna Kryiacou. 
Attendees will have the opportunity to see a successful facility processing 250T of table olives each year, and join in an on-grove discussion by horticulturalist Andrew Taylor about harvesting and pruning practices for improved table olive fruit quality. Table olive judge Andrew Markides will also enlighten on what judges look for in a table olive, before the day finishes with a wood-oven pizza light-lunch. 
Saturday, 29 February – 11am; lunch 1pm.
Verdale Olive Estate, 27 Bailey Road, Two Wells, SA 5501
Attendance is free for OSA members, $20 for non-members. Coffee/alcohol from the Estate café at own cost.
Please RSVP to Michael Johnston on 0419 815 839 or mj@johnstons.net.au for catering purposes.
Register now for SA, TAS and QLD Sensory Training Workshops
Registration is now open for the final three events in the national series of TasteBook™/OliveCare® Sensory Training Workshops, being held in Campbell Town, Tasmania on 29 February; Urrbrae, South Australia on 6 March; and Perseverance, Queensland on 4 April. 
Full details are now available for the Queensland event, which will be held at the Perseverance Hall, 10 Perseverance Hall Rd, Perseverance.
An opportunity to learn from industry experts and sensory scientists, the workshops will provide participants with a better understanding and appreciation of what goes into producing quality Australian EVOO and table olives, and to learn about sensory evaluation.
The program includes TasteBook™ sensory training using EVOO and table olives, olive oil chemistry, freshness testing of EVOO, determining objective best before dates (BBDs) plus so much more.
The cost is $40 inc GST levy payers, $50 inc GST non-levy payers. 

Register for TAS here: closing 25 February;
Register for SA here: closing 2 March;
Register for QLD here: closing 30 March.
WA: Plant disease detection seminar

The West Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is hosting a seminar on plant disease detection from 10am to 11am Wednesday 26 February, South Perth. International experts will discuss ground-breaking technologies that could be used by growers, agronomists, and researchers to detect and monitor the spread of plant diseases. Speakers include North Carolina State University Professor Jean Ristaino and Bioscout CEO Lewis Collins from Sydney. Attendance can be in person or virtual/online - RSVP here.
New Zealand
Helen and John Dunlop set up Kakariki Olives in 2000 and are helping mentor current owners Ray and Brenda Gregory. Photo: Marion van Dijk.

We use a lot of Nelson produced olive oil at home so it's time I wrote about the small, but high quality, local olive oil industry and the dedicated producers in the region. One of them is Kakariki Olives in Redwood Valley.

The European Union released a study on quality controls performed by the olive oil-producing states. Requirements pertaining to the olive oil sector are contained in the Common Market Organization (CMO) regulation, including marketing, labeling, and packaging rules and a set of definitions, designations and olive oil sales descriptions.

18-Feb-2020 By Danielle Masterson

Researchers explore the role that diet plays in gut bacteria and how it may impact cardiovascular health.

Yet more argument for the switch from butter to EVOO!

With higher costs and lower yields than modern olive oil farms, quality alone may not be enough to protect Italy's smaller producers in a fast-changing international market.

“Cold pressed” “Smoke point” “Proper storage” “Aged oil” “Fridge test” “Health benefits”. Olive oil has certainly stood the test of time as a household staple, having just as many talking points as it does uses … but how familiar are you with it, really?

Straightforward myth-busting for consumers referencing credible sources and experts – including Australian Richard Gawel.
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
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Spain’s Food Information and Control Agency (AICA) said that the country will only produce one million tons of olive oil from the 2019 harvest. The data from AICA, which was analyzed by the Coordinator of Agriculture and Livestock Organizations (COAG) in Jaén, show that by the end of January, 997,400 tons of oil had been produced in the country.

High-quality olive oil, as well as wine and several other typical and renowned products of Italian agriculture can be imported in the U.S. with no new tariffs applied by the United States Trade Representative (USTR).

And …

Greek olive oil and related products and commodities as well as cheese, wines, and plum juice won’t be subject to American tariffs on European Union goods, the Greek Foreign Ministry said, the US exempting them again.

While …

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has announced that it will not increase the 25-percent tariff currently in force on some packaged olive oil imports from Spain. The USTR will also not impose any new tariffs on bulk Spanish olive oil imports.

06-Feb-2020 By Guan Yu Lim

Researchers in Singapore have found five healthy dietary patterns consumed in midlife are associated to a lower risk of cognitive impairment in late life in Chinese adults.
What's On

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

29 February
Olives SA Table Olive Field Day – Two Wells, SA

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

4 April
TasteBook™/OliveCare® Sensory Training Workshop - Perseverance, Queensland

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

9 -12 May
Berlin Global Olive Oil Competition 2020 – Berlin, Germany

18 May
Registration closes, EVO IOOC 2020 – Palmi, Italy

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


16-17 February 
evokeAG. – Perth, WA 

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