12 July 2019

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Today's Top Story
Glyphosate, commonly sold as ‘Roundup’ has revolutionised broad-acre cropping, but the herbicide is under mounting scrutiny and users are wondering what the truth is.

A little over 14 mins but important information and well worth watching during your afternoon coffee break.
CHEERS: David Morris from Morris Wines and Rob Whyte from Gooramadda Olives celebrate their combined international success. Picture: Mark Jesser.
The Border and North East have two of the world's best just down the road with two Rutherglen neighbours picking up international awards in two different fields.
Olive Industry Communications Survey: your feedback needed
The AOA operates a communications and extension program for the benefit of our industry. They need your feedback from time to time to help measure the impact of the program, and to ensure that each of the resources is delivering benefits for producers. 
As such, the 2019 Communications and Extension Survey is currently underway and participation by all industry members would be greatly appreciated. All responses remain confidential, and completion should only take 5-10 minutes.

“Thank you in advance. Your feedback is important in ensuring we continually improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our efforts” - Greg Seymour, AOA CEO.
The survey closes on 22 July 2019 – please take part now here.
Lawry is holding an auction clearing sale, so he’s gone directly to his target market
Got something to sell, or want to buy? You can reach your target market directly with Olivebiz Classifieds. If you’ve got something industry-related to sell, our online Classifieds service is an easy and inexpensive solution to advertise your unwanted equipment, extra oil or even your grove – like Lawry, who’s selling a COE C7 prune/olive harvesting unit and more for a client in an auction clearing sale. 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. 

Olivebiz Classifieds cost just $40 for AOA members ($100 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 www.olivebiz.com.au/classifieds. To arrange a listing, contact Gerri at editor@olivegrower.com.au.
Webster has received $41 million in Commonwealth funds to grow its empire in the Murrumbidgee Valley.
Australian taxpayers have given a huge corporation more than $40 million, enabling it to expand irrigation in the Murray-Darling Basin under an environmental scheme that has been labelled a national disgrace. 

And here’s some background information to put things into context:
The Murray-Darling Basin Plan is an historic, bipartisan agreement about how to use the water that flows down the nation's longest river system. It was signed into law by then-prime minister Julia Gillard on November 22, 2012, after the Commonwealth reached an accord with each of the Basin states: Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.
2019/20 Australian Olive Association membership – help us continue to help you
Are you an Australian Olive Association member? Thank you! We appreciate your ongoing support and look forward to hearing from you in 2019/20. Please look out for your membership invoices which will be emailed over the next couple of weeks. Please check your SPAM folders and whitelist secretariat@australianolives.com.au to ensure you receive your invoice.
Here is a reminder of some of the many activities the AOA is able to achieve for the olive industry with your membership contribution:
✓Advocacy and Representation - your voice to Government ✓Australian Standard for Olive oil and olive pomace oil AS 5264-2011 ✓Code of Practice OliveCare® ✓Consumer Awareness & Education Campaigns – Everyday, Fresher Tastes Better! ✓Biosecurity management ✓Australian International Olive Awards ✓AOA National Industry Conference & Exhibition ✓Point of sale marketing merchandise ✓PHA Biosecurity Levy ✓Market surveillance and reporting ✓Grower field days & seminars ✓Industry communications – Olivegrower & Processor, Friday Olive Extracts, Olivebiz ✓ AOA Facebook page ✓ TasteBook™ program ✓Registered pesticide minor use permits holder for industry ✓Voice of Horticulture Membership ✓NFF Horticulture Council Membership ✓Industry Risk and Crisis Management.
Being a member also entitles you to many invaluable benefits which can provide you with major competitive advantages – e.g. the opportunity to obtain certification through the OliveCare® program, and discounted subscriptions and tickets to the annual premier olive industry events, the National Industry Conference & Exhibition and Australian International Olive Awards – knowledge and awards can set your business apart!
Not a member? Help us help you. New members receive a FREE copy of The Olive Growing Book, valued at $165. Click here for more details on the benefits of becoming a member today.
July Grove Innovation online now
Grove Innovation is the industry’s monthly update on the latest R&D projects, resources and upcoming events related to the Hort Innovation Olive Fund. The newly-released July edition is available online via the OliveBiz website here, where you can also find articles from all the past editions. There’s lots of interesting news, with a focus on industry efficiency and sustainability, so jump online and take a look.
Agriculture Vic horticulture industry Survey

Agriculture Victoria is conducting research with horticulture producers to identify future barriers and motivators to the growth of the industry. The survey takes approx. 10-15 mins and includes areas such as the environment, exports and food safety. Take part here.
Australian Export Awards
Are you Australia’s next top exporter? Nominations are now open for the 57th Australian Export Awards, one of the longest-running business awards program in the country.
If your business is making its mark in international markets, this is the opportunity to showcase your international engagement and gain recognition for your team's dedication and innovation.
Entry is through your state or territory program and winners will progress to the national awards – and the chance to be named Australian Exporter of the Year.
More information and apply here.
Applications open for IOC traineeships – closing soon
The Executive Secretariat of the IOC is looking for two trainees, one in administration and one in the area of food technology, chemistry or food science, to complete a four-month paid traineeship at headquarters from 1 September 2019. The trainees will work in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual and multi-ethnic environment and put into practice the knowledge acquired through his or her studies. The deadline for applications is 15 July 2019 - more information here.
2019 Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship for Young Farmers
Applications are open for the 2019 Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship, sponsored by the Department for Environment and Water. Offering a funding grant of $8000, the scholarship aims to provide farmers aged 18-40 in South Australia with the opportunity to improve personal and professional skills that will benefit the industry, the individual in their own business or employment and the sustainability of natural resources that underpin primary production. The Scholarship may be used for study tours, courses or further study or assist to directly fund their commencement of a specific project.
More information and apply here.
Entries NOW OPEN for the Australian International Olive Awards – don’t miss your chance to be named 2019 BEST EVOO or TABLE OLIVES OF SHOW
We hope you’ve got your oil ready and lab testing organized, because entries are now open for the 2019 Australian International Olive Awards – Australia’s premier EVOO and table olive competition.
Providing an unmatched opportunity for peer review and brand promotion, the 2019 competition features new elements including:
  • Reserved Champion of Class awards - increased chances of winning
  • Bigger and better trophies
  • Online decal ordering
  • Medal results emailed post-judging
  • Earlier entry and earlier results = early promotion and increased marketing opportunities
Key dates:
Entries now open
30 August – entries close
18 October – Awards Presentation Dinner, Albury, NSW
More information here or contact Chief Steward Trudie Michels on 0419 031 527, tmichels@globaldial.com.
Pruning day this Sunday at Roseworthy NOVA site – help revitalize and learn!
As part of the ongoing rejuvenation project of the National Olive Varietal Assessment (NOVA) grove, Olives SA is holding a second pruning day at the Roseworthy site. This is a great opportunity to hone your pruning and shaping skills, while helping to revitalise this important national resource. The site is unique within Australia and possibly the world, so it’s also an opportunity to learn more about it.
Details: Sunday, July 14 from 9:30am. BYO picnic lunch, pruning tools and other useful equipment.
All interested parties are invited to take part: call Michael Johnston on 0419 815 839 for more information or to register your attendance.
TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory workshops – book now for WA event
Dates have been announced for the next three in the series of national sensory training workshops, as follows:
  • WA: Sunday, 18 August - Castellorizian Club, Mt Hawthorn, WA
  • Vic: Saturday, 31 August - Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway, Wangaratta 
  • SA: Friday, 20 September - University of Adelaide, Roseworthy 
Feedback from the first three TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory training workshops has been outstandingly positive, with attendees gaining invaluable insight into the evaluation process, varietal nuances and the quality parameters which make award winning EVOO and table olives stand out from the rest. 
The series of national sensory training workshops are being run by NSW DPI Sensory and Consumer Science Researcher Dr Soumi Paul Mukhopadhyay and OliveCare® administrator Peter McFarlane, with regional guest presenters adding their expertise to each event. The program includes sensory training, olive oil chemistry, freshness testing of EVOO and determining objective best before dates (BBDs) and more, providing an interactive learning experience which will benefit olive growers and processors, olive oil judges and anyone wishing to gain a better appreciation for EVOO and table olives.  
The cost is just $40 for levy payers, $50 non-levy payers, including catering and comprehensive course notes. 

Don’t miss your opportunity to learn - register now for the Mt Hawthorn, WA event on Sunday, 18 August.

More information and register here, where you’ll also find the full national schedule.

09-Jul-2019 By Pearly Neo 

Four major trending issues are driving the health foods market in China today, with a combination of strong national pride and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) influence having particular sway over the younger generation of local consumers. 

Obesity/diabetes and immunity are two of them … any ‘health food’ ringing a bell?

Improving quality is the best way to improve Argentina's international standing, said small and large-scale producers in a documentary video produced by Olive Oil Times that debuted today.

That’s one of the aims of the AOA OliveCare® Code of Best Practice program, which awards results show is kicking goals for Australian signatories. 
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
With 2019 now well underway Friday Olive Extracts  (FOE) continues to bring all the latest industry news and events to your Inbox every week. THE place to share olive industry news, event details and reminders, our industry e-newsletter keeps growing in popularity 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  editor@olivegrower.com.au - it’s free, and the best way to reach your fellow industry members!

The International Olive Council (IOC) has submitted recommendations to the European Union (EU) on the level of a potentially cancerous chemical that can safely be consumed in olive oil. The supranational body that governs global olive oil quality and standards has told the EU that 1.25 milligrams per kilogram is the threshold for safely being able to consume the chemical 3-monochloropropane diol (or 3-MCPD esters) in olive oil.
Two workers saw off the withered branches of an olive tree infected by Xylella fastidiosa in Squinzano, 20 kilometres north of Lecce, Italy.
“How is it going? Well, I don’t know what to tell you,” replies Giovanni Miglietta, a 51-year-old from Trepuzzi in the Apulia (Puglia) region of south-eastern Italy. He stares with infinite sadness at his centuries-old olive trees with their tangled, skeletal trunks, and fails to notice as raindrops fall from the sky and accumulate on his glasses.

Jaén’s Association of Young Farmers and Ranchers (ASAJA Jaén) has called on town and local governments to waive property taxes for olive growers and oil producers this year. Local governments have previously waived these taxes on other occasions, including in years with bad droughts.
Ali Gurbuz on Sunday won the coveted golden belt at the ancient 658th oil wrestling festival held in Turkey's northwestern Edirne province.

An ancient tradition with olive oil as one of the key elements, acting as sun protection, reducing the pain of injuries and helping with wound healing, contestants say.

10-Jul-2019 By Pearly Neo 

Taste must take top priority when it comes to developing new products in the plant-based space in order to win over consumers that are increasingly aware the food choices they make toward will dictate health outcomes in later life, according to global food and beverage giant PepsiCo. 

That’s simple … just use EVOO and olives in your products and they’ll taste sensational!
What's On

Australian Women's Leadership Symposiums – all states, Australia 

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

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

25 July
Submission deadline, 2019 Australian Golden Olive Awards – Rutherglen, VIC 

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

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

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

26 August
Entries close, 2019 Royal Easter Show Olive Oil Competition – Auckland, NZ

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

31 August
TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory workshop – Wangaratta, 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

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

To include your event, or update your existing event details, email FOE editor Gerri Nelligan at  editor@olivegrower.com.au
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