22 January 2021

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Today's Top Story

Trials to turn waste from potato farms into fertiliser and energy are underway in regional Victoria in a bid to be environmentally friendly and lower the costs for farmers. The research and development project based in Mollongghip, between Ballarat and Daylesford, aims to convert agricultural waste, known as biomass, into hydrogen.

A great initiative - and perhaps the start of a future trend in farming.
The number of aircraft travelling to and from Australia has been slashed, driving up exporters' costs. (Reuters: Naseem Zeitoon)

Australian exporters are calling on the Federal Government to extend a freight subsidy they say is vital in keeping supply chains open and protecting their businesses. The call to extend the International Freight Assistance Mechanism comes amid projections international travel will remain on hold for the rest of 2021. 

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian this week bemoaned the fact Australia had no COVID-19 hotspots, and questioned why most domestic borders remained closed to her state. She based her statement on the Federal Government's definition of a hotspot, which counts the number of cases in a specific geographical area over a three-day period.
COVID restrictions: stay informed

As shown by the article above, it’s important to keep up with the changing status of pandemic regulations. You can access state-specific information on COVID-19 from the links below: 

Landholders are urged to report locusts and populations to get them under control. (Supplied: Mal Leeson)

First mice and now plague locusts are rearing their heads in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales for the first time in years, thanks to recent rain. The region has already seen a wave of adult locusts last month, and now their eggs are hatching and hungry. 
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By Lorraine Gordon

In November 2019, off the back of the toughest drought in Australian history, my family farm at Ebor was ‘smashed’ by the Ebor fire at one end of the property and the East Cattai fire at the other end.
This took out approximately 20kms of boundary fence and $700,000 in infrastructure. These catastrophic fires completely devastated our landscape in a few hours. Come March, we had just re-opened our farm tourism and function centre, when COVID-19 hit. This shut down our tourism business for much of the remaining year.

With all the challenging ‘stuff’ happening in our world right now, this article by Lorraine Gordon, Southern Cross University’s Director of Strategic Projects at the Regenerative Agriculture Alliance and Farming Together Program, is well worth reading.

The federal government is offering $5 million in funding in hopes it will help encourage Australians to take up seasonal work opportunities in horticulture. The Harvest Trail Service, which has been expanded into 16 regions, including Adelaide-Barossa and SA South-East, aims to ensure major horticulture areas have access to the workers they need.

Victoria is copping criticism from farmers and the federal government over a lack of plans to fill the shortage in farm labourers, despite its commitments to bring overseas tennis players to the Australian Open and to accommodate international students.

Hard to argue, really …
With summer now here, the perfect activity to get you out in the sun is to go olive picking! Olive groves all around Australia are blooming all year long and are wonderful to go strolling through! Let’s take a look into 6 different olive groves you can visit Australia wide.

We’re always happy to see our producers and products promoted in the media!
Have your say on HARPS Version 2.0
The Harmonised Australian Retailer Produce Scheme (HARPS) is a retailer-led scheme designed to assist with compliance to food safety, legal and trade legislation for suppliers to the major grocery retailers in Australia. To date, over 3,000 audits have taken place across the growers and suppliers to the HARPS participating retailers.
HARPS Version 2.0 is now available for public consultation and you’re invited to comment, with the Public Consultation feedback period now extended to Sunday, 31 January.
Download the HARPS Version 2.0 Standard and associated documentation, and provide your feedback, here.
New IoT technology grants for Victorian farmers
Victorian farmers can apply for a new round of State Government grants to help them invest in Internet of Things (IoT) technology designed to make farming easier and more accurate. Round two of the On-Farm IoT Trial enables farmers in Wellington Shire, City of Greater Shepparton, Buloke Shire, Loddon Shire and Moira Shire to apply for up to $25,000 to test IoT technology on their farms, expanding the number of farmers who can take part in the trial program.
Technology selected by more than 90 farmers taking part in round one of the Trial includes soil moisture probes, security cameras and surface level monitors for dams.
Find out more and apply here. Applications close on 29 January.
Farmers2Founders ideas program

The Farmers2Founders ideas program is a 12-week program designed for primary producers who want to work out if their business idea is worth pursuing. The scheme provides access to funding, tailored resources and dedicated business coaching over the three months, along with the opportunity to grow your network across the agrifood industry.
Applications to join the program close on Friday 12 February. Find out more here.
New and extended IFAM flights
The International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) continues to provide new and extended flights for export freight, now including Vietnam and Taiwan to expand the reach into key Asian markets.
Routes announced this week include: (new) Brisbane to Hanoi via Singapore, Cairns and Perth to Narita, Perth to Taipei via Narita, Melbourne to Bangkok and Sydney to Los Angeles (extended) Brisbane to Dubai, Melbourne to Los Angeles and Perth to Singapore.
Contact your preferred freight forwarder to access available flights.  
For more information and flight details, visit the IFAM webpage or download the IFAM Flight Schedule Outbound.
2021 Hunter Olive Show
After a forced hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic, planning is well underway for the 2021 Hunter Olive Show. Key dates have been confirmed, as follows:
  • Entries open – Monday, 2 August
  • Entries close - Friday, 3 September
  • Judging – Saturday, 25 September
  • Awards night – Thursday, 7 October
This year’s competition also sees the introduction of an additional major award, with the title of Best Varietal EVOO of Show also up for grabs. 
For more on the competition and the new award, don’t miss the March edition of Olivegrower & Processor.
New Zealand
Olives NZ AGM 

The 2021 Olives New Zealand AGM will be held on Sunday, 21 March from 5-6.30pm (approx) by Zoom meeting.
Papers have been sent out to members this week, noting that the positions of President, Vice President and Treasurer are due for nomination. While the incumbents are available for re-election, other nominations are welcome.
For more information contact EO Gayle Sheridan at admin@olivesnz.org.nz.
April Focus Grove Field Days
The next round of Focus Grove Field Days will be held in April as follows:
Friday, 9 – Hawke’s Bay, 2pm start at Aquiferra, Hastings
Monday, 12 – Northland, 11am start at Olives on the Hill, Mangawhai
Wednesday, 14 – Canterbury, 12 noon start at Terrace Edge Vineyard & Olive Grove, Waipara Valley
Thursday, 15 – Nelson, 11am start at Kakariki Olives, Richmond; 2.30pm at Neudorf Olives, Upper Moutere
Friday, 16 – Wairarapa, 11am start at Leafyridge Olive Grove, East Taratahi; 2.30pm at Bella Olea, Greytown.
The key aspects of this round of Field Days are nutritional advice - recommendations following on from leaf tests; and disease management - sprays applied since October; pruning - review of post-harvest pruning, need for secondary pruning; crop load - review of flowering translation into fruit set; other observations, for example weather challenges.
Recespaña Cooperative 

Storm Filomena has caused an estimated €12 million of damage to olive growers in the Community of Madrid alone, according to the regional branch of the Association of Young Farmers (Asaja Marid).
In a unique Greek-American collaboration, the World Olive Center for Health is working with the UC Davis Olive Center to raise money for olive oil research by selling extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) called Eureka. Packaged in a box that looks like a bar of gold, Eureka contains two vials of high phenolic “liquid gold” - that is, especially healthy EVOO.

Over the past three decades global olive oil consumption has nearly doubled, rising from 1.7 million tons in the 1990/91 crop year to 3.2 million tons in 2019/20, according to data from the International Olive Council (IOC).
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Mose prunes olive branches in the cliff village. JIANG HONGJING/XINHUA

Mose Subure, 27, and five other young villagers from the "cliff village "started working early on Dec 23, 2020. They bundled in batches all the plastic steel tiles that are used for building their house, and have them fixed with splints. They prepared to go back to the village through a steel ladder. These materials are necessary for building a homestay there.

The role of olives in the village’s economic growth makes this relevant, and you just have to see the pictures of the ‘steel ladder’ access!

Consuming refined foods associated with the Western diet may counteract the benefits of adhering to the Mediterranean diet, according to a new study from the Rush University Medical Center of Chicago.

For much of the Greek olive oil sector in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic provoked the perseverance required to meet challenges and achieve success. With great dedication, many Greek olive oil producers turned a year of illness, lockdowns, and grief into a time for honoring olive oil’s health benefits and flavors and emphasizing its key role in a healthy diet. 

Olive oil prices in Puglia continue to slide despite lower production in 2020. Coldiretti believes the government must do more.
What's On

14 December-26 January
AOA office closure

14 February
Healthy Soils Field Day - Exeter, TAS

21 February
Healthy Soils Field Day - Rushworth, VIC

28 February
Healthy Soils Field Day - Tooperang SA

7 March
Healthy Soils Field Day - Hunter Valley NSW

14 March
Healthy Soils Field Day, Hampton (via Toowoomba), QLD

21 March
Olives NZ AGM (Zoom)

23-25 March
Soil CRC Participants Conference

28 March
Healthy Soils Field Day - Lowden (via Donnybrook) WA

5 April
Entries close, Berlin Global Olive Oil Awards – Berlin, Germany

7 May
Entries close, OLIVE JAPAN 2021 International Olive Oil Competition

15 May
Registrations close/samples due, EVO IOOC – Palmi, Italy

18-19 May
Farm2Plate Exchange 2021 – Scenic Rim, Qld

25 May
Winners announced, OLIVE JAPAN 2021 International Olive Oil Competition

7-9 June 
Hort Connections 2021 – Brisbane, Qld

2 August
Entries open, Hunter Olive Show

3 September
Entries close, Hunter Olive Show

7 October
Awards night, Hunter Olive Show

15-17 October
2021 National Olive Conference & Trade Exhibition - Devonport, Tasmania

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