Friday 11 December 2019

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Today's Top Story
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Adverts for cheese, butter, olive oil and stock cubes could be banned from London’s transport network in Sadiq Khan’s war on junk food, the Evening Standard can reveal.

If the aim is to “(use) the advertising industry’s expertise to improve the health and wellbeing of children”, surely they should be promoting olive oil!
Happy New Year!
The Friday Olive Extracts team have had a great break over the holiday season, and we hope you have too. We’re back on deck now, revved up for another great year bringing all the latest news, events and industry information to our readers across Australia, New Zealand and further afield.
Best wishes to all for a successful – and for growers, fruitful – year in 2019.
Editor Gerri Nelligan and the FOE team.
NFF survey: help ensure farming voices are heard
With a Federal election set to be called in the first half of 2019, the National Farmers' Federation is working to ensure the voice of farmers and regional communities is heard. The NFF’s election strategy team needs your help to ensure the things it advocates for are the things that matter most to farming people and communities.
The survey takes 5-10 minutes to complete, and you can access it here.
Reduce quad bike risks on your property

Quad bikes are the biggest cause of deaths on Australian farms, accounting for more than half of the 200-plus quad-bike related deaths in Australia in the last 18 years. If you or anyone on your farm is going to use a quad bike, it’s vital that you know and protect against the potential risks to make sure everyone gets home safe.
WorkSafe Victoria has launched eight new videos and a range of useful resources to help identify hazards and control risks related to quad bike use in your workplace and in the field.  Access the resources here.
Dijana needs a 500L tank, so she’s gone directly to her 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. 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 associates – like Dijana, who’s currently looking to buy a 500 litre stainless steel conical tank.

Olivebiz Classifieds cost just $40/month for AOA members ($100/month 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 To arrange a listing, contact Gerri at
Help enhance Australia’s food traceability framework
Producers are invited to provide feedback on the principles which will shape the National Traceability Framework, being developed by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to to support Australia’s strong food safety reputation. The framework aims to:
  • enhance Australia’s agricultural traceability systems
  • improve competitiveness
  • provide assurance for customers both domestically and abroad.

Submissions are open until 23 January – have your say here.
Registration open for Vic and WA IPDM Field Days: be there and protect YOUR grove.
The AOA’s program of IPDM Field Days has been a huge success, with enthusiastic feedback about the wealth of information shared – the practical take-homes in terms of pest and disease identification in particular. Registration is open for the remaining Field Days, being held in February 2019 in Victoria and Western Australia, with details of the Mornington Peninsula event now finalised:


Western Australia

The Field Days are part of the national program in the olive levy-funded project: An integrated pest and disease management extension program for the olive industry (OL17001). Organized by the AOA in conjunction with Western Sydney University, the sessions explore IPDM extension services, focused particularly on black scale, olive lace bug and anthracnose management. 

Vital information from industry experts combines with the opportunity to share issues and experiences with other grove owners, making these “must do” events for EVERY GROWER .

More information, registrations and view the full program here. Videos of the Roseworthy Field Day are also available online here.
The International Olive Council and the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies organized a seminar with the goal of consolidating a common action plan against Xf.

While in the UK …
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Right Honourable Lord Henley, has announced funding for a major bacterial plant diseases research programme supported by UK Research and Innovation’s Strategic Priorities Fund. The first phase of this investment initiates a UK-wide consortium to prepare for the possible introduction and spread of the devastating plant pathogen Xylella fastidiosa into the UK.

A group of researchers from Spain’s University of Jaén have developed new mathematical models that can help to predict the quality of extra virgin olive oil and optimize its production.
4,000-year-old olive seeds and utensils were been found in Oylum Höyük, an historical mound located in a fertile plain in Kilis province in Southeastern Turkey.
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
With the new year now upon us,  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 - it’s free, and the best way to reach your fellow industry members!
Egypt plans to be the world’s top table olive producer by the end of the next decade, according to the country’s Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation.
This year Spain´s production levels have seemed very promising and even though the Young Farmers Association of Jaén (ASAJA-Jaén) set their production estimates to be one of the best first harvest months in six years, nature has thrown a few curve balls.
Olive oil can help keep your reading in check (Image: GETTY)
High blood pressure doesn’t usually have any symptoms which can make the condition difficult to detect. While regular checks by your GP are recommended, eating the right foods and avoiding the wrong ones as part of a healthy diet, are the best ways to help lower your reading. When it comes to what cooking oil to choose, there's always one you should opt for.
Coconut oil's potential health benefits are outweighed by its heavy dose of saturated fat, most nutrition experts say. Saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Russ Rohde/Getty Images/Cultura RF
In the past few years, coconut oil has been called a superfood that can help you blast belly fat and raise your good cholesterol. The sweet and nutty trendsetter has been featured in many cookbooks as a substitute for olive or canola oil - and it can cost a bundle at the store. A recent survey found that 72% of Americans say coconut oil is a "healthy food," but many nutrition experts aren't convinced.

Researchers at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) and the Scintillon Institute have designed a sensor that can detect counterfeit olive oil labeled as extra virgin or protected designation of origin. Laser diodes in the sensor detect fluorescence levels in the oils, which differ slightly between the adulterated and pure extra virgin olive oils.
What's On
1 February
AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day – Wangaratta region, Vic

3 February
AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day – Mornington Peninsula, Vic

15 February
AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day – New Norcia, WA

18-26 March
Olives New Zealand Focus Grove Project Field Days – various regions, NZ

17 February
AOA Integrated Pest & Disease Management Field Day – Margaret River, WA

17-21 February - FIAL at Gulfood - Dubai, UAE

23 March - Olives New Zealand 2019 Annual General Meeting – Carterton

25 March 25
Closing date for entries, 2019 Olive Japan International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition – Tokyo, Japan

1 April
Closing date for entries, Oil China Competition 2019 - Beijing China

5-10 May – New York International Olive Oil Competition – New York, USA

11-14 May
1st China Training Course of Olive Oil Tasters - Shanghai China

14-16 May
Oil China Expo 2019 + Summit Forum - Shanghai China

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

To include your event, or update your existing event details, email FOE editor Gerri Nelligan at
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