Friday 21 December 2018

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Today's Top Story
German family-run brand Thies launches a sustainable footwear line made from ‘olivenleder’, or ‘olive leather’, a 100% vegan leather tanned from olive leaves left over from the harvest. the shoes for women, men, and children use patented ‘wet-green’ method for producing ultra-fine leather of the substance developed by olive trees to ward off predators.
State of The Climate 2018 shows continued warming of climate and oceans
More frequent extreme heat events and marine heatwaves, an increase in extreme fire weather, and declining rainfall in the southeast and southwest of the continent are some of the key observations showing Australia’s changing climate, as detailed in the latest State of the Climate report released this week by CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology.
Drawing on the latest climate observations, the biennial report provides a comprehensive analysis of Australia's climate and how it is changing. Access the report here.
Quick guide to interstate quarantine regulations
In addition to the restrictions on what can be brought into Australia from overseas, there are also rules about what can be moved around Australia. This is to prevent the spread of plant pests and diseases from one area of the country to another.
To help people comply with the rules, and just in time for summer holiday season, an updated version of the booklet Australian Interstate Quarantine: A traveller's guide has been released.
As horticultural industry members, we all need to set a good example – download the guide here.
Festive greetings from the FOE team

This is the final edition of Friday Olive Extracts (FOE) for 2018, with the team taking a short break with their families over the next fortnight. We’ll be back with the first edition for 2019 on January 11.

Thanks to all our readers, and the advertisers who support this great industry information source – we couldn’t do it without you – and best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season.

Cheers – Gerri & Sandy, the FOE team!
Got something to sell? Or want to buy? Go direct to your target market
If you’ve got something industry-related to sell, you can reach your target market directly with Olivebi z Classifieds. The online Classifieds service is an easy and inexpensive solution to advertising 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. 
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
Co-operative governance development
Co-ops NSW is running a co-operative governance professional development session, providing an intensive and tailored day of professional development for new, experienced or future directors and managers of co-operatives
Details: February 11 from 10am to 4pm, Customs House, Sydney. Cost: $100+GST (members), $200+GST (non-members), all materials, tea, coffee and lunch included. More information and register here.
Risk insurance preparation rebate
The Managing Farm Risk Programme provides one-off rebates for 50%, up to a maximum of $2 500 (GST exclusive), to prepare and apply for a new insurance policy to assist with drought and other production/market risks (but not for insurance policy premiums). Application deadline is 31 May 2019. For more information call 1800 837 857 or email
Registration now open for WA & Vic IPDM Field Days
The AOA’s program of IPDM Field Day has been a runaway success, with participant feedback enthusiastic across the board about the wealth of information shared – the practical take-homes in terms of pest and disease identification in particular. Registration is now open for the remaining Field Days, being held in February 2019 in Western Australia and Victoria. Details are:

Western Australia
Friday, February 15 - New Norcia: New Norcia Benedictine Community, Great Northern Highway, New Norcia, WA
Sunday, February 17 - Margaret River: Olio Bello Olive Grove, Armstrong Road, Cowaramup, WA
Friday, February 1 - Wangaratta region: Mt Buffalo Olives, 307 Mt Buffalo Rd, Porepunkah, VIC
Sunday, February 3 - Mornington Peninsula, VIC: details TBC.

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.
New Zealand
March 2019 Focus Grove Field Days
Details have been announced for the next round of Olives New Zealand Focus Grove Field Days, to be held in March 2019. Dates and locations are as follows:
  • Monday 18 (pm) - Hawke’s Bay
  • Tuesday 19 - Northland
  • Friday 22 - Wairarapa (followed by AGM, Saturday 23)
  • Monday 25 - Canterbury
  • Tuesday 26 – Nelson.
More information on the Focus Grove Project here.
If you’re attending a holiday party this season, you can’t go wrong by bringing the host a bottle of nice wine, whiskey, or whatever booze they prefer to drink. We’re also fans of homemade gifts, especially when it’s something edible. But this season, we’re looking for a whole new way to impress our host, especially if they are a whiz in the kitchen. Forget about the wine this season and bring your host something that’s just as useful - a bottle of really nice olive oil.

What a great idea – so much better for their health! Imagine the boost to EVOO sales if it took off.
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
The year is rapidly ticking by, with Friday Olive Extracts (FOE) continuing 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!
18-Dec-2018 By Hank Schultz

A recently published clinical guideline for the management of blood cholesterol gives an indication of how far the dietary supplement industry has to go in convincing practitioners of the efficacy of its products. In its 120 pages, the guideline spends all of two paragraphs on lifestyle factors and preventive strategies.

EVOO gets a specific mention for its benefits.
As part of the series called ‘A Plant’s Life’, the Islamic Botanical Garden, which is part of the Environment and Protected Areas Authority (Epaa),organised an event about olive trees under the theme ‘The Blessed Tree’. The event was held in the Garden’s classroom on Sunday, with the participation of Epaa staff, visitors to the Garden and students.
Black market trading of agricultural goods including olives is becoming a major problem in Greece as a result of heavy taxation of agricultural incomes, required payments of annual taxes one year in advance, steep insurance contributions linked to taxable income and the state’s weaknesses in controlling and rigorously enforcing compliance of laws.
Olive oil could quite possibly be one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. Research shows that the fat, a cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet, may help your heart, ward off cancer, and improve your body’s ability to absorb other nutrients. But olive oil may also be one of the most confusing foods on the planet.

Read down to the part about choosing higher quality oil for high temp cooking …
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

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