04 October 2019

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Will you be named AIOA Best EVOO or Table Olives of Show? Be there for the announcement and celebrate!
It’s not long now until the best of the best of 2019 producers are announced at the Australian International Olive Awards Gala Presentation Dinner, being held on October 18 as part of the Australian National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition in Albury, NSW. 
If you’ve won a Gold Medal, the top gong could be yours!!
Don’t miss out on the chance to be there and receive your award and celebrate with your peers and industry members. A great night of fun and festivities is planned, so make sure you’re there to be part of it – and be up there on the stage when your name is announced. Book your Awards Dinner tickets here.

26-Aug-2019 By Pearly Neo

The European Union (EU)’s recent demands that Australia remove food product names it claims are protected under the Geographical Indication (GI) scheme, such as feta or gruyere cheese, has angered the country’s F&B industry, but the government insists it has made ‘no promises’ to its second largest trading partner.
The government wants to increase the cap on the number of working holiday makers. Source: Getty
The Australian government's plans to allow thousands more foreign workers to work on Australian farms are facing a roadblock in the Senate. Parliament is yet to ratify Australia's free-trade deal with Indonesia, six months after it was signed, and key crossbench senators have raised concerns about elements of the agreement.

New reforms will make property identifiers compulsory across the agriculture supply chain by 2022 and federal government is seeking feedback on the reform. State and federal governments agreed to extend traceability requirements, which are already in place for the livestock industry, for all properties involved in agriculture.
Keen for a bargain on olive equipment? Have organic EVOO to sell? Go direct to the Industry Marketplace for Olive Growers and Producers
Whether you’ve got something to sell or are looking to buy, there’s someone out there waiting to hear about it. And the best way to spread the word is through the Olivebiz Classifieds – THE intra-industry way to sell, buy and source.
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 need, it’s the ideal way to get the message out loud and clear directly 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.
New quad bikes would be required to be fitted with crush protection devices (Anne Taylor).
The Federal Government looks set to introduce new laws requiring new quad bikes to be fitted with mandatory rollover protection, after pressure from farming and medical groups.
ABARES report: Agricultural commodities, September quarter 2019
The September 2019 edition of Agricultural commodities has been released, containing the latest ABARES outlook for Australia's key agricultural commodities for 2019-20. Find out more and download the report here.
Opportunities abound as Pakistan's palate goes premium
Pakistan’s middle class is developing a taste for premium food products and new shopping experiences. Australian food and beverage exporters can leverage emerging retail opportunities at supermarket chains in the country’s major cities, as well as via online grocery stores. Find out more in Austrade’s report on Food retail to Pakistan here.
2019 Australian National Olive Conference – can you afford NOT to attend?
To be successful, an olive business needs to be both financially and personally viable, and enabling growers to achieve both of those aims is the focus of this year’s National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition. 
THE industry gathering of the year, the event provides an unprecedented opportunity to learn and network with industry experts and peers. Working on the 2019 theme of Healthy groves, healthy businesses, the packed program of relevant, interesting and action-provoking presentations, field events and workshops is designed to help you achieve not just better, but the best in quality and yield parameters. Highlight topics include:
  • Frost management
  • Cyber security
  • Social media for small business
  • Pest & disease management
… and much, much more.
The event is being held in Albury, NSW from October 17-19. Check out the program here and REGISTER NOW! Registrations close October 8 so there’s no time to lose.
TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory workshops – book now for SA and NSW
Registrations are open for the October TasteBook™/OliveCare® sensory training workshops, so if you missed out on the first round of SA and NSW events, here’s your opportunity to secure your spot. And if you attended one of the earlier events, you may wish to build on that sensory learning via training with a new range of tasting oils.
  • SA – 12 October - The University of Adelaide, Mudla Wirra Road, Roseworthy
  • NSW – 27 October - Adina Vineyard, 492 Lovedale Road Lovedale, Hunter Valley
The workshops offer the opportunity to learn from industry experts and sensory scientists. Feedback to date has been outstandingly positive, with attendees gaining invaluable insight into the evaluation process, varietal nuances and EVOO quality parameters. 
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. 
More information and register here.
Webinar: Managing salinity in vegetable crops
Salinity issues can appear in all major agricultural production areas. They can come and go depending on weather and changes in water quality, occur naturally or as a result of management practices. Join an interactive lunchtime session and hear from industry experts on good salinity management practices on farm, salinity thresholds for vegetables, how salinity can be identified and measured, as well as appropriate EC ranges for soils and water.
Details: Thursday, 14 November 2019 – 12-1pm (AEDT). Register here.

While focusing specifically on vegetable crops, much of the information is relevant to all forms of agriculture, including olive growing, so this is a great opportunity to increase your knowledge and improve your grove management practices.
New Zealand
Change to schedule for new Focus Grove Project Field Days

There’s been an amendment to the schedule of new Olives NZ Focus Grove Field Days, with a change to the day of the Wairarapa event.
Details are now as follows:
  • Tuesday, 29 October - Northland
  • Thursday, 31 October - Hawke’s Bay
  • Monday, 4 November - Nelson
  • Tuesday, 5 November - Christchurch
  • Wednesday, 6 November - Wairarapa
A reminder that the Field Days will include visits to both the Focus Groves and Alternate Groves. You can find out more about the project here.

As a new academic year begins in Stella Cilento, schools in the small town have agreed to offer bread and extra virgin olive oil to local students as an afternoon snack.

Who doesn’t want their (grand)children to grow up in this village!

Extra virgin olive oil is a staple in a Mediterranean diet, linked with improved body compositions, heart health, cognitive function and longevity. But in recent years, alarms have repeatedly sounded over fears over the oil's "smoke point," and how heating olive oil to this temperature could release harmful compounds. 

Science-based myth de-bunking on a major US online news source – more please!

06-Sep-2019 By Flora Southey 

In this edition of the Brussels Bulletin, Denmark moves to ban PFAS chemicals from food packaging, a European Citizens’ Initiative calls for the introduction of a minimum price on CO₂ emissions, and Germany prohibits glyphosate. 
Born on June 8, 1919, Georgia Deane is the founder of The Deane School of Dance in Mendon, Massachusetts. She's still teaching classes today. Courtesy of Georgia Deane.
At age 100, Georgia Deane has a busy schedule running a business and teaching dance. But she’s willing to marry again.

She credits her joint health to olive oil – may she keep dancing for many more years!
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!

New data reveals that global GDP per capita will decrease by 7.22% by 2100 if average global temperatures continue to rise. For several olive-producing countries in the Mediterranean basin, the figure may be much higher.

Italian olive growers agree …

After the 24-hour storm dumped more rain on his olive trees than 55-year-old Gianluca can recall having seen in a September, the part-time farmer shook his head as he inspected his forlorn crop. 
"This is the third year I have not seen much to harvest," he lamented. 

The European Commission has not received any formal request to launch an investigation into the different pricing levels on the EU olive oil market, a source at the EU executive has informed EURACTIV.com.
The Juice Beauty farm in Dry Creek Valley. Courtesy of Juice Beauty. 
The OG "clean" beauty brand, Juice Beauty, has become one of the first farm to face brands to be studied by academia … The brand is being studied by UC Davis for developing grapes and olives specifically for skin benefits. 
Olive oil isn’t just for salad dressing anymore. The slippery staple has found its way into everything from cocktails to doughnuts, putting a healthy twist on surprising dishes. “It just has this amazing versatility,” says Kevin O’Connor, chef and certified olive oil sommelier for Cobram Estate, which grows olives and produces oils in California and Australia.

Great promotion for the switch to EVOO – and yes, someone is making a healthy zucchini olive oil donut!
What's On

4 October
Entries close, 2019 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

4-5 October
World Team Tasting Championship, Spain

12 October
ONZ EVOO Awards Dinner – Wellington, NZ 

12 October
Awards dinner- West Australian Olive Awards 2019 - WA 

12 October
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – Roseworthy, SA

18 October
Presentation dinner, Australian International Olive Awards – Albury, NSW

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

27 October
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – Lovedale, NSW

2 November
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – Tasmania

12-14 November
Food & Hotel China 2019 – Shanghai, China

14 November
Awards presentation, 2019 Hunter Valley Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

15 November
TasteBook™/OliveCare® workshop – Toowoomba, Qld

21-22 November
Savantes Melbourne, Australia

22 November
Hort Innovation AGM – Sydney

26-28 November
SITEVI – Montpellier, France 


7-8 February 
Sensory Masterclass – Geelong, Vic

9-12 February
World Congress on Oils & Fats – Sydney, Australia

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

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