19 June 2020

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Today's Top Story

The latest Xylella fastidiosa outbreak in Puglia showed how easily the bacteria spreads beyond the already identified areas of containment and observation.
Wetter July to September likely for most of Australia
The latest BOM outlook is a promising one, with an increase in rainfall forecast for most olive growing regions. While the end of June is likely to be drier than average for most of the country, that pattern has strengthened probabilities favouring wetter conditions for July – and beyond, with July to September likely to be wetter than average for most of WA, SA, NSW, Victoria and southern Queensland (mostly 65-80% chance). Unfortunately, western Tasmania is likely to be drier than average (60-75% chance).
The ‘wetter than average’ forecast continues through to October for most of eastern and southern mainland Australia, with roughly equal chances of wetter conditions from August to October elsewhere.
Prime your dams and tanks, and let’s all keep our fingers crossed!
NSW Farmers president James Jackson is calling for a royal commission into the Murray Darling Basin Plan.
Picture: John Feder

NSW Farmers wants the Murray Darling Basin Plan reopened as it presses ahead with its call for a royal commission into the controversial plan. But it stands alone among the eastern state farming lobbies, with Victoria and Queensland still hesitant re-prosecuting the plan could leave farmers worse off.

While the pollies want a different course of action:

The message is clear. Victoria’s Nationals want a blanket moratorium on irrigation development below the Barmah Choke. In a powerful joint statement, a group of Nationals are calling on other Murray-Darling Basin States to follow Victoria’s lead.

And some want another … 

A bill introduced by NSW Water Minister Melinda Pavey to improve water ownership transparency passed through the Lower House today. But, during the debate some members of the Labor and Greens parties labelled it "far lesser version" of the water transparency bill introduced last year by Shooters, Fishers, Farmers MP Helen Dalton.

Queensland's top health official says she is concerned the state's latest confirmed coronavirus case knew he may have been in contact with an infected person before travelling from interstate to pick strawberries.

This is why anyone employing seasonal workers for harvest, pruning or other work needs to strictly follow the correct protocols and health checks.
Theo and Matt are both SELLING OLIVE EQUIPMENT and they’re letting olive producers know through the OliveBiz Classifieds
Your circumstances have changed and you’ve got equipment you no longer need but there’s undoubtedly another producer out there for whom it would be ideal. Let them know about it through the Olivebiz Classifieds – THE intra-industry way to sell, buy and source. 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 Theo, who has production and warehouse equipment for sale, and Matt, who’s selling a large OFM olive sorting machine. 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.
Horticulture Showcase unpacks workplace laws
The Fair Work Ombudsman’s Horticulture Showcase is a user-friendly website providing employers and employees in the horticulture industry to access information and resources on workplace laws – no matter what your mother-tongue.
The Showcase can be translated into 36 different languages, including Mandarin, Japanese, French, Thai, German and Italian, with information accessed in-language covering topics most relevant to growers and workers, including: 
  • Pay and piecework rates.
  • Workplace health and safety.
  • Hours of work and overtime.
  • Deductions for accommodation, transport and job finding.
  • Sourcing labour and managing labour supply chains. 
  • Ending employment.
  • Record keeping.
  • Overseas workers.
  • The Fair Work Ombudsman’s activities in the industry.
Access the Showcase here.

Trade deals with Australia and New Zealand will enable Britain to "make good on the promise of Brexit", the UK's International Trade Secretary says. Publishing the UK's negotiating objectives on Wednesday, Liz Truss said pivoting towards the Asia-Pacific region would diversify trade and increase the resilience of UK supply chains.

A move to high quality EVOO and table olives from Australia and NZ – now that’s a Brexit bonus for the Brits!
IFAM adds Dubai to export routes schedule
The International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) is now supporting new flights from Brisbane and Sydney to Dubai with Emirates. These flights will operate for six weeks, with Brisbane-Dubai flights departing Saturdays from 20 June and Sydney-Dubai flights departing Sundays from 21 June.
View the current IFAM flight schedule and associated information, and submit an EOI to access flights, here.
In addition to IFAM flights, alternative air freight options include domestic network flights, international repatriation flights and international commercial freight only flights. More information here.
Seasonal climate outlook webinars
Agriculture Victoria is hosting a series of webinars with risk agronomist Dale Grey which will focus on the seasonal climate outlook. The outlook will be based on model projections for the climate drivers, as well as the oceanic, atmospheric and soil moisture conditions.
These webinars are online presentations which allow you to ask questions. They will be recorded, so if you miss the live presentation you can watch it later at a time that suits.
Winter climate updates schedule:
Vic: Tuesday, 23 June at 12pm AEST 
SA: Wednesday, June 24 at 12:30pm AEST
NSW: Wednesday, June 24 at 10am AEST
Tas: Thursday, June 25 at 10am AEST 
More information and register here

The Spanish government has put forward a package of 10 measures to help shore up the country's struggling olive oil industry.

Consumer demand is rising for all things avocado, including oil made from the fruit. Avocado oil is a great source of vitamins, minerals and the type of fats associated with reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. But according to new research from food science experts at the University of California, Davis, the vast majority of avocado oil sold in the U.S. is of poor quality, mislabeled or adulterated with other oils.

Simple solution … just buy EVOO!

10-Jun-2020 By Mary Ellen Shoup

The mode of grocery shopping has evolved over the last few months with e-commerce experiencing a noticeable spike, but according to consumer insights and data company DISQO, in-store shopping is still the predominant and preferred way for consumers to buy groceries.

For some maybe …

12-Jun-2020 By Elizabeth Crawford

Consumers who ordered groceries online and picked them up at stores before the coronavirus outbreak are more likely to revert to shopping in stores after shelter-in-place orders are lifted, while those who tried ecommerce for the first time during the pandemic are more likely to continue to use it, according to research from the national creative commerce agency TPN.
Friday Olive Extracts – send us YOUR news
With 2020 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!

Peruvian producers expect a 50-percent-lower yield this year while the COVID-19 pandemic increases consumption and changes in the sector abound.

The European Union noted in a new report that there has been greater cooperation among member states when it comes to food fraud.

04-Jun-2020 By Guan Yu Lim

AI solutions to track and trace raw materials and ingredients will likely gather pace in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, where supply chains were disrupted and many firms had to source supplies from alternative providers.

Interesting stuff – and undoubtedly the way of the future.

The European Union Commissioner for Trade has said that the 27-member bloc may impose retaliatory tariffs on the United States, pending a decision from the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Tayside scientists have turned to green tea and olives in the development of a vaping liquid with the potential to cut toxic emissions from e-cigarettes. Following three years of research, Abertay University academics say their now formula can reduce dangerous chemicals such as formaldehyde by around 75% – or eradicate them completely.

Is there any end to the functional benefits of olive polyphenols?

Registered Italian farmers will not have to pay Social Security contributions for the year. In an official note, INPS (the Italian Social Security National Institute) said the exemption from the mandatory assurance contribution is part of a broader effort by the Government to promote entrepreneurship within the agricultural sector.

Just one of a number of financial measures supporting the agriculture sector across the EU.
What's On

20 June 20
Winners announced, Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition – LA, USA

23 June
Winter climate update webinar – Vic

24 June
Winter climate update webinar – SA

24 June
Winter climate update webinar – NSW

25 June
Winter climate update webinar – Tas

1 July
Entries open, 2020 Australian International Olive Awards

6 July
Closing date for samples, Golden Olive Awards – Vic, Australia

29 August
Results announced, Golden Olive Awards – Vic, Australia

September TBA
World Team Tasting Championship

4 September
Entries close, 2020 Australian International Olive Awards

11 September 
Entries close, 2020 Hunter Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW

5 October
Results emailed to entrants, 2020 Australian International Olive Awards

22 October
Awards Presentation, 2020 Hunter Olive Show – Hunter Valley, NSW


23-25 March
Soil CRC Participants Conference

7-9 June 
Hort Connections 2021 – Brisbane, Qld

15-17 October 
AOA National Olive Conference & Trade Exhibition – Devonport, TAS

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