Friday 20 October 2017

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Changes afoot: Australian Olive Association CEO, Greg Seymour, says the industry must embrace the efficiencies it has developed during tough times in order to progress into the future.
There is a "lot of change to come" according to Australian Olive Association chief executive officer, Greg Seymour. Speaking this week at his first National Olive Industry Conference since taking up the reins in March this year, Mr Seymour said he felt there was a cautious optimism among growers he'd spoken to while coming up to speed with the industry.
Peter Eicher has over 2000 trees in his Boort olive grove. (ABC Rural: Emma Nobel)
Australians love their olive oil — we went through 40,000 tonnes of the green, yellowy liquid last year. It is a staple in kitchens around the country, but do we really know what quality olive oil tastes like? Victorian olive grower Peter Eicher thinks Australians need to be re-educated about how fresh olive oil should excite our taste buds.
Vic pests & diseases under discussion
Do you want to find out more about the major pests & diseases of olives and how to control them?
The Goulburn Strathbogie Olive Growers Association (GSOGA) is hosting a panel discussion on Pests and diseases of most significance to Victorian olive growers, with experienced olive growers explaining the methods they have used to control pest and diseases in their groves. Questions and peer experiences will be most welcome.
Details: Saturday, 28 October at 11.45am - Seymour Club, 1 Elizabeth Street, Seymour – followed by a buffet lunch.
Cost: GSOGA members and associate members no charge; non-members $20. RSVP by 23 October to Marjan Symington via or 0401 004 472.
Olives South Australia AGM
The 2017 Olives South Australia AGM will be held on Thursday, 30 November in the Show Society building boardroom, Wayville Showgrounds, commencing at 5.30pm. All members are invited to attend, and encouraged to stay and meet the board over refreshments following the meeting.
Nominations are now open for new Board Members, providing a chance to actively support the local SA industry. Nomination forms and enquiries to OSA President Michael Johnston at
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Mildura farmers Fiona Bawden and Richard Mintern with some of their fresh herbs and olive oil produced to organic principles. Inset: Geese play a vital role in fertilising the olives at Bawdens Farm. Pictures: Louise Donges
Mildura farmers Fiona Bawden and Richard Mintern are endeavouring to provide Sunraysia with the opportunity to experience fresh, locally grown produce. One of their main products is olive oil, produced from handpicked and cold pressed olives.
Best picks: Cooking method can make a big difference when it comes to locking in nutrients. philipimage
Nutrition Week kicked off in Australia yesterday and this year's theme is Try for 5, a friendly reminder to get in those five serves of veggies every day. Eating enough vegetables is one thing, but there's no doubt everyone wants to make sure they're getting the most bang for their buck in terms of nutrition.

One of the best methods is, of course, sautéing in olive oil.
The ACCC has launched a new online tool for people in the agriculture sector to anonymously report concerns about competition or fair trading issues, allowing farmers to report potential breaches of laws the ACCC enforces. This could include, for example, suspected breaches of the new Horticulture Code of Conduct. The information received will be used as the basis of potential investigations but will always remain anonymous. Access the tool here .
New Zealand
ONZ Award winners
Helen Meehan of Olivo Ltd received the Kiwi Labels Best Label Trophy from Kevin Powell.
Congratulations go to Wairarapa’s Loopline Olives on taking the coveted Best in Show award for the second time. Akaroa producer Robinsons Bay was named Reserve Best in Show, just pipped for the top award by half a point, while The Olive Press was awarded the Best Processor trophy for the fourth time.
All up there were 19 Gold, 43 Silver and 33 Bronze medals awarded, with only seven entries receiving no award.
ONZ EO Gayle Sheridan said Head Judge Giuseppe di Lecce had judged at several international competitions this year and rated the New Zealand EVOOs as “comparing very favourably with the top oils worldwide”.
View photos from the Awards Dinner here.
It's a long way from the Mediterranean, but Wairarapa's extra virgin olive oil growers are taking on - and beating - some of the industry's biggest names. The region had a golden time at the recent New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards, scooping up 44 of the 95 medals on offer.
AgResearch is entering into a major programme to prepare New Zealand for the new era of digital agriculture. The programme will identify the barriers to taking up new digital technologies on and off the farm, and will develop a technology roadmap to support the industry’s transition.
Focus Grove Project Field Days
The Olives NZ Focus Grove Field Days held over October have been keenly supported, showing the wide interest in how the groves are progressing. The final Field Day, for the Auckland, North, Waiheke & Waikato regions, will be held on Monday, 6 November at 12.30pm. The grove visit will be followed by afternoon tea and time to catch up, or BYO lunch to eat beforehand. Please RSVP attendance to Linda Smith -
The next Focus Grove Field Day Report will be available to members soon after the Northland visit.
There’s just two weeks left to apply for the 2018 AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award. Emerging female leaders from across the country are encouraged to apply for the Award, which is open to women wanting to innovate and make a difference, or contribute to enhancing the prosperity of rural and regional Australia. Projects or initiatives can be commercially focused, providing they still align with AgriFutures Australia’s strategic priorities of innovation, creativity, community sustainability, education, productivity, agribusiness, regional development and technology. Location is also no barrier – rural, regional or city – as applications will be measured on the impact and benefits to rural and regional Australia.
Applications close on Sunday, 29 October - more information
Coventry car giant Jaguar Land Rover has teamed up with Jamie Oliver to create the ultimate kitchen on four wheels … The Naked Chef's vehicle features everything from a slow-cooker, barbecue and ice cream maker, to olive oil dispenser.

And I thought taking Australian EVOO on my long-distance pack-hikes was obsessive – Ed!
The chairman of the Southern Olive-growers Association - Olivum - told Lusa News Agency earlier this week that he had no doubts that the “xylella fastidiosa” bacteria, which causes Olive quick decline syndrome and destroys various trees and plants is going to affect Portuguese olive groves.
05-Oct-2017 By Katy Askew
A “large proportion” of European shoppers are buying “healthy”, organic, vegetarian and free-from foods, new research from IRI reveals.

Organic EVOO fits all of those categories: let’s hope the trend is reflected in Australia and NZ too.
Half a litre of olive oil produced from a 1,800-year-old olive tree sold for 22,000 Turkish lira ($6,046) in the ancient city of Teos in Izmir's Seferihisar district in western Turkey.

Wouldn’t we like that kind of return on our locally-produced oil?
For a few weeks, Dos Aguilas Olive Oil is offering olive curing classes and u-picks at its olive grove. Saturday u-picks began Oct 14 and will continue each Saturday through Nov 4. Sunday u-picks occur on Oct 29 and Nov 5.

Might be an idea for your grove next harvest season?
What's On

14 October - NZ EVOO Awards Dinner – Wellington, NZ

15 October - ONZ Organoleptic Seminar – Wellington, NZ

28 October - GSOGA Pest & Disease Panel Discussion – Seymour, Victoria

10-11 November - Olive Oil Sensory Master Course – Geelong, Vic

17 November - Awards Presentation, Hunter Olive Show - Hunter Valley, NSW n.a u

30 November – Olives South Australia AGM – Wayville, SA

March - World Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting Team Championship, Priego de Cordoba, Spain

19-23 March – IRTA Olive Oil Evaluation Course - Barcelona, Spain

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