02 Mar

South Australian olive growers to pay new levy

A new levy paid by South Australian olive growers will help promote and further develop the industry. From this harvest, growers will pay a $4 levy on each tonne of fruit they produce. Olives South Australia president Lisa Rowntree says it will increase by a dollar a year for the next three years to eventually […]

18 Feb

Olives May Be Rescued By Helpful Wasp

By Marcia Wood, Olives basking in sunny California groves might find that their new best friend is a small brown wasp. Known to scientists as Psyttalia cf. concolor, the little wasp can help foil the olive fruit fly, a powerful natural enemy of olives. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) entomologist Victoria Y. Yokoyama and colleagues have […]

12 Sep

North East Victorian growers are exploring regional opportunities for branding olive oil.

By Kim Woods, Tree plantings have stabilised in the region, which produces up to 400,000 litres of oil a year, following a decade of rapid expansion. Those original trees are now reaching maturity and growers are searching for markets to soak up increased production. Corowa grower Paul Trevethan said the domestic market was saturated and […]

07 Aug

Australian Olive growers move to lift quality

By Phil Thomson, (from release) The Australian Olive Association (AOA) has signed off on an industry code of practice to promote quality, authenticity and confidence in the Australian olive industry. The code aims to provide security and confidence to consumers and investors in Australia and overseas by providing certification that Australian olive products meet high […]

11 Jun

Tradition lives on in olives

It’s been 11 years since Skarmoutsos decided to embrace his family heritage and become an olive farmer. Mr Skarmoutsos owns Ambrosia Olive Farm, Eltons Road, Silverdale. He bought it in 1997 as a bare 40 acre property. Within two years he had covered it with 4000 olive trees. Mr Skarmoutsos said his family had been […]