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Robinson Nursery featured on 'I Am Oregon Agriculture' blog

OAN members Robinson Nursery in Amity, Oregon, was recently featured on the I Am Oregon Agriculture blog, put together by the AgriBusiness Council of Oregon. The blog is part of a campaign to educate the public on how family-owned farms support Oregon's economy and way of life. The campaign was supported with advertising that ran on KATU channel 2 in early June.

Stone appointed to Task Force on Pollinator Health

Gov. John Kitzhaber has appointed OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone to serve on the Task Force on Pollinator Health. The task force was created as a provision of the "Save Oregon's Pollinators Act" (House Bill 4139); its job is to draft and recommend legislation addressing the issue of pollinator health in time for the 2015 Oregon Legislature.

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Register today for the Farwest Trade Show

Registration is now available for the largest green industry trade show in the West. The 2014 Farwest Trade Show takes place Aug. 21–23 at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland. By attending, you can renew connections, learn valuable new ideas, source new products, and discover new innovations for your business. Bundle your Expo Pass with tours, seminars, pesticide classes or the new Equipment Innovation Day, and save. Register now and grab the early bird discount to save more.

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Getting Ready for the Mandate

The latest issue of Digger outlines the factors to consider as your company develops an Affordable Care Act compliance strategy. [Read more]

Oregon launches loan program for young farmers

The average U.S. farmer is now 59.6 years old — up from 57.5 in 2007 and 54.9 in 2002. Oregon farmers are, on average, even older. Hoping to reverse this trend, the 2013 Oregon Legislature passed the "Beginning and Expanding Farmer Loan Program," otherwise known as the Aggie Loan program for short. The program seeks to encourage young people to farm, by helping them overcome the significant capital hurdles needed to get their business going. Borrowers must get through a qualification process, just like any other bank loan. Proceeds can be used for land, equipment, livestock and other needs, including the purchase of the business from parents or relatives seeking to hand off the family business. [Read more]

EPA proposes new pesticide rules

For the first time in 20 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new worker protection standards for the application of pesticides. These new rules would apply on farms, forests, nurseries and greenhouses, and would cover workers who handle and apply pesticides, as well as those who handle treated products. "The EPA and the administration are attempting to use the rulemaking process, rather than legislation, so they have an easier path to setting new standards," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "That concerns us greatly. As far as the specific provisions of these rules, we're still analyzing them, and our input will be forthcoming."[Read more]

House approves bill creating Pollinator Health Task Force

As reported recently in the Capital Press (Salem, Ore.), a proposal to reclassify neonicotinoids as "restricted use pesticides" has been removed from a bill currently before the Oregon Legislature. The classification would have meant that only licensed applicators could use the class of chemicals. Instead, the bill calls for creation of a Pollinator Health Task Force to address the issue. [Read more]

USDA revises P. ramorum regulations

After receiving input from the OAN, AmericanHort and others, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced it is revising the Phytophthora ramorum domestic regulations for nurseries located in California, Oregon and Washington. [Read more]

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