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The nursery industry is coming to Portland this week to experience the "Far From Ordinary" offerings at the 2015 Farwest Show. The trade show and seminars begin on Thursday, August 27 at the Oregon Convention Center, and run through Saturday, August 29. With early-bird registration up more than 40 percent from last year's numbers, this year's show is sure to be great! Register Today!

USDA designates seven Oregon counties as drought natural disaster areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Benton, Coos, Curry, Josephine, Lane, Lincoln and Tillamook counties in Oregon as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in Clatsop, Columbia, Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Linn, Polk, Washington and Yamhill counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Aug. 5, 2015, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency loans from USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. Read more »

OAN hires Blair Thompson as new advertising and sponsorship account manager

The Oregon Association of Nurseries is pleased to announce the hiring of Blair Thompson as its new advertising and sponsorship account manager. He will be responsible for selling advertising in Digger, Nursery Guide, Nursery Guide online, Member Update and other OAN publications. He will also work on sponsorship sales, including the Farwest Show.

Most recently, Blair worked for the Pacific Northwest office of the U.S. Tennis Association, which is located in Beaverton. He served a variety of roles in marketing and communications, including advertising and sponsorship sales. Prior to that, he was an account manager for Print Media Productions in Beaverton. Blair holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oregon.

"I'm very excited to join the Oregon Association of Nurseries team and looking forward to utilizing my skills and experience to help OAN members achieve their business goals," he said.

Any company wishing to grow their brand through ads and sponsorships is encouraged to contact Blair at 503-682-5089, 503-582-2012 direct, or

EU prohibits more than 160 plant species

Effective June 1, the European Union (EU) has prohibited the importation of more than 160 species of plants over fears they could host Xylella fastidiosa. The bacterium, which was recently found in southern Italy, causes leaf scorch and Pierce's disease in grapes and citrus, and also kills olive trees. We will work to provide additional information as it becomes available. If you have any questions or concerns about the ban, contact AmericanHort at 202-789-8111 or email OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone, Read more »

ODA prohibits use of four neonicotinoids on linden trees

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) has issued a new rule restricting the application of any pesticide product containing dinotefuran, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam or clothianidin. These four neonicotinoids may not be applied — regardless of application method — to linden trees, basswood trees or other Tilia species. The rule, which went into effect on February 27, 2015, supersedes label language. This means that even if a pesticide label provides directions for use on linden trees, the product can not be used on linden trees, basswood trees or other Tilia species in Oregon. In conjunction with the new rule, ODA has published an updated list of alternatives to neonicotinoid insecticides (except for acetamiprid) for landscapers. Acetamiprid, another neonicotinoid, is not impacted by the new rule.   Read more »

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