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The OAN Government Relations Committee, under new chairwoman Leigh Geschwill, is looking to get members more involved in political advocacy efforts — and that's where you may fit in.
An advocacy training session will be held from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Tuesday, January 24 at the OAN office, 29751 S.W. Town Center Loop West, Wilsonville. This engaging session will provide the tools for members to add their voices, strengthen our industry's message, and move the ball on important issues affecting the nursery industry.
As the Oregon Legislature officially convenes for its 2017 session starting in February, members can be an important voice on issues — one that legislators and officials will take seriously. All members interested in industry advocacy are encouraged to attend the session. Please RSVP to Jeff Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you will join us.
Stone to speak at Environment Issue Forum
The City Club of Portland will host a forum and panel discussion on how climate change is affecting agriculture and what steps are being taken to mitigate its effects. Speakers include Michael Cloughesy, director of the Oregon Forest Resources Institute; Harry Peterson-Nedry, founder of Chehalem Wines; and Jeff Stone, executive director of the Oregon Association of Nurseries. The forum will take place on Thursday, January 26 at the Ecotrust Building, 721 NW 9th Ave., Portland. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the program will run from 6–7:30 p.m. Read more
Time to renew your listings in OAN Nursery Guide
It's now time to renew your Nursery Guide listings! Each OAN member gets a free profile and one free listing.
On www.NurseryGuide.com, you can add, drop and update listings at will throughout the year. All listings that are submitted and paid by April 1 will appear in the annual OAN Nursery Guide book that is mailed to members and subscribers and distributed at the Farwest Show and other industry events. Listings that are renewed by April 1 will remain on the website through March 30 of the following year.
To update your listings, go to www.NurseryGuide.com and log in. Once logged in, click on the "My Listings" link at the top of the page. If you need help recovering your user name and password, or would like to pay for your listings over the phone, please call the OAN at 503-682-5089. Renew your listings today
Farwest announces NEW show DAYS and HOURS
The 2017 Farwest Show, in response to the needs and
wishes of 2016's 400+ exhibitors and 6,000+ attendees, announces improved days and times for the
Show in 2017. Farwest 2017 will take place Wednesday, August 23 through Friday, August 25. Show
Expo hours will be 12 noon to 5p Wednesday, 10a to 5p Thursday, and 10a to 2p Friday.
"As we enter our 45th year, our mission continues to be making Farwest the most relevant show in
our industry," said Allan Niemi, Director of Events with the Oregon Association of Nurseries. "These
schedule changes are in direct response to input and feedback from the most important people
associated with The Farwest Show– our attendees and exhibitors." » Learn more
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Oregon faces federal deadline for ID compliance
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security gave Oregon until next June to comply with the Real ID Act of 2005, which laid out a series of higher standards for state-issued identification cards. These higher standards require proof of legal U.S. residency and additional security measures that make the ID cards harder to replicate.
Although states are not required to meet the Real ID standards, not doing so will have consequences for residents.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said it intends to stop accepting non-compliant IDs on Jan. 22, 2018. If Oregon does not comply with the Real ID Act by that date, state-issued driver's licenses and ID cards would no longer be accepted for "federal purposes" including boarding an aircraft or entering a federal facility. » Read more
Need help with your safety program?
A great safety program is crucial to ensure your workplace is safe. OAN members have access to our online library of 150 safety and health related handouts and posters. Downloads include attitude and awareness, confined spaces, fire safety and emergency response,
hazard communication, lifting and moving material, safety posters, and personal protection. Each document is offered in both English and Spanish. Visit the safety page to browse the safety handouts (Members only).
Oregon's Mandatory Sick Leave
Questions about the implementation of Oregon's new mandatory sick leave law? Check out this short educational video from the OAN's legal counsel, Jordan Ramis PC, and employment lawyer Amy Robinson, explaining Oregon's new sick leave law and how it affects Oregon employers. View the video
Online video highlights importance of farm shop safety
There's lots you can do to lower your risk of workplace injuries. This entertaining, yet educational video, produced by SAIF Corporation in conjunction with the OAN, highlights the seven most common problem areas found around the farm shop and what you can do to improve safety for you and your employees. Topics include the safe use of grinders and compressed air, arc welding, energy control and more. For more safety and health resources, visit the SAIF website.