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OSU receives $3 million grant to study destructive pathogens
Oregon State University announced plans to use a $3 million grant to study two groups of bacteria that result in millions of dollars in losses annually to the nation's nursery industry. According to a press release, OSU researchers will study Agrobacterium tumefaciens and Rhodococcus fascians, which deform hundreds of common landscape plants, including hostas, Shasta daisies, petunias and pansies.
"We are very supportive of Oregon State University and their research initiatives, especially when it comes to nursery production," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "We work in concert with OSU on issues such as P. ramorum research, protecting the health of nursery products, and ensuring pollinator health." Read more »
Best Practices for Christmas Tree Export now online
OSU's Extension Service announced the online publication of the English and Spanish versions of Best Management Practices for Christmas Tree Export/Buenas Prácticas de Manejo para la Exportación de Árboles de Navidad. The print version of the field guide was published in July 2014.
The guide features best management practices to reduce the presence of pests at harvest and describes how to identify these problems. It includes management calendars, pest quarantine information, legal considerations for exporting, and options for monitoring and trapping. Download the guide English » | Spanish »
OAN wins association achievement award
The Oregon Association of Nurseries was honored Nov. 5 with the annual Association Achievement Award, presented by the Oregon Society of Association Management. It was given in recognition of OAN's achievements in advocating for the nursery industry both locally and nationally, and in making members more visible through several channels, including the print/online Nursery Guide and the Farwest Trade Show.
"I am honored to receive this prestigious award on behalf of the nursery and greenhouse industry," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "We take pride in building coalitions and partnerships to solve the problems that face our industry and agriculture. It is gratifying that OSAM recognizes the commitment that OAN has to its members."
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New pest, spotted lanternfly, arrives in Pennsylvania
A new insect pest — the spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) — was recently detected in Berks County, Pennsylvania. In response, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced a quarantine to restrict the movement of this pest. This is the first detection of spotted lanternfly in the United States.
This planthopper from Asia has been found on a range of hosts including grapes, fruit trees and pines. It often migrates to Ailanthus altissima (tree of heaven) to overwinter, but can also be found on other host plants; any smooth-trunked tree, stone or smooth, vertical surface can provide a potential host for eggs. Man-made items such as vehicles, yard furniture, farm equipment or any other items stored outside are additional sites for egg laying. Egg laying begins in late September and continues up through the onset of winter. More information »
Task force recommends the return of pesticide reporting
The Oregon Pollinator Health Task Force has finished its work, according to a report in the Portland Tribune. The task force recommended reinstating the statewide pesticide use reporting system, which was discontinued in 2009 due to a lack of funding. It also recommended that the state fund a "state of the art" center for research into bee diseases, and implement improved information and training for pesticide users, along with a pollinator protection plan. OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone was the nursery industry representative on the task force. The panel was appointed by the Oregon Legislature in lieu of a then-proposed ban on the use of neonicotinoids. The misuse of these pesticides was blamed for several highly publicized bee kill incidents. It will be up to the 2015 Legislature to take up the task force recommendations. Read the article »
Farwest signs customer service expert for keynote address
Award-winning marketing and customer service expert Ron Rosenberg will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Farwest Trade Show, August 27-29, 2015, in Portland, Oregon.
Rosenberg's free keynote address on Thursday, August 27 — "Must be Present to Win: The Secret to Finding the Opportunities in Business and Life that Other People Miss!" — will highlight specific strategies for tangible results. His thoughts are sure to be of help to growers, retailers, landscapers, wholesale buyers and suppliers alike. Read more »
Plant Something™ inspires children's art calendar
To inspire young people to embrace plants and gardening, OAN asked elementary school classrooms in Oregon to participate in an art contest. The winning submission, created by eight-year-old Alexandra Geschwill, is featured in the calendar and on the cover of Digger's November issue. Other student submissions are featured in the calendar as well. Continue reading about the ways OAN is using the Plant Something campaign to show people that "Plants make our lives better."
NurseryGuide.com now optimized for mobile devices
A mobile device-friendly version of NurseryGuide.com was launched on Friday, July 11. The mobile site is designed for green industry professionals on the go, making it even more convenient to find OAN-member growers and allied services and supplies companies. There have been more than 70,000 visits to NurseryGuide.com since January 2014; about 25 percent of visitors are using mobile devices. Before the 2013 launch of the new NurseryGuide.com site, traffic peaked annually on the old site at around 30,000. Members are encouraged to update their member profiles, share plant photos and manage their listings throughout the year. If you need help managing your profile or listings, please contact the OAN office by calling 503-682-5089.
Nursery leaders, water experts discuss 'Water in the West'
Future water supplies are a huge concern for wholesale nurseries, as well as agriculture as a whole. The industry needs a seat at the table. And with that in mind, the Western Region Nursery & Landscape Executives Association held two panel discussions, each an hour long, at last week's meeting in Silverton.
The issues discussed included urban development and wastewater treatment, revamping the Endangered Species Act, the high cost and bureaucratic process of building reservoirs, how to encourage water conservation through incentives, and how to solve the global food challenge.
All of us in the West are facing ever more pressing issues concerning water," said OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone. "Collaboration is key. It's critical that we as organizations work with one another to protect this valuable resource, build coalitions and focus on outcomes."
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Oregon Senate confirms Stone to serve on SAIF board
Last week, OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone was confirmed by the Oregon Senate to serve on the board of SAIF Corp., the state-owned workers compensation insurer. Stone was appointed to the four-year post by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber. "I am honored to be nominated by the governor and hope to bring a collaborative voice to the five-person board," Stone said.
YGP Show to continue under new ownership
Oregon's Yard, Garden & Patio Show will continue into 2015 and beyond, according to a joint announcement made last week. Metropolitan Productions Inc. has purchased the 26-year-old consumer event, designed expressly for gardeners and homeowners, from the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN). OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said that Metropolitan Productions turned out to be the perfect buyer. Unanimously approved by the OAN Board of Directors, the purchase agreement provides for the continued involvement of OAN-member garden retailers, landscapers and service providers in the event — including booth discounts for OAN members. Metropolitan will also support the nursery industry by funding annual scholarships for horticulture students through the Oregon Nurseries Foundation, an arm of OAN. Read the full press release on the Daily Digger.
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]