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Get the winter forecast at OAN Willamette Chapter meeting
Meteorologist Phil Volker of ERF Company will share his insights into the upcoming weather season at a luncheon meeting of the OAN Willamette Chapter. Other topics to be discussed include three new laws that are expected to have a big impact on Oregon: the "ban the box" law regarding asking applicants about their criminal record, the new sick time requirements and legalized recreational marijuana. Details and online registration »
Register today for First Aid and Adult CPR training classes
The OAN Safety and Insurance Committee is presenting First Aid and Adult CPR training classes in October, as a service to members and the industry. Successful completion results in certification that is good for two years. The classes teach adult CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators (AED). The First Aid portion covers medical, injury and environmental emergencies as well as how to handle minor situations. Each class runs from 8 am–2 pm. Classes are offered in Hillsboro, Boring and Wilsonville. Some are taught in English and others in Spanish. Check the OAN website for specific dates and locations. Register and pay online, or call Debbie Hopkins at 503-682-5089.
Take a minute to nominate someone today
Do you know someone who deserves recognition for making the nursery industry better? Our industry is made up of an incredible group of hardworking people constantly driven to improve their business, help their neighbors and contribute to our shared success. The OAN awards process is designed to recognize these people in a variety of categories, but we need your help to identify them! Nomination due October 9, 2015.
It's been a busy year. Shipments are up. Sales are improving. And to top it all off, the overnight OAN Convention is back. Come on over and join us Friday night and all day Saturday, Nov. 13-14, at Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond. You'll enjoy social time with old and new friends, take part in a panel discussion of the emerging issues affecting nurseries, and honor the industry's very best at the annual President's Award Banquet. There's even going to be optional golf on Sunday. We hope you'll be able to join us! Check back next week for details and online registration.
Farwest offers a 'Far From Ordinary' experience
The 2015 Farwest Show promised members of the nursery industry a "Far From Ordinary" trade show experience — and it delivered. More than 6,000 industry professionals turned out for the expo August 27–29. The attendance was a 10 percent jump over 2014. Over 40 new exhibitors took part.
"The industry wanted an enhanced trade show experience, so we made that our goal," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "We launched the Far From Ordinary campaign, featuring the unmistakable, hort-headed Farwest Fanatics. We know it connected because advance registrations were way up. The people attending told us they enjoyed the new look, but more importantly, they liked what was under the hood. The show now has strong forward momentum, and we hope to continue that momentum in 2016."
Save the date for the 2016 Farwest Show: August 25 - 27, 2016
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, email@example.com. 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 »