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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]
Farwest Show Registration goes Live
PEST ALERT: Pear blight beetle
Pear blight beetle, also known as European shot hole borer, has been spotted recently tunneling into one of its favored hosts, Styrax, according to an alert sent by OSU Extension's Robin Rosetta. This beetle overwinters as an adult in trees, and it is not uncommon to see its tail end protruding from entrance holes in trees it is attacking.
Now is the time of the year to monitor for this pest, one of the most common borers in nursery stock. This beetle becomes active on bright, sunny days over 50 F. Many growers find the use of funnel traps baited with ethanol to be helpful for monitoring local activity. Read more
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.
2016 Farwest Show announces keynote speaker
Dr. Charlie Hall will deliver the keynote address at this year's Farwest Show. His speech, "Factors Affecting Short and Long-Term Demand in the Future," will share vital information that will guide the green industry as it formulates strategic marketing plans for the post-Great Recession economy.
Hall is a professor at Texas A&M and holds the Ellison Chair in international floriculture.
"We're thrilled to have Dr. Hall speak to us this year," said Allan Niemi, director of events with the Oregon Association of Nurseries, producers of the Farwest Show. "His insight and expertise are renowned in every circle of our industry. Attendees will take away knowledge that will help them better understand the drivers of demand and the implications."
The 2016 Farwest Show will take place August 25–27 in Portland, Oregon. For more information, visit www.FarwestShow.com or call 503-682-5089.
Plants make life better
Plants make life better! Research has proven that plants benefit all of us in many ways — some obvious, and some not so obvious. As part of the nationwide Plant Something campaign, the OAN has created downloadable PDF flyers highlighting the many benefits of plants. Head on over to www.plantsomethingoregon.com/pmlb and see for yourself. A new flyer will be posted every month in 2016 (and printed in Digger magazine). Whether you sell retail or grow wholesale, you can print and post these simple and appealing flyers, and share them with your customers. Feel free to include them in your marketing efforts, whether in print or online. We've even included references in the fine print, so they can see the research. Please help us spread this information far and wide, because together, we will make it a greener and healthier world. Visit www.Plantsomethingoregon.com
OAN Conference Room renamed for Dick Joyce
Volunteer leadership is one of the true strengths of the Oregon Association of Nurseries. The association has benefited tremendously over the years from many members giving their time, leadership and expertise.
But among them, Dick Joyce stands alone. That's why the OAN Conference Room recently was renamed the Dick Joyce Conference Room.
"Since anyone can remember, nobody has poured more time into the critical functions of the association," OAN President Leigh Geschwill said. "Dick is a past president of the association (1983), and has dedicated countless hours to helping with the Farwest Show, the Yard, Garden & Patio Show, and various committees. But perhaps his greatest impact has been on the Government Relations Committee, where his front-line defense on issues that impact the industry has been exceptional."
Xylella fastidiosa testing almost complete
The Oregon Department of Agriculture reported it is making good progress at testing for Xylella fastidiosa, a quarantine pathogen that causes Pierce's disease in pear trees and other plants. Upon completion of testing, they hope to be able to release, from an emergency quarantine, counties where the pathogen is not found.
'Plant hackers' look to develop futuristic plants
A new generation of "plant hackers" is looking to develop new — some might say bizarre — plant varieties, according to a recent story published by The Wall Street Journal.
This "millennial niche" of bioengineers is tinkering with plant genetics to create heretofore unheard of plant varieties: glowing plants (inspired by the science fiction movie "Avatar"), fragrant mosses (which could replace air fresheners) and the long sought-after "true" blue rose.
Their quest is partly inspired by advances in do-it-yourself genetic modification techniques, but also by the potential for big earnings. In the annual $10 billion cut-flower industry, new and novel plants can earn big profits. Read more