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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 »
Renew your OAN Nursery Guide listings
It's time to renew your OAN 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 May 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 May 1 will remain on the website through April 30 of the following year. Renew your listings today »
2015 Farwest Show will host the 2015 International Trials Conference
The prestigious 2015 International Trials Conference will be held this year in conjunction with the 2015 Farwest Show in Portland, Oregon, show officials announced. The cutting-edge conference focuses on the latest research and techniques for trialing annual, perennial, and woody plants. Set for Monday through Thursday, August 24-27, 2015, the conference will lead up to the trade show, which opens Thursday, August 27. Read more »
Low snowpack threatens summer water availability
Historically low snowpack levels in the Cascade Mountains are threatening to negatively impact the availability of water resources for summer irrigation, officials with USDA and the National Weather Service told the Oregonian newspaper. Although rainfall levels have been in the normal range, there are some snowpack monitoring stations in the Mount Hood area that have recorded no snow. It's the first time in at least 33 years this has happened. Further, spring rains can sometimes counterbalance this trend, but this year, meteorologists expect conditions to be warmer and dryer than normal. Read more »
ONF scholarship applications due by April 1
The Oregon Nurseries Foundation (ONF) awards scholarships to students preparing for a career in ornamental horticulture and related fields. In all, 16 different awards — ranging from $500 to $1,500 — are sponsored by individuals and OAN chapters as a way to support the next generation of green industry professionals. Applications must be postmarked by April 1.
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Oregon retailers recognized for excellence
Today's Garden Center magazine has released its annual "Revolutionary 100" list of garden centers for 2015, and three Oregon retail nurseries were selected. They are:
Additionally, Moana Nursery, an Oregon wholesale grower, made the list for their retail location in Reno, Nevada. You can click the links above to read the write-ups on each of the four nurseries. Congratulations to these four outstanding nurseries for being selected!
OAN Nursery Map app now available on Google Play
The OAN Nursery Map app, produced by the OAN Mt. Hood Chapter, is now available for Android devices on Google Play. The app was previously launched for Apple smart devices on iTunes back in December. Both versions cost $4.99. The map is designed to allow green industry businesses to connect with each other. It allows users to search for growers by name, get directions from their current location, and contact the grower by phone or email. Read more »
Digger magazine launches revamped website
The New Year has brought a new design with better organized content for the online version of Digger magazine. Launched on Jan. 6, the new website features a responsive design that looks great on most popular computer platforms and smart devices. Improved, easy-to-navigate content areas include Articles, Columns, Jobs, Subscribe and Advertise. In addition, all news items from the old site (previously known as "The Daily Digger") were carried over to the new Nursery News section. Read more »