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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

OAN honors the industry's best at annual President's Awards Banquet

The Oregon Association of Nurseries honored several members for their outstanding achievements and service to the nursery industry. The OAN President's Awards were announced at the President's Awards Banquet during the annual OAN Convention November 4–5, 2016 at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon.

The convention also featured the passing of the president's gavel from retailer and greenhouse grower Leigh Geschwill (F & B Farms & Nursery, Woodburn) to retailer and grower Mark Bigej (Al's Garden Center, Woodburn).

Joining Bigej and past president Geschwill on the OAN Executive Committee are President-Elect Josh Zielinski (Alpha Nursery, Salem, Oregon), Vice President Jim Simnitt (Simnitt Nursery, Canby, Oregon), Treasurer Mike Hiller (Kraemer's Nursery, Mt. Angel, Oregon), Secretary Kyle Fessler (St. Christopher Nursery LLC, Gervais, Oregon) and Member At Large Wes Bailey (Smith Gardens, Aurora, Oregon).

» See all the award winners

See the highlights from Convention:
» Hospitality Suites
» President's Awards Reception
» President's Awards Banquet

Tell Congress you support sensible immigration reform

To help ensure a viable workforce, AmericanHort and its state grassroots partners, including the Oregon Association of Nurseries, are asking its members to sign an open letter to Congress asking for sensible immigration reform. The letter will be delivered shortly after the election.

AmericanHort states, "Many small and family businesses in and beyond the horticulture industry are struggling to find the labor they need to sustain and expand their businesses. The existing seasonal worker visa programs are important to the industry, but both programs are fraught with problems."

Businesses and business organizations that wish to sign the letter should click here. Signatures will be gathered until 5 p.m. EDT on November 11. Those that sign will receive a link to the final letter when it is closed and delivered.

Winter Trucks to Trade Shows Member Benefit Program

Trucks to Trade Shows

Sign up now through December! OAN Members can ship plant material to the green industry trade shows held in January and February across the country — MANTS, The Western, MGIX, NorCal and others. Reservations taken on first-come, first-served basis; payment is required to reserve space. To sign up, contact Ali Pennell at

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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.

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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.

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