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OAN members to vote on bylaw revisions

At the 2017 OAN Convention, members will have the opportunity to vote on bylaw revisions that are intended to modernize the association's governance structure. The most significant change would call for representation on the OAN Board of Directors based on industry segments, rather than geographic regions. Learn more about the proposed changes at www.oan.org/bylaws.

OAN Annual Convention: November 3 & 4

Come to the beach to celebrate a great year at the OAN Convention at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort in Gleneden Beach, Oregon. This year's theme is "Feelin' Good Vibrations." Join your fellow OAN members for a beach party blast. Enjoy social time with old and new friends, talk about the issues that are vital to Oregon nurseries, vote on revisions to the OAN bylaws, and honor the industry's achievers at the annual President's Awards Banquet. Bring your family – complimentary child care is provided. » Register today!

Awards nominations due October 6

Who has inspired you? Do you know someone who deserves recognition for making the nursery industry better? The 2017 OAN Member Awards, to be presented at the OAN Convention, are designed to recognize these people in a variety of categories. But we need your help to identify the hardworking people who are constantly driven to improve their business, help their neighbors and contribute to our shared success. » Nominate someone today!

Register today for First Aid and Adult CPR training classes

The OAN First Aid and Adult CPR training classes will be held over the next five months.

Successful completion results in certification that is good for two years. Each class runs from 8 a.m.–noon. Classes are offered in Hillsboro, Boring, Wilsonville, and McMinnville. Some are taught in English and others in Spanish. Check the OAN website for specific dates and locations. The cost is $40 for new and renewing certifications. Register and pay at www.oan.org/cpr, or call Kristen Urban at 503-582-2011 or kurban@oan.org. » Register today!

Trump sets timeline for ending Dreamer program

On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program — commonly known as the Dreamer program — will be phased out over the next six months.

The program was instituted by former president Barack Obama, and allows undocumented people brought to the United States as small children to apply for legal, two-year work permits. It was implemented by executive order after Congress failed to pass a similar program legislatively. Republicans said the executive order was an abuse of power, but then-president Obama said it fell under the administration's right to establish its own enforcement priorities.

Under the Trump Administration's announced timeline, no new DACA applications will be accepted. Permit holders whose permits expire between now and March 5 will be able to renew, provided they apply for renewal by October 5.

The six-month timeline is intended to allow Congress time to agree to a legislative fix, which Trump has said he will support.

Update: The Associated Press reported late Wednesday morning that 15 states and the District of Columbia have filed suit against the Trump Administration over its plan to end DACA.

Eugene Register-Guard: Oregon ag is stable, dynamic

The Eugene Register-Guard newspaper published an editorial in its September 5 edition highlighting the diverse nature of Oregon agriculture, with its 220 commodities and products.

The editorial said that agriculture has been a stable force in Oregon's economy, but dynamic in the way that various commodities have gained or lost sales, and positions in the sales rankings, over the years. Nurseries are no exception. Their prominence within Oregon agriculture has increased over time.

In 1984, nursery and greenhouse products were the No. 4 crop in the state. Since then, nursery and greenhouse products have become a consistent contender for No. 1, and inflation-adjusted sales have doubled.

Industry professionals converge at the Farwest Show

For nursery professionals who wanted to "Be Far From Ordinary," the 2017 Farwest Show had much to offer. The event brought together groups, businesses and even individual job seekers, some fresh out of college. In all, nearly 6,000 people attended.

"It's great when people in the industry can converge, share their knowledge, make new connections, and renew the relationships they've established previously," Show Director Allan Niemi said. "The green industry is made of strong fabric and that's due to the lasting connections people make, beginning with a face-to-face encounter and a handshake."

"This is what the Internet cannot do," said Show Chairwoman Denece Messenger of Decorative Bark Products Inc.

For the complete show wrap-up, including scenes from the Farwest Show floor, read the story on DiggerMagazine.com, or view, like and share our Scenes From the Farwest Show album on Facebook.

 

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).

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