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Farwest early bird discount deadline: July 31

Register today for the largest green industry trade show in the West. The 2015 Farwest Show takes place Aug. 27–29 at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland.

By attending, you will find far more to see, make far more connections with thousands of top industry professionals, and gain far more ideas. Bundle your Expo Pass with tours, seminars, pesticide classes or the Equipment Innovation Day, and save. Register by July 31 to grab the early bird discount and save even more.

Farwest Show volunteers needed!

The OAN event team is looking for volunteers to help make some of Farwest's features even more fun and memorable. Want to spend the day in Nursery Country? Attend some of the stellar seminars lined up for this year? Or how about compete against your fellow retailers to win some prizes in our container and merchandising competitions? Participation opportunities include Tour Bus Captains, Seminar Moderators and Retail Competitors. To sign up and for more information, contact Crystal Cady at or 503-582-2006.

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, Read more »

Heat wave shows no signs of letting up

A high-pressure system has taken hold across much of Oregon, pushing temperatures to nearly 25 degrees above average for the past week and continuing into this week. Weather forecasters are predicting another slew of 90-degree days, surging past the triple-digit point as the Fourth of July weekend approaches. When temperatures soar, outdoor workers are especially at risk of heat exhaustion. "Water, rest and shade are the three things to remember," said Penny Wolf-McCormick, health enforcement manager for Oregon OSHA. Pets and plants also wilt quickly in the heat, so be ready and be safe.

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Register today for the 2015 International Trials Conference and save $50

Held in conjunction with the 2015 Farwest Show in Portland, Oregon, the prestigious 2015 International Trials Conference promises to be an incredible experience. Educational programming and tours will further the mission of encouraging the creation of universal evaluation criteria and collaboration among plant trial locations, resulting in more meaningful trial data.

Attendees who register before July 31 will save $50 off the regular price of $449. Student/teacher passes are also available for $199. For more information about the conference, visit

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 »

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