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REMINDER: Renew your Nursery Guide listings by April 2

The OAN Nursery Guide is a fantastic value for your marketing dollar, placing your plants, products and services in front of buyers both online and in print.

The deadline for Nursery Guide listings is just around the corner! Promote your plants, products and services in the most comprehensive buyers guide in the green industry. Each OAN member gets a free profile and one free listing. On, you can add, drop and update listings at will throughout the year. All listings that are submitted and paid by April 2 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.

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Longtime growers discuss tough business conditions

Trapped between with the difficulty of finding willing employees to work the fields and finding the money to invest in expensive machinery to automate the jobs, The Outlook (Gresham, Oregon) recently interviewed four Portland-area growers about keeping their growing operations open for business.

Mark Bigej (Al's Garden & Home), Barry Bushue (Bushue's Family Farm), Dan Rickel (Rickel's Tree Farm), and Steven Sobella (Sobella Farm) outlined the tough conditions they face and their thoughts on the future of the industry. » Read more

Sponsorship funds granted to Mt. Hood, Retail/Greenhouse chapters

The OAN Mt. Hood Chapter and the OAN Retail and Greenhouse chapters have each been granted $400 in sponsorship money to support upcoming events, thanks to Northwest Farm Credit Services (NWFCS).

The Retail and Greenhouse chapters will use the money towards the upcoming OAN/Griffin grower workshop, while Mt. Hood Chapter will use the funds in support of this summer's annual Pioneer Dinner.

NWFCS created the sponsorship fund and endowed it with $3,000 for the purpose of supporting chapter programs that benefit the OAN membership. All chapters are invited to apply. Each chapter is eligible for one $400 award in the first round of funding, which ends May 31. After that date, all chapters are eligible to apply or reapply for any funds that remain, with the same limit of $400 per event.

"This new program is part of the overall plan to fortify the OAN chapters," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "Chapter strength will be further addressed through the Chapter Revitalization Task Force that continues to meet on an ongoing basis."

Chapter leaders have been provided with the application form. Those interested in applying for this program may contact OAN Director of Events Allan Niemi at, 503-582-2005 or FAX 503-582-5099, with any questions.

Endangered Species Act lawsuit may affect Willamette basin

Three environmental groups have filed a lawsuit to protect wild Chinook salmon and winter steelhead in the Upper Willamette River, which could impact Willamette Project dam operations and future water allocations.

Mary Anne Cooper, public policy counsel for the Oregon Farm Bureau, told the Capital Press (Salem, Oregon), "[Endangered Species Act] lawsuits around federal system management are very terrifying for farmers." The resolutions resulting from these lawsuits can create a critical economic problem for agricultural enterprises. » Read more

Dennis' 7 Dees carrying official rose of Portland Rose Festival 2018

Head over to Dennis' 7 Dees in Cedar Hills, Lake Oswego or Seaside store locations to purchase 'Dress Blues,' this year's official rose of the Portland Rose Festival. It is a disease-resistant Floribunda with a magenta heart, which blooms with a sophisticated grapefruit and fruit-like fragrance.

The Oregonian reports the 'Dress Blues' common name was chosen to honor people serving in the United States military. The rose was introduced by Weeks Roses through the work of Christian Bédard's crossbreeding efforts, where it is known as Violet's Pride™

Dennis' 7 Dees will donate $2 to the Portland Rose Festival Foundation for each sale of the commemorative plant. Enthusiasts can read tips on the nursery's blog for keeping the roses healthy. » Read more

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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