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The OAN is a 9000-member association representing the interests of those who grow, handle and retail ornamental horticultural products by fostering a favorable business and regulatory climate. OAN members represent the vast majority of nursery and greenhouse production in Oregon.

Latest Federal Action

HR 863 - STARS Act of 2015 Support Letter
Thank you for your leadership in introducing, H.R. 863, the "STARS Act of 2015." This bipartisan legislation provides desperately needed technical corrections and clarity at a time when employers with highly seasonal workforces are having significant difficulty in determining their employer size and employer shared responsibility requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). We appreciate your recognition of the challenges that our members have encountered as they attempt to understand and comply with the law's requirements. [Read more]

Letter to Members of the 78th Legislative Assembly
We are writing as representatives of Oregon's natural resource sector, which has been an integral part of the health and welfare of our environment and rural communities for generations. No other industry sector in our state provides and protects more fish and wildlife habitat, stores more carbon dioxide, or delivers more opportunity to struggling rural families. We are deeply committed to the communities we live in, which is why we take our practices very seriously. [Read more]

HB 5002, Oregon Department of Agriculture Budget - (February 26, 2015)
Thank you for the opportunity to testify in support of HB 5002, the Oregon Department of Agriculture's (ODA) budget for the 2015-2017 biennium. Agriculture is the state's second largest trade sector, and ODA's services and programs are critical to that success. Oregon's farmers, ranchers, and processors compete in a global market, and the department's programs are needed to maintain a competitive advantage. The department has a dual mission: regulation and promotion. ODA's regulatory programs protect consumers and resources. [Read more]

Letter to the US Army Corps of Engineers regarding support for federal funding for the reallocation of water from the Willamette River (Dec 16, 2014)
The water stored in the 13 federal reservoirs in the Willamette River Basin is critical to meeting the future needs for irrigation, drinking water supply, industrial uses, and environmental restoration. Unfortunately, the current allocation of costs and storage space does not encompass all of the authorized uses of the Project, therefore a comprehensive reallocation study must be completed to plan for and implement the use of this water for multiple benefits. The Willamette Basin Reservoir Study will authorize the reallocation of this stored water allowing the Willamette Project to serve as a primary factor for economic development in Oregon's most populated river basin. [Read more]

Support HR 1387 letter to Oregon house congressional members (Letter to Congressman Peter DeFazio ) – July 5, 2013
We write you today and ask for your support on HR 1387. This legislation, introduced by Congressman Kurt Schrader, is critical to Oregon's producers. HR 1387 would allow continued practices by the US Department of Labor (USDOL) at the same time providing agricultural producers with an avenue of due process. The legislation only limits USDOL's use of hot goods objections only on perishable agricultural products. It does not take away their authority to continue with inspec- tions, worker interviews, assessing fines/penalties/back wages or any other tool to seek worker justice. As an industry, we firmly believe wage and hour laws and other employee protections are essential and employers must comply with them. We believe USDOL has a legitimate and important role in communicating these standards and investigating complaints and en- forcing the law when violations are proven through due process. [Read more]

HR 1387 Industry White Paper
In 2012 the U.S. Department of Labor threatened "hot goods" objections on Oregon farms, denying the farms due process, contacting and warning customers that the farmers' products might no longer be bought, shipped or sold. At the peak of harvest and with fresh market produce at risk of spoilage the only realistic option for growers to continue harvest was a blanket confession which did not enumerate any specific allegations. The confession form included a waiver of all rights to appeal, even if findings of fact or law later exonerated the farmer. In addition to the blank confession form, USDOL assessed one farm over $156,000 in fines and back wages it never substantiated to growers or legal counsel, and demanded immediate payment. [Read more]

We urge you to support final passage of S. 744 – June 27, 2013
The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013
The undersigned organizations are writing to strongly urge you to support final passage of S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. American agriculture has acutely felt the effects of our flawed immigration system, as foreign labor is largely responsible for harvesting our crops and tending to our livestock. S. 744 offers the reforms needed to mend our broken immigration system and provide the agriculture industry with a stable and secure workforce. Without the reforms of S. 744, our farmers and ranchers will not be able to produce the abundant, safe and affordable food supply our country relies on. [Read more]

We urge your support for S. 744, – June 26, 2013
The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act
As past leaders of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we urge your support for S. 744, The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act. The provisions in the bill that address immigration reform for agriculture will help ensure that our farms and ranches remain competitive, and that Americans continue to have access to the safest, most abundant and most affordable food supply in the world. [Read more]

HR1387 Support Letter to Congressman DeFazio - June 13, 2013
We write you today and ask for your support on HR 1387. This legislation, introduced by Congressman Kurt Schrader, is critical to Oregon's producers. HR 1387 would allow continued practices by the US Department of Labor (USDOL) at the same time providing agricultural producers with an avenue of due process. The legislation only limits USDOL's use of hot goods objections only on perishable agricultural products. It does not take away their authority to continue with inspections, worker interviews, assessing fines/penalties/back wages or any other tool to seek worker justice. As an industry, we firmly believe wage and hour laws and other employee protections are essential and employers must comply with them. [Read more]

HR 1387 Industry White Paper

Funding for the Willamette Basin water reallocation study - June 7, 2013
Letter from US Senator Ron Wyden and US Senator Jeff Merkley to the coalition supporting the Willamette Basin

OAN Letter to Senator Wyden regarding Internet Sales Tax – April 22, 2013
On behalf of the 1,000 members of the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN) and their 22,000 employees who provide over $744 million in economic impact to the State of Oregon, we are urging you to oppose the Marketplace Fairness Act – a mislabeled piece of legislation that adds a heavy burden on small business owners. [Read more]

Wyden Highlights Oregon Small Businesses that would be Hurt by Online Sales Tax

Merkley: No Internet Sales Tax

Healthcare Reform and the Nursery & Landscape Industry Presentation
ANLA reviews the Affordable Health Care Act and the currently projected impact on the nursery, landscape and greenhouse industry.
Courtesy of ANLA and brought to you by OAN and the Lighthouse Fund

Agriculture Workforce Coalition – February 26, 2013
Dear Speaker Boehner, Minority Leader Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell:
The undersigned groups, representing a broad cross section of American agriculture, encourage you to support immigration reform that addresses agriculture's unique workforce needs. Agriculture faces a critical lack of workers, a shortage that makes our farms and ranches less competitive and that threatens the abundant, safe and affordable food supply American consumers enjoy today. Securing a reliable agricultural workforce is essential not only for farmers but to the U.S. economy as a whole. [Read more]

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Jeff Stone
Executive Director
503-682-5089
jstone@oan.org

Louie Perry
Cornerstone Government Affairs

300 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003
202.448.9500
fax: 202.448.9501
info@cgagroup.com

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