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Get more from your OAN membership by giving more to the industry. By participating in a committee or affiliate, you have the power to directly influence programs that deliver value to the membership. Do you have a good idea for an OAN membership offering? Get involved with the Products and Services Committee. Want to affect policy that impacts your business? Government Relations may be for you!

We would like to know if you are interested in getting involved and where your attention lies. Please take a moment to look over the committee descriptions to see which areas of service fit best with your expertise. Or, if you know someone that would represent your company well — a potential leader you would like to develop — please encourage their participation! Members are often chosen by their experience on the topic and availability for meetings. If you already belong to a committee or affiliate and no longer wish to participate, please let the OAN office know.

Help develop Oregon's nursery industry — join an OAN committee or affiliate. Your volunteer leadership is what makes us strong.



The Education Committee identifies and promotes educational opportunities that benefit OAN members and their work force. It provides topic guidance for OAN educational programming at the Farwest Show, Northwest Ag Show and other venues. The committee also discusses materials, tools and resources for promoting careers in horticulture, and administers and oversees revisions for the Oregon Nursery Professional certification program. The committee meets at the call of the chair. Staff Liaison: Crystal Cady


The Farwest Show Committee works on planning, producing and marketing the annual trade show that occurs in August. This volunteer committee helps coordinate member business tours, relevant and important seminar opportunities, and business-to-business sales. The committee typically meets on the second Tuesday of each month from spring through summer. Staff Liaison: Allan Niemi.


The Finance and Governance Committee is responsible for overseeing the budget and finances of the OAN and making other financial decisions of the organization. In addition, the committee makes recommendation on association investments and bylaw changes to meet the needs of the organization. The committee creates the annual budget, reviews the investment portfolio and establishes the nominating committee and the process for the nomination of officers and board members. Staff Liaison: Sherry Markwood.


The Government Relations Committee reviews legislative matters pertaining to the nursery, greenhouse and landscape industry. It develops and recommends legislative policies and positions to the OAN Executive Committee. The committee meets 8–10 times a year and has oversight over the Research Subcommittee. It also works closely with the Oregon Nurseries Political Action Committee. Staff Liaison: Jeff Stone.


Identifies, prioritizes and communicates the research needs of the nursery industry and develops funding methods for worthy projects. The committee typically meets 4 times each year. The fall meeting (usually in October) is a full-day joint meeting with the ODA Nursery Research Advisory Committee to review research grant pre-proposals and to recommend which researchers are asked to submit a final proposal to the ODA. Staff Liaison: Beth Farmer.


The Membership Committee promotes, recruits and engages the association membership through direct contact with current or potential members and re-establishment of community value for the industry. The committee also has oversight over the annual convention and awards. The Membership Committee meets at the call of the chair. Staff Liaison: Jeff Stone.


Solicits and evaluates award nominations and selects recipients for awards given at the OAN Convention. The Award Committee also selects inductees into the Oregon Nursery Hall of Fame, normally held every-other year. This committee meets 2 to 3 times each year. Staff Liaison: Jeff Stone.


Plans annual convention; must be willing to fund raise and volunteer during the convention. Meets on a regular basis, at the discretion of the chair, during the planning stages of the event. Staff Liaison: Jeff Stone.


The Products and Services Committee is responsible for making recommendations on the development of products, services and affiliations to assist the membership's profitability through group buying or affiliated preferential agreements with private parties. It oversees the creation of a marketing plan for the products and services to the general membership. The former responsibilities of the safety, insurance and marketing committees are folded into the Products and Services portfolio. The committee meets at the call of the chair. Staff Liaison: Sherry Markwood.


Affiliates are independent of the OAN, and operate under their own sets of bylaws, which are on file at the OAN office.


The OAN has established the Oregon Nurseries Foundation (ONF) to manage funds contributed by OAN members for the purpose of awarding scholarships to deserving students preparing for a career in ornamental horticulture and related fields.


The Oregon Nurseries' Political Action Committee (ONPAC) is the political action arm of the Oregon nursery and greenhouse industry. It has the responsibility of raising and distributing funds to assist in the election and support of legislative candidates supportive of issues of importance to nursery/greenhouse industry members. The committee works closely with the OAN Government Relations Committee in reviewing these political and legislative issues. Each election season, ONPAC interviews many candidates for the Oregon Legislature and issues endorsements based on the candidates' positions, record and overall understanding of nursery and business issues. Staff Liaison: Jeff Stone.

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