You deserve a sweet deal on Digger advertising
Want to be seen? Go where the eyes are. The brand new OAN Advertising Kit for 2013 details several outstanding ways you can highlight your business and attract new customers.
Advertising in Digger each month, in front of nearly 8,000 qualified nursery industry readers, is one of the most effective ways of keeping your business front-of-mind. And if you act now, you can save big. Reserve six or more months of advertising by Nov. 15, and we'll reward you by giving you the 2012 ad rates all the way through to the end of 2013. Want more? How about a frequent advertiser discount? Old rates, plus a discount on top of it. Now that's a sweet deal.
OAN also offers advertising in the OAN Nursery Guide and Member Update, as well as through event sponsorships. Seize the opportunity. Contact Chris Sweet at 503-582-2012 or firstname.lastname@example.org to become a sponsor or advertiser.
» Learn more by reading our 2013 Exposure Kit
» Download this special rate sheet for all the details.
OAN Awards Committee now accepting nominations
There is no question about it. The nursery industry is made up of an incredible group of hardworking people who are constantly driven to improve their business, help their neighbors and contribute to the success of our industry.
Do you know someone that deserves recognition for elevating you and our nursery industry? Please nominate them for an OAN award! Download the form today (PDF / Word). The OAN Awards Committee will review every nomination as a critical aspect of the selection process. Nomination forms must be returned no later than October 15, 2012.
Recipients will be honored at the President's Award Banquet at the 2012 OAN Convention, which is Friday, Nov. 2 at the Oregon Garden Resort, in Silverton, Ore. For further details, log on to www.oan.org/convention. We hope to see you there!
Minimum wage rises in Washington
Washington state officials announced last Friday, September 28, that the state minimum wage will increase to $9.19 per hour, effective January 1, 2013. This represents a hike of 15 cents per hour, or 1.67 percent. Like Oregon and eight other states, Washington has linked its minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index. Oregon announced earlier in the month that its minimum wage will rise 15 cents, to $8.95 per hour, also effective Jan. 1.
Nurseries featured in article on Willamette Valley political landscape
The Willamette Valley has a political landscape that defies easy labels, according to an article published Tuesday in the Oregonian. The article, by Ryan Kost, looks at the political diversity found in the region's rural areas and cities. Nursery people are prominently featured in the article, including Brian Bauman of Bauman Farms, David McKinnon of McKinnon Nursery and Kathy LeCompte of Brooks Tree Farm.
Packwood to visit OAN Government Relations Committee
Retired U.S. Senator Bob Packwood will be the special guest of the next OAN Government Relations Committee, held at 1p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the OAN offices, 29751 S.W. Town Center Loop West, Wilsonville, Ore. Packwood served as one of the state's two U.S. senators for more than 34 years, from 1969 to 1995, including two stints as chairman of the powerful Senate Committee on Finance. He recently celebrated his 80th birthday. This meeting will be an opportunity to hear about past issues as well as Packwood's analysis of the current state of affairs. All members are invited to attend. For more information, email Jeff Stone at email@example.com.
Volker to discuss weather at Willamette Chapter meeting
Meteorologist Phil Volker of Extended Range Forecasting will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, Oct. 9 meeting of the OAN Willamette Chapter. The meeting will be from 5:45–8 p.m. at OGA Golf Course, 2850 Hazelnut Drive, Woodburn, Ore. Social hour will be from 5:45–6:15 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. and program at 7. The cost of attending is $25 per person, and you can register and pay online. For more information, contact Janet Poot at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-990-7717.
Industry responds to threat of Impatiens downy mildew
Impatiens downy mildew, which kills any Impatiens walleriana plants that it infects, has been a huge topic of discussion this year. The American Nursery and Landscape Association and OFA have put together a couple of resources to help people understand what it is, as well as what they can do about it. First, there's a nine-minute video featuring Chris Beytes of GrowerTalks talking to experts. And second, ANLA and OFA will host a webinar at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern, next Thursday, Oct. 4. "Dr. Colleen Warfield from Ball Horticultural and Nancy Rechcigl from Syngenta will be presenting what they've learned about this pathogen over the last season and describing how the lessons learned can be applied for a more productive 2013," ANLA stated on its IDM website, www.impatiensdownymildew.com.
First aid and CPR training classes begin tomorrow
Time is running out to register for the first aid and CPR training classes offered by the OAN Safety Committee, through its partnership with SAIF.
These classes are available to OAN members exclusively, at a reduced price. The training provides certification for two years. Classes begin October 4 and are offered at five locations — your choice of Boring, Eugene, Hillsboro, Salem or Wilsonville. Each class is taught either in English or in Spanish; check the schedule for details. The cost is $32 per person for those renewing their certification, or $42 per person for first-time attendees and those whose card has expired. All seats are first come, first served. Register Today!
Women's Leadership Luncheon set for Oct. 18
U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer will host the 10th annual Women's Leadership Luncheon from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at The Governor Hotel, 614 S.W. 11th Ave., Portland, Ore. The honorees will be U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, and Oregon House Democratic Leader Tina Kotek.
Tickets are $100 each or $1,000 per table. For information and to reserve tickets, contact Elizabeth Wilson at 503-235-3399 or Elizabeth@EarlBlumenauer.com.
Affluent Americans offer a silver lining in cautious economy
Not everyone in the "new economy" is gun-shy, and the future of print advertising is not bleak the way some would have you believe. According to the newly issued Mendelsohn Affluent Survey, affluent Americans remain avid readers of print publications, and they're also purchasing more and more tablet devices for reading digital content. What's more, close to two-thirds have the willingness and the room in their budget for splurges and indulgences — many of which are advertised in publications. The description "affluent" applies to those with a household income over $100,000. You can read the details here (free registration required).
Safety Tip: Protect yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning
Carbon dioxide is insidious, colorless, odorless, tasteless and deadly. CO is the product of internal combustion engines. If these types of engines are used in enclosed spaces or without adequate ventilation, carbon dioxide poisoning can be the result. CO poisoning can quickly lead to illness, unconsciousness, coma and death. You can learn to recognize the symptoms, but prevention is best of all. Just follow these tips, courtesy of OSHA and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee: (English | Spanish)
Maple Society to meet in Seattle Oct. 19–21
The 2012 Maple Society Conference will take place Oct. 19–21 in Seattle, with a post-tour taking place in Oregon Oct. 22–24. Complete information on the event is available at www.maplesociety.org. For more details, contact Marielle Eykeman at email@example.com.
A memorial service for longtime Oregon State University extension agent Bob Ticknor will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, S.E. 28th Ave. and Woodstock Blvd., Portland. He passed away September 24, 2012 at the age of 85. Mr. Ticknor spent 35 years working for the OSU extension service before retiring in the mid-1990s. He performed research on rhododendron and holly plants, among many others, as well as growing media and herbicides. He also played a key role on the Ornamentals Northwest seminars, which were a predecessor to the Farwest Show Seminars.
In recognition of his contributions to the Oregon nursery industry, he was inducted into the Oregon Nurseries' Hall of Fame in 1996. He was a member of the American Rhododendron Society, the Holly Growers Society, the International Plant Propagators Society and the Portland Rhododendron Society.
Mr. Ticknor was born Oct. 26, 1926 in Portland, Ore. He attended Oregon State University and Michigan State University, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He married his wife, Ruth, on Sept. 10, 1950.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth; son, Arthur Ticknor; daughter, Holly Kraus; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Keith Ticknor.
A wake will be held next summer for Ned Jaquith, the owner of Bamboo Garden Nursery in North Plains, Ore. He passed away Sept. 26, 2012 in Portland, following an illness. He was 73. More information will be published when it becomes available.
♦ October 9 - Guest Speaker: Phil Volker
Mt. Hood Chapter
♦ October 16 - Mt. Hood Chapter will hold an Education Dinner at Persimmon Country Club
Retail & Greenhouse Chapters
♦ October 22 - Anna Ball of Ball Horticulture Company will discuss the latest trends for the Greenhouse industry and new developments with Ball.
OAN One-Day Convention
♦ November 2 - Annual Business Meeting & President's Award Banquet
The OAN would like to welcome these new members:
Pacific Southwest Realty Services
Santa Barbara, CA
Petersen Farms LLC
Forest Grove, OR
White Crane Landscaping LLC
Forest Grove, OR
OAN reminds members: If you're not seen, you don't exist
Are you looking to stay visible and gain new customers? OAN events, publications and websites offer fantastic exposure at an excellent price. OAN members save the most, with discounted ad and sponsorship rates. Buy into multiple publications, or multiple issues of Digger, and save even more. Want the details? Our 2012 Exposure Kit is now available. Download it today at www.oan.org/ads2012. To lock in your ads for 2012, contact Advertising and Sponsorship Account Manager Chris Sweet at 503-682-2012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.