Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
October 13, 2012

Packwood visits Government Relations Committee

Retired U.S. Sen. Bob Packwood (R-Ore.) visited the OAN Government Relations Committee Tuesday. He shared stories from his 26 years of service in our nation's capital, as well as his perspective on the current political landscape.

Comparing how members of Congress interacted with each other then and now, he said, "It was always politics, but it wasn't mean politics." He predicted that members of Congress will come together to solve the budget crisis eventually, because there's little or nothing left after Social Security, Medicare, interest payments and the military are paid for. "Sooner or later, they will get on the same page, because it's not sustainable," he said. However, he also noted that in days gone by, without a 24-hour news cycle, it was much easier to negotiate outside the glare of the spotlight. Packwood continues to spend about 50 percent of his time in Washington, D.C., where he works as a lobbyist.

LED grow lights show promise in the greenhouse

LED lighting is rapidly evolving and advancing, and one of the best applications for this emerging technology may be in the greenhouse. Researchers at Penn State University have studied the idea extensively, finding that such lights may offer significant cost savings as well as numerous other benefits. Read the blog post at www.diggermagazine.com for more information.

Texas A&M sets up online nursery management program

Texas A&M University has set up a one-year certificate program for executives in the horticulture industry. The group will meet four times a year in person, plus additional times via webinar. Only limited space remains in the initial program enrollment. Click here for additional information.

Nationally-known garden designer to appear in Portland

The Association of Professional Landscape Designers, Oregon Chapter, will present a pair of upcoming Portland appearances by well-known landscape designer Julie Moir Messervy. Her lecture, "Get Out !: Designing Landscapes That Bring Everyone Outside Again," will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9. An all-day workshop, "Creating Home Outside," will be from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Both will take place at the Ecotrust building, N.W. 10th and Irving streets, Portland. Professional credits are available. For full descriptions and the costs, go to www.apldoregon.org.

OAN Awards Committee seeks nominations

The nursery industry is made up of an incredible group of hard-working 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). 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.

Registrations now open for new Lean Team member companies

The Oregon Association of Nurseries is now accepting applications for first-year participants in Lean Team. Want to increase productivity, reduce waste and stress, and build a culture of improvement in your business? Then join Lean Team.

It is a powerful consortium of nursery and greenhouse companies who work together to become knowledgeable Lean practitioners and share innovative practices. Members deploy Lean in their companies without expensive consultant fees, learning from hands-on improvement events as well as classroom training. Effectively applied, Lean will improve your bottom line the first year. If interested, contact Elizabeth Peters at epeters@oan.org or 503-582-2010.

First aid and CPR training classes now underway

First aid and CPR training classes are now underway. These classes are offered by the OAN Safety Committee, through its partnership with SAIF, and are available to OAN members exclusively, at a reduced price.

The training provides certification for two years. Classes 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!

Sign up today for the OAN Convention

This year's OAN Convention offers a great opportunity to honor industry volunteers and interact with your peers, all without spending a lot of money to get there. The convention is Friday, Nov. 2 at the Oregon Garden in Silverton. The Annual Membership Business Meeting business meeting, from 2–4:30 p.m., is FREE, and members are encouraged to bring not just themselves, but their employees as well. The President's Awards Banquet will be from 6–9 p.m., and the cost is only $65 per person. Register online today for both events. If you are interested in sponsoring the 2012 OAN Convention, please call the OAN office or contact Bill Bosch at bbosch@cfmcollect.com. Sponsorships include a free stay at the Oregon Garden Resort.

Rooms filling up fast for OAN Convention

Discounted Oregon Garden Resort rooms are available the night of the OAN Convention, Friday, Nov. 2, but they are filling up fast. OAN members booking for convention will receive a discounted $69 room rate, which includes garden admission and breakfast for two. Call the Oregon Garden Resort at 503-874-2500 to make your reservation.

Reserve your booth at the 2013 Yard, Garden & Patio Show

Have you reserved your booth for the 2013 Yard, Garden & Patio Show Presented by Dennis' 7 Dees? This three-day consumer extravaganza will happen Friday–Sunday, Feb. 8–10, 2013 at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland.

The YGP Show is a great way to build new relationships with passionate gardening enthusiasts, and help them get to know your business. There are booth spaces available from 10x10 up to islands. The Remarkable Green Market is another opportunity to sell your goods on the show floor. Download the complete brochure and exhibitor application (PDF) and reserve your space today!

Incentive offered for thermal greenhouse curtains

Ulrike Mengelberg at the Energy Trust of Oregon dropped us a note to let us know they're offering an incentive for growers who install energy-saving thermal curtains in their greenhouses. Qualifying growers can receive 9 cents per square foot of heated greenhouse (or square feet of curtain, but the former number in most cases will be higher). Terms and conditions apply. Click here for more information on this and other incentives that Energy Trust of Oregon offers. You can download the rebate form here (PDF) or here (Excel).

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. Early registration (which saves you $25) is due by Sept. 15. Complete information on the event is available at www.maplesociety.org. For more details, contact Marielle Eykeman at gobbo@tfon.com.

OAN Events

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

In case you missed it...

OAN Past President Pete Brentano named to state ag board

Oregon minimum wage will rise to $8.95, effective Jan. 1

Carpenters union targets customers of DWA

ONPAC endorses candidates for Oregon Legislature

USDA offering water-wise project assistance in Linn County

Seminar on Systems Approach now available online

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