President of Ball Horticulture to speak in Wilsonville
Members of the Oregon Association of Nurseries have a rare opportunity coming up to hear from one of the most significant figures in the nursery and greenhouse industry. Anna Ball, president and CEO of Ball Horticultural Company, will speak on "Upcoming Industry Trends and Horticultural Developments" at the next dinner meeting of the Retail and Greenhouse Chapter. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 at the Wilsonville Holiday Inn, 25425 S.W. 95th Ave., Wilsonville, Ore. Social hour will run until 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and program. Members of ALL chapters of OAN are invited to attend. The cost is $25 per person. You may register and pay online, or RSVP to Crystal Cady at 541-207-2665. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 17.
Members invited to hear Lean Team report on year together
On Thursday, November 1 from 10 a.m. - noon at the OAN office in Wilsonville, members of the OAN Lean Team will report on improvement events they have engaged in throughout the year. Come see slide shows and hear from industry leaders about ways they have made changes to reduce waste and improve how they do business. Each event through the year included members from different companies, helping the host company look at processes with "new" eyes. This is a great opportunity to hear firsthand how Lean Team works and ask questions of those who have deployed Lean thinking in their businesses. Please register to attend by contacting OAN Lean Team Director Elizabeth Peters, firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-582-2010.
Bilingual education program benefits Oregon growers
The Oregon State University Extension Service has been a huge part of the Oregon nursery industry's success. By taking the latest scientific knowledge and sharing it with growers, Extension fulfills an important educational function. To make sure that Spanish-speaking nursery workers are not left out, OSU Extension hired Dr. Luisa Santamaria, a plant pathologist who speaks both English and Spanish. The Oregonian recently published an article about her work in educating Spanish-speaking nursery worker. If you are interested in possible workshops at your nursery, contact Dr. Santamaria at email@example.com or 503-678-1264, ext. 112.
Save money with the Winter Trucks to Trade Shows program
Each year, the OAN Winter Trucks to Trade Shows program ships member plant material to the key nursery trade shows held in January and February across the country. This program is an exclusive OAN member benefit. To sign up for economical, less-than-load shipping to all the major winter trade shows, download and submit this form, or contact Ann Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OAN Safety Tip: Use safe practices in Christmas tree production
Growing and harvesting Christmas trees is safe — if performed properly. However, there are potential dangers associated with improper planting, fertilizing, shearing, cutting and baling of trees. Growers are encouraged to always train their workers in the proper practices, which include always wearing protective clothing, keeping cutting tools sharp, and using baling machines in a safe manner. Here are several additional tips, compliments of SAIF, the University of Maine Extension Service, and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.
All members invited to hear Gov. John Kitzhaber talk nurseries
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber will be the guest speaker at a special meeting of the OAN Government Relations Committee. It will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 in Room H-278 of the State Capitol Building, 900 Court St., Salem, Ore. Gov. Kitzhaber will talk about current state issues, as well as the nursery industry's important role in the state economy. All members are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to interact with the governor. There will be time for questions after his presentation. Inexpensive parking is available nearby for 75 cents per hour; details are here. For details on the meeting, contact Jeff Stone at email@example.com.
USDA opens up discrimination claims period
Last February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a voluntary claims settlement process to assist women and Hispanic farmers who believe they faced discriminatory practices from the USDA during certain time periods between 1981 and 2000. On October 24, 2012, Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the opening of a 180-day claims period under this process. Women and Hispanic farmers who believe that the USDA denied their applications for loan or loan servicing assistance for discriminatory reasons during the specified time periods have until March 25, 2013 to request a claims package and file a claim in order to participate in this claims resolution process. For more information, or to receive a claims package, call 1-888-508-4429, or log on to www.farmerclaims.gov.
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 still available at the Eugene, Salem and Wilsonville locations. Classes are 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 online 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
♦ October 17 - Raul Moreno with OVS will be talking about the perfect fertilizer blend for you, the best delivery methods, and how this method of fertilization/irrigation can benefit you and your business.
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
♦ December 6 - Christmas Party
Mt. Hood Chapter
♦ December 18 - Christmas Party
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 2013 Exposure Kit is now available. Download it today at www.oan.org/ads2013. To lock in your ads for 2013, contact Advertising and Sponsorship Account Manager Chris Sweet at 503-682-2012 or email@example.com.