OAN office honors Thanksgiving holiday
As we celebrate the traditional Thanksgiving holiday, let all of us be thankful for the blessings of friendship, family, prosperity and good health. The OAN offices will be closed beginning at 2 p.m. Wednesday and continuing all day Thursday and Friday, so that employees may spend the Thanksgiving holiday with their families. The OAN will be back, open and ready to serve you from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. weekdays, beginning Monday, Nov. 26.
Canada imposes regulation on bamboo stakes
According to Gary McAninch at the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Canadian regulatory officials are now requiring bamboo stakes and poles to be certified free of pests prior to entering Canada. This includes bamboo stakes and poles used as plant supports in nursery stock. To meet certification requirements, the bamboo must have been fumigated prior to or during entry into the United States. The ODA is required to verify the treatment on the phytosanitary certificate that accompanies the nursery stock shipment to Canada. The ODA will need a copy of a treatment certificate from your bamboo supplier in order to verify the treatment and issue the phytosanitary certificate. Contact your ODA inspector at 503-986-4644 for certification details.
Woodburn Nursery serves as example of efficiency
Tom Fessler and Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas were featured recently in an article in the Capital Press for their longtime efforts to reduce energy costs for heating and cooling. They have made more efficient use of natural gas and electricity through capital improvements, including better greenhouse plastics, computerized controllers and advanced venting systems. You can read the complete article here.
OAN chapters plan to celebrate the season
Several of the OAN chapters are planning Christmas or Holiday parties during the month of December. So far, we have received word of the following:
• Sunset Chapter — Thursday, Dec. 6
• Clackamas Chapter — Thursday, Dec. 6
• Retail and Greenhouse Chapters — Wednesday, Dec. 12
• Mt. Hood Chapter (all chapters welcome) — Tuesday, Dec. 18
Costs vary. You can get details on all of these events online at the OAN Events Page. You can also register and pay online. If you know of a holiday chapter event not listed here, please contact the OAN at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OAN Safety Tip: Move landscaping equipment safely
When there's a need to move a tractor, lawnmower or piece of landscaping equipment a long distance, the safest method is to haul it via trailer or flatbed truck. The following tips, offered in English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF), will help avoid accidents. These tips are courtesy of Ohio State University Extension Service, SAIF, and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.
Free pesticide and waste collection event coming in Washington County
The deadline is Monday, Nov. 26 to sign up for a free, safe and anonymous pesticide, agricultural waste and empty container collection event to be held in Washington County. The event will be from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at Crop Production Services, 574 N. Seventh Court, Cornelius, Ore. Advance registration is required for any chemicals, so the site is prepared to receive the materials, but the registration is anonymous. No registration is required to drop off containers, provided they are triple-rinsed. For details, log on to www.swcd.net or download the event flyer. The event is organized by the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District.
Free hazard communication workshop offered December 5
The OAN Safety Committee and Oregon OSHA will present a free training session on hazard communication on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Carlton Plants, 14301 S.E. Wallace Rd., Dayton, Ore. The class will be offered in Spanish from 8 a.m.–noon and in English from 1–5 p.m. Participants will learn how to apply proven and effective hazard communication techniques at your nursery. Senior instructor Tomas Schwabe of Oregon OSHA will cover:
• Creating a hazards communication program
• Conducting employee training
• Completing a chemicals list
• Labels and material safety data sheets
• Recent changes to the Hazard Communication Rule – Globally Harmonized System (GHS)
To register, call OAN at 503-682-5089 or 1-800-342-6401. Space is limited.
Kitzhaber to meet with Government Relations Committee on Dec. 12
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber will be the very special guest at the next meeting of the OAN Government Relations Committee. The meeting will be from 1–3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 in the Oregon State Capitol Building, Room S-243, 900 Court St., Salem, Ore. (Please note: the meeting is on a Wednesday, not a Tuesday.)
Gov. Kitzhaber will talk about current state issues, as well as the nursery industry's important role in the state economy. Inexpensive parking is available nearby for 75 cents per hour; details are here. The meeting room has limited space available. If you plan to attend, RSVP to Jeff Stone at email@example.com.
Leonard Adams now offers OAN-endorsed property and casualty insurance
The OAN Executive Committee announced that Leonard Adams Insurance has been chosen as the OAN's officially endorsed provider of property and casualty insurance. The Portland-based independent agency already provides OAN-endorsed health and dental insurance plans, and this new program offers additional value for members. For a quote, contact Randy Skinner at 503-296-0077.
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' Seven Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers? 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!
♦ December 6 - Christmas Party
♦ December 6 - Christmas Party
Retail & Greenhouse Chapters
♦ December 12 - Christmas Party
Mt. Hood Chapter
♦ December 18 - Christmas Party
Northwest Agricultural Show
♦ January 29 - 31 - Northwest Agricultural Show
Yard, Garden & Patio Show
♦ February 8 - 10 - Join us for the Yard, Garden & Patio Show, presented by Dennis' Seven Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers
Retail & Greenhouse Chapters
♦ February 21 - Annual Industry Seminars
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.