USDA drops prenotification requirement for most growers
As of this past Monday, most Oregon growers are no longer required to notify receiving states when shipments go out containing any of five high-risk genera for Phytophthora ramorum. Under the new rule, the only West Coast nurseries that must prenotify are those that have tested positive for P. ramorum since 2010, and those located in quarantined counties. The revised rule is expected to free many Oregon growers from a paperwork burden that was costing them time and money, without improving the safety of interstate plant shipments or the effectiveness of federal regulators. According to an OAN estimate, only about a dozen Oregon growers will now be subject to the requirement. [Read more]
Update: Governor's workgroup on the Oregon driver's license
The OAN is leading a workgroup of business, labor, faith and law enforcement groups who are working with the governor's office on a political solution to the REAL ID law, which requires legal presence to be determined for immigrants to be granted an Oregon driver's license. Member nurseries are heavily impacted by the current law, and the Oregon Nurseries' PAC made this issue one of its top issues during its endorsement process. The OAN will be meeting with legislative leadership to go over concepts and make a push for resolution during the upcoming state legislative session.
Safety Tip: Some confined spaces require permit, precautions
Some confined spaces in the workplace have dangers, and we don't mean just claustrophobia. These areas require special permits under Oregon law, due to the hazards of injury or even death that they present. Such areas are called "permit spaces." Do you have a permit space on your property? This guide (PDF) explains how to identify a permit space, as well as precautions and procedures you should follow if you have one at your facility. This information is presented courtesy of SAIF, Oregon OSHA, and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.
Save money with the Winter Trucks to Trade Shows program
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. Check this out: one of our members just reported that by participating in the OAN Trucks to Trade Shows program, he saved $509 on his shipment of two pallets of plant material to MANTS! 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 email@example.com.
Last chance for sustainability certification
Are you considering sustainability certification for your operation? This is your last chance to take advantage of Food Alliance's promotional offer for certification to its new FA Sustainability Standard for Nursery and Greenhouse Production! All operations that apply for certification by the end of 2012 will save 50 percent off their annual licensing fee for their first three-year certification term. Inspection would take place in early next year. Please contact Roberta Anderson at 503-493-1066 ext. 31 to learn more, or download the application.
Kick your membership benefits up a notch: get involved with the OAN
Do you have a good idea on industry promotion? Are there educational programs you would like to see changed? Want to affect government legislation? Then get involved as a volunteer with the OAN. By participating in a committee or affiliate, you have the power to directly influence programs we provide to the membership. Click here for details.
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.