Kitzhaber vows to work with nursery industry on key issues
Gov. John Kitzhaber met with more than 25 OAN leaders last Wednesday afternoon inside the Oregon Capitol Building. They included members of the OAN Board of Directors as well as the OAN Government Relations Committee.
Together, they discussed issues that are important to nurseries, including water resource issues, the need for a stable workforce, and adequate funding for extension services and natural resource agencies. Of particular note, the governor mentioned that he is working with West Coast governors to invest in water supply infrastructure for irrigation as well as conservation. [Read more]
Oregon nursery industry bounces back
Things are improving for the Oregon nursery industry, according to an article published last week in The Oregonian newspaper (Portland, Ore.). The article indicated that nursery sales are growing again after hitting a recent low of $667 million in 2010 (down from a peak of $1 billion). The last few months have seen a particular improvement, with some nurseries reporting stronger sales than the same period a year ago.
Arundo donax regulation to take effect in December 2013
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) Plant Division has approved new reuglations restricting the import, propagation, growth and sale of giant reed grass (Arundo donax), which is deemed invasive in some parts of the country. After Dec. 31, 2013, Oregon growers will need a special permit from ODA to produce it. Variegated selections will be exempt from the rule. The OAN Government Relations Committee and nursery owner Mark Krautman, who sits on the Oregon Weed Board, provided input on the process to ensure the decision was based on a scientific risk assessment. [Read more]
Many thanks and congratulations to Elizabeth Peters
The OAN wishes a fond farewell to OAN Director of Publications, Communications and Lean Team Elizabeth Peters, who will be leaving the organization for a new job with the Northwest Food Processors Association. Peters joined OAN in the summer of 2007 to lead our publications and communications efforts, raising industry awareness before the media and serving as editor of Digger magazine and the OAN Nursery Guide. She played a critical role in the OAN's focus on value to members, then launched and directed our award-winning Lean Team program. Her last day will be December 28.
OAN office will be closed Monday, Tuesday
The Oregon Association of Nurseries wishes you the most joyous of holiday seasons. The OAN office will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25 so that employees may spend Christmas Eve and Christmas with their families. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, ready to serve you. The office will also be closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, reopening on Wednesday, Jan. 2. We hope you have a prosperous 2013!
Systems Approach, beneficial insects topics at OAN seminars at NW Ag Show
The Oregon Association of Nurseries will present three hours of grower seminars from noon–3:10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 at day two of the three-day NW Ag Show, which is held at the Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, Portland, Ore. Your paid seminar registration includes admission to the expo floor and all three seminars. The seminar topics will include the systems approach to pest and disease prevention; the use of beneficial insects in greenhouses and nurseries; and how to use beneficial insects with or without pesticides. Register online today.
Oregon growers provide material for VA garden of healing
This year, Oregon nursery growers donated more than 200 trees and plants for a new therapy garden at the U.S. Veterans Association medical facility in Menlo Park, Calif. There, the plants and trees will benefit veterans who are being treated for traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. The shipment included 75 Japanese maples of specimen and junior specimen quality, 25 giant sequoias more than 16 feet tall, and more than 100 miscellaneous plants. The effort was headed up by members of the Oregon Association of Nurseries, Mt. Hood Chapter. [Read more]
Recruit a new member and earn OAN Bucks
OAN membership has always delivered value that's worth sharing, but now it's more true than ever. When you sign up a new member, you get OAN Bucks, which are good toward association services! Here's how it works:
1. Sign 'em up. Sign up a new member company and receive $100 in "OAN Bucks." A new member is any company that has never been an OAN member, or hasn't been since 2009.
2. Get the credit. When they fill out the membership form, just make sure your name is written in the "sponsored by" blank.
3. Redeem it! OAN Bucks can be applied toward the cost of association services, such as advertising, trade booth fees and so on — even your dues for 2013! You must be a fully paid 2012 OAN member to participate in the program. Other restrictions apply.
To get started, download the new member form (PDF). You may also want to use a leaflet, Getting the Most from your OAN Membership (PDF), to help them understand all the benefits that membership entails. For complete details, log on to www.oan.org/oanbucks or call Debbie Hopkins at 503-682-5089 (Portland area) or 800-342-6401 (toll free).
Safety Tip: Protect and treat against exposure
Cold is deceptive. And cold kills. The coming of wintry weather brings two dangers for people working outside — frostbite and hypothermia. Both are heightened by the presence of wind chill, where cold air and brisk winds have a combined effect on unprotected skin. Click here (PDF) for tips in English and Spanish that explain how to prevent and treat frostbite and hypothermia. This information is presented courtesy of SAIF, Oregon OSHA, and the OAN Insurance and Safety 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.
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.