Nursery Guide web advertising now available
OAN's new Online Nursery Guide will be like nothing you've seen. Launching in February, it will give buyers and sellers new ways to connect. In addition to plant and product listings, the new website will have online display advertising in key, highly visible locations. Put your company and your brand directly in front of buyers. Make an impression. Be remembered when they have a need. To learn more about NurseryGuide.com display ad opportunities, download the rate sheet (PDF) and order form (PDF), or contact Chris Sweet at 503-582-2012 or email@example.com.
Sign up to be included in the OAN Wholesale Nursery Map
Now is the time to make sure your nursery is included in the next edition of the OAN Wholesale Nursery Map, coming this spring. The visual map (with major roads and grid coordinates) and listings (with full contact information) help prospective customers and truck drivers find your nursery easily. Copies are distributed through participating nurseries, the OAN office, the Farwest Show and other avenues. There's also an online version with point-to-point driving directions.
Only OAN members may participate in this map, which is produced by the Mt. Hood Chapter. You must sign up or you won't be included. Your cost to participate depends on your number of locations, and the number of maps you request. You may register online or submit a written application (PDF). The deadline is Feb. 15, 2013. For more information, click here or contact project manager Graham Anderson at 503-663-5224 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Willamette Chapter shows the holiday spirit
The OAN Willamette Chapter had the necessary funds for it, but didn't hold a Christmas party this year. Instead, the chapter donated the money to three organizations that help the needy. The party's $750 budget was divided three ways, with $250 each going to Marion-Polk Food Share in Salem, St. Joseph's Shelter in Mt. Angel and St. Luke's Church in Woodburn. The story was reported in the Statesman-Journal newspaper (Salem, Ore.). "We felt the money would be better served to help local charities and people less fortunate," chapter President Bradley Weeks said. For more information, read the full article.
Parcel Pick Up volunteers needed for YGP Show
The Oregon Association of Nurseries needs volunteers to help at the Parcel Pick Up area during the 2013 Yard, Garden & Patio Show, February 8–10 at the Oregon Convention Center. The Parcel Pick Up area is the place were show attendees can check in their purchased items to free up their hands to continue exploring the show floor. It's a fun, energetic atmosphere, and you can also roam the show before or after your volunteer shift. It's a great way to experience the show for free! Click here for details.
We will also need volunteers for the show and for the Plant Something booth, which is new this year. Watch next week's Member Update for details.
Safety Tip: Give seasonal workers a safety orientation
Seasonal workers may not work for your company all year long. However, they encounter the same sorts of risks as your full-time, permanent staff. Giving them a safety orientation is the right thing to do — for you, and for your business. This fact sheet from Oregon OSHA (PDF) outlines what you should do and why it's important, and also provides links to several other useful resources. This Safety Tip is provided for you, compliments of Oregon OSHA, SAIF, and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.
Emerald Empire will meet on Feb. 6
The Emerald Empire chapter will meet at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6 at Lane Forest Products, 2111 Prairie Road, Eugene, Ore. Guest speaker Scott Renfro of Wilco will talk about "What's New on the Fertilizer and Chemical Front." A Mexican dinner (catered by Mucho Gusto) will be served at 6:30, followed by the program at 7. The cost is $15 per person. For details and to sign up, contact Tamara Clift, McKenzie River Nursery, at email@example.com or 541-747-2767.
Retail Chapter to hold annual seminars on Feb. 21
The annual OAN Retail Chapter Industry Seminars will be held Feb. 21 at the Chemeketa at Eola Northwest Viticulture Center, 215 Doaks Ferry Rd. N.W., Salem, Ore. Join industry professionals for a day of educational seminars and networking to prepare you for the coming business year. This year's keynote speaker will be Brian Minter of Minter Gardens. In addition Cheryl Goar, executive director of the Arizona Nursery Association, will lead a discussion of the new Plant Something marketing program. More information is to come. Sponsorship opportunities are available for the trade magazine and trade show floor. To learn more and register for the event, contact Crystal Cady at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-207-2665 or visit www.oan.org.
Harvesting Clean Energy conference set for Jan. 27–29
Climate Solutions invites agriculture, forestry and energy innovators to attend the 12th annual Harvesting Clean Energy conference, sponsored by the Oregon Department of Energy. It is scheduled for Jan. 27–29 at the Oregon State University conference center in Corvallis, Ore. This annual energy event creates connections and opportunities to advance rural economic development through clean energy. Log on to harvestcleanenergy.org for more information and to register online, or contact Dana Colwell at 253-507-8506.
Report: East Coast hard goods distributor struggling
Commerce Corp., considered the largest East Coast distributor of lawn and garden supplies, reportedly is struggling. The Baltimore Sun reported on Saturday that the Maryland-based company informed state regulators in late December that it would lay off as many as 70 employees, out of 280 the company employs. The company had earlier told regulators it was shutting down its principal office, before walking that statement back and disclosing the layoffs instead.
OAN seminars set for NW Ag Show
The Oregon Association of Nurseries will present four hours of grower seminars from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 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. The seminar topics are "The Latest on Box Blight and Impatiens Downy Mildew," "Understanding Pesticide Drift for the Protection of Water Resources," and "Bee Friendly Insecticide Management." These sessions have been submitted to Oregon and Washington for recertification credits. Register online today.
Registration open for High Desert Green Industry Conference
The 21st annual High Desert Green Industry Conference will be held Wednesday–Thursday, Feb. 13–14 at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond, Ore. The keynote speaker will be Elizabeth Peters, director of the OAN Lean Team, who will discuss the principles and practices that you and your team can use to create an environment for success. Other presenters are still to be announced. The conference and trade show is designed for green industry professionals who supply, design, maintain or manage landscapes in the Intermountain West. It is presented in partnership by the Oregon State University Extension Service, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and the Oregon Landscape Contractors Association. Register online today.
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.
Mary Louise Bluhm
The Oregon Association of Nurseries is saddened to report the passing of Mary Louise Bluhm, wife of retired Oregon State University extension agent Wilbur Bluhm. She died Jan. 5, 2013. Among others, she is survived by her husband, Wilbur. A complete obituary can be viewed here. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. at First United Methodist Church, 600 State St., Salem. Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service is in care of arrangements.
The OAN is also saddened to report the passing of Bradley James Lynch, manager of Cascade Meadows Nursery in Gresham. He died Dec. 27, 2012 at age 51, as the result of a kayaking accident in the Columbia River. He had worked in the nursery industry for several years, including the last 12 at Cascade Meadows. Services are private. A full obituary was published in the Hood River News.
Northwest Agricultural Show
♦ January 29 - 31 - Northwest Agricultural Show
OAN Seminar Series at the NW Ag Show
♦ January 30 - OAN Seminar Series at the Northwest Agricultural Show
Emerald Empire Meeting
♦ February 6 - What's new on the fertilizer and chemical front
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.