Housing market upturn good news for growers
So far in 2013, growers have reported a more positive feeling at recent nursery industry trade shows such as MANTS, with more orders being written. They aren't the only ones feeling positive. Homebuilders — who drive much of the demand for larger plant material — are experiencing an upturn in the market. And though there are some challenges, they expect it to continue.
"Nearly every measure of housing market strength – sales, starts, prices, permits and builder confidence – has been trending upward in recent months and we expect to see gradual but steady growth along these lines in 2013," said David Crowe, chief economist for the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas. He added that homes are selling for more, which is the most positive sign. It means that buyers are confident their investment will appreciate in value.
That in turn may attract more buyers to the market, driving more construction activity. For more information, read the NAHB press release.
Register now for OAN seminars at 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.
Please join us for the 2013 Yard, Garden & Patio Show presented by Dennis' Seven Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers
Join us for the 2013 Yard, Garden & Patio Show, February 8 - 10, presented by Dennis' 7 Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers! Enjoy performances by Billy Derian star of DIY Network's Extra Yardage on Friday and Saturday at noon and 4 p.m., the spectacular Gardens Through the Ages Showcase Gardens, Outdoor Cooking Classes, and the Urban Edible Garden! It's fun for all ages! We also have 46 hours of FREE garden seminars and demonstrations, and plants, plants and more plants in the Remarkable Green Market. For more information and to purchase tickets visit our website at www.ygpshow.com. For the best deal in town on tickets visit your local Dennis' 7 Dees for $7 tickets while supplies last. Come for the fun and prepare to be inspired!
YGP Show has two spaces left in the Remarkable Green Market
The Remarkable Green Market at the YGP Show has just two spaces left. This unique and popular area on the show floor gives you the ability to sell your product without having to staff a space. We do all the work for you. Simply supply and restock your plant product in your booth space as needed. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer customer questions about anything plant related as well as provide cashier assistance for the Remarkable Green Market. We pay the Master Gardener program a percentage of all the sales made in the market for their time and expertise. For more information or to reserve your spot, contact Shalem Patton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-682-5089.
Help at the YGP Show and get free admission
The Oregon Association of Nurseries still needs volunteers to help at the 2013 Yard, Garden & Patio Show, Feb. 8–10 at the Oregon Convention Center. All volunteers will receive free admission to the show. Specific needs are as follows:
- Parcel Pick Up — Assist guests as they check in purchased items to free up their hands so they can continue exploring the show floor.
- Show Greeters — Welcome people at the show entrance and hand out materials.
- Plant Something booth — Contribute to our new effort to promote the benefits of gardening to a new group of consumers. Answer questions, hand out materials and provide assistance to guests.
We have a job and a shift available to fit your schedule and interests. Contact Dianne Wiencek at 503-682-5089 or email@example.com to book your shift, and help contribute to the success of the 2013 Yard, Garden & Patio Show presented by Dennis' 7 Dees!
Safety Tip: Report and investigate accidents
The OAN Safety and Insurance Committee reminds business owners and employees that it is important to properly report all injury accidents in the workplace, and investigate what caused them. This allows your business to stay in good standing with your workers comp insurer and prevent further accidents. For a complete run-down of what to do, and why it is important, read the OAN Safety Alert from May 2008 (PDF). This safety tip is provided compliments of OSHA, SAIF and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.
Pioneer District Garden Clubs offer college scholarships
The Pioneer District Garden Clubs are offering a $1,000 college scholarship. Students who are legal residents of Columbia, Washington or Yamhill counties are eligible. They must be a college sophomore or above in a community or four-year college, majoring in horticulture, hloriculture, landscape design, conservation, forestry, botany, agronomy, plant pathology, environmental control, city planning, land management, alternative energy, biology, fish and wildlife, or related subjects. They must carry a grade point average of 3.0 or better. For the full requirements and other information, download the information flyer (PDF) and application (PDF). Applications are due March 15.
U.S. Rep. Schrader plans two town halls
U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader will be holding two town hall meetings next week, where he plans to talk about jobs, taxes, deficit reduction and entitlement reforms. The first meeting will be held from 6–7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Ave., Milwaukie, Ore. The second will be from 6–7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Salem Library, 585 Liberty St. S.E., Salem, Ore. Schrader serves on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, and has been a consistent supporter of the nursery industry. Members are encouraged to attend the meeting more convenient for them, ask questions, give feedback and thank Rep. Schrader for his industry support. In March, Schrader is scheduled to be the guest speaker at the OAN Government Relations Committee meeting.
FDA taking comments on new food regulations
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has opened comment on two new proposed rules that could affect farmers growing food for consumption. Both can be viewed in the Federal Register. The first concerns Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption. The second concerns Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food. These proposed rules are key components of the preventive approach to food safety established by the 2011 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. Comments must be submitted by May 16. For more information, view this email the OAN received from the FDA.
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 http://harvestcleanenergy.org for more information and to register online, or contact Dana Colwell at 253-507-8506.
Akira "Ike" Iwasaki
The Oregon Association of Nurseries is saddened to report the passing of Akira "Ike" Iwasaki, cofounder of Iwasaki Bros. Inc. nursery. He died Jan. 16, 2013 at the age of 96.
Mr. Iwasaki was born in 1916 in Farmington, Ore. and served in World War II. He was a decorated soldier of the 100th Battalion in the famed Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Team that fought in Italy and France. After the war he and his brothers founded Iwasaki Bros. near Hillsboro, a wholesale nursery growing strawberries, blackberries and bedding plants. The nursery is now in its fourth generation of family involvement.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. this Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2194 S.E. Minter Bridge Road, Hillsboro, Ore. Remembrances may be sent to Oregon Nikkei Endowment, Portland Bentham Lions Club, Oregon Nisei Veterans, or a charity of choice. Mr. Iwasaki's complete obituary can be viewed at Oregonlive.
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.