OAN gives nurseries a strong voice at the Oregon Legislature
The 2013 session of the Oregon Legislature is well underway, and daily activity is very brisk. The OAN Government Relations team is monitoring the progress of bills, so that nursery industry interests are actively protected and promoted. "The OAN has testified on bills involving tuition equity, water, transportation and land use," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. Click here (member login required) to view our prepared testimony on various bills. If you would like to be more involved, you are invited to join the Government Relations Committee, or contact Jeff Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org with your input or questions regarding any bill or issue, and watch the Member Update for continued updates from the 2013 legislative session.
Retail and Greenhouse Chapter to hold annual seminars Thursday
The annual OAN Retail and Greenhouse Chapter Industry Seminars will be held from 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Chemeketa at Eola Northwest Viticulture Center, 215 Doaks Ferry Rd. N.W., Salem, Ore. For those who haven't yet registered, admission is $50 per person at the door. (Lunch is not guaranteed for late registrants.) 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. To learn more, contact Crystal Cady at email@example.com or 541-207-2665 or visit www.oan.org.
Legislature to consider Columbia River Crossing bill
A joint committee of Oregon House and Senate members has approved a $450 million bill to fund Oregon's share of the Columbia River Crossing by a 14–2 vote, setting the stage for floor votes in both chambers. Washington's Legislature is considering a similar bill. If both bills pass and are signed, it will secure federal funding to complete the $3.4 billion project to replace the Interstate 5 bridge from Portland to Vancouver.
The OAN testified in favor of the bill, despite some reservations. "Oregon is the second largest nursery state in the country," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone told the panel. "Freight mobility is of the highest importance ... (it is our view) that investment in freight mobility will help the nursery and greenhouse industry get product to market."
Coalition holding water briefings for legislators
OAN is part of a coalition of business and environmental groups that is putting on expert-led briefings on water policy for a variety of Oregon legislators. All of these groups share a common interest in a forward-looking water policy that invests in meeting the needs of all users — urban users, rural users, farms, forests, fish and families. The other participating groups include Oregon Environmental Council, the League of Oregon Cities, the Oregon Water Resources Congress, the Special Districts Association of Oregon, The Freshwater Trust and The Nature Conservancy.
You can still sign up for the OAN Wholesale Nursery Map
Project manager Graham Anderson of Surface Nursery says there's still time to include your nursery 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.
To be included, register online or submit a written application (PDF) as soon as possible. For more information, click here or contact project manager Graham Anderson at 503-663-5224 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boxwood blight webinar will provide updates
The American Nursery & Landscape Association will present a webinar on boxwood blight at 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25. Plants infested with the underlying pathogen, Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum, suffer from leaf loss and branch dieback. An industry-coordinated research group, consisting of academic and government scientists, will give updates on what they have learned about boxwood blight over the past year, as well as the progress made in combating it. Armed with more than $500,000 in grant funds, the research group has been pursuing new treatment strategies and protocols, as well as rapid diagnostic techniques. Please register in advance at www1.gotomeeting.com/register/902406977. For more information, log on to www.boxwoodblight.org.
Showcase your new plants at Farwest
Planning is underway for the 2013 New Varieties Showcase at this year's Farwest Tradeshow, August 22–24, Portland, Ore. If you have new plants you want to introduce to growers, retailers, landscape professionals and other plant buyers, consider letting us know about your new plant introduction(s) for the New Varieties Showcase.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 29, 2013. You'll find selection criteria and the submission form at www.farwestshow.com/nvs. If you have questions, please contact Ann Murphy at email@example.com or 503-582-2011. We look forward to seeing your new plant introductions.
Safety Tip: New employee safety is no accident
Last week we mentioned that first-year employees have the greatest risk of an on-the-job injury. However, there are specific things you can do to reduce the risk, as outlined in this OAN Safety Alert (PDF). Options to consider include conducting a pre-employment fitness test; holding a new-employee orientation with emphasis on safety practices; making sure that supervisors buy in to a safety mentality and communicate it to the team; and making sure there is ongoing safety training so that awareness remains at a high level. Read the OAN Safety Alert (PDF) for more details on all of these. This information is presented to you courtesy of SAIF, OSHA and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.
Retail & Greenhouse Chapters
♦ February 21 - Annual Industry Seminars
♦ March 12 - Dinner Meeting
Mt. Hood Chapter
♦ March 19 - Dinner Meeting
♦ April 9 - Dinner Meeting
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.