OAN testifies against adverse water bill
OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone testified Monday against Senate Bill 425, which would impose extremely strict standards for approval of water transfers. The OAN believes the bill would cause irreparable harm to the nursery industry and other agricultural interests. "The Willamette Valley's water supply is almost fully appropriated (spoken for) and the nursery and greenhouse industry's access to additional water will be through the transfer process. SB 425, if enacted, would create tremendous harm to our industry." Stone testified (PDF). The bill was heard before the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee, which plans no further action on the bill at this time. The OAN is working with various groups — including agriculture, municipalities and environmentalists — to promote balanced water policy.
New website offers alternatives to Impatiens walleriana
Last summer, impatiens downy mildew devastated Impatiens walleriana flowerbeds and baskets in many Northwest gardens. Unfortunately, there's no effective control available to fight Plasmopara obducens, the pathogen that causes it. There are preventive chemical controls, but most gardeners wouldn't consider them practical for protecting an annual. What's worse, the pathogen overwinters in the soil. As a result, many gardeners will probably think twice about buying impatiens this year. Fortunately, Michigan State University has established a website to help gardeners (and the retailers who sell to them) find excellent, colorful, shade-loving alternatives. If they insist on impatiens, they may also wish to know that New Guinea impatiens (Impatiens hawkeri) is not affected by the pathogen.
Two new employees hired, one promoted at OAN
The Oregon Association of Nurseries has hired two new employees to help improve service to members. Jamie Fletcher was hired for the new position of membership and events coordinator, and Ashley Wilsey was hired as the new receptionist. In addition to these new hires, Curt Kipp was promoted to the job of senior manager of publications.
Jamie is a recent graduate of the University of Puget Sound with recent experience with the Oregon Convention Center, the Expo Center, and the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs in Seattle, Wash. She will coordinate OAN's member outreach efforts, as well as helping with trade show booth sales and organizing the Trucks to Trade Shows program.
Ashley will greet the public, answer phones, organize other clerical functions, and help with various OAN projects. She is a recent graduate of Pacific University, and has work experience at the Canby Public Library.
Curt joined the OAN in 2007 after 11 years in the newspaper industry and worked under Elizabeth Peters, who recently left the organization. He will serve as editor of Digger magazine, manage the publications department and perform press relations duties. He will also continue to serve as an in-house writer, editor, photographer and designer for various projects.
The OAN hopes you will join us in welcoming and congratulating Jamie, Ashley and Curt.
Thanks to supporters of the Yard, Garden & Patio Show
The 2013 Yard, Garden & Patio Show presented by Dennis' 7 Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers experienced strong support from our community and industry. "We greatly appreciate the support and partnership of our show sponsors and exhibitors," show chairwoman Crystal Cady said. "The show's continued success is attributed to their ability to bring quality products and services to eager gardeners looking to kick-off the spring season."
The OAN extends a special thanks to this year's sponsors, including Dennis' 7 Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers, Oregon City Subaru, Meta, Mutual Materials, The Oregonian, and Encore Audio/Video.
At the show, a strong turnout of guests from around the region discovered great ideas to enhance their outdoor living experience. They experienced several excellent show features, including the Showcase Gardens, Urban Edible Garden, Outdoor Cooking Classes, free seminars, plant sales and much more!
Next year's YGP Show will be Feb. 28 – March 2, 2014, at the Oregon Convention Center.
Columbia River Crossing awaits governor's signature
The Oregon Senate approved Oregon's $450 million contribution to the $3.2 billion Columbia River Crossing project to replace the aging and crowded I-5 Interstate bridge. The bill now awaits the signature of Gov. John Kitzhaber, who supports it. However, even that is no guarantee the project moves forward. Oregon's contribution is not valid without an equal boost from Washington, and both contributions are required to leverage federal funds. Project supporters, including OAN, point to the regional importance of freight movement. Without the project, the Oregon economy could be held back. "Congestion is a tax," State Sen. Bruce Starr (R-Hillsboro) said during the Senate debate. "If we do nothing, there will be a congestion tax. There's a cost to doing nothing."
OAN members can save on health, dental, property and casualty insurance
One of the greatest benefits of your OAN membership is the opportunity to purchase insurance at a group rate. By working with OAN's endorsed insurance provider, Leonard Adams Insurance, you can take advantage of the buying power more than 1,000 OAN members. The available insurance lines include medical insurance through Providence Health Plans, dental insurance through The Standard, and now, property and casualty insurance, too. Click here for more information on the health and dental plans, and to request a quote. For more information, contact Randy Skinner at 503-296-0077.
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.
Willamette Chapter speaker to discuss websites for businesses
Willamette Chapter will hold a dinner meeting at 5:45 p.m. next Tuesday, March 12, at the OGA Golf Course, 2850 Hazelnut Drive, Woodburn, Ore. The topic will be websites for businesses. Dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m., followed by the speaker from 6:45–8 p.m. The cost is $25, including one free drink. To register and pay online, log on to www.oan.org. For more information, contact Janet Poot at 800-391-6411 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mt. Hood Chapter to hold pesticide meeting on March 19
All chapters are invited to attend the Mt. Hood Chapter dinner meeting on Tuesday, March 19 at Persimmon Country Club, 500 S.E. Butler Road, Gresham, Ore. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6. Dawn Fluharty of Arborjet will present a pesticides/spray class worth two hours of continuing education. Cost is $25 per person. Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 12 to Rhonda Boni-Burden at email@example.com or 360-597-2222, cell 360-772-3082. You also can register online at www.oan/calendar.cfm.
Safety Tip: Free video available for ATV safety
Last week's safety tip on ATV safety included a flier (PDF) packed with helpful information and tips to help keep everyone at your place of business safe. However, this flier is not your only resource. We've been informed that SAIF Corporation, your OAN business partner, offers a video that provides additional information. It's free for the asking. To obtain it, call the SAIF office in Salem at 1-800-285-8525, or email Pat Morrill at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can order it or view it online using the links below. This information is presented to you courtesy of SAIF, Oregon OSHA and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.
ATV Training Guides: English Guide | Spanish Guide
Order form | View in English | View in Spanish
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Mt. Hood Chapter
♦ March 19 - Dinner Meeting
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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 email@example.com.