Bill introduced to end duplicate pesticide regulation
The OAN and 88 other agricultural and business organizations have signed on to a letter in support of The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2013. The U.S. House bill (HR 935, PDF) would eliminate duplicate pesticide regulation that has been in place ever a since federal court ruling (National Cotton Council, et al. v. EPA (PDF) came down in 2009. Under this ruling, pesticides approved for use under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) are subject to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements under the Clean Water Act. HR 935 would clarify congressional intent and eliminate the duplicate regulation. [Read more]
Employers required to begin using new I-9 form
The federal government has issued a new I-9 Employment Eligibility Form, effective March 9. U.S. employers have until May 7 to begin using the new form, which can be downloaded here (PDF). Accompanying this new form is a new Handbook for Employers, which can be downloaded here (PDF). For more details on the switch, read this BusinessAlert by attorney Ron Guerra of the law firm Jordan Ramis PC. Jordan Ramis PC is the official provider of your OAN Legal Access benefit, which allows up to 30 minutes of free legal consultation per month. Call Steve Shropshire at 503-598-5583 or toll-free at 888-598-7070. Please have your membership number ready when you call.
Rep. Schrader will visit with OAN members on March 26
U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) will be the guest speaker at the March 26 meeting of the OAN Government Relations Committee. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. in the conference room at the OAN offices, 29751 S.W. Town Center Loop West, Wilsonville, Ore. All members are invited to attend and ask questions. Those attending are asked to RSVP to Jeff Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schrader represents the fifth district of Oregon, which includes all of Marion, Polk, Lincoln and Tillamook counties as well as the bulk of Clackamas and small portions of Multnomah and Benton counties. Schrader serves on the House Committee on Agriculture, and as the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture. He is regarded as a strong advocate for agriculture, rural communities, and the nursery industry.
OAN seeks due process over perishable crops issue
The U.S. Department of Labor has agreed to hold an agriculture stakeholders forum next Monday, March 18, on the topic of so-called "hot goods." This follows months of pressure from most members of Oregon's members of Congress. The issue is due process. Last summer, during peak shipping season, the department impounded several perishable crops, including blueberries, as part of a labor law enforcement action. After repeated efforts by farmers and the delegation to request a reasonable appeals process, the department instead issued a "hot goods" order, and many of the fruits rotted. The Oregon Farm Bureau Federation has been taking the lead on behalf of agricultural groups working with the Oregon delegation to resolve this issue. The OAN remains concerned that a labor law process must provide an appeal and pathway to get product to market while an investigation is ongoing. Monday's meeting will be at the Gus J. Solomon Courthouse in Portland, Ore. Space is limited. Those interested in attending are asked to contact Jeff Stone at email@example.com.
Oregon Department of Agriculture issues new Agripedia
The brand-new, sixth edition of the Oregon Agripedia is now available. The 212-page publication, issued by the Oregon Department of Agriculture, is a one-stop reference for Oregon agriculture facts, laws, and resources. It includes comprehensive statistical, regulatory, and contact information. To order a free copy of the print or CD version, call 503-986-4550, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the online order form. The online version of the Agripedia, which will be updated regularly, can be found at here. [Read more]
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: Follow safe pesticide practices
Nurseries often use herbicides, insecticides and fungicides to control pests during the production process. Businesses must make sure their employees are trained in how to use these chemicals safely and effectively. This video, provided by Mississippi State University, provides an overview of the topic. However, no video is a replacement for formal training and certification. The Willamette Chapter will hold a pesticide training at its April 9 meeting. Other pesticide trainings may be scheduled in the future; watch the OAN events calendar and Member Update for details. This information is presented to you courtesy of Mississippi State University, SAIF, Oregon OSHA and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.
Mt. Hood Chapter cancels March 19 meeting
Due to a lack of participation, Mt. Hood Chapter has cancelled its planned dinner and pesticide training that had been scheduled for next Tuesday, March 19. Those who registered and paid in advance through the OAN website will receive a refund.
Mt. Hood Chapter
♦ March 19 - Dinner Meeting - CANCELLED
♦ 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.