Rep. Schrader will visit with OAN members next Tuesday
U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, 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 email@example.com.
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.
Welcome to 38 new members of OAN
Some 38 new companies and individuals have joined the Oregon Association of Nurseries for the 2013 calendar year. To these new members, welcome! You can see their names and contact information here. Membership includes opportunities to market your business and save money. Our member savings calculator helps you quantify your membership return on investment. If you're an existing member and haven't renewed your membership for 2013, renew today and stay part of the action! For more information, contact membership and events coordinator Jamie Fletcher at 503-582-2010.
Nursery Guide Tip: Make a strong visual impression
Welcome to a new feature in the Member Update: Nursery Guide Tips. These help you get the most out of the new Online Nursery Guide. Watch for more each week.
As an OAN member you automatically get a free profile page on www.NurseryGuide.com. But did you know you can add your logo (or main image) and up to 10 gallery images to it? It's a great way to promote your brand and showcase your most important products. Here's how. First log in at www.NurseryGuide.com (email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help with your login information). Click on the Images tab (located between the Profile and Contact Information tabs at the top of the page). For your main image or logo, click Browse, select your image and upload. To add gallery images, click Add. From here, you can choose your photo file and click Submit. Photos are automatically resized. Save the changes to your profile by clicking Save. [Read more]
Farwest exhibitor alert regarding show guides and room blocks
As happens every year, Farwest Trade Show exhibitors have reported that individuals claiming to have room blocks for the show have been contacting them. Others have received calls from people claiming to represent a trade show guide. In the past these agencies have gone by names such as Convention Expo Travel, Fairguide and Expo Guide, among others. These entities have no relationship with OAN. The OAN and the Farwest Trade Show do not contract with any outside agency to sell room blocks or produce a show directory or exhibitor guide, and the OAN is not responsible for any fees these agencies may charge. Please be advised that if you exhibit in the show, your information is already included as part of the exhibitor listings in Digger: Farwest Edition, which is the official show guide. This happens automatically and at no extra charge. For more information, please read this exhibitor alert.
USDA program helps landowners for conservation practices
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is looking for Oregon landowners in four specified watersheds to participate in the National Water Quality Initiative. This program provides financial and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners who take voluntary actions to improve water quality. Such actions could include riparian buffers, conservation tillage, irrigation water management, and soil moisture monitoring in selected watershed locations. The four targeted watersheds are the adjoining Little Willow Creek and Poison Creek watersheds in Malheur County; the Brandy Creek-Pudding River watershed in Marion County; and the Upper Fifteen Mile Creek watershed in Wasco County. NRCS will accept applications for the NWQI on a continuous basis; however, batch funding dates for 2013 will be April 19 and May 17. Click here for the full details.
Showcase your new plants at Farwest
Planning is underway for the 2013 New Varieties Showcase at this year's Farwest Trade Show, 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: Store hazardous chemicals properly
Storage of hazardous chemicals — including pesticides and herbicides — isn't just a matter of Oregon law. It's also a matter of safety for yourself, your workers and the environment. This leaflet (PDF) provides tips to keep you legal as well as safe. A key tip is to designate a storage area that is not likely to flood or expose the chemicals to water. It also should be situated 100 feet away from surface water and downslope from wells and other sensitive areas (such as feed storage areas). For more, read the leaflet. This information is presented to you courtesy of SAIF, Oregon OSHA and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.
Willamette Chapter meeting includes pesticide certification
Willamette Chapter will host a dinner meeting and pesticide training starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 9 at the OGA Golf Course, 2850 Hazelnut Drive, Woodburn. Scheduled speakers include Diana M. Nisbet, territory manager for Syngenta, and Tim Lichatowich of Natural Industries. Pesticide credits have been applied for. The cost is $15 per person, and registration is limited to the first 50 people. Register and pay online at www.oan.org. The deadline is April 5. For details, contact Victoria Ernst at Victoria.firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Memoriam: Paul Jensen
The Oregon Association of Nurseries is saddened to report the passing of longtime member Paul Jensen of Silverton, Ore., the founder and owner of JB Instant Lawn Inc. He passed away March 15, 2013 at the age of 77.
Paul and his brother Carl were lifelong farmers who first grew grass seed, then became pioneers in the West Coast sod industry. A complete obituary can be viewed here.
Mr. Jensen was preceded in death by his parents and a baby daughter. He is survived by his wife, Marie, at home; brother Carl Jensen and wife Jane; sister Maryann Stadeli and husband Norman; daughter Anne-Marie Tribbet and husband Mark; and four grandchildren.
Services were held on Wednesday, March 20. Memorials may be made to The Fatted Calf, 2301 Research Parkway, Suite 216, Brookings, SD 57006; or to Shared Hope International, PO Box 65337, Vancouver, WA 98665. Unger Funeral Chapel was in care of arrangements.
♦ 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 email@example.com.