Rep. Schrader visits with OAN members
U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) reported good news on comprehensive immigration reform during his guest speaker appearance at the March 26 meeting of the OAN Government Relations Committee. "The Senate is close," he said. "I expect floor debate to get underway this spring."
During the hour-long chat, Schrader expressed his dissatisfaction with the current Farm Bill, citing the disproportionate share of budget reductions — estimated at $30 billion in the wake of sequestration — shouldered by the agricultural community. He voiced his support for the interests of specialty crop producers through continued research funding on sudden oak death, for example. [Read more]
ANLA urges action on immigration reform
According to ANLA lobbyist Craig Regelbrugge, now is the perfect time to contact Congress and let them know you support passage of comprehensive immigration reform this spring. Members of Congress are currently at home in their districts listening to constituents, meaning it is an ideal time to contact them, politely, and state your support. Members of the Oregon delegation are generally supportive, but need the reminder that this issue affects Oregon businesses and families, and that you've got their back. The ANLA has made contacting our members of Congress easy with this online form, which includes suggested messages that you can then personalize if desired.
Schrader bill offers hot goods remedy
U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader has introduced H.R. 1387, which would exempt perishable products from so-called "hot goods" orders issued by the U.S. Department of Labor. On Tuesday, he told members of the OAN Government Relations Committee that "hot goods" rules — where goods are held pending an enforcement action — were never intended for use on perishables. Last summer, three blueberry growers paid $240,000 in fines and back wages to DOL, rather than allowing them to spoil, a situation Schrader likened to "extortion." [Read more]
Nursery Guide Tip: Share your inventory availability with interested buyers
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.
One of the key features that sets www.NurseryGuide.com apart from other plant search sites is the ability to post up to four availability lists: on the Nursery Guide home page, Plant Detail pages, Member Detail page, or when Google is used to find a plant. Here's how to do it. To post availabilities while logged in to Nursery Guide, click on the Edit tab, which takes you to the information on your Profile page. Scroll down to Availability for This Business and select Add to upload your availability list files. Scroll down to Save. Interested buyers can then download your nursery's availability list(s). Remember to regularly update your availability lists once you have posted them on Nursery Guide!
Showcase your new plants at Farwest, but hurry!
There's less than one week left to send in your submission form for the 2013 Farwest Show's New Varieties Showcase, which takes place August 22–24 in Portland, Ore. The showcase is a great way to introduce new plants to growers, retailers, landscape professionals and other plant buyers. Selection criteria and a submission form can be found at www.farwestshow.com/nvs. If you have questions, please contact Ann Murphy at email@example.com or 503-582-2011. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 29, 2013, so act now!
Make your voice heard at town hall meetings
On April 1, U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) will hold a morning town hall meeting in Seaside and another in Warrenton the same evening. OAN members are encouraged to attend, give thoughtful input and thank Bonamici for being a strong supporter of the nursery industry.
"I understand how important it is to listen to the people I represent and to take their ideas back to Washington," said Bonamici. "These events offer a great opportunity for me to answer questions, get feedback and listen to the concerns of Oregonians throughout the district."
The meetings will take place from 10–11 a.m. at the Seaside City Hall (989 Broadway, Seaside) and from 6–7 p.m. at the Warrenton Community Center (225 South Main Avenue, Warrenton). Additional public events are scheduled throughout April around the first congressional district; find the full schedule here.
Recruit a new member and earn OAN Bucks
OAN membership has always delivered value that's worth sharing, but now it's more true than ever. When you sign up a new member, you get OAN Bucks, which are good toward association services! Here's how it works:
1. Sign 'em up. Sign up a new member company and receive $100 in "OAN Bucks." A new member is any company that has never been an OAN member, or hasn't renewed since 2010.
2. Get the credit. When they fill out the membership form, just make sure your name is written in the "sponsored by" blank.
3. Redeem it! OAN Bucks can be applied toward the cost of association services, such as advertising, trade booth fees and so on — even your dues for 2014! You must be a fully paid OAN member for 2013 to participate in the program. Other restrictions apply.
To get started, download the new member form (PDF). You may also want to use a leaflet, Getting the Most from your OAN Membership (PDF), to help them understand all the benefits that membership entails. Click here for complete details or contact Jamie Fletcher, membership coordinator, at 503-582-2010, or call us at 503-682-5089 (Portland area) or 800-342-6401 (toll free).
Safety Tip: Awareness prevents costly accidents
On-the-job accidents and injuries affect everyone in your company. They take a personal toll, causing stress on the job, low morale, chronic pain and disability, as well as having painful financial repercussions. Print out and post this poster (PDF) to provide your staff some friendly reminders about the benefits that a positive attitude and awareness can have when everyone keeps safety in mind. This information is presented to you courtesy of Parlay International, 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.
Welcome OAN's new publications assistant, Peter Szymczak
Join us in welcoming Peter Szymczak (pronounced "Sim-chak") to the OAN staff! Peter is the former editor of Northwest Palate Magazine and a frequent contributor to The Oregonian and other regional periodicals. As publications assistant, Peter will design and write for Digger, compile the weekly Member Update e-newsletter, and assist Curt Kipp, senior manager of publications, with other print and online communications projects. Peter can be reached at email@example.com or 503-582-2009.
♦ 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.