Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
April 11, 2013

Newspapers endorse short-term driver's license proposal

Two of Oregon's largest daily newspapers have endorsed Senate Bill 833, which would create a short-term driver's license for individuals who for whatever reason don't present proof of legal residency. The result will be safer roads in Oregon due to fewer unlicensed, uninsured drivers.

Endorsing the bill were the Oregonian (Portland, Ore.) as well as the Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.). The bill was drafted and is backed by a coalition of business, labor, faith, law enforcement and Latino organizations. The endorsements were published after the OAN reached out, on behalf of the coalition, to editorial boards.

A legislative hearing is scheduled for this Thursday at Hearing Room B in the Oregon Capitol building. The OAN and other coalition members will be present to speak in favor of the bill. Though success is not assured, backers remain hopeful.

Federal comprehensive immigration reform bill coming

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) — part of the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" senators working on comprehensive immigration reform — said on Sunday that a bill may be coming this week. "All of us have said that there will be no agreement until the eight of us agree to a big, specific bill, but hopefully we can get that done by the end of the week," Schumer said on CBS News' Face the Nation. The OAN remains committed to comprehensive reform that includes a stable future work force, permanent status for people already here, and effective border security. Our federal contract lobbyist continues to monitor the issue closely.

Beat the blight! Phytophthora ramorum Grower Tips

Welcome to a new feature in the Member Update: P. ramorum Grower Tips. Plant pathologists from OSU, WSU, Ascent Agricultural Services and USDA-ARS will be offering tips to help you stay free of Phytophthora ramorum, the pathogen that causes Sudden Oak Death. Watch for more each week.

Tip #1: Pre-notification requirement loosened, but be extra vigilant
As of Dec. 10, 2012, most Oregon growers are no longer required to notify receiving states when shipments include any of the five high-risk genera for Phytophthora ramorum. Only 14 nurseries in Oregon — including 11 nurseries that tested positive for P. ramorum in 2012, and 3 nurseries that tested positive since 2010 — need to pre-notify. These 14 nurseries will need to pre-notify until they test clean for three years. This spring, growers should be extra vigilant to ensure that P. ramorum does not get sent out of state. This week's tip is provided by OAN, Gary McAninch of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and Jennifer Parke of Oregon State University.


Nursery Guide Tip: Partial Load Forum

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.

OAN member nurseries and brokers can post and view partial loads on the online Nursery Guide Partial Load forum. [Note: The Partial Load forum replaces Loadview.com.] Access is available only to OAN members.

Posting loads is easy. Log on at www.NurseryGuide.com using your company's user name and password. Under the Forums tab (at the top of every page), select the Partial Loads - Members Only forum. Select the New Topic tab and in the subject box, include the City, State and Ship dates. In the body, include the following information: Zip code, City, State, Footage, Timing of the load, Palletized or Floorstacked, Container, B&B, etc.; Contact information: Name, Nursery, Email and/or Phone. Scroll down and select Save.

To be included in the 2013—14 print Nursery Guide book, all listings must be submitted and paid for by May 1. Log on to www.NurseryGuide.com and submit your listings today. [View Nursery Guide Tips]

USDA invites applications for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is seeking applications to provide assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The first deadline to submit an application is April 30, 2013. Read the full press release here. For more information on how to apply for funding, click here.

Ways to save energy — and money!

Government statistics show that, on average, 30 percent of energy in buildings is wasted every year, amounting to billions of dollars also wasted annually. Yet many no-cost or low-cost improvements are easily made. Identifying idle equipment, making minor operations and maintenance changes, or equipment retrofits... These are just a few simple measures that can bring noticeable improvements in energy efficiency and deliver immediate savings to your bottom line. For more information read SustainablePlant.com's "Top Five Energy Efficiency Measures."


Tee up for Duffers Classic golf tournament

Registration is now open for the 24th annual Duffers Classic golf tournament. Taking place June 13 at Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City, Ore., it's a great way to reconnect with old friends, have a lot of fun, and support a strong nursery industry voice in Salem and Washington D.C. If you sign up now through June 5, 2013, you'll save $10 off the registration fee! $99 ($109 after June 6) covers your greens fees, cart and barbecue lunch. Register today.

Register for Duffers Classic

Take advantage of advertising opportunities

Be bold! Expand your visual presence and market your business with advertising in Digger and in the print OAN Nursery Guide. The upcoming Farwest Edition of Digger is the biggest of the year. The Nursery Guide is used all year long by people who are ready to buy your plants, products and services. Nursery Guide ads are due May 1 and Farwest Edition ads are due May 15. Get your message out. Contact Chris Sweet at 503-582-2012 or csweet@oan.org to reserve your ads today.

Safety Tip: Avoid accidents on loading docks

Hazards such as spills, unsecured trailers and unstable loads are just a few of the accidents waiting to happen on loading docks. Loading docks are a hub of activity in nurseries and distribution centers. In most companies, this is the primary location of movement of product coming into and moving out of a facility. Take a moment to review this info sheet (PDF) and then put into practice these reminders for the safe operation and organization of lift trucks, trailers and docks. This information is presented to you courtesy of Parlay International, SAIF, Oregon OSHA and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.

New Members

Seven new companies and individuals joined the Oregon Association of Nurseries in March. To these new members, welcome!

A.D.R Bulbs Inc.
Chris Ruigrok
Chester, NY

Bridge of the Gods Enterprises Inc.
James Burgess
Oregon City, OR
Clackamas Chapter

Cady Acres
Sunflower Acres Farm & Garden

Crystal Cady
Albany, OR
Retail Chapter

JD's Global Logistics
Teddy Gurley
Tigard, OR
Sunset Chapter

Mari's Garden
Mari Rittenour
Portland, OR
Retail Chapter

Master Garden Products
Gloria Tan
Auburn, WA

Oregon Coast Evergreen
Julie Fletcher
Tillamook, OR
Sunset Chapter


Membership includes opportunities to market your business and save money. Our member savings calculator helps you quantify your membership return on investment. For more information, contact membership and events coordinator Jamie Fletcher at 503-582-2010.

OAN Events

Duffers Classic
 ♦ June 13 - Duffers Classic Golf Tournament

Farwest Show
 ♦ August 22 - 24 - Farwest Trade Show

In case you missed it...

Nursery Guide Tips: Get the most out of the new Nursery Guide

Get a display ad on the NEW NurseryGuide.com

Recruit a new member and earn OAN Bucks

Leonard Adams now offers OAN-endorsed property and casualty insurance

Advertise in the OAN Member Update

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? Download our 2013 Exposure Kit 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 csweet@oan.org.



Jordan Ramis

Steve's Greenhouses


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