Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
April 29, 2013

Driver's card passes; governor to sign tomorrow

The Oregon House of Representatives today approved SB 833B, the driver's card bill, on a 38-20 vote. The Senate passed the bill earlier. Gov. John Kitzhaber announced on Twitter he will sign the bill on the Capitol steps tomorrow as part of May Day festivities.

The bill marks a significant victory for employers and workers in Oregon agriculture. It will allow people to get a four-year driver's card without having to prove legal presence in the country. They will still have to prove their identity and pass all the same tests required of licensed drivers.

The OAN played a leading role in the crafting of the legislation. It participated in a task force the governor convened. This group had strong representation from business, labor, the faith community, cultural groups, and law enforcement. The resulting bill earned strong bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate.

"It's remarkable that so many groups who don't always work together could find common ground on a controversial issue," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. It is a testament to the focus we had. We made sure the bill was narrowly written so it would only address the issue of unlicensed, untested drivers, and I feel we succeeded. It's a big win for all involved." [Read more]

Get in the 2013-14 Nursery Guide

This is the last opportunity to have your company plants, products and services listed in the 2013-14 Nursery Guide book and online. Deadline is May 1. Log on to www.NurseryGuide.com to update your listings or call the OAN office and tell us you want to renew your 2012 listings. We're here to make it easy for you to get the word out about your company to a targeted audience. The deadline for advertising in the book is also May 1. For listings call 503-682-5089 or 800-342-6401. For advertising call Chris Sweet at 503-582-2012.

Willamette Chapter plant sale a success

The Willamette Chapter's annual Plant Sale took place April 27–28 at Oregon Ag Fest in Salem, Ore. Money raised by the sale helps support the chapter's educational fund, which benefits organizations such as Future Farmers of America, Chemekata Community College, and the chapter's scholarship through the Oregon Nurseries Foundation. Unsold plant materials were donated to Habitat for Humanity's ReStore in Portland, which helps build affordable housing in the Portland/Vancouver area. [Read more]

Wyden mentions OAN on the U.S. Senate floor

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) gave the OAN and its members prominent mention last week while testifying against S.873, which would require more retailers to collect sales taxes for remote jurisdictions where their customers are located. Wyden said it would effectively create an Internet transaction tax. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) also testified against the bill. "Sen. Merkley and I are very proud of our Oregon nurseries," Wyden said. "They produce extraordinarily high-quality products. ... Oregon growers are far away from their markets, and we need to look to knock down barriers to sales of green goods." [Read more and view video]

May Digger arrives in mailboxes

The May issue of Digger has been mailed to subscribers, and the cover story this month is on plants with a stunning silvery look (PDF). From agaves to Japanese painted ferns, plants with silver hues not only make a striking impression in the landscape, their color also often represents survival attributes such as drought tolerance and pest resistance. Click here for other stories in the May issue, or read this month's flipbook edition of Digger online (Flash required; fast connection recommended). Please send your comments on the issue to editor Curt Kipp at ckipp@oan.org.

Reserve your seat for annual Pioneer Dinner on May 21

On Tuesday, May 21, the annual Pioneer Dinner will honor OAN's nursery pioneers — members who are over the age of 60 with 20-plus years in the nursery industry. The event will take place at the Persimmon Country Club (500 S.E. Butler Road, Gresham, Ore.). The cost is $25 — free for pioneers — and includes a salmon or prime rib dinner served at 6:30 p.m. RSVP by May 13 to rhonda@gulicklogistics.com or 360-772-3082, or register and pay online at www.oan.org.

Beat the blight! Phytophthora ramorum Grower Tips

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

Tip #4. Watch out for Phytophthora species in your water
Phytophthora species are water molds, aquatic organisms that live in rivers and ponds, and are abundant in recirculated water systems. They produce motile spores that spread in water. You should assume that your water is contaminated with pathogenic species of Phytophthora unless it is from a well or municipal source. Several water treatment methods including UV, chlorination, copper ionization and slow sand filtration are effective in killing this pathogen. To learn more about testing water and water treatment options, see: Safe Production Manual, OSU Phytophthora Online Course, and the Water Education Alliance for Horticulture. [View more tips]

Safety Tip: Mowing can be a dangerous chore

Spring has sprung and the grass is growing again, making now a good time to be reminded of mowing safety. Since it is such a common activity, there is a tendency to view lawn mowing as being less hazardous than is really the case. Yet each year, it is not uncommon to hear about the individual's foot that was caught underneath a walk-behind mower, or about the person whose eye got hit by an object thrown by a mower. Read over this web page listing important mowing safety tips. This information is presented to you courtesy of University of Illinois Extension, SAIF, Oregon OSHA and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.

Tee up for Duffers Classic Golf Tournament

Registration is now open for the 24th annual Duffers Classic Golf Tournament. Taking place June 13 at the 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

Three ways to make yourself known with OAN marketing opportunities - DEADLINES ARE FAST APPROACHING!

#1. Nursery Guide and NurseryGuide.com
The OAN Nursery Guide — in print and online — is the best available resource for buyers trying to find plants, nursery supplies and related services. This indispensable book is distributed to 6,500 industry professionals by mail, at the Farwest Trade Show, and at the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS). NurseryGuide.com has online display advertising spaces available in key, highly visible locations that link to your website. Put your company and your brand directly in front of buyers 24/7. Click the following links to advertise in the print version and online. The deadline for display ads is May 1.

#2. Digger: Farwest Edition
The August edition of Digger Magazine is a triple-sized issue which also serves as the official publication of the Farwest Trade Show. It contains all the content to make your show experience a success. Reach potential buyers before, during and after the show. Regular Digger subscribers will get your message — along with Farwest Trade Show attendees — for a total distribution of 12,000 copies. Click here to reserve your space by May 15. (Ad materials are due by June 3.)

#3. Farwest Trade Show Sponsorship
The Farwest Trade Show is the premier nursery industry trade show. Farwest sponsorships are designed to increase awareness, visibility and brand enhancement of your products and services. Sponsorship packages can be creatively customized to deliver relevant interaction with targeted professionals that build strong, lasting business partnerships. Contact Chris Sweet at csweet@oan.org to design a sponsorship package to fit into your existing marketing and communications programs.

OAN Events

Clackamas Chapter
 ♦ May 7 - Clackamas Chapter Dinner Meeting

Annual Pioneer Dinner
 ♦ May 21 - Mt. Hood Chapter Annual Pioneer Dinner

Duffers Classic
 ♦ June 13 - Duffers Classic Golf Tournament

Farwest Trade Show
 ♦ August 22 - 24 - Farwest Trade Show

In case you missed it...

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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? 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 503-582-2012 or csweet@oan.org.



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