Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
May 8, 2013

2013 Oregon Ag Fest achieved record attendance

More than 19,000 people attended the Oregon Ag Fest on April 27–28, setting a new record. Families from around the region came to the Oregon State Fairgrounds to experience and learn about Oregon's abundant agricultural industry. The OAN had a strong presence, including the Willamette Chapter Plant Sale and the Plant Something booth. Potting and grafting stations gave away thousands of starter plants to long lines of future gardeners. Special thank you to Erin Rainey and Sonia Fernandez for coordinating the booth, and our partners: Sheridan and Willamina FFA Chapters, Carlton Plants LLC, Bailey Nursery Inc., Kraemer's Nursery Inc., and Phillips' Soil Products Inc. Next year's Ag Fest event dates are April 26–27, 2014.

Don't forget to claim your Energy Trust rebate

A reminder for those business owners who bought an Intelligent Greenhouse Controller or another energy-efficiency upgrade as part of the Energy Trust of Oregon's Small Industrial Energy Efficiency Program: rebate forms and receipts/invoices must be submitted within six months of purchase to claim your rebate.

If you haven't yet participated in the program, the Energy Trust of Oregon is currently offering cash incentives to agricultural businesses for qualifying investments in irrigation improvements, greenhouse upgrades, and many other areas. For more information log on to www.energytrust.org/ag/, call 503-928-3154, or email smallindustrial@energytrust.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 #5. Never put pots on bare soil
Many growers do an excellent job of propagating healthy plants, but then set their container plants on ground contaminated with Phytophthora. Spores of Phytophthora, including P. ramorum, can spread from soil to container plants by swimming through films of water to infect the roots or by being splashed onto foliage. To break this cycle, place a barrier such as a 3–4-inch layer of gravel or rock between soil and the containers, or raise the containers up off the ground. For more information, see the OSU Online Phytophthora Course. [View more tips]

Make plans to attend Agriculture Employer Information Session

U.S. Department of Labor representatives will lead a meeting for agricultural employers to review key labor laws from 4–6 p.m. next Wednesday, May 22, at Chemeketa Community College's Woodburn Campus (120 E. Lincoln St., Woodburn, Ore.). Several other state agencies will be there to discuss laws, programs and resources for ag employers. There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact program coordinator Daniel Quinones with WorkSource Oregon at 503-378-8572 or email him at Daniel.J.Quinones@state.or.us.

Reserve your seat for annual Pioneer Dinner

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.

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

Safety Tip: Test your loading dock and warehouse safety savvy

It doesn't hurt to be reminded how important it is to always be alert while working on a loading dock or in a warehouse. Serious accidents such as backing off the dock or overturning are common yet preventable. Page one of this handout lists common hazards involving industrial lift trucks and safety tips for warehouse dock workers. Page two has a short quiz that underscores the importance of maintaining a safe working environment. This information is presented to you courtesy of The Ohio State University Extension, SAIF, Oregon OSHA and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.

Make yourself known with OAN marketing opportunities!

The August edition of Digger Magazine is a triple-sized issue which also serves as the official publication of the Farwest Trade Show. Digger: Farwest Edition 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 — plus every Farwest Trade Show attendee — for a total distribution of 12,000 copies. Click here to reserve your space by May 15. (Ad materials are due by June 3.)

Farwest Trade Show sponsorships are another way to get the word out about your business. 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.

In Memoriam

In memoriam - John Schmitz

The OAN is saddened to report that frequent Digger magazine freelance contributor John Schmitz passed away suddenly of natural causes on April 16, 2013. He was 71. Mr. Schmitz grew up in Salem, earned a degree in food science from Oregon State University, and then served two years in the Army, including a stint in Vietnam. Upon his return home, he earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Oregon. He worked in advertising and in journalism, and in the 1970s also authored a nationally syndicated comic strip with his sister for three years. For the last four decades, he worked as a freelance advertising and feature writer. His work appeared in Digger, the Capital Press and other publications. His most recent article, on grow bags, appeared in the May issue.

The staff of Digger will miss John's contributions to the magazine as well as his quick wit. At his request, no services were held. A full obituary appeared in the Statesman Journal as well as online.

New Members

Welcome to new members of OAN

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

Aspen Transport Brokers Inc.
Dena or Paul Charette
Grants Pass, Ore.
Central Oregon Chapter

Blue Moon Farm
Virginia Lehman
Lebanon, Ore.
Emerald Empire Chapter

Crown Bees
Dave Hunter
Woodinville, Wash.
Retail Chapter

Direct Labor Inc.
Dorthea' Jangala
Hillsboro, Ore.

Evergreen Vacuum Seeders
John Franklin
Canby, Ore.
Greenhouse Chapter

Greenwood Propagation
Phill King
Hebron, Ill.

Harrell's LLC
Scott Martiniere
Fairhope, Alaska

Modular Organics
Alina Ross
Kirkland, Wash.
Greenhouse Chapter

Natives Northwest
Chrystal Hauptman
Forest Grove, Ore.
Sunset Chapter

Nursery Hub
Joshua Hoch
Portland, Ore.
Willamette Chapter

Secret Garden Growers LLC
Patricia Thompson
Canby, Ore.
Clackamas 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

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

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Recruit a new member and earn OAN Bucks

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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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