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May 15, 2013     |     EVENTS     |     SAFETY TIP    |     ADVERTISE

OAN delegation visits Washington, D.C.

OAN President Carson Lord, Executive Director Jeff Stone and Government Relations Committee Chairman John Coulter are in Washington, D.C. this week visiting members of Oregon's congressional delegation. The purpose of the trip is to lobby for nursery priorities at the federal level. The two biggest issues are Farm Bill funding — including mandatory funding for pest and disease programs and funding for nursery industry and specialty crop research priorities — and comprehensive immigration reform. For both of these, the timing of the visit is excellent. The Farm Bill, which would guide federal agricultural funding priorities for the next five years, was approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee on a 15-5 vote Tuesday; the House Agriculture Committee was set to begin the markup process on its own version of the bill Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Senate Judiciary Committee continued its work on the "Gang of Eight" comprehensive immigration bill on Tuesday. OAN continues to enjoy a strong and mutually respectful relationship with all the members of Oregon's delegation. This benefits not just members but the entire industry.



Newest version of Form I-9 becomes mandatory

U.S. employers are now required to use the newest version of the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services introduced the new form in March; the correct version can be identified by the revision date of 3/08/13, which appears in the bottom-right corner. Employers still using the old versions after May 7, 2013 leave themselves open to civil or criminal penalties. The new form can be downloaded here. [read more]

Next week is Oregon Invasive Weed Awareness Week

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is enlisting the public in the battle against noxious and invasive weeds. To that end, Gov. John Kitzhaber has declared next week (May 19–25) to be Oregon Invasive Weed Awareness Week. "We need to be diligent in the war against weeds and go after them aggressively," says Tim Butler, manager of the Oregon Department of Agriculture's Noxious Weed Control Program. "Part of the process is educating people about the problems invasive weeds cause, and what role they can play. The public can help us look for these weeds and avoid unwittingly spreading them to uninfested areas." [read more]

Today's the day to make yourself known with OAN marketing opportunities!

May 15 — hey, that's today! — is the deadline for reserving advertising space in the August edition of Digger Magazine, which also serves as the official publication of the Farwest Trade Show. Digger: Farwest Edition is a triple-sized issue, containing 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 today. (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.



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.

Annual Pioneer Dinner is set for next Tuesday

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. Register online or contact Rhonda Boni-Burden at rhonda@gulicklogistics.com or 360-772-3082.

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, 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

Correction: The link to last week's Safety Tip was incorrect. It is reprinted this week with the correct link.

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.

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 6 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.


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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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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