Mt. Hood Pioneer Dinner photo album now available online!
More than 50 people attended Tuesday night's annual Pioneer Dinner at Persimmon Country Club in Gresham. The event was hosted by the Mt. Hood Chapter. Click to view an album of photos taken at the event, including the full group shot. The shots can also be viewed and shared on Facebook. Some of the nursery pioneers attending included Ed Schultz, Arda Berryhill, Howard Moen, Terri Dillard, Ron Darkes, Don Ekstrom, Gordon Gleason, Jack and Lurlyn Long, George Anderson, Evelyn Schmidt, Linda Loomis, Dave Adams, Art Anderson, Joe and Mary Cook, Sharon Atteberry, and Tom and Sue Cordry.
Senate Judiciary Committee approves immigration reform
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved the bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform bill proposed by the "Gang of Eight" senators. The vote was 13-5. All of the Democrats on the committee voted yes; Republicans were split. Republican Sens. Lindsay Graham (S.C.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Orrin Hatch (Utah) voted yes; Republican Sens. Jeff Sessions (Ala.), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), John Cornyn (Texas), Ted Cruz (Texas) and Mike Lee (Utah) voted no. The bill is expected to be considered on the floor of the U.S. Senate in early June; meanwhile, a group of House members has proposed its own version. Achieving comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level has been a longtime goal for the OAN. We will continue to monitor developments in the process to make sure they are positive for the industry.
Save the date for pesticide collection event on June 1
If you need to dispose of any agricultural waste pesticide or empty pesticide containers, here's a free opportunity. The collection event, open to Clackamas and Multnomah county growers and golf courses, will take place from 8 a.m.–noon on Saturday, June 1 at 16450 SE 130th Ave. in Clackamas, Ore. Old, restricted pesticides or any other unusable pesticides may be disposed of. Triple-rinsed or pressure-washed plastic pesticide containers may also be dropped off (no registration needed for empty containers). You must pre-register for waste pesticide collection.
To pre-register, contact Sheree Large of Clean Harbor Environmental Services at 503-305-2159 or Large.Sheree@cleanharbors.com on or before May 24, 2013. Registration forms and more information are available at www.clackamasproviders.org and www.conservationdistrict.org.
Find it all AT Farwest
What are you trying to find? Whether it's insight on evolving industry practices and tactics, growers and suppliers who can get you what you need, or a place to connect with the people you know — and the people who know you — you'll find it at the Farwest Trade Show.
Come to the largest green industry show in the West. Come to the source. Register early AND SAVE at www.FarwestShow.com.
Send in Census of Agriculture forms by May 31
The Census of Agriculture, conducted once every five years, is the only source of consistent and comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the nation. It looks at farms, value of land, market value of agricultural production, farm practices, expenditures and other factors that affect the way farmers and ranchers do business. The information is used by agribusinesses, town planners, local governments, policy makers and others to shape farm programs, boost rural services and grow the future of farming.
Census forms must be completed by May 31, 2013. By responding to the Census, OAN members will help demonstrate the size and significance of our industry so that it receives its due representation. For more information about the Census, including tips on filling out your form, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov or call 1-888-424-7828.
OAN state board representative receives magazine honor
Crystal Cady, OAN's state board representative for the Greenhouse Chapter, was named one of this year's Greenhouse Product News' 40 Under 40. These individuals are recognized for their "creativity, leadership, wisdom, benevolence and involvement with others both inside and outside our industry." To see who else was included on this prestigious list, click here.
Flower power fights orchard pests
Washington State University (WSU) researchers have discovered flowers that can control aphids, according to a report published on the Science Daily website. The researchers found that plantings of sweet alyssum attracted a host of spiders and predator bugs that in turn preyed on woolly apple aphids, a pest that growers often control with chemical sprays.
"After one week, aphid densities were significantly lower on trees adjacent to flowers than on control plots, and these differences were maintained for several weeks," said Lessando Gontijo, who led the research project while a doctoral student in the WSU Department of Entomology. Click here to read the full report.
Gear up for the Farwest Trade Show
The largest green industry trade show in the West, the Farwest Trade Show is set to take place August 22–24 in Portland, Ore.
New this year on the trade show floor is the Large Production Equipment area, where large equipment vendors can showcase their products — fork lifts, flat fillers, seeders, transplanters, potting machines, tractors, conveyors, mowers and more — in extra-large booth spaces with no sight and height limitations.
The specially designated area was created in response to an industry need, as growers have been experiencing increased production this spring. During the downturn in the economy, growers made due with the equipment they had, but now they are shopping for new and improved equipment to keep pace with demand.
Now is the time to attract, connect and close the sale with the buyers who will be at the Farwest Trade Show. Special discount pricing is available for Production Equipment Island Booths. Contact us today to secure your booth. See booth availability online or contact Jenni Burkhead, Farwest Trade Show Sales, at 503-559-4581 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get the word out with Farwest Trade Show sponsorships
Farwest Trade Show sponsorships are a great way to increase awareness, visibility and brand enhancement of your products and services at the premier nursery industry trade show. Sponsorship packages can be creatively customized to deliver relevant interaction with targeted professionals that build strong, lasting business partnerships. Contact Chris Sweet at email@example.com to design a sponsorship package to fit into your existing marketing and communications programs.
Safety Tip: Know your fire extinguisher
Do you have the proper fire extinguisher to put out or control the type of fire that is most likely to occur at your place of business? This training module covers the four designations of portable fire extinguishers — from Class A for ordinary combustibles to Class D for combustible metals — and their use, including safe operation, suggested placement and maintenance tips. After all, the best defense for a fire is being prepared! This information is presented to you courtesy of The Ohio State University Extension, SAIF, Oregon OSHA and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.
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♦ August 22 - 24 - Farwest Trade Show
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.