June Digger arrives in mailboxes
The June issue of Digger has been mailed to subscribers, and the cover story this month is on the increasing popularity of native plants (PDF). Growing native plants makes sense for gardeners since they are adapted to regional soil and climate, need little help to grow well, and they bolster the local ecosystem. Other articles in this issue include:
You can also read this month's flipbook edition of Digger (Flash required; fast connection recommended). Please send your comments on the issue to editor Curt Kipp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder: Register for New Product Showcase by June 10
Are you introducing a new product in 2013? Is it more reliable, easier to use, less expensive or just plain revolutionary? Would you like to show it off in an exclusive gallery where it can gain targeted exposure from thousands of attendees?
If you answered "Yes" to any of the above, then the New Product Showcase at the Farwest Trade Show is the place your product should be — and be seen. Non-plant products and services newly introduced to the U.S. market will be featured on 1,000 square feet of the show floor, and also gain exposure in the Farwest edition of Digger magazine and on www.farwestshow.com.
To register your product, download the submission form (PDF) and email it to email@example.com. For more information, call Jamie Fletcher, OAN membership and events coordinator, at 503-582-2010 or toll-free at 1-800-342-6401.
Nursery Guide Tip: Photos are worth a thousand words
Tips to help you get the most out of the new Online Nursery Guide.
Adding one of your photos to a plant profile on www.NurseryGuide.com is a great opportunity to market your company. Every plant has its own library of images, and each image is watermarked with the name of the nursery/person providing the photo.
Just email your photo to Ann Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the plant in the photo filename. She will post it on the website as quickly as possible. If you have questions, give the OAN office a call at 503-682-5089. [More Nursery Guide Tips]
Safety Tip: Know how to treat insect bites and stings
Most insect bites and bee stings have a temporary reaction — a bump and some itching — that can be easily relieved by applying a paste of baking soda and water. Some cases, however, are much more severe: Approximately 10 percent of the population can develop a hypersensitivity to stings and bites, causing difficult breathing, hives, nausea, dizziness and even shock. This informative handout covers the ins and outs of what you should know to effectively treat an insect bite or sting, as well as precautions you can take to avoid being bitten or stung. This information is presented to you courtesy of SAIF, Oregon OSHA and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.
Webinar session to examine water conservation partnerships
The Irrigation Association will present a five-part webinar series on irrigation beginning on Wednesday, June 12. The first session will be "Exploring the World of Conservation Partnerships," which will discuss the issue through the eyes of the farmer/rancher, the conservation group and the irrigation consultant. The whole series is free. For more information, click here.
Reminder: Send in Census of Agriculture forms by this Friday
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.
Reminder: Sign up by June 5 to get Duffers Classic discount
There's one week left to get your Early Bird discount for the Duffers Classic Golf Tournament. The 24th annual event takes 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. The discounted rate of $99 per person is good until next Wednesday; after that, the cost rises to $109. Your registration includes greens fees, cart and a barbecue lunch. Click here for more information and to register.
♦ June 13 - Duffers Classic Golf Tournament
Farwest Trade Show
♦ 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 email@example.com.