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June 14, 2013     |     EVENTS     |     SAFETY TIP    |     ADVERTISE    |     NURSERY GUIDE TIP         

Plant Something campaign wins backing for federal grant

The OAN is one step closer to securing $90,250 in funding for Oregon's Plant Something campaign. The Oregon Department of Agriculture has agreed to include the full funding amount in its specialty crop block grant request to the USDA. The USDA normally approves such requests from the states with only minor changes. It's expected that a grant agreement will be executed and the money will be available around Oct. 1.

Plant Something is an interstate marketing initiative that encourages homeowners to buy more plants for their gardens. There are several participating states, including Oregon. This long-needed general campaign to encourage gardening will help the public understand the link to their personal health, wellness and financial security, as well as overall environmental sustainability. It is particularly designed to engage younger consumers by resonating with their values and lifestyles.

OAN Marketing Director Ann Murphy has established an advisory group, which will further develop plans for the marketing initiative. Members are invited to participate. Those interested may contact Ann at amurphy@oan.org.

U.S. Senate approves new Farm Bill

The U.S. Senate approved its version of the proposed Farm Bill on Monday by a vote of 66-27, sending a strong message of support. The bill would cost almost $1 trillion over the next decade. It contains several nursery-related provisions that are strongly supported by the OAN and the ANLA, including specialty crop block grants, increased funding for pest and disease programs, and more money for the specialty crop research initiative.

The House is scheduled to consider its own version of the Farm Bill soon. Speaker John Boehner did not allow it to get to the floor in 2012, resulting in the bill's failure, but has said he will allow it this year. The House version is likely to contain larger cuts to the food stamps program. If it passes there, then a conference committee would hash out the differences between the two versions.

Rep. Bonamici visits with OAN members

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) was the guest speaker at the June 10 meeting of the OAN Government Relations Committee. The committee helps shape public policies that benefit OAN members and protect member interests with legislators and regulators in Salem and Washington, D.C.

Bonamici answered questions from members, and touched on a variety of issues, including federal immigration reform, the Farm Bill, and the effect of global warming on farmers. She said she hopes the likely passage of comprehensive immigration reform in the Senate will increase the pressure on the House to advance the cause as well. However, she's concerned that the House may try to break up the comprehensive bill into pieces and pass only some of them. "I'm hoping they can keep one package together," she said.

Bonamici represents the First Congressional District of Oregon, which comprises the Northwest portion of the state. She won a special election to fill a vacancy in early 2012, then was re-elected this past November.

OAN makes final push for water development fund

With the 2013 Oregon Legislature winding down its activity soon, one of the remaining OAN legislative priorities is passage of Senate Bill 839. The bill would create a $22 million water development fund that water users could tap for projects to help increase storage and supply.

There is a coalition in support of the bill, which includes agricultural interests, conservation groups, and municipalities. The bill has passed out of the Senate's Environment and Natural Resources Committee and was assigned to the Joint Ways and Means Committee. Although the bill has not gone to the Senate floor or the House, the OAN is making a push to pass it in this session and still believes it is possible.

2013 Farwest Trade Show seminar schedule announced

Over 40 different speakers will conduct 34 different seminars during the 2013 Farwest Trade Show, scheduled for Aug. 22–24 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore. Show organizers including show manager Allan Niemi announced the schedule this week, and it is full of gems. "Farwest seminars are designed to provide some of the most valuable professional development in the nursery, landscape and garden center businesses, and this year's lineup is one of our best in a decade," he said. The lineup includes industry insider and charismatic speaker John Kennedy, who will speak on lessons we learned from the recession and share winning strategies and sales as we return to the economic upswing. From "surviving to thriving," Kennedy hopes to see lots of growers in his seminar. View the Farwest Trade Show seminar schedule.

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Calling all production equipment vendors!

The Farwest Trade Show is introducing a new feature this year on the trade show floor for production equipment vendors. You are no longer limited to sight and height restrictions. This area is for, but not limited to forklifts, flat fillers, seeders, transplanters, potting machines, tractors, conveyors, mowers and more. 20x20 island booths are half price just for you. Growers are ready to buy. Don't miss this opportunity to make the connection at the Farwest Trade Show. Your competition will be there. How about you? Contact Jenni Burkhead for more information at 503-559-4581 or jburkhead@oan.org.

Save money with the Summer Trucks to Trade Shows program

The OAN Summer Trucks to Trade Shows program ships member plant material to the key nursery trade shows held in July and August across the country. This year, trucks are zipping off to OFA, IGC and PANTS!

Trucks to Trade Shows

Check this out: one member reported that by participating in the OAN Trucks to Trade Shows program, he saved $509 on his shipment of two pallets to MANTS! This program is an exclusive OAN member benefit. To sign up for economical, less-than-load shipping to all the major summer trade shows, download and submit this form by July 2 (UPDATE: June 24 submission deadline for OFA shipments), or contact Jamie Fletcher at jfletcher@oan.org.

Safety Tip: Always use the right respiratory protection for the job

When working around dangerous airborne chemical contaminants, a disposable dust mask just won't do. Instead, an air-purifying or air-supplying respirator is better suited — and it's important that it fit properly. Take a moment and read over this brief yet informative handout which provides guidelines for choosing and using the right respiratory protection for the job. This information is presented to you courtesy of SAIF, Oregon OSHA and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.

Nursery Guide Tip: Share your inventory availability with interested buyers

Welcome to a new feature in the Member Update: Nursery Guide Tips. These help you get the most out of the new Online Nursery Guide. Watch for more each week.

One of the key features that sets the Online Nursery Guide apart from other plant search sites is the ability to post up to four availability lists: on the Nursery Guide home page, Plant Detail pages, Member Detail page, or when Google is used to find a plant.

Here's how to do it. To post availabilities while logged in to Nursery Guide, click on the Edit tab, which takes you to the information on your Profile page. Scroll down to Availability for This Business and select Add to upload your availability list files. Scroll down to Save. Interested buyers can then download your nursery's availability list(s). Remember to regularly update your availability lists once you have posted them on Nursery Guide! [More Nursery Guide Tips]

OAN Events

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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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