U.S. Senate approves comprehensive immigration reform
On Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Senate approved an amended version of the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" comprehensive immigration reform package on a 68-32 vote. Supporters included all 52 Democrats in the Senate and both independents, plus 14 Republicans. The bill was drafted by eight members of the Senate — four Democrats and four Republicans. It includes provisions for border security, provides for a future flow of workers, and allows a path to permanent status for undocumented immigrants already in the United States.
Next the bill goes to the house. House Speaker John Boehner has said the House will not consider the Senate bill, but instead will draft its own version of immigration reform. If that passes, then both chambers would form a conference committee to hash out the differences. The House version is expected to place a greater emphasis on border security. Despite the uncertainty the issue faces in the House, Senate approval is a big win for supporters of comprehensive reform.
ODA temporarily restricts use of some pesticides after bee deaths
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) has announced it is restricting the use of 18 pesticide products containing the active ingredient dinotefuran while it investigates the recent deaths of thousands of bumble bees in Wilsonville and Hillsboro. The restriction focuses on ornamental, turf and agricultural pesticide products that are used by both professional applicators and homeowners. The temporary rule, effective immediately, will be enforced for 180 days. Failure to comply may result in suspension of operating licenses and civil penalties. During that time, ODA is expected to complete its investigations in collaboration with bee experts at Oregon State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Investigators will determine if the pesticide applications were in violation of state and federal pesticide regulations. [Read more]
July Digger arrives in mailboxes
The July issue of Digger has been mailed to subscribers, and the cover story this month is on the resurgence of weigela (PDF). Formerly a faded favorite, weigela has bounced back with modern cultivars sporting colorful foliage and repeat blooming.
Other articles in this issue include:
• "The Value of Responsive Web Design" — Columnist Casey Daline explains it's essential to craft websites that provide an optimal viewing experience across a wide range of devices — from laptops to mobile phones.
• "Young Guns" — Part 2 of our spotlight on some of the future nursery leaders who are already leaving their mark.
• "Faces of Farwest" — Get to know some of the presenters who will make this year's Farwest Trade Show a can't-miss event.
• "Soil Water Management for Field-Grown Nursery Crops" — OSU Extension horticulturist Richard Regan discusses several methods that can be used to schedule irrigations.
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 email@example.com.
OAN office will be closed Thursday, July 4
OAN office will be closed on Thursday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. We hope you get to enjoy a safe, fun and relaxing day filled with food, family, festivities and fireworks (in whatever order you prefer). The OAN office will be open again and ready to serve you on Friday, July 5.
New home sales rise 2.1 percent in May
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reports that sales of newly built, single-family homes rose for a third consecutive month in May. The 2.1 percent gain is the fastest sales pace recorded since July of 2008, according to data released by HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau. Read the full story.
Agriculture campaign features Gov. Kitzhaber
A video of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber speaking about the importance of agriculture to the state's economy aired recently on KATU's AM Northwest show. The segment was part of the "Celebrate Oregon Agriculture" campaign promoted by the television station in partnership with the Oregon Department of Agriculture. For more information about the campaign, click here.
FREE tickets to the Farwest Trade Show are in the mail
OAN members should watch their mailboxes for complimentary tickets (valued at $15 each) to the Farwest Trade Show. Giving these complimentary tickets to your customers and industry peers is a great way to give back to your industry. When you give someone a ticket, you are not only building your professional relationships, but also actively supporting an association that works hard on behalf of your interests to provide access to expert knowledge and breakthrough ideas at the largest gathering of industry people.
This year, OAN members will receive two digital tickets when they register online using their OAN member number — PLUS three additional hard tickets, which will arrive in the mail, to give away. Members are encouraged to share them with individuals they believe will benefit from attending the show. You know where to find it all. Now you can help others find it all, too — compliments of the Farwest Trade Show.
Safety Tip: Top 10 suggestions for tractor safety
Tractors are the primary source of work-related injuries on farms; nationally, nearly one-third of all farm work fatalities involve tractors. By following the top 10 suggestions for tractor safety in this brochure, the overwhelming majority of tractor-related injury and fatality incidents can be avoided. This information is presented to you courtesy of Penn State Extension, SAIF, Oregon OSHA and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.
Nursery Guide Tip: Adding a new plant listing
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.
If you are adding a new plant into production, or want to add a plant that currently is not in the OAN's Nursery Guide, log into www.NurseryGuide.com and click on My Listings. At the top of the page, you'll be queried: Can't find the plant you're looking for? "Request a plant" not already in our database. Submit the plant name and any plant characteristic information you know on the form. The OAN will verify the name and notify you when the plant name is ready to be listed. [More Nursery Guide Tips]
Register now for Arboriculture Short Course
The 2013 Oregon State University Arboriculture Short Course welcomes noted arborist, researcher and climber Dr. Brian Kane for a presentation on the concept of Tree Biomechanics. This course consists of an overview of the basic principles of tree biomechanics and how they relate to arboriculture and urban forestry. Cost is $110 before August 15, 2013; $140 after August 15, 2013. For more information and to register, click here.
Farwest Trade Show Nursery Tours
♦ August 20–21 - Farwest Trade Show
Farwest Trade Show Seminars
♦ August 22–24 - Farwest Trade Show
Farwest Trade Show
♦ August 22–24 - Farwest Trade Show (Show Schedule)
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.