Safety Tip: Protect workers against heat-related illness
With the recent hot weather comes an increased risk of heat-related illness. Heat illness is the result of the body being unable to manage heat exposure through sweating alone. Heat illnesses range from rash and cramps to exhaustion and heat stroke. Left untreated, these illnesses will cause serious health impacts, including possibly death. Any worker exposed to hot and humid conditions is at risk, especially if heavy work or bulky, protective equipment are involved.
Agricultural workers are among those most likely to be at risk. You can reduce the risk and treat the illness chiefly through three means — water, rest and shade. Always keep an eye out on your workers and encourage them to do the same for each other. Also, know the signs of heat illness and know what to do in an emergency. Then, if an emergency exists, don't wait. Act. For more information, read these tips from OSHA. This safety tip is brought to you by SAIF, Oregon OSHA, and the OAN Insurance and Safety Committee.
Time to save on Farwest Trade Show Seminars & Nursery Tours
There's less than a week left to receive early-bird pricing on Seminars and Nursery Tours for the Farwest Trade Show. Through the end of this month, you can save $20 on an All-Seminar Pass ($95 early-bird price; $115 after July 31) and save $30 on a Nursery Tour Pass ($85 early-bird price; $115 after July 31): passes include admission to the trade show, adding to their value. Don't delay — register today!
Claim your FREE tickets to the Farwest Trade Show
By now you should have received your complimentary tickets to the Farwest Trade Show in the mail. OAN members receive two digital tickets when they register online using their OAN member number. Plus — new this year — you were mailed three additional hard tickets to give away. Members are encouraged to share your complimentary tickets with customers, industry peers or anyone you believe will benefit from attending the show. Members can also purchase additional tickets for only $5. Register today! The early-bird deadline (next Wednesday, July 31) is almost here.
Spanish-only and translated seminars at the Farwest Trade Show
Do you have Spanish-speaking employees who can benefit from our educational seminars or continuing education credits? The Farwest Trade Show Seminars feature Spanish-only and Spanish translation classes and continuing education credits, making it easy for you and your employees to stay abreast of new techniques and ideas, and stay connected to industry trends and how they might impact your business. Deepen your knowledge with more than 40 hours of seminars, many of which qualify for pest recertification or continuing education credits. Regístrese hoy!
Three meetings set for biomass tax credit program
The Oregon Department of Energy is starting the process to review the Biomass Producer or Collector Tax Credit program rules. It will hold three scoping meetings in August. Topics and dates for the meetings are as follows:
- Woody Biomass: Friday, August 2, 10 a.m.–noon at the Douglas County Museum (123 Museum Dr., Roseburg, Ore.).
- Animal Manure, Oil Seed Crops and other Agriculture Feedstocks: Tuesday, August 6, 10 a.m.–noon at the Oregon Department of Forestry (2600 State St., Salem, Ore.). Call-in: 1-888-273-3658, access code 3125235.
- Used Oil, Waste Grease and Wastewater Biosolids: Thursday, August 8, 10 a.m.–noon at the Oregon Department of Forestry (2600 State St., Salem, Ore.). Call-in: 1-888-273-3658, access code 3125235.
ODOE will work individually with stakeholders in the agriculture and food processing sector. Email ODOE at email@example.com for more information. Click here for more information about the meetings.
Nursery Guide Tip: Like a plant or company? Give it a thumbs-up!
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.
Members and registered site users can "like" plants and companies. It's as easy as clicking on the green thumbs-up graphic you will find on plant and company profiles. "Like" functionality creates an opportunity to interact with the site and give useful feedback. When users "like" plant profiles, for example, it provides information to site visitors on the most popular plants. So, when you're on the site, take a moment to find and "like" your favorite plant(s) and companies. Note: Only one vote per registered user per plant or company will be counted. [More Nursery Guide Tips]
In Memoriam: Ted Gitts
The Oregon Association of Nurseries is saddened to report the passing of member Ted Gitts of Canby, Ore., co-owner of Swan Island Dahlias. He passed away July 13, 2013 at the age of 59 due to injuries sustained in a car accident a little over a month ago. His wife, Debbie, was also in the crash and passed away on June 3, 2013.
Ted grew up on his parents' dairy farm near Ferndale, Wash., with his two sisters, Nancy and Victoria, and two brothers, Nicholas and Gary. At the age of 9, his parents purchased Swan Island Dahlias in Canby. He would spend the rest of his life living on or near the farm.
Ted was an avid fisherman and hunter, who took every opportunity to get away and enjoy those hobbies. Every summer, he would spend weeks fishing the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska and most falls hunting the hills of Eastern Oregon.
Services were held on July 20. Memorial donations may be made to Oregon Nongame Wildlife Fund, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 3406 Cherry Ave. NE, Salem, OR 97303. A complete obituary can be viewed here.
In Memoriam: Ed Markham
Ed Markham, better known to friends as Chief Red Sneaks, passed away on July 9, 2013. He was 94.
One of the bedding plant and floriculture industry's greatest voices, Ed was a fixture at industry trade shows like OFA and a regular at the Garden Writers Association Annual Meetings for many years. Many in the industry attended his international tours to Asia, Australia and Europe. He developed and maintained good friends among seedsmen and bedding plant growers on multiple continents, acting as an industry ambassador. A complete obituary can be read here.
A celebration of Ed's life is planned for Sunday, August 18 from 2–4 p.m. on Bainbridge Island, Wash. For more information, email Debbie Hamrick. Memorial donations may be made to the American Floral Endowment, Markham-Colegrave International Scholarship, 1601 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.
Farwest Trade Show Nursery Tours
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.