Nurseries lead the way as Oregon agriculture sets new record
The year 2012 saw record-setting production for Oregon agriculture — and the nursery and greenhouse sector led the way, according to newly released figures from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service and Oregon State University. Oregon's agricultural production of $5.4 billion was an all-time high. Within that, no sector produced more value than the nursery and greenhouse industry at $745 million. Add in another $102 million from the Christmas tree sector, and Oregon's total nursery production approached $850 million — not that far from the sector's all time record of $1 billion in 2007.
"This report reflects what we are hearing from the membership," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "We are encouraged by the growth in sales by the industry over the prior year. It is a testament to the hard work and quality nursery product from Oregon's nursery and greenhouse operators."
Farm Bill lacks clear path forward
Although U.S. Senate leadership is ready to begin conference on the Farm Bill, the House of Representatives has not yet acted upon the Senate's conference request. As reported by Cornerstone Government Affairs, rumors indicate that House action will be delayed until an acceptable end-game process can be determined.
Complicating this process is the controversy surrounding the nutrition title. On July 11, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a divied Farm Bill, H.R. 2642, which includes only the agriculture provisions, and excludes food stamps (formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP). This bill now has to be reconciled with the one passed by the Senate earlier this year, which does include food stamps. [Read more]
Register today for national call-in on immigration reform
OAN members are encouraged to have their voices heard during the ImmigrationWorks USA nationwide call, taking place this Thursday, August 1 at 1 p.m. EDT (10 a.m. PST). Discussion topics include the prospects for immigration reform in the House, and what business owners can do to encourage the House to act. Click here to register for the call, or RSVP to Erin O'Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Officials keep an eye on invasive Japanese beetle
Presently, Oregon remains officially Japanese-beetle free, thanks to the efforts of the state's insect pest prevention and management program. According to an in-depth story recently published by The Oregonian, workers for the Oregon Department of Agriculture use pheromone and scent traps to catch any adult beetles, and spray pesticide on shrubs and turf at the Portland International Airport to prevent the thumbnail-sized, iridescent green and brown insects from invading the West Coast. The greenery around the airport is of particular concern because the beetles can be carried to Oregon by plane.
Japanese beetles first exploded into large, destructive populations east of the Mississippi River. Slowly, they are marching west, feeding on turf, fruit trees, berries, hops and numerous ornamental plants. If Japanese beetles go unchecked, the state estimates they will ring up a $33 million annual tab.
Last day to save on Farwest Trade Show Seminars and Nursery Tours
Today is the last day to receive early-bird pricing on Seminars and Nursery Tours for the Farwest Trade Show. 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!
Just two days remain to save 10 percent on Yard, Garden & Patio Show exhibit space
Jump-start your spring sales at the 2014 Yard, Garden & Patio Show. Taking place February 28–March 2, the show is presented by Dennis' Seven Dees Landscaping and Garden Centers at the Oregon Convention Center. It's the perfect time and place to connect with more than 25,000 potential customers.
Reserve your exhibit space now by completing the contract and returning it to the OAN office with your booth deposit. Receive a 10 percent discount if your completed contract and full payment are received by August 2, 2013.
Nursery Guide Tip: Make a strong visual impression
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.
As an OAN member you automatically get a free profile page on www.NurseryGuide.com. But did you know you can add your logo (or main image) and up to 10 gallery images to it? It's a great way to promote your brand and showcase your most important products.
Here's how. First log in at www.NurseryGuide.com. Click on the Images tab, located between the Profile and Contact Information tabs at the top of the page. For your main image or logo, click Browse, select your image and upload. To add gallery images, click Add. From here, you can choose your file and click Submit. Photos are automatically resized. Save the changes to your profile by clicking Save. [More Nursery Guide Tips]
Safety Tip: Prevent falls with orchard ladder safety
The improper moving and lifting of tripod orchard ladders leads to many accidents, including falls. Before workers begin using orchard ladders, have them review this worksheet — also available in Spanish — to reinforce the proper way to use the ladders. This information is presented to you courtesy of The Ohio State University Extension, SAIF, Oregon OSHA and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.
In Memoriam: Susan M. Cordry
The Oregon Association of Nurseries is saddened to report the passing of member Sue Cordry, co-owner of Cash Flow Management along with her husband Tom. She passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the age of 64. Tom and Sue have been active in OAN for a very long time, as members of the Mt. Hood Chapter and volunteers on the Annual Convention Committee.
Sue is survived by her husband Tom; mother, Kate Yandell; brother, Donald Johnson; children, Randy Stewart, Amber Cordry-Martinez, and Neal Cordry; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Wilhelm's Portland Memorial Funeral Home (6705 SE 14th Ave., Portland, Ore.).
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Farwest Trade Show Nursery Tours
♦ August 20–21 - Farwest Trade Show
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♦ August 22–24 - Farwest Trade Show
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♦ 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 email@example.com.