Member Update

Attention, greenhouse growers!

Be on the lookout for the new Q biotype
whitefly on crops

Greenhouse growers in Oregon should be aware of a potential new pest, the Q biotype whitefly. This whitefly is less susceptible to many of the insecticides currently used to manage the A and B biotypes of whitefly, Bemisia tabaci [= Bemisia argentifolii]. An ongoing industry-coordinated survey has resulted in identification of B. tabaci in several states in the United States, with more state pest detections likely. Its presence has so far been confirmed in Arizona, California, Georgia, Michigan, New York and Oregon.

Dan Hilburn, administrator of the Plant Division at the Oregon Department of Agriculture, emphasizes that this is not a quarantine pest but rather a management issue. The ODA wants growers to be aware of the possible presence of the whitefly and to be prepared if they have to adjust their management practices. An educational meeting was held Oct 19 at Oregon State University’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora to inform greenhouse growers about the whitefly. A pest alert has been developed with information and resources for growers at the Web site. Further educational activities are planned.

A cooperative effort of the OAN, ODA, OSU and interested growers has begun to educate the Oregon greenhouse and nursery industry to this new challenge. “It’s clear that many greenhouse growers will have to adjust if they want to achieve effective control for this pest and to avoid costly crop losses,” said John Aguirre, OAN executive director. “Traditional whitefly spray programs won’t work.”

It is important for growers to monitor their whitefly populations and be ready to modify their management of these pests should they encounter problems. Growers in Europe, Oregon and other states with populations of Q biotype report an ability to manage the pest using a combination of tactics and an emphasis on resistance management based on the current knowledge of resistance of the Q biotype.

One of the best sources of information is the Web site developed by a national Technical Advisory Committee. Visit the site at for more information.


2006 Nursery Tours

Download the flier (PDF)

2006 Farwest Show New Varieties Showcase

Download the flier (PDF)

SAIF Seminar Schedule

Download the schedule (PDF)

Water Quality Handouts

The Agricultural Water Quality Program (PDF)

Grassed Waterways & Veg. Filters (PDF)

Field Borders (PDF)

Problems downloading?

Get ‘Pack’-ing online

California Pack Trials planner is easy

The National Garden Bureau has posted the up-to-date list of California Pack Trials locations online. The company name, date of trial and contact person are listed. A new feature of the site is the ability to click on the contact person’s name to automatically generate an e-mail message to that contact. Appointments with each company will be very simple to make using the NGB Web site.

The Pack Trials list is found at Look at the menu under the National Garden Bureau logo on the left side of the screen, and the last title is “CA. Pack Trials.”

The National Garden Bureau is a nonprofit organization that promotes gardening with seed and bedding plants.

« Back to top

Another increase

Minimum wage going up Jan. 1

The minimum wage in Oregon and Washington will again increase Jan. 1, 2006. State law requires both states to recalculate their minimum wage each September based on the changes to the Consumer Price Index over the previous 12 months. Washington uses the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, while Oregon bases its adjustment off of the U.S. City Average Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for All Items.

Washington’s new minimum wage will increase 3.8 percent (28 cents) to $7.63 per hour. Oregon’s new rate will increase 3.4 percent (25 cents) to $7.50 per hour. Utah and Idaho’s minimum wage will remain the federal minimum wage of $5.15 per hour. If you have any questions about minimum wage, please call the AmeriBen/IEC Resource Center at (888) 716-4482.

« Back to top

P. ramorum update

OAN participates in national effort to manage the pathogen

The Horticultural Research Institute, the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association, has convened a national working group to explore the role of nursery management practices in the battle to limit the spread of Phytophthora ramorum, the funguslike pathogen associated with oak mortality and plant disease in parts of the coastal West. The working group comprises diverse representatives from the nursery industry from across the country, with key technical and research experts from USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service and Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service and the National Plant Board also invited to participate.

John Griesbach, formerly with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, represents the OAN’s interests. Other Oregon participants include Walter Suttle of Monrovia and Nik Grunwald and Jennifer Parke from Oregon State University.

More Information

Visit for information on the pathogen as it relates to the Northwest.

You can also visit ANLA’s site at for more information.

The working group met Oct. 25-26 to review the current regulatory status of P. ramorum and the status of ongoing research initiatives in preparation for a discussion on the role of “recommended management practices” in disease prevention, rapid detection, containment and elimination in nurseries.

Griesbach urged support for a more comprehensive and intensive national survey effort for P. ramorum, which can help industry and regulators identify potential sources of new infections. Oregon’s comprehensive program of surveillance, inspection and eradication, under the USDA’s Emergency Order, was effective in preventing shipments of infected plant material outside of Oregon.

The working group evaluated and fine-tuned existing best management practices that have been developed in California, Oregon and elsewhere. Individual management practices were considered for their conformance with key “filters,” such as their scientific basis and relevance for industry across the country. “While this work is obviously of critical importance to protect growers, it is also of key interest to garden centers and landscape firms who rely on the timely availability of disease-free plant material to drive seasonal sales and complete installations,” said Craig Regelbrugge, ANLA senior director of government relations. “Retail and landscape companies want to avoid the losses and disruptions that have resulted when plant shipments have been suspected of harboring P. ramorum.”

The goal of the HRI working group is to develop a basic menu of RMPs that can be used by nurseries nationwide to establish or improve best management practices. HRI and ANLA expect to distribute the early recommendations of this working group in January 2006. The guidelines will be reviewed and expanded as new research results and practical experience come to light. Long-term goals for ANLA and HRI are to build a working model for response to emerging plant pests and to consider how quality assurance systems may contribute to future nursery inspection, certification and quarantine programs.

Visit for information on the pathogen as it relates to the Northwest. You can also visit ANLA’s site at for more information.

« Back to top


When does program apply?


If you have any questions regarding COBRA or other matters pertaining to your employee benefits, give CFP Inc. a call at 888.588.2988.

Recently CFP Inc., the OAN’s health plan administrator, has fielded many questions concerning terminations and layoffs and what to do with the employee’s insurance coverage. The answer to many of these questions is to put the employees on COBRA. As many of you know, COBRA allows your former employees the ability to remain on the plan for up to 18 months. By placing them on COBRA, this guarantees the coverage as long as the premium is paid.

It also is allowed for the employer to pay the COBRA premium as a condition of employment. So if you are short on work and you have an employee that you do not want to lose — but that employee cannot work enough hours to qualify for the plan — you can keep them covered by paying their COBRA premium. The proper steps to follow are to terminate the employee, put them on COBRA and make sure the premium is paid. When there is enough work for the employee to qualify for the employee benefits by working the necessary hours, bring them back onto the plan.

As an example, let’s say ABC Co. is a client and it is the off-season. Instead of terminating an employee and putting him on COBRA, ABC Co. decides to just continue paying for the coverage even though the employee did not qualify for the coverage. The layoff was to last 120 days, or approximately four months. During the third month of layoff, the employee in question suffers a heart attack and has to undergo open heart surgery, running up bills in excess of $100,000. When the insurance company begins investigating the claim, it is apparent that the laid-off employee was not working and the insurance company denies the claim because by contract the employee was not actively at work. And the employer is stuck paying the providers the $100,000 to cover the medical bills.

The moral of the story is, do not get caught in a trap from which you cannot escape. If an employee is not working the necessary hours, put him or her on COBRA. The cost is only 2 percent higher than keeping the employee on the plan. New or old math, it’s easy to calculate that 2 percent is much cheaper then $100,000.

If you have any questions regarding COBRA or other matters pertaining to your employee benefits, give CFP Inc. a call and we will be happy to assist you.

— Jeff Kersten CFP Inc.

« Back to top

Yard, Garden & Patio Show

Spectacular indoor lake and waterfall set the stage for 2006 consumer show


Show tickets are $11 for adults; children 12 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. The YGP accepts all other garden show coupons. A limited number of advance-purchase tickets are available for $8 at select retail garden centers starting Nov. 15.

For a list of retailers as well as info on coupons and other show details, please visit

It’s a garden-lover’s paradise — complete with a massive indoor water feature — at the 2006 Yard, Garden & Patio Show, which takes place Feb. 24-26, 2006, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The YGP is presented by ProGrass Landscape Care and Design and produced by the OAN.

More than 30,000 plant enthusiasts and weekend warriors flock to the annual event, which this season will feature the largest indoor lake and waterfall ever produced for a Northwest gardening show. The unique attraction, spearheaded by Eammon Hughes of Hughes Water Gardens, will be surrounded by four beautiful display gardens at the water’s edge, connected by a meandering, wooded pathway. Three additional display gardens, thousands of colorful new plant varieties, more than 60 hours of interactive seminars and 300 exhibitors provide show-goers with an abundance of very doable ideas they can use to create outdoor living spaces that will be the envy of the neighborhood.

“If you’re looking for a diamond ring, you wouldn’t go to the hardware store. The same goes for gardening shows,” said Geoff Horning, trade show manager for the OAN. “The YGP is produced by the experts — the people who grow and sell plants here in Oregon. Our exhibitors are passionate about what they do and are eager to share their knowledge and experience with folks who want to beautify their outdoor spaces, regardless of how much space they have to work with or their level of gardening experience.

“This season’s show will be unlike any other,” Horning added. “Not only will we have the spectacular lake and waterfall, but we’ll feature more shrubs, perennials and annuals than ever before, making the YGP the most colorful garden show in Portland. We encourage folks looking to get a jump start on the spring gardening season to visit the show.”

“If you’re looking for a diamond ring, you wouldn’t go to the hardware store. The same goes for gardening shows.”

The YGP is all about:

  • Ideas. Show-goers will delight in seven elaborate display gardens created by the area’s top landscape designers and contractors — including All Oregon Landscaping, Dinsdale Landscape Contractors, Drake’s 7 Dees Landscaping, J.P. Stone Contractors, Landscape East & West, Matt Sander Landscaping Inc., and ProGrass — and incorporating the newest plants from display garden sponsor Proven Winners. These spaces incorporate lots of ideas that can be applied in any yard, to any scale. Designers will be on-hand to offer tips and guidance. The show’s container contest also presents unique and creative concepts for container gardening, ideal for urban dwellers with just a few square feet of terrace or suburbanites looking to beautify an expansive patio or deck.
  • Education. More than 60 hours of free interactive seminars, sponsored by The Oregonian, will get creative juices flowing as some of North America’s top garden, plant and landscape experts share their experience, vision and advice with audiences.
  • Oregon Wine. Wine lovers will sample the latest blends from 20 Oregon wineries in a relaxing and inviting atmosphere. Adults may purchase wine by the glass, bottle or case.
  • Retail Therapy. A wide variety of unique plant material — including tropicals, succulents, heather and Oregon natives — from specialty growers is available for purchase at the Show’s Remarkable Green Market, where 10 percent of all sales go to the Oregon State University Master Gardener program. As a special convenience, shoppers can drop off their purchases throughout the day at a parcel pickup area, where they will be securely stored free of charge until they are retrieved.
  • Family. Back by popular demand is Kids Digs, the show’s headquarters for hands-on activities designed to educate and inspire young people about the world of gardening. Kids Digs will be located in the foyer just outside Halls D and E on Sunday, Feb. 26.

Additional sponsors of the 2006 Yard, Garden & Patio Show include Mutual Materials Co., Garden World and Sun Gro Horticulture.

Show tickets are $11 for adults; children 12 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. The YGP accepts all other garden show coupons. A limited number of advance-purchase tickets are available for $8 at select retail garden centers starting Nov. 15. For a list of retailers as well as info on coupons and other show details, please visit

« Back to top

2006 Nursery Tours

Would-be hosts needed for Farwest Show next year

The 2005 Farwest Show Nursery Tours brought 220 people from 22 states to visit OAN member nurseries. If you would like to have your nursery considered for the 2006 tours, which will take place Aug. 22 and 23 before the Farwest Show, please see the flier included with last month’s Update, print it out online or call Ann Murphy before Dec. 30. Nurseries will be visited and selected by Feb. 28. A maximum of six tours will be organized, with visits to four or five nurseries on each tour (depending on geographic proximity). Interest will likely exceed the ability to accommodate everyone on the tours. If we are unable to include your nursery in 2006, you will be considered for future tours.

« Back to top

New Varieties Showcase

2006 plant introductions sought for Farwest Show

Are you growing or introducing a new plant in 2006? Consider including it in the Farwest Show New Varieties Showcase, a new feature of the 2006 show. The New Varieties Showcase will direct interested buyers to exhibitors growing the new material: a great sales opportunity for licensors and growers alike. Eligible plants do not have to be trademarked or patented but must be new to the market in 2006, in production and offered for sale by 2006 Farwest Show exhibitors. The plants will be displayed in an arboretumlike setting with excellent signage and coverage in the Farwest Show edition of Digger magazine. A submission form was included with last month’s Update, and complete guidelines and the form are available on the Farwest Show Web site at or by calling the OAN office at (503) 682-5089.

« Back to top

Membership has its privileges

OAN renewal notices are coming by mail later this month


OAN membership renewal statements will be mailed later this month, around Thanksgiving.

Order forms for plant and services/supply listings in the Directory & Buyers Guide will be mailed to members in March.

OAN membership renewal statements will be mailed later this month, around Thanksgiving.

Renewal forms provide a convenient way for members to contribute to the Oregon Nurseries’ Political Action Committee (ONPAC). Members’ record-level contributions the past four years have helped raise the OAN’s political profile at the state and national levels. The suggested contribution is based on your membership classification as determined by gross sales. It is only a “suggested” contribution level; you are welcome to contribute more. All OAN members are encouraged to seriously consider a financial commitment to ONPAC, which supports legislative action and candidates who are beneficial to the nursery industry.

Other voluntary contributions can be made to the Oregon Nurseries Foundation, which supports scholarship programs, and to the Shade Tree Disease Research Fund.

Please remember to check the contact name, address, phone, chapter affiliation and member profile information for accuracy. The OAN uses information provided by members on their application and renewal forms to compile directory listings for the annual OAN Directory & Buyers Guide. Order forms for plant and services/supply listings will be mailed to members in March.

« Back to top

Water quality

Handouts help nurseries with streamside filters, field borders

The Soil & Water Conservation Districts of Oregon, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the OAN partnered last year to produce three handouts to help nursery producers deal with water-quality issues, specifically in regard to water runoff.

One handout focuses on field borders and includes helpful suggestions and proven methods for reducing soil erosion and movement at edges of properties, particularly by roadways and waterways. A second handout discusses installation and benefits of grassed waterways and vegetated filters. Both handouts give installation suggestions and provide contact information for getting help if needed.

A third handout is aimed at in-ground nursery growers, offering information about the Agricultural Water Quality Management Act (Senate Bill 1010), the Agricultural Water Quality Management Program, water quality concerns of which in-ground nursery growers should be aware and ways to address those concerns. Contact information for helpful resources is listed.

The OAN office has copies of these two-sided fliers, and PDF versions of the fliers are available on the OAN Web site by clicking on “Resource Library” under the Nursery Industry Career Center link.

In addition, look for a feature article on erosion-control practices in the November issue of Digger. The article will also be available online under the Digger link.

« Back to top

Classified information

A Digger ad is an economical way to reach your customers

Want to test the advertising waters in Digger, the OAN’s monthly magazine? A classified ad is just the ticket. For a nominal fee, your classified line or display ad will reach 6,000 subscribers who look to Digger for information about the Oregon and Northwest nursery industry.

Why do we have so many employment, plant and services ads? The ads work, that’s why. And employment ads get added exposure on the OAN Web site with online postings. If you’d like a Digger classified ad to start working for you, or if you’d like information regarding display ads, contact Chris Sweet at the OAN office, (503) 682-5089 or or click on the Digger “Classifieds” link on the OAN Web site.

« Back to top

Retail Guide 2006

Information gathering for fifth edition begins later this month

The OAN is beginning to gather information for the 2006 Guide to Oregon’s Retail Nurseries. The guide — which features OAN members who have retail nurseries, garden centers or florist shops open for a good portion, if not all of, the year — has been a hit in its first four years. Great radio, TV and newspaper publicity accompanied the most recent guide’s debut at the 2005 Yard, Garden & Patio Show.

Confirmation letters will be sent this month to OAN members that have a retail designation, including those who are currently listed in the guide. If you do not receive a letter in the next two weeks and 1. your nursery meets the criteria, 2. you are new to the OAN or 3. you have a retail storefront but your primary OAN membership designation is as a wholesale grower, please contact Beth Farmer at the OAN office by Nov. 18.

For those of you unfamiliar with the guide, each eligible retailer receives a free listing that includes the business name, address, phone number and Web site (if applicable). The listings are organized by city and each listing is provided with a number that corresponds to a general location on the guide’s map.

There are also a limited number of display advertising spaces available on the map to complement the free retail listing. If you would like to take advantage of this affordable option, contact Chris Sweet at the OAN office.

If you have questions about the 2006 Guide to Oregon’s Retail Nurseries, feel free to contact the OAN office.

« Back to top


SAIF seminars

Agricultural safety workshops run now through March 2006

Seminar Schedule

See the complete schedule on the SAIF Web site or OAN's on-line event calendar. You may also download a PDF of the seminar schedule. Registration

To register, contact Sunny Vancil:

SAIF Groups Department
400 High St. S.E.
Salem, OR 97312-1000
fax (503) 584-9803

OR call the SAIF Groups Division:

SAIF Corporation’s 11th annual agricultural safety seminars for Oregon employers will be held through March in 26 locations across Oregon. The free four-hour seminars are designed primarily for owners, operators, supervisors and foremen, but anyone working in the agricultural industry is welcome to attend. Small-business employers attending the seminar will meet one of the four instructional requirements for House Bill 3019 that exempts small agricultural establishments from random OSHA inspections.

SAIF is pleased to have Kirk Lloyd, president of Risk Management Resources Inc., join SAIF staff again this year to talk about safety and compliance for farm vehicles, as well as how to effectively communicate safety to farm employees. As an independent consultant with many years of experience in agriculture, Lloyd specializes in the unique needs and challenges of the agricultural business community.

In addition, representatives from Oregon’s Drug Evaluation and Classification Program will discuss drug-related issues and provide information on a range of topics relating to the effects of drugs in or around your operation.

Because pesticide-related injuries are so rare in Oregon, this year’s seminar series will not focus on pesticide-related exposures and hazards. As a result, applicator license credits will not be available with this year’s seminar.

Early registration is required, as seating is limited. To register, contact Sunny Vancil, SAIF Groups Department, 400 High St. S.E., Salem, OR 97312-1000,, fax (503) 584-9803 or call the toll-free number below. Participants will receive a registration confirmation letter with the address and facility location approximately one week prior to the seminar. For more information, contact the SAIF Groups Division at (800) 285-8525 or visit SAIF’s Web site at

Dates and locations through this year are as follows:

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Albany; Tuesday, Nov. 29, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Boardman; Wednesday, Nov. 30, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Dalles; Wednesday, Dec. 7, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Redmond; Tuesday, Dec. 13, 8 a.m. to noon, Salem; and Thursday, Dec. 15, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Corvallis.

See the complete schedule on the SAIF Web site or OAN's on-line event calendar.

« Back to top


OAN joins the e-information age

In an effort to provide you with better information in a more economical fashion, the OAN is transitioning to an electronic version of the Member Update. For the second month, all members will receive a printed version of the Update, and those with e-mail capability have received the electronic version of the newsletter. You will continue to receive both a printed and electronic version through December. The OAN will make the complete transition to an electronic-format newsletter in January 2006.

Why do an e-newsletter? By going digital, the OAN can save more than $20,000 in printing and mailing costs per year, money that can be better spent providing other programs and services. And we can now present you with photos, images and graphics that we are unable to bring to you with a printed format — and we can do it all in color. We are able to put links in the newsletter that let you easily access more information on a particular topic.

So here’s what we need from you to make the move successful.

  • Updated e-mail addresses. Our e-mail list is growing, but we still need your help. Make sure we have the e-mail address where you want your Member Update to be sent. It’s easy to update your information. Log in to the OAN Web site, click on “Members Only” and then click on “Update my profile.” Scroll down to the header “How should we contact you?” and update the e-mail address listed under “Preferred E-mail.” Finish by clicking “Submit” at the bottom of the page.
  • E-mail addresses of member company employees who would like to or should receive the newsletter. Rather than the single printed copy getting stuck on one person’s desk where no one else can see it, the electronic version can go via e-mail straight to employees, and at no extra expense. To do this, send an e-mail to Beth Farmer at the OAN office at List the employees you want added, including their e-mail address. You and your employee will receive a return e-mail with that employee’s Web site log-in information.
  • Your feedback. Let us know what you like or dislike about the new e-newsletter. With your input, we’ll continue to improve the information you receive on a monthly basis. Send feedback to Lisa Kurtz at or contact Kurtz by phone at the OAN office.

« Back to top

New ad kits

All the information you need is in the 2006 Advertising Kit

ad kitIf you currently advertise in OAN’s Digger or Directory & Buyers Guide, you should have received by mail last month the 2006 Advertising Kit. Inside you’ll find ad insertion order forms for Digger, August’s Digger: Farwest Edition and the Directory & Buyers Guide. Alternatively, you’ll be able to do all of your ad space reservations online.

The kit contains rates for display and classified advertising and specifications and deadlines for submitting ads. If you have not received your ad kit, please contact OAN advertising coordinator Chris Sweet at the OAN office and she’ll send one to you, or look for it online. Call Sweet if you have any questions regarding OAN advertising. Remember, as an OAN member, you receive a considerable break on advertising costs — another OAN member benefit. You can also get special price breaks for 6- and 12-time ad runs.

The entire Ad Kit and insertion order forms are available online by clicking on the DiggerAdvertising” link on the OAN Web site.

« Back to top

Expose yourself

Ask about our banner ad programs

Did you know you could buy banner ads on Check out the online version of the OAN’s Directory & Buyers Guide and see who already is taking advantage of this unique opportunity. Maybe you’d like to increase your exposure with a special online ad with the Digger feature articles link. Be the first one on the block to do so. Contact Chris Sweet at the OAN to inquire about online advertising opportunities.

« Back to top

Trade Show Guide Trade Show Guide

All the info you need for each N. American green industry event

Check out the latest version of the OAN’s 2006 Trade Show Guide for the Green Industry of North America. Look for your copy inserted in the November issue of Digger magazine, or download it here (2MB PDF). You may also order additional copies under the “Free Publications” link under the Publications section of the OAN Web site.

« Back to top

Entertainment BookTime is running out

Entertainment books make great gifts; order yours today

The 2006 Entertainment book is now on sale, and proceeds benefit the Oregon Nurseries Foundation, which provides scholarships to students pursuing careers in ornamental horticulture. Order online!

« Back to top

Member Update Archives

Looking for a flier or topic from a past e-newsletter? Log in to our Web site and click on Members Only > Member Update, and you'll find an archive of our e-newsletters.

(Note: PDF files can be viewed using Adobe Reader. If your computer does not have Adobe Reader you can download it for free from Adobe's web site.)