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Off and running

Advantage Oregon is now live

Advantage OregonAdvantage Oregon went live
May 1. Eight national and regional carriers are participating in this initial phase, and rates on 2,900 shipping lanes are locked in through July 31. Shipments from 16 volunteer growers will be managed through a Web-based transportation system that facilitates a reliable trucking schedule and provides shipping information updated daily. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting new logistics program.

May 2006

In this Issue:

See how we rate

Advantage Oregon: Give it a try

Mycology journal

New site looks at PNW fungi

News from CFP Inc.

Medicare Part D explained

Pesticides in Español

Site has pesticide information in Spanish

Featured Safety Issue

Pesticide Safety:
This flier covers safe practices, symptoms of pesticide poisoning and first aid. English and Spanish versions are included in the PDF document.
» Download

Trucks to Trade Shows

Program heading to two summer shows

Ballots in the mail

OAN officer elections under way

‘Oregon. Seeing is Believing.’

Farwest Show admission forms available

An Evening with Armitage

A quality lineup awaits attendees at the Farwest Show Seminars

Swingers wanted

Have fun at Duffers golf tourney and support ONPAC, too

Issues Update

Minimum-wage indexing: The intersection of business and politics

 

THIS MONTH'S FLIERS:

Duffers Classic


Download the registration form (PDF)

Safety Issues


Pesticide Safety (PDF)

Look who’s 75

OAN celebrates its diamond anniversary in 2008

OAN 75 yearsThe first meeting of the Oregon Association of Nurserymen took place on Aug. 24, 1933. While 2008 seems far away, the OAN is beginning to think about how to celebrate its 75th anniversary milestone.

To honor 75 years of history, the OAN is working with Strategy Custom Publishing LLC to produce the official OAN 75th Anniversary Book. The Anniversary Book will describe the development of the nursery industry in Oregon and the association’s contribution to the development of the state of Oregon’s economy over the past 75 years. This historical perspective will show how Oregon emerged into national and international nursery prominence.

There are two ways OAN members can support this important effort. First, we need historical information and images. Miles McCoy (an OAN member, volunteer on the Marketing and Yard Garden & Patio committees and a former OAN staff member) is editor of the publication and has begun collecting historical information and photographs from OAN archives and OAN members. If you have photos and stories you would like to share, please contact him at
(503) 657-7550 or at miles@hevanet.com.


Issues Update

Minimum-wage indexing: The intersection of business and politics

The minimum wage continues to be a lightning rod that pits small business against labor advocates. It is not cut-and-dried. We have many perspectives that reside within the OAN family, and this government relations update hopes to highlight some of the differences and path toward a beneficial solution for the nursery industry. Read this month's Issues Update here.

Note: you will have to log in to the Web site to view the Issues Update.

Second, throughout the 75th Anniversary Book, there will be opportunities for individual nurseries and companies to create historical profiles, which will financially support the publication of the book. But, equally important, is to have as many pioneering nurseries and other companies represented. Your history is the OAN’s history. McCoy and Strategy Publishing’s Yvonne Lerch will be contacting OAN members to inquire about their interest in purchasing a historical profile.

The 75th Anniversary Book will be available early in 2008 to OAN members in Oregon; additional copies will be available for purchase.

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See how we rate

Advantage Oregon: Give it a try

Advantage OregonImagine how powerful it would be to have locked-in, market-competitive shipping rates well in advance of your shipping season! Quoting delivered prices with confidence is one more way that you can stand out as your customers’ premier vendor, and Advantage Oregon can help.

Competitive shipping rates are just one of the benefits available through OAN’s new Advantage Oregon transportation management program. Reliable truck availability, flexible equipment capacity and easily accessible shipment information are all reasons to try this innovative logistics solution.

Shipping data is being gathered for the fall/winter shipping seasons. Growers interested in this program are encouraged to contact Suelynn Callahan at Advantage Oregon, (503) 682-8938.

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Legal Access Q&A

Legal AccessWhat are an employer’s obligations when served with a writ of garnishment issued against an employee’s wages?

When served with a valid writ of garnishment, an employer is obligated to file a garnishee response within seven days and pay the creditor all wages the employer determines are subject to the garnishment that are not statutorily exempt under ORS 18.385. Under those exemptions, an employee is entitled to retain a minimum of $170 per week in net disposable earnings (gross wages minus all legally required withholding amounts) or 75 percent of the employee’s disposable earnings, whichever is greater. The payment to the debtor must begin at the time the employer next pays wages to the employee. For the writ to be valid, the debtor must provide the employer with a wage exemption calculation form, which the employer must fill out and return with the initial payment.

For details on more complicated garnishment issues, please follow this link to the full text of this Q & A.

Note: you will have to log in to the Web site to view the Legal Access feature.

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P. ramorum update

Oregon’s certification program goes smoothly

As required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection Quarantine (APHIS PPQ), Oregon’s comprehensive nursery inspection and certification program for Phytophthora ramorum has gone smoothly this year. To date, the Oregon Department of Agriculture has inspected 1,450 nurseries and collected plant samples from 670 nurseries for laboratory testing. ODA has processed approximately half of the plant samples collected, and four nurseries tested positive for P. ramorum.

The nurseries found positive for P. ramorum are relatively small and serve buyers in Oregon or Washington. ODA is 75 percent complete with its inspection and certification work, and it appears fewer nurseries will test positive for P. ramorum in 2006 than last year. OAN members have taken the attitude that it’s better to find a problem and fix it than it is to ship a problem to a customer and deal with it after the fact. The ODA inspection and certification program has worked well to prevent any significant shipments of infected plants to buyers outside Oregon.

In related news, California researchers examined the relative complexity of P. ramorum populations in North American forests and nurseries. They concluded in a recently published research article that P. ramorum was introduced relatively recently to North America. In addition, their report suggests that movement of nursery stock has played an important role in the spread of the pathogen.

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Mycology journal

New site looks at PNW fungi

Dean Glawe of Washington State University at Puyallup announces the debut of a new online mycology journal, Pacific Northwest Fungi. It will be a great resource for those interested in understanding the fungi present in the Pacific Northwest, reports Robin Rosetta, an Oregon State University extension agent in nursery pest management. The first edition includes an article by Glawe and Hummel on new host records for rhododendron bud blight. Visit the site at http://pnwfungi.org/.

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Pesticides in Español

Site has pesticide information in Spanish

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency now has a Spanish language pesticide Web site as part of its Hispanic health Web site. The site, El medio ambiente y su salud: Pesticidas, is easy to access and has links to additional resources in Spanish. Thank you to Robin Rosetta at OSU’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center for the heads up. Visit the site or direct employers to it at http://www.epa.gov/espanol/pesticidas.htm

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Enthusiasm wanted

Bus hosts needed to lead 2006 Farwest Show nursery tours

Seven Farwest Show nursery tours will be leaving the Oregon Convention Center Tuesday, Aug. 22, and Wednesday, Aug. 23. We need 14 bus hosts to help with the tours. Tours leave the Convention Center at 8 a.m. and return by 6 p.m. If you enjoy talking with people and have some knowledge of the nursery industry and/or Oregon, please contact Ann Murphy at amurphy@oan.org or (503) 682-5089.

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CFPNews from CFP Inc.

Medicare Part D explained

With the new Medicare Prescription Drug coverage (Medicare Part D) comes yet more new employer requirements in notifying employees of the prescription benefits offered by your company. The federal government now requires that all employers offering prescription drug coverage through their group health benefits notify their employees, in writing, if the prescription drug coverage is creditable and additionally notify CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) online of the same. To be creditable, a prescription program must pay, on average, at least as much as the standard Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage. If you do not know if your prescription drug coverage is creditable, please contact the plan carrier or visit http://new.cms.hhs.gov/ and download the Creditable Coverage Simplified Determination PDF.

Carriers sent letters last year explaining the employee disclosure notice and telling employers if their coverage is creditable or noncreditable. Most also sent form letters the employers could use for the employee disclosure. Form letters are also available on the CMS Web site at www.cms.hhs.gov/
creditablecoverage/
. The employee disclosure must be given by Nov. 15 of each year to everyone who is enrolled in the group health plan and is Medicare eligible. Because an employer may not always be aware of a disabled Medicare eligible dependent, compliance suggests giving the letter to all enrolled employees. Last November, CFP sent to those groups participating in the OAN-sponsored health insurance program a letter stating whether their coverage was creditable, depending on their plan. Also included was a form letter that could have been used to let employees and their enrolled dependents know if their coverage was creditable or noncreditable.

The online CMS disclosure was to be completed by March 31, 2006, for the current plan year and within 60 days after the plan renewal for future years. Any time the prescription coverage changes from creditable to noncreditable, or if the plan is terminated, the disclosure must also be completed. The disclosure must be completed online at www.cms.hhs.gov/apps/
ccdisclosure
. There is no other method available.
For those companies that participate in the OAN health insurance program with ODS, CFP Inc. has already made the notifications on your behalf. Those companies that do not participate in the program should contact your current insurance carrier or broker for more information and to find out the steps that need to be taken in the event you still need to notify your employees.

There are no penalties or additional requirements that have to be met if an employer has not made the required disclosures by the deadlines, but they should be done as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Laura Wilson, CFP’s Medicare Part D compliance officer, at (888) 588-2988 ext. 336 or me at ext. 323.

— Bill Bosch, VP Employee Benefits, CFP Inc.

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Trucks to Trade Shows

Program heading to two summer shows

The OAN Trucks to Trade Shows program will be sending trucks to PANTS in Atlantic City and, for the first time, to SNA in Atlanta. If you would like to have plant material transported to the show, please complete and return the online reservation form by June 1. If you have questions, please contact Ann Murphy at amurphy@oan.org or (503) 682-5089.

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OAN on display

Association has a garden at PANTS

The OAN will have a 20-by-20-foot display area to showcase Oregon-grown plants at PANTS in Atlantic City. The show’s management offered state nursery associations space on the show floor to build displays showcasing their state’s plants and growers. If you are taking (or sending) plants to the show, please consider adding a few more to showcase in the OAN’s display area, which will be staffed by OAN-member representatives and employees.

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Ballots in the mail

OAN officer elections under way

Watch your mail for your official ballot for the 2006-07 OAN officer elections. It’s important to mark and return your ballot promptly. Ballots must be postmarked or hand-delivered to the OAN office by
5 p.m. Thursday, June 1. Only those ballots returned in the envelopes provided will be counted. This year’s candidates, as proposed by the Nomination Committee and approved by the State Board, are as follows:

  • President-elect: Bob Terry, Fisher Farms LLC, Gaston
  • Vice President: Tom McNabb, Yule Tree Farms, Aurora
  • Treasurer: Kristin Van Hoose, Bell Family Nursery, Aurora
  • Secretary: Kevin Klupenger, Evergreen Nursery, Salem

Dave Van Essen (Van Essen Nursery Co., Lebanon), the current president-elect, will assume the presidency, and current OAN President Pete Brentano (Brentano’s Tree Farm, St. Paul) will serve on the Executive Committee as past president. The new slate of officers will be installed during the OAN Convention in September.

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‘Oregon. Seeing is Believing.’

Farwest Show admission forms available

The Farwest Show at the Oregon Convention Center offers 280,200 square feet of exhibit space filled with more than 850 different exhibitors in 1,365 booth spaces. In its second year behind the theme of “Oregon. Seeing is Believing.” the show and its organizers expect the 2006 event to maintain the lead it reassumed two years ago in attendance among the nation’s green industry shows.

The show runs Aug. 24-26 (seminars begin Aug. 23), and the continued Thursday start means the show will be wrapped up by Saturday evening, giving exhibitors Sunday for traveling or visiting area nurseries. Related nursery tours are taking place in the days before the show.

Enclosed with this month’s Digger magazine is a Farwest Show Seminar Registration/Complimentary Show Admission form. Use it for yourself, your employees or your customers, or register online through July 31 at www.farwestshow.com. Show registration is free through July 31, or if the form is filled out and brought to the on-site registration desk at the Convention Center. Otherwise, registration is $10 per person. You can make as many copies of the registration form as necessary. Use the form for show and seminar registration. See the following notice about the seminars.

If you would like more complimentary passes (they come in pads of 50), please contact the OAN office.

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An Evening with Armitage

A quality lineup awaits attendees at the Farwest Show Seminars

The 2006 Farwest Show Seminars, presented by GPN, Lawn & Garden Retailer and Arysta LifeScience, offer an exciting lineup, beginning Wednesday, Aug. 23, and continuing through Aug. 26. Renowned industry experts will share their knowledge to help you increase the production and profitability of your company.

Seminars kick off Wednesday during the day and include a special presentation, “An Evening with Allan Armitage,” brought to you by A & R Spada Farms, Kraemer’s Nursery Inc. and Timber Press Inc. From 6 to 8 p.m., Armitage will speak on “Perennials for the Busy Gardener: Plants for People Who May Have Money but No Time.” To gain admittance, attendees must be registered for either the Wednesday-only sessions or for all sessions.

The deadline for preregistration is July 31. Attendees who submit their registration to the OAN office through this date will pay a reduced seminar admission fee of $50 for a single day and $80 for all days. Registration rates after July 31 are $60 for a single day and $100 for all days.

Seminars run from 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to noon each day of the show. None of the seminars conflict with the noon to 6 p.m. show hours.

Admission to the exhibits is included with seminar registration. For those visiting the exhibit hall only, registration is free through July 31. The cost to register for the show on-site is $10 per person. All registrants will receive a name badge, which must be worn for admittance to the show. Those who preregister will have their name badges mailed to them prior to the show’s opening.

Watch your mail the first week of June for the Farwest Show Seminars preview guide — inserted with the June issue of Digger — which provides details for all the seminars and speakers, as well as tourist and other information related to the show. You can also visit www.farwestshow.com for details.

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Pioneer Dinner

Industry icons recognized May 16

Be sure to mark Tuesday, May 16, on your calendar to attend the Mt. Hood Chapter’s annual Nursery Pioneer Dinner at Persimmon Country Club. Come and honor the individuals who began the nursery industry in the state. A social hour will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner at 7 p.m. Cost is $25 per person, but the event is complimentary for Oregon nursery pioneers — anyone over the age of 60 with 20-plus years in the nursery industry. Contact Claire Eischen at (503) 491-8487 or at clairemariee@aol.com.

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Swingers wanted

Have fun at Duffers golf tourney and support ONPAC, too

DuffersDon’t miss the Duffers Classic golf tournament and Nine, Wine & Dine pre-day event at the Resort At the Mountain on June 21 and 22. The 17th annual golf tournament benefits the Oregon Nurseries’ Political Action Committee. The funding helps ONPAC drive the industry’s agenda.

Registration

Register online now!

Deadline to register: June 8.

A special golf and poker event to benefit Northwest Medical Teams will be held on Wednesday, June 21. Events are open to OAN members and invited guests, and registration is first-come, first-served. The Resort at the Mountain and Three Nines Golf Course are located at 68010 E. Fairway Ave. in Welches (a half mile south of Highway 26 in Welches. Specially priced rooms are available at the resort for Wednesday night ($99, $109 and $119). Call (800) 733-0800 for reservations. Please indicate you are with the OAN Duffers Classic.

Click on the registration link to sign up. If you prefer, download the flier (PDF format). You must register by Thursday, June 8. Costs are:

  • Nine, Wine & Dine (June 21), $50
  • Poker Tourney (June 21), $20 + chips
  • Duffers Classic (June 22), $99 per person (includes greens fees, cart, food, beverages and extras).

Come and participate even if you do not golf! Nonplayers are welcome, and we will provide a list of great things to do during the tournament. Cost is $50 for admission to Wednesday night poker and Thursday’s golf luncheon.

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Ride the Waves

OAN Convention heads back to Salishan

Ride the WavesDon’t miss this year’s OAN Convention, set for Sept. 21-23 at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort on the Oregon coast. The event includes quality educational seminars for you and your employees, a chance to network with industry colleagues in a social setting, a family-friendly atmosphere, and don’t forget the fun — a world-class golf course designed by Peter Jacobsen, award-winning cuisine in the Pacific Northwest style, an awards program where the OAN honors its own, plus music and dancing.

The annual convention is a popular event with the OAN membership. Held in a relaxed environment, it provides excellent opportunities for members of Oregon’s green industry to meet and greet, learn from experts and applaud the contributions of others who have assisted in the betterment of the industry. It is the combination of business and pleasure that allows members and their families to learn, have fun, renew old acquaintances and make new friends. Installation of new officers, board members and committee chairs takes place at this time. Save the date! Registration will be available in June.

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