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Oregon display at trade show creates impact

PANTS 2006

The OAN Marketing Committee took advantage of the show floor space offered to state nursery associations by PANTS show management and designed a display featuring conifers, shade trees, shrubs and perennials. The plant material was donated by members and transported to Atlantic City via the OAN Trucks to Trade Shows program. Only Maryland, New Jersey and Oregon took advantage of the show’s offer.

Combined with the 30-plus OAN member exhibitors, numerous “Oregon Grown” signs and OAN’s booth, the 20-by-20-foot display reinforced the strength of Oregon’s industry. The display area was staffed primarily by Leanne Van Essen and OAN President-elect Dave Van Essen, co-owners of Van Essen Nursery Co. They handed out copies of the Farwest Show Guide, the Wholesale Nursery Location Map, the Directory & Buyers Guide and catalogs from OAN members displaying material in the exhibit. Thank you to the following nurseries for donating plant material for the display: Bizon Nursery Co., Champoeg Horticulture, D. Wells Farm/Nursery, European Nursery, Evergreen Nursery, Fairdale Nursery, Fisher Farms LLC, J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., Loen Nursery Inc., Terra Nova Nurseries Inc., Teufel Nursery Inc., Van Essen Nursery Co. and Yule Tree Farms.

As part of the OAN Trucks to Trade Shows program, three trucks hauled OAN member material to the PANTS show. Bizon Nursery Co., Evergreen Nursery and Rogers Nursery Oregon generously hosted the loads on behalf of the OAN. SNA, which takes place Aug. 10-12 in Atlanta, was added to the Trucks to Trade Shows program this year. Thank you to Advanced Ornamentals Inc. for offering to host the load.


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See you at the show

Farwest is Aug. 24-26

Farwest Show

The 34th annual Farwest Show is just a few weeks away. More than 875 exhibitors and 1,365 booth spaces will fill the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

Pull out the Farwest Show Guide (inside all copies of Digger: Farwest Edition, the official show magazine — look for it in your subscriber copy coming soon and in copies at the show) to find out all the show details you need.

The OAN will host its third annual Farwest Show Opening-Night Gala from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, at the conclusion of the first day of the show. The gala, presented by Ball Horticulture/PanAmerican Seed, will be held in the Portland Ballroom at the north end of the convention center. All exhibitors and attendees are welcome to participate. There will be music, food and no-host bars. And don’t forget the Christmas Tree Chapter will be holding its silent auction again, with a mix of sizes of noble fir and Douglas fir cut Christmas trees awaiting the highest bidder.

The Farwest Show will add a fun element in 2006 with a Casino Night. The American Nursery & Landscape Association and the OAN will join forces to provide an evening of fun (poker, roulette and black jack) and friendship. Proceeds for the event (Friday, Aug. 25 at the Oregon Convention Center) will go toward the ANLA’s Beacon Fund and toward the OAN’s political activities. Look for information in your show packet, and feel free to preregister for the event.

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Farwest seminars

More than 50 hours of education available at Aug. 23-26 sessions

There is still time to sign up for the more than 50 hours of educational sessions at the Farwest Show Seminars, presented by GPN, Lawn & Garden Retailer and Arysta LifeScience. The seminars begin a day ahead of the Aug. 24-26 Farwest Show, produced by the OAN, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

For a complete rundown of the seminars, including Allan Armitage’s Wednesday evening presentation, check out the Farwest Show Seminars brochure that was mailed with the June Digger magazine, or call the OAN office for information. You can also visit to get all the details you need.

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Important USDA meeting

Agency will brief growers on post-entry quarantine requirements at Farwest Show

Meeting Details

Thursday, Aug. 24
2 p.m.
Convention Center
Room C-124

Please RSVP to Beth Farmer at

If you import plant material from overseas, it is imperative you take the opportunity to attend this important meeting. A top program official from the USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service’s Plant Protection Quarantine headquarters in Riverdale, Md., will brief interested nursery growers and importers of plant material on post-entry quarantine requirements. Over the course of the last 12 months, APHIS PPQ has seen an increase in post-entry quarantine violations resulting from lack of awareness or confusion over current requirements. In addition, heightened border and customs security may result in stricter enforcement of imports of plant material.

Pam Waterworth, program coordinator for PPQ’s Post-entry Quarantine Program, and other PPQ staff will address the following topics:

  • How can a plant importer avoid violations of post-entry quarantine requirements?
  • What shipping methods can an importer use to avoid Customs Board Protection and PPQ holds, when shipments arrive at an importer’s facility?
  • What advantages are there between using electronic post-entry permit applications and paper applications?

This briefing is an important opportunity for those growers and other nursery industry professionals who import plant material to talk directly with APHIS PPQ staff about import requirements. Running afoul of import regulations can be costly and disruptive to your business, so get informed and talk directly with APHIS PPQ about your needs, questions and concerns.

The meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24, in Room C-124 at the Convention Center (near the show office). If you plan to attend, please respond to Beth Farmer at

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Hot off the presses

2006-2007 Directory coming soon

DBG 2006The OAN’s 2006-2007 Directory & Buyers Guide should have arrived by mail already or will be arriving in the next week. Copies were sent to all members, and the book will make its public debut at the Farwest Show later this month. Come by the OAN booth (#2072 and 3071) to pick up extra copies for the office or to give to customers. If you don't want to wait, the new edition is now available at the OAN office, as well.

This is one of the OAN’s best marketing tools for its members. If you need more copies after the show, come by the OAN office and pick them up for free. Copies can also be shipped for a nominal fee.

If you are an OAN member and did not take advantage of your free listing — or if you want to purchase more listings or inquire about display advertising for next year — please call the OAN office. This book gets used by the buyers you are trying to reach.

The updated online version of the new Directory & Buyers Guide will be posted soon. The OAN can also add listings and update online directory information at any time.

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Issues Update

OAN President Tabbed to Testify at U.S. Senate Farm Bill Hearing

Department of Homeland Security and ‘No Match’ Social Security Numbers

Vote Looms in U.S. Senate on Minimum Wage and Estate Tax

For more on these issues, check out this month's Issues Update.

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ONPAC Update

Grower and industry participation leads to balanced endorsement process

In the past two months, the Oregon Nurseries’ Political Action Committee put on the fun and successful Duffers Classic golf tournament and recently concluded the endorsement process for state legislative candidates.

Read the update here...

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New OAN staff

Hankins will direct events and education

Suzanne Hankins has agreed to join the OAN to take the position of director of events and education. Currently the show operations director for the Homebuilders Association of Metropolitan Portland, Hankins was responsibile for producing and managing the NW Natural Street of Dreams and the RE/MAX Street of New Beginnings, as well as the Portland Home & Garden Show.

Hankins replaces Geoff Horning, who will continue as the OAN’s trade show manager through the Farwest Show in late August. Hankins will join the OAN Aug. 21 for Farwest Show setup. Watch for more on Hankins in a future Member Update and in Digger.

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Images wanted

OAN working to build digital photo library

The OAN is working to capture a comprehensive collection of plants, nurseryscapes and general nursery and greenhouse activities images — all of high-resolution quality for print. The images will be for use in OAN publications and on the OAN Web site and to accommodate outside requests for images. The OAN will be asking members, starting with our largest members, to submit their existing company image libraries on CD.

Watch your mail in the coming weeks for a form explaining submission requirements. Thanks to all members in advance for your cooperation. Proper credits will be given to all photographers or companies specified. A long-range goal is to add images to the OAN’s online version of the Directory & Buyers Guide at

OAN intern Brittany Wilmes will be contacting nurseries after the mailer goes out. If you have questions in the interim, please contact Wilmes or Cam Sivesind at the OAN office.

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BBQ for interns

Annual NWREC event is Aug. 10

Nursery interns in Oregon and their advisers are invited to the annual intern tour and barbecue at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, August 10. The center is located at 15210 N.E. Miley Road in Aurora.

The event is a great opportunity to meet interns from other nurseries and research facilities, to network with potential employers, to find out about Oregon State University nursery research and extension, and to share a delicious meal. Guests will enjoy complimentary ribs, chicken, beans, pasta salad and sodas. RSVP by Aug. 7 to Jan Egli at (503) 678-1264.

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Legal Access Q&A

Are agricultural employers required to provide meal periods and rest breaks for all employees?

Legal AccessUnless specifically exempted by statute, agricultural employers must provide meal periods and rest breaks for their employees. Employers must provide employees with at least a 30-minute unpaid meal period when the work period is six hours or greater. The law requires an uninterrupted period in which the employee is relieved of all duties. Additionally, employers must provide workers with a paid, uninterrupted 10-minute rest break for every four-hour segment or major portion thereof (two hours or more) in the work period. The exemptions from the meal period and rest break requirements are set forth in ORS 653.020(1); the exemptions cover certain piece rate laborers and family members of the employer. Civil penalties for violation of the statutory break requirements can be as high as $1,000 per violation.

For details on the meal period and rest break requirements, 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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Proper logo use

Please remember to follow OAN usage guide

As the OAN continues to increase its profile, it is important for the OAN’s image to be consistently presented to the communities with which we do business. Our association name should be recognized not only for its critical role in representing Oregon-based nursery members, but also its commitment to innovation, industry leadership and outstanding membership service. Each interaction with members, suppliers and other industry players is an opportunity to confirm this image.

Members are encouraged to use the logo to convey your participation in the OAN. Before using the logo in catalogs or advertising, please take a moment to consult the Graphic Standards Manual, which provides specific guidelines for presenting the logo. The manual also includes basic templates and information that relate to the most commonly used marketing materials. You may download the manual at this link; it is also available on CD-ROM by contacting the OAN office.

If you have any questions about proper use of the OAN logo, please contact Cam Sivesind at the OAN.

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Advantage Oregon update

Consolidation program seeks your partial loads — The Advantage Oregon consolidation program wants you. Arranging shipment of partial loads is a time-consuming, often frustrating — but necessary — task. Advantage Oregon wants to simplify and streamline this process until it’s a mere click of a computer button. Plans are under way for launch of a limited consolidation program in spring 2007, but we need shipper input to make sure most needs are met. A short survey will be sent via e-mail to growers to gather basic out-of-state shipment information. The survey is also available online ( and at the OAN booth at the Farwest Show.

Advantage Oregon welcomes ideas and participation from those who would like to be a part of the beta test/focus group for this project. Simply fill out your contact information on the survey form, return it to Advantage Oregon (by e-mail or regular mail), and we’ll be in touch.

Advantage Oregon selects new transportation management system — Advantage Oregon is pleased to announce the selection of a new transportation management vendor, MercuryGate. The MercuryGate product powers logistics programs for robust users such as Home Depot Supply and Capstone Logistics Group.

“This state-of-the-art, online system substantially reduces growers’ time to arrange trucking needs and increases availability of shipment information,” said Suelynn Callahan, general manager of Advantage Oregon. “Shippers can log on at their convenience to tender truckloads, track shipments and access historical rate and delivery information — all in one secure site.” The new system will roll out in September, and training and demo session schedules will soon be available on the Advantage Oregon Web site.

Transportation pricing for spring 2007 — No doubt the current flurry of order activity reinforces the value of quoting delivered prices to your customers. Through Advantage Oregon, transportation costs for the spring 2007 shipping season are stabilized to minimize any impact of drastic fluctuations in trucking costs or capacity issues. With significant shipper participation, rates are negotiated to very cost-effective levels.

To join the spring 2007 program, growers can submit shipping information by Sept. 15 using the form now available on the Advantage Oregon Web site. For more information on how Advantage Oregon can solve your transportation needs, call Suelynn Callahan or Kathy Carlson at (503) 682-8938.

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Soil biology

Learn about composts at Soil Foodweb class in August

More information

For fees and registration forms, go to

or contact
Sustainable Studies at Sustainable Studies Institute
728 S.W. Wake Robin Ave.
Corvallis, OR 97333-2614

Sustainable Studies Institute, in cooperation with Soil Foodweb Inc. will be conducting workshops Aug. 21-26 in Corvallis on the “Principles of the Soil Foodweb,” as developed by Dr. Elaine Ingham, incorporating soil microbiology, soil ecology, chemistry and agriculture.

The classes will be taught by Ingham and Joseph Whaley. Classes Aug. 21-23 will cover the “Introduction to Soil Biology.” The class on Aug. 24 covers “Compost Technology,” Aug. 25 covers “Compost Teas,” and the “Light Microscope Techniques” will be reviewed on Aug. 26, teaching people to do assessment on their own, although a microscope is needed to take the class. Participants may register for individual classes or for the complete workshop.

The focus of the upcoming event is the implementation of programs for growers, which would reduce pesticide use by 99 percent, reduce inorganic fertilizer inputs by more than 50 percent, reduce water use by 25 percent to 70 percent and increase root depth, root surface and tilth.

For information, fees and registration forms, go to or contact Sustainable Studies at Sustainable Studies Institute, 728 S.W. Wake Robin Ave., Corvallis, OR 97333-2614.

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Program workshop focuses on tools to protect water and crop yields

iSNAP, the Integrated Soil Nutrient and Pest Water Quality Education program, is offering a workshop on “Integrated Pest and Nutrient Management Options: Practices & Tools to Protect Water Quality and Protect Crop Yields” Nov. 8-9 in Corvallis. The emphasis is on annual crops, although the information may be more broadly applicable. For more information about the workshop, agenda and registration, check the link at

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Beetle mania

Asian longhorned variety no longer under quarantine in Illinois

U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal, Plant and Health Inspection Service has removed the quarantined areas for the Asian longhorned beetle in Illinois. Follow the link to the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Web page about the beetle at

USDA APHIS has determined that the Asian longhorned beetle no longer presents a risk of spread from the Oz Park and County, Ill., areas and that the quarantine and restrictions are no longer necessary. With the change, there are no longer any areas in Illinois that are quarantined because of the Asian longhorned beetle. This interim rule was effective July 13.

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Ride the Waves

Room reservation deadline is Aug. 21

Ride the WavesDon’t miss this year’s OAN Convention, set for Sept. 21-23 at the 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, and 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 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! The deadline to register is Sept. 7. The deadline to make room reservations is Aug. 21. Registration is available online.

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Good citizens

Several nurseries catch recycle bug

recycleThe following OAN member businesses participated in the Washington County Recycle at Work Program in 2006: Bethany Nursery, Blooming Nursery Inc., Cascadian Nurseries Inc., Cornell Farm, Glenn Walters Nursery, Green Glen Nursery, Hochstein Nursery, Max & Hildy’s Garden Store, New Leaf Greenhouse Inc., Oregon Roses, Tanasacres Nursery, West Oregon Nursery Inc. and West Coast Plant Company (participated through the Portland recycling program).

“Thousands of pounds of agricultural plastics were kept out of the landfill and recycled as a result of the commitment shown by a handful of nurseries in Washington County,” said Alexa Pengelly of Community Environmental Services at Portland State University. “Some nurseries have managed to save money on garbage by increasing recycling opportunities on-site. This is a noteworthy achievement. We thank all the nurseries for their commitment and participation in recycling.”

Community Environmental Services at Portland State University has concluded its contract to provide recycling and waste prevention technical assistance to businesses within Washington County. As of July 1, Commercial Technical Assistance Services is provided by Washington County as the Recycle At Work program. For all inquiries related to past assistance you have received under this program or for additional services, please contact Robert Weeks at Washington County at (503) 846-8609 or at

“Community Environmental Services appreciates efforts to recycle and prevent waste at nursery locations and hopes that many will continue to take advantage of the services offered by the Recycle At Work program,” Pengelly said.

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Pudding River

Pesticide partnership meeting set

streamThe Marion County Soil & Water Conservation District is holding a Pudding River pesticide partnership planning meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, at Wilco Agronomy in Mt. Angel to discuss pesticide use near the Pudding River and other local streams and rivers.

The meeting hopes to answer three key questions:

  • Are you interested in finding out about current levels and types of toxins found in local streams and rivers of the Pudding River area?
  • Are you interested in helping to find voluntary and practical ways to reduce water pollutants to local streams?
  • Are you interested in spreading the word about a planned anonymous Legacy Pesticide Collection Event for this winter where folks can get rid of old-outdated pesticides safely and without cost?

If so, or if you know someone who is, the Marion County SWCD needs grower input for these projects. For more information on the project or to confirm attendance at the meeting, which has limited space, please contact Scott Eden at Marion SWCD, (503) 399-5741 ext. 118 or Wilco Agronomy is located at 13007 Downs Road in Mt. Angel.

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