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Advantage Oregon

AO here to help

Fax in orders, and we’ll input them

OANDuring this busy holiday season, Advantage Oregon elves are actively working behind the scenes to set up rates and services for the upcoming 2007 spring shipping season. AO has received some great feedback from program members to make it even easier to interface shipping processes into the transportation management system (TMS). For example, data can be directly uploaded into the system from Excel tables, which really makes it efficient to set up orders.

For those who prefer a fax environment, AO offers yet another service — staff will be happy to input your specific shipment information for you directly from fax or e-mail template information. Then, all you need to do is monitor the progress of your shipment online.

If you would like to receive more information about this new service, please contact Advantage Oregon at (503) 682-8938.

Member benefits/opportunities

Small Nurseries Group

James Altland to speak on Jan. 9

AltlandThe next meeting of the Small Nurseries Group will be held 6:33-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the OAN office in Wilsonville. Guest speaker James Altland, OSU Extension agent, will discuss growing media and water issues, what the options are and their relative values. If you are a smaller nursery (OAN category 5 or 6, for example), you might enjoy the educational and networking aspects of the Small Nurseries Group, which meets bimonthly. For more information, please contact Dave Leckey, Oregon Small Trees, at (503) 625-9467 or leckeyd@gervais.com.

Safety

New Web tool

Download free safety, health information

Safety Topics

A new feature on oan.org is a section where members can access unlimited downloads of safety and health information handouts and posters — all at no cost. These can be valuable tools in providing the proper safety training and information to employees. Click here to check it out. In addition there will be a safety topic featured each month in the Member Update. Click here for this month's safety topic, "Fire Extinguishers: Choosing the Right One" (PDF).

Association News

OCNP News

Congratulations are in order

OAN would like to congratulate the following people on receiving their Oregon Certified Nursery Professional certification: Treda McCaw, Bailey Nurseries Inc.; Clay Taylor, Dennis’ 7 Dees; Josh Pease, Evans Farm; and Laura Nash, Dennis’ 7 Dees.

The Oregon Certified Nursery Professional program was developed to recognize top staff in the nursery industry throughout Oregon. There are currently over a hundred nursery professionals who have demonstrated their knowledge in all facets of the industry by successfully completing a rigorous three-hour, three-part written exam.

DECEMBER 2006

In this Issue:

Association News

Government Affairs

Cornerstone Government Affairs selected to represent OAN

Membership has its privileges

OAN links growers to Metro parks department

Top tree farmers

Kintighs named Tree Farmers of the Year

Trees for Troops

Operation Thank You project

Sale ends soon!

2007 Entertainment books available until Dec. 20

New SAIF logo

Company unveils its new brand

Historical Milestone

OAN Celebrates its 75th Anniversary in 2008

New OAN staff

Events, marketing and publications get additional help

Marketing

Sign up under way

Le Tour des Plants 2007 plans are in motion

Pest and Disease Updates

EAB news

USDA expands quarantine in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio

P. ramorum update

Disease targeted by Korea

More P. ramorum news

WSU releases new training module on disease for nurseries

EPA Pesticide Program update

Phaseout of AZM marks milestone in protection of human health and the environment

PURS is back

Oregon’s Pesticide Use Reporting System goes live in January

IPM resource

Web site is a wealth of information

Business

Tax credits available

Greenhouse heating and cooling upgrades could be covered

Events

YGP Show 2007

Greenhorn or green thumb: The Show has it covered

Go east, young man

High Desert Green Industry Conference offers seminars and exhibitor opportunities

APLD news

Group to hold sixth annual landscape design awards program

Education

Expanded Course Offerings

Chemeketa offers horticulture classes winter term

$15,000 in awards

Explore scholarship offerings from the Oregon Nurseries Foundation

$1,000 available

Aloha Garden Club offers scholarship

OAN Seminar Series

Northwest Ag Show returns to Portland Expo Center

Government Relations

Issues Update

State and national elections signal changes


 

This month's fliers/downloads:

December Safety Topic

Fire Extinguishers: Choosing the Right One
(PDF format)

OAN Seminar Series

NW Ag Show Seminars
(PDF format)

Entertainment book fundraiser

Order form
(168K, PDF format)

Le Tour des Plants

Participation form
(PDF format)

Problems downloading?

Government Affairs

Cornerstone Government Affairs selected to represent OAN

The OAN recently hired the well-respected firm of Cornerstone Government Affairs to raise the association’s profile on the federal level. The selection of Cornerstone comes after the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee reviewed and discussed how best to advance the needs and interests of OAN members on a variety of federal issues of particular interest to Oregon, such as P. ramorum regulation, establishing a Port of Portland plant inspection station, and water availability. In addition, Cornerstone will assist the OAN on broader issues such as the regulation of plant pests and diseases, research, expanding market opportunities for nursery and greenhouse plant material, relief from high energy costs and estate tax reform. The first order business for the OAN and Cornerstone is to establish a 2007 Farm Bill agenda and an action plan. The OAN and Cornerstone have planned a western nursery association summit in mid-December to lay out a farm bill agenda.

Cornerstone is a full-service, bi-partisan public affairs firm that specializes in government relations and lobbying. It employs 20 professional staff with extensive experience on Capitol Hill and in various Federal agencies – including the US Department of Agriculture. For more information contact Jeff Stone, OAN director of government relations.

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Membership has its privileges

OAN links growers to Metro parks department

OAN worked with the Metro Regional Parks and Greenspaces Department to facilitate a recent request for proposal for providing bare-root native plants to the department. OAN had a very short timeline to put together a representative group of growers to be considered. On Oct. 29, Metro awarded $125,847 to five OAN growers.

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Issues Update

State and national elections signal changes

Some called it the Blue Wave. Many called it a repudiation of the war in Iraq, fear-based politics on immigration, scandal on Capitol Hill and “Bush fatigue.” Regardless of the reasons, Republican control of the U.S. House and Senate, and Oregon’s state House flipped to the Democrats.

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

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

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Top tree farmers

Kintighs named Tree Farmers of the Year

The American Tree Farm System named Bob and Margaret Kintigh, owners of Kintigh Mountain Home Ranch in Springfield, as the 2006 National Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year. The Kintighs received their award during the National Tree Farmer Convention held in Mobile, Ala. The annual award recognizes outstanding sustainable forest management on privately owned forestland.

The Kintighs were selected from a long list of certified tree farmers throughout the nation. They were previously recognized as the 2005 Oregon Tree Farmers of the Year and the Lane County Tree Farmers of the Year. Their forestry efforts include a thriving nursery and Christmas tree business. Additionally, their property includes an arboretum of more than 30 kinds of firs and a rhododendron garden with more than 700 kinds of rhododendrons and azaleas.

Certified Tree Farmers own at least 10 acres of forestland and actively follow a forest management plan developed in partnership with an ATFS volunteer forester. The plan addresses forest sustainability, wildlife habitat, recreation, and water and soil conservation.

The American Tree Farm System is a national program promoting sustainable forest management through education and outreach to owners of private forestland. ATFS is a program of the American Forest Foundation, a nonprofit organization working for healthy forests, quality environmental education and informed decision making about our communities and our world.

For more information please contact Brigitte Johnson, director of communications, at (202) 463-5163, or bjohnson@forestfoundation.org, or visit ATFS at www.treefarmsystem.org.

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Trees for TroopsTrees for Troops

Operation Thank You project

The OAN Christmas Tree Chapter recently delivered 1,100 Christmas trees to Fort Hood, Texas, to wish happy holidays to families of soldiers serving in Iraq. This is the fourth year of the Operation Thank You project. For complete details and photos, visit the OAN home page and look under “What’s New.”

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Sale ends soon!

2007 Entertainment books available until Dec. 20

Time is running out to purchase a 2007 Entertainment book and support the Oregon Nurseries Foundation at the same time. A book is the perfect gift for the thrifty person on your list who enjoys going out on the town, but not paying full price. Proceeds benefit the Oregon Nurseries Foundation, which provides scholarships to students pursuing careers in horticulture.

Along with the usual savings, the 2007 edition features:

  • expanded and easier discount ticket ordering
  • the ability to buy discounted restaurant gift certificates
  • repeat savings at participating merchants.

Books cost $30 for either the Portland/Vancouver edition or Greater Oregon edition. An Entertainment book is the perfect gift for a client (or yourself).

Click here to order yours today and start saving, or print out the order form and send a check, payable to Oregon Nurseries Foundation, to OAN, 29751 SW Town Center Loop W, Wilsonville, OR 97008. Be sure to include $5 shipping and handling for each book and to specify which edition you are ordering. To avoid shipping charges, you can pick up a book directly from the OAN office.

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New SAIF logo

Company unveils its new brand

Saif

SAIF Corporation, Oregon’s not-for-profit, state-chartered workers’ compensation insurance company, recently introduced its new brand and logo.

The new logo is the centerpiece of SAIF’s brand and includes images of a person, a building and the state of Oregon. The person symbolizes the Oregon work force; the building symbolizes Oregon’s work places; the state symbolizes that Oregon is SAIF’s home and the market it serves.

“The logo better reflects who we are and our leadership in the industry,” said Michael Hartman, SAIF’s director for marketing and groups. A company’s brand and logo are important business assets that need to be periodically examined and updated, according to Hartman. “We haven’t evaluated our brand identity since we became a public corporation in 1980. A lot has changed since then in the industry, in Oregon and at SAIF,” Hartman said.

“The Oregon Association of Nurseries has been a fantastic SAIF partner since 1989, and we’re excited about how our new brand will make that relationship even stronger,” Hartman said.

“Having gone through the process ourselves, we congratulate SAIF on their fresh new look going forward,” said Krista Jeli, OAN director of finance and administration.

SAIF’s branding project includes a complete redesign of its Web site, www.saif.com, expected to be completed in early December.

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Historical Milestone

OAN Celebrates its 75th Anniversary in 2008

75 Years!The first meeting of the Oregon Association of Nurserymen took place on Aug. 24, 1933. 2008 seems a long way away, but the OAN is beginning to think about how it wants 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. This special book will describe the development of the nursery industry in Oregon and the association’s contribution to Oregon’s economy over the past 75 years. This historical perspective will show how Oregon emerged into national and international nursery prominence.

The 75th Anniversary Book will be available early in 2008 to OAN members in Oregon. Throughout the book, there will be opportunities for individual nurseries and companies to purchase historical profiles about your company, which will support the publication of the book. Miles McCoy (an OAN member, volunteer on the marketing and Yard Garden & Patio Show committees, and a former OAN staff member) is editor of the publication and has begun collecting historical information and photographs from OAN archives and members. If you have photos and stories you would like to share, please contact McCoy at (503) 657-7550 or by e-mail at miles@hevanet.com. He and Yvonne Lerch will be contacting OAN members to inquire about their interest in purchasing a historical profile.

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New OAN staff

Events, marketing and publications get additional help

Two new faces joined the OAN staff in November. Taylor Casey is the event and program coordinator, and Trish Anderson is the new marketing and communications coordinator.

Taylor CaseyCasey is excited for the opportunity to be a part of the association. She grew up in Medford, Ore., and attended the University of Oregon, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism, concentrating in public relations. After graduating in 2004, she moved to Portland to start her career in event planning. She has spent the past year and a half working as an event planner and manager for Lobella and The Tony Robbins Corporation.

She enjoys hanging out with her friends and family, and they continually show her how lucky she is to have them. Other interests of hers are watching movies, reading, eating good food, watching Duck football, vacations with friends and family and the holiday season.

Casey is excited about joining the OAN staff and is looking forward to meeting all its members. Contact her at tcasey@oan.org or by phone at (503) 682-5089.

Taylor CaseyAnderson is a native of the Puget Sound area, but somehow failed to notice the Bloedel Reserve while growing up on Bainbridge Island. She recently graduated from the University of Phoenix with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Her background includes graphic design and marketing work at a variety of companies in Portland, Newberg and Hillsboro.

Anderson enjoys drawing and painting, international travel, dog-sitting for friends and reading. A two-season gardener, she has been more inspired about making good garden soil than putting plants in it.

She, too, is excited about joining the OAN family and learning more about all those plants. Contact her at tanderson@oan.org or at (503) 682-5089.

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Sign up under way

Le Tour des Plants 2007 plans are in motion

Le Tour de PlantsMark your calendars. The second annual Le Tour des Plants will take place Sept. 15-23, 2007. Produced by the OAN, recruitment starts now for participating garden centers. Deadline for completion of the participation form is March 15 (if you sign up before Jan. 30, receive 10 percent off the participation fee).

Modeled after the popular wine-tasting tour weekends, the ultimate goal of Le Tour des Plants is to make fall as big a sales season as spring for Oregon’s garden centers.

Le Tour de PlantsIn 2006, 29 garden center locations participated in the first Le Tour de Plants, and many reported a 40 percent increase in sales over the same period in 2005. Join the best of OAN member garden centers and specialty nurseries in the 2007 Le Tour des Plants. Fax or e-mail the participation form to Ann Murphy, (503) 682-5099 or amurphy@oan.org.

Support for Le Tour des Plants includes TV, print and radio advertising; creation of an official tour magazine with maps and listing of activities by day and by garden center; a direct mailing of 20,000 Le Tour des Plants magazines to a high-end demographic; public relations support; and much more. It’s a great way to leverage your advertising dollars to boost fall sales.

Wholesales nurseries are encouraged to work with participating garden centers to offer new and exciting plants and plant collections — particularly with fall and winter interest — and to help with demonstration and workshops during the fall promotion. For wholesale nurseries to learn about Le Tour des Plants opportunities, please contact Ann Murphy at the OAN office.

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EAB news

USDA expands quarantine in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio

On Nov. 21, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced the expansion of its emerald ash borer quarantine to include the entire states of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, more than doubling the previously quarantined area, which includes the entire lower peninsula of Michigan. The new quarantine was effective Dec. 1.

The federal order restricts the interstate movement of ash nursery stock, green ash lumber, ash logs, stumps, roots and branches, as well as composted and uncomposted wood chips from within the quarantined area. All hardwood firewood, including ash, oak, maple and hickory, are also restricted.

The expanded quarantine and strict regulations are an effort to stop the spread of this destructive, invasive pest while improved detection and control strategies are developed. The goal is to eradicate this pest from North America.

EAB is an invasive wood-boring beetle, native to China and eastern Asia, which targets ash trees. It was first detected in July 2002 in southeastern Michigan and has since been found in Ohio, Indiana, Maryland, Virginia and Illinois. Currently, EAB is responsible for the death and decline of more than 25 million ash trees in the United States.

For more information on EAB and APHIS’ expanded quarantine, please visit www.aphis.usda.gov. A full Q&A is available here (PDF).

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P. ramorum update

Disease targeted by Korea

More Information

For more information, contact:

Patrick Mayer
Oregon Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Development and Marketing Division
1207 N.W. Naito Parkway
Suite 104
Portland, OR 97209-2832
(503) 872-6600
(503) 872-6601 (fax)
pmayer@oda.state.or.us

The National Plant Quarantine Service, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in the Republic of Korea, has modified phytosanitary measures to prevent the introduction of Phytophthora ramorum, based on the review that confirmed 12 new host plants for the disease. This measure applies to any propagative materials such as nursery stocks, cuttings and scions, etc. (except seeds and fruits) and woods (including logs) with bark of Acer pseudoplanatus (plane tree maple), Aesculus hippocastanum (horse chestnut), Castanea sativa (sweet chestnut), Laurus nobilis (bay laurel), Michelia doltsopa, Parrotia persica (Persian ironwood), Pieris floribunda (including all hybrids), all hybrids of Pieris formosa, all hybrids of Pieris japonica, Syringa vulgaris (lilac) and Taxus baccata (European yew). This emergency measure is effective for consignments shipped after Nov. 6, 2006.

For more information, contact Patrick Mayer, Oregon Department of Agriculture Agricultural Development and Marketing Division, 1207 N.W. Naito Parkway, Suite 104, Portland, OR 97209-2832, by phone at (503) 872-6600, by fax at (503) 872-6601 or e-mail at pmayer@oda.state.or.us.

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More P. ramorum news

WSU releases new training module on disease for nurseries

Washington State University has released a new training module on Phytophthora ramorum for nurseries. The training module is available in English and Spanish and is accessible online free of charge.

The presentation provides training on recognizing P. ramorum-like symptoms, and presents management considerations aimed at keeping P. ramorum out of nurseries, providing ways to reduce the economic impact if detected on site and to reduce the risk of spreading the pathogen into the natural and urban landscape.

The online training module can be reached on the WSU P. ramorum Research and Education Web site. Direct access to the training modules is provided below:

Special thanks to Jennifer Parke of OSU, Susan Frankel of the USFS, Carla Thomas of WPDN and Janice Alexander of COMTF for permission to use USDA-PRED slides and text and for reviewing and editing the presentation; Carlos Suarez for his excellent translation and Spanish narration work; and Robert Hoffman for his English narration, sound and production work and his general technical expertise. Funding provided by WSU Puyallup Chicona Endowment Fund, the USDA Forest Service and the Western Plant Diagnostic Network.

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EPA Pesticide Program update

Phaseout of AZM marks milestone in protection of human health and the environment

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued its decision to phase out remaining uses of the organophosphate insecticide azinphos-methyl (AZM) over the next several years. This phaseout will encourage the use of safer alternatives and reduce risks to farm workers, pesticide applicators and aquatic ecosystems. Under the agreement,

  • Brussels sprouts and nursery stock will be phased out by Sept. 30, 2007;
  • Almonds, pistachios and walnuts by Oct. 30, 2009;
  • Apples, blueberries, cherries, parsley and pears by Sept. 30, 2012.

During the phaseout, additional use restrictions will help minimize risks. Expect to see reduced annual application rates, increased buffers for water bodies and buffers for occupied dwellings. Safer alternative pesticides available include acetamiprid, lambda-cyhalothrin, methoxyfenozide, novaluron, tebufenozide, thiacloprid and thiamethoxam.

Registrants will develop training materials in both English and Spanish to educate workers about 1. reducing exposure to AZM, 2. recognizing symptoms of exposure and 3. seeking medical attention if exposure symptoms appear. Training materials will also describe how and by whom the training will be conducted.

Growers, registrants and other stakeholders will meet with EPA periodically during the phaseout to discuss alternatives to AZM, as well as newer pesticides to replace AZM. This work group will be headed by EPA and USDA and will be discussed at a future Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) meeting. For additional information about the AZM phaseout, visit

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PURS is back

Oregon’s Pesticide Use Reporting System goes live in January

More Information

PURS information can be found at http://oregon.gov.

Call ODA’s Pesticide Division at (503) 986-4635 to speak with a PURS specialist.

The development of an online statewide pesticide use reporting system in Oregon is nearly complete. The Oregon Pesticide Use Reporting System will be fully operational and available to pesticide users next month. A special preview of the system is now available, giving pesticide users an opportunity to become acquainted with how it works.

Lisa Hanson, deputy director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, says “We encourage those who will need to report to get familiar with the system so that they are ready and able to use it when we turn on the switch in January.”

The Oregon Pesticide Use Reporting System (PURS) will collect, summarize, retain and report information on pesticide use by all categories of users, from agricultural users to urban residents. Homeowner use information is being collected through a survey, while other pesticide users will need to report electronically to ODA’s Web site. PURS will provide information on what pesticides are being used in Oregon, in what quantities and generally where they are being applied. The law, originally passed in 1999, requires each pesticide user to file reports at least once a year, although many users may choose to report monthly. Pesticide users should begin keeping records of their usage for 2007 and electronically report it no later than Jan. 31, 2008. A yearly statewide report will be issued by ODA.

Those required to report include any person who uses or applies a pesticide in the course of business, for a government entity or in a location that is intended for public use or access. Examples of pesticide users would be those in agriculture, forestry, government agencies, utility companies, pest control companies and landlords or managers of hotels, motels, restaurants and other business properties.

The location information will be required by PURS. For urban sites, location will be reported by zip code. Others will report by water basin. The PURS Web site water basin maps can help reporters determine their specific basin. Details on pesticide use will go to the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and identities of individual pesticide users will remain confidential.

“Users should be visiting the PURS Web site to see what resources are available,” says Sunny Jones of ODA’s Pesticides Division. “We currently have county-by-county water basin maps available. We also have a statewide water basin map, so users can get an overall idea of where they fit into the picture. We also have worksheets available now so users can get a better look at what will be expected of them when they do report in 2007.”

PURS information can be found at http://oregon.gov/ODA/PEST/purs_index.shtml. In January, that same Web location will allow users to register and report their pesticide use.

Anyone can call ODA’s Pesticide Division at (503) 986-4635 to speak with a PURS specialist. The goal is to make sure no one is surprised once the system is up and running.

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IPM resource

Web site is a wealth of information

Robin Rosetta, extension agent from the North Willamette Research and Extension Center, recently spoke to the Small Nurseries Group about resources available for identifying and diagnosing insect and weed problems.

Rosetta hosts a Web site called Pacific Northwest Nursery IPM (Integrated Pest Management). Visit http://oregonstate.edu/Dept/nurspest/IPM_small_nurseries.htm for excellent information — including diagnostic tools — and additional links to some hard-to-find informational Web sites.

Rosetta and the other extension agents are available to help you with issues you may be encountering at your nursery. Contact the North Willamette Research and Extension Center by phone at 503-678-1264, or by fax at 503-678-5986.

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Tax credits available

Greenhouse heating and cooling upgrades could be covered

More Information

Additional information can be found at the Oregon Business Energy Tax Credit Web site.

OAN Natural Resource Committee Energy subchair Chris Guntermann advises nurseries to check for possible state of Oregon tax credits when considering changes to greenhouse heating or cooling systems. New installations may also qualify for tax benefits as explained below.

Additional information is available from the Oregon Business Energy Tax Credit Web site.

What costs are eligible? The tax credit can cover all costs directly related to the project, including equipment cost, engineering and design fees, materials, supplies and installation costs. Loan fees and permit costs also may be claimed. Replacing equipment at the end of its useful life or upgrading equipment to meet codes or other government regulations is not eligible. Maintenance costs are also not eligible.

Retrofit projects. To qualify for a tax credit, retrofit projects must be 10 percent more efficient than existing installation. Lighting retrofit projects must be 25 percent more efficient than existing lighting. Project owners must report how lighting fixtures, lamps and thermostats replaced in a lighting project (and thereafter) will be recycled. (See Lighting Retrofits, PCBs and Mercury) The project must have a simple payback of 1 to 15 years. Rental property weatherization projects qualify for a tax credit if cost-effective. They should have a simple payback of 1 to 30 years.

New construction projects. You can also qualify for a tax credit for installing energy-efficiency measures during construction. Measures must reduce energy use by at least 10 percent compared with a similar building that meets the minimum requirements of the state energy code. The tax credit is 35 percent of the incremental (or additional) costs of making the project exceed energy code or standard industry practice. Lighting for new construction projects must be 10 percent more efficient than energy code or standard industry practice. New construction projects must have a simple payback of 1 to 15 years.

If you have additional questions about tax strategies, contact your tax professional. For greenhouse equipment information, contact your supplier or Chris Guntermann for referrals.

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YGP Show 2007

Greenhorn or green thumb: The Show has it covered

YGPNow in its 19th season, the OAN’s Yard, Garden & Patio Show is branching out in 2007 with more display gardens, more entertainment and more tips, trends and ideas for creating beautiful outdoor spaces that can be enjoyed year-round. The show will take place Feb. 23-25 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

More than 75 hours of how-to and hands-on seminars will feature well-known local gardening experts including Mike Darcy and Lucy Hardiman, along with nationally known authors and horticulturists such as C. Cole Burrell, Gayla Trail and Melinda Myers.

“Every February, the YGP Show transforms the Oregon Convention Center into a living, breathing garden paradise to kick off spring planting season,” said Suzanne Hankins, director of events and education for the Oregon Association of Nurseries. “Experienced gardeners know this is the place to go for the newest plants and expert advice. But the YGP isn’t just for green thumbs. Even if you live in a condo and all the outdoor space you have is a small terrace, you’ll find lots of ways to make it beautiful and usable at the YGP.”

The 2007 show will feature 10 display gardens arranged to reflect a true neighborhood setting, with adjacent “backyard” spaces featuring dazzling yet very livable landscape designs. Proven Winners returns as Display Garden Sponsor, providing gorgeous, colorful annuals and perennials that will hit garden centers just in time for spring planting. The OAN is taking extra steps this year to provide folks who are short on time and gardening experience with great starter collections that will help people create professional-looking landscapes and containers at home.

More than 75 hours of how-to and hands-on seminars will feature well-known local gardening experts including Mike Darcy and Lucy Hardiman, along with nationally known authors and horticulturists such as C. Cole Burrell, Gayla Trail and Melinda Myers. The Demo Theater will return with a new name, new face and a host of entertaining and informative activities for every type of gardener. Additional show features include the popular Wine Pavilion with 12 Oregon wineries, Remarkable Green Market and Kids Digs, which will include new activities designed to draw more children and families.

The YGP is presented by ProGrass; additional sponsors include Proven Winners, Mutual Materials, Monrovia Growers, SunGro Horticulture and Garden World. For more information, visit www.ygpshow.com.

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Go east, young man

High Desert Green Industry Conference offers seminars and exhibitor opportunities

HDGICThe 15th annual High Desert Green Industry Conference is a must-attend event for all green industry professionals who supply, design, maintain or manage landscapes in the Intermountain West. The conference includes a trade show with buying and networking opportunities, a comprehensive schedule of educational sessions and an opportunity to earn recertification and continuing education credits.

The OAN is a title sponsor of the event this year, which takes place Feb. 14-15, 2007, at the Deschutes Fair & Expo Center, Redmond, Ore. For more information, call (541) 385-7988 or visit http://extension.oregonstate.edu/deschutes/Horticulture/Hdgic/index.php.

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APLD news

Group to hold sixth annual landscape design awards program

More Information

Learn more about APLD at www.apld.org.

For more information about the awards program, call (717) 238-9780.

The Association of Professional Landscape Designers announces its sixth annual Landscape Design Awards Program, which honors and recognizes excellence in landscape design for residential and nonresidential designs.

Winners of the competition will be awarded at the APLD annual conference in March 2007 and will receive featured coverage in the APLD newsletter and Web site, as well as in other landscape trade and general interest garden publications. The prize for the best of show winner(s) is a free conference registration to the APLD Pasadena Conference in March 2007.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria: effectiveness of presentation; functionality of design elements; suitability of plant material (color, textures, variety, suitability to site and design context); relationship and context to site; environmental responsibility (erosion, excess fertilization, etc.); effective integration of plants and hardscapes; originality and creativity; design’s effect on maintenance; and overall impression. All projects must have been installed for 2 years and may be no more than 10 years old.

Learn more about APLD and the 2007 Landscape Design Awards Program on-line at www.apld.org. The registration deadline is Dec. 31, 2006. For more information about the awards program, call (717) 238-9780.

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Expanded Course Offerings

Chemeketa offers horticulture classes winter term

Registration

Register online at www.chemeketa.edu or call (503) 399-5139.

Chemeketa Community College will expand its offering of horticulture classes in the upcoming winter and spring terms, in anticipation of offering a two-year associate of applied science degree in horticulture beginning fall term 2007. Courses offered winter term start on January 9 and include the following:

  • Introduction to Horticulture-HOR111 (CRN 55804-lecture and CRN 55805-lab, register for both)
    Explore the world of horticulture in this introduction to one of Oregon’s most important industries. Acquire an understanding of the basics of plant growth, function and identification. Discover how soil, fertilizer and pests affect growing crops. Study the environmental, economic and social aspects of horticulture. Includes hands-on experience working with plants in Chemeketa’s greenhouses and one Saturday field trip visiting horticultural operations in the area. Accepted by OSU as a transfer course for HORT 111. Gail Gredler, instructor. 4 credits. 2-4:20 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; one Saturday field trip. $232 plus $49 fee.
  • Plant Propagation-HOR211 (CRN 52837-lecture, CRN 52839-lab, register for both)
    Discover the art and science of plant propagation by hands-on techniques using seeds, cuttings, division, layering and grafting in Chemeketa’s greenhouses. Explore techniques of tissue culture of plants. Gain knowledge and experience with the equipment, materials and environmental conditions used in commercial propagation and visit the propagation facilities at several area nurseries. 3 credits. Gail Gredler, instructor. 6-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. $174 plus $43 fee.
  • Identification of Woody Plants II-HOR227 (CRN 55871-lecture and CRN 55877-lab, register for both)
    Identifies species and varieties of landscape trees and shrubs, focusing on conifers and broadleaf evergreens with ornamental value. Presents plant identification techniques that rely on recognition of form, structure and visual details of leaves, needles, cones, fruit and bark. Plants will be identified by their common and scientific names. Labs include identification of trees and shrubs at local nurseries, the Oregon Garden, Chemeketa campus, and other area locations with a diversity of plant material. Weekly field trips. (Identification of Woody Plants I, II and III can be taken independently or in any sequence.) 3 credits. Gail Gredler, instructor. 2-4:20 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. $174 plus $54 fee.

To register, go to http://www.chemeketa.edu/exploring/started/index.html or call (503) 399-5139.

College horticulture classes listed: Check out the OAN Web site for complete listings of university and community college horticulture programs and class schedules. Under the Nursery Industry Career Center link, click on “College & University Programs.”

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$15,000 in awards

Explore scholarship offerings from the Oregon Nurseries Foundation

ONFDo you know someone interested in pursuing a horticulture degree? Encourage him or her to apply for an Oregon Nurseries Foundation scholarship. The awards, which total more than $15,000 annually, are sponsored by individuals and OAN chapters as a way to support the next generation of green industry professionals.

To access the application form and to find out more about the awards, visit http://scholarship.oan.org. Completed applications must be postmarked or delivered to the OAN office no later than April 2, 2007.

Questions? Call Heather Stanley at (503) 682-5089 or send an e-mail to hstanley@oan.org.

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$1,000 available

Aloha Garden Club offers scholarship

More Information

Download the application form here (PDF).

Applications must be postmarked by Jan. 26, 2007, and applicants will be notified on or before Feb. 28.

Questions? Call Carolyn Guinther at (503) 649-3375.

The Aloha Garden Club is offering scholarships to individuals planning a course of study in horticulture, landscape design or natural resource conservation. The maximum scholarship amount is $1,000. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. Reside in Washington County.
2. Be enrolled or plan to enroll in a 2-4 year program in horticulture, landscape design, or natural resource conservation –OR– be enrolled or plan to enroll in adult continuing education classes in horticulture, landscape design or natural resource conservation.
3. Be at least a senior in high school.

To apply, send an application form, essay, copy of transcript, letter of recommendation from a horticulture mentor and an explanation of tuition fees and/or a list and cost of texts and supplies. A personal interview may be requested. Funds will be sent directly to the institution or will be a one-time reimbursement to the student (receipts required). Applications must be postmarked by Jan. 26, 2007, and applicants will be notified on or before Feb. 28. Questions? Call Carolyn Guinther at (503) 649-3375.

Send your application to:
Aloha Garden Club
c/o Carolyn Guinther
19885 S.W. Jaylee
Beaverton, OR 97007

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OAN Seminar Series

Northwest Ag Show returns to Portland Expo Center

NW Ag ShowThe Northwest Ag Show returns to the Portland Expo Center with free parking, three days of trade show action and two half-days of seminars geared toward growers. Show dates are Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, 2007. The OAN Seminar Series will be held Jan. 31 - Feb. 1 at the Jantzen Beach Red Lion. Seminar information and online registration is available at www.oan.org. For show information, visit http://www.nwagshow.com.

8 a.m. – Noon, Wednesday, January 31 – “Pesticide Safety Training Day”
Comprehensive pesticide safety course covering personal protective equipment, pesticide storage, hazard communication and decontamination. This session qualifies for 4 core pesticide recertification credits and meets the training requirement for the OR-OSHA Small Ag Employers’ Exemption process.

9 – 10 a.m., Thursday, February 1—“Making the Most of Your Irrigation Water”
Learn how to evaluate your system and find out ways to improve uniformity. Current methods of irrigation for container stock, greenhouses and field stock will be discussed.

10 – 11 a.m., Thursday, February 1—“Mostly to Partly”
Owner of the Weather Cafe - a web site that provides long-range forecasts - Rufus La Lone will discuss the challenges of weather forecasting in the Pacific Northwest.

11:10 a.m. – 12:10p.m., Thursday, February 1—“Weather Affects on Plant Disease”
Susceptible plants + pathogens (such as fungus or bacteria) + favorable weather = danger of plant disease. Knowledge of these factors can be used to help minimize damage from these problems. This session qualifies for 1 pesticide recertification credit.

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