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Issues Update

Minimum wage indexing

Background
During the 2005 legislative session, the OAN and the Oregon Farm Bureau (in conjunction with other agriculture sectors) succeeded in getting legislation passed that would have provided some tax relief to offset the increasing effects of the annually indexed minimum wage. Governor Kulongoski vetoed this bill.

The OAN and OFB pulled together a group to discuss options, and determined that additional information is needed before a direction can be recommended. The OAN, Farm Bureau and other ag-related industries raised over $120,000 to conduct a study on the affects of the minimum wage followed by a poll of ag issues including the minimum wage. Many OAN members and chapters helped with raising over $40,000 of this total. OAN members Rick Wells (Monrovia), Rod Park (Park's Nursery) and John Coulter (Fisher Farms) all worked in conjunction with the Oregon Farm Bureau on the creation of the study. Many thanks for your efforts!

UC Davis Study
UC Davis was picked over three others to conduct the study. They found that when the minimum wage goes up, most farm employers raise wages up the scale to avoid wage compression between lower- and higher-wage workers that can reduce morale and speed exits from farm work. This means that a farm’s wage costs typically rise at least as much as the 3 to 4 percent minimum wage annual increase. Many Oregon farm employers cope with higher minimum wages by reducing or eliminating employer-paid benefits, including housing and bonuses, or restricting such benefits to year-round or long-season workers. The executive summary and study are available for download below. Dr. Martin brought his study to the attention of the governor and the state legislature on March 12.

Next Steps: Moore Insight hired to do a poll
Moore Insight has been hired to conduct a poll that tests the public's perceptions on the minimum wage indexing issue, as well as other important ag issues. That poll, scheduled for this spring, should be a useful tool in dealing with the legislature. OAN members helping on the poll include: Bob Terry (Fisher Farms), Gary Furr (J. Frank Schmidt & Son) and Kevin Klupenger (Evergreen Nursery).

The goal and expectation is to be able to utilize this information this spring during the session of the Oregon Legislature. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jeff Stone, Director of Government Relations, at the OAN.

View Jeff Stone’s full report in the March edition of the Issues Update at www.oan.org (requires login).

MARCH 20, 2007

In this Issue:

Education

Agricultural scholarships offered

Scholarship deadline

Applications for ONF awards are due April 3

Spring term starts soon

Clackamas Community College

New horticulture courses

Chemeketa Community College

Environment

ODA maps of Measure 37 impact

Willamette Valley farmland faces Measure 37 impact

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Burlap opportunity

Pest & Disease Update

Pine shoot beetle

U.S. pine shoot beetle quarantine grows

California Oak Mortality Task Force

Report now available

Disease management

Southern Oregon forest system Sudden Oak Death update

Research

Sudden Oak Death proceedings now available

Resources

Free P. ramorum training module available

Awards for 2006

HCRU scientist Grunwald receives ARS award for pathology research

Marketing

Gardenpalooza 2007

Fifth annual event is April 7

Don’t miss the big one

Digger: Farwest Edition ad deadline is May 1

Advantage Oregon

Advantage Oregon

When will it get there?

Help Wanted

The Oregon Garden

The Sensory Garden


Purchase logo'd apparel


 

This month's fliers/downloads:

ONF Scholarship

2007 Application

Chemeketa Community College

Dept. of Natural Resources Newsletter

Clackamas Community College

Spring term flier

Problems downloading?

Agricultural scholarships offered

Clackamas County Farm Bureau is again offering scholarships to area students interested in pursuing careers in agriculture.

“By furthering the education of those involved in agriculture we hope to promote a stronger agricultural future for the state of Oregon,” said Joe Casele, Jr., Clackamas County Farm Bureau President. Last year seven $1000 scholarships were awarded. “The field of applicants was so strong, we just felt it was the right thing to do.”

Scholarships are available to all Clackamas County residents or former graduates of the county. Scholarship applications or more information can be obtained by calling Barb Iverson at 503-632-2314.

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Scholarship deadline

Applications for ONF awards are due April 3

Applications

Do you have a son, daughter or employee pursuing a college degree in horticulture? Encourage him or her to apply for an Oregon Nurseries Foundation scholarship. Individuals and OAN chapters sponsor the awards as a way to support the next generation of green industry professionals. For the 2006-07 school year, 16 scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,500 will be awarded.

To make it easier, the application is available as an interactive PDF; students can fill out the form online and then print a copy to be included with the other required materials — no typewriters necessary! To access the form and to find out more about the awards, visit http://scholarship.oan.org. Questions? Call Heather Stanley at (503) 682-5089 or send an e-mail to hstanley@oan.org.

Completed applications must be postmarked or delivered to the OAN office no later than April 3.

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Spring Term info

Spring term starts soon

Clackamas Community College

Spring term will be starting soon, and Clackamas Community College is offering a freshly updated Nursery Management class.

HOR-241 is a 3 credit class offered Thursday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. at Clackamas Community College, starting April 5. There are no prerequisites. The course has just been updated and covers essentials of nursery practices including pot-in-pot, container and field growing practices, crop scheduling, management, marketing and more!

For more information on this class, contact Jenni Ward by email: jenniw@clackamas.edu, or by phone: (503) 657-6958 x 2155. For other classes and workshops, download the CCC catalog (PDF).

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New Hort Courses

New horticulture courses

Chemeketa Community College

Chemeketa Community College is offering three new horticulture courses this spring in preparation for launching a two-year horticulture degree program Fall Term ’07. The new degree program will prepare students for careers in nursery and greenhouse production. Courses are designed for students new to horticulture as well as those currently working in the nursery and greenhouse industry. Horticulture courses offered for credit this spring include Identification of Woody Plants 3, and Integrated Pest Management: Weed, Wetland Design and Maintenance. Download the Department of Natural Resources Newsletter (PDF)for further information. Contact Gail Gredler at ggredler@chemeketa.edu or (503) 365-4692 with questions.

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Measure 37 Claims Maps

Measure 37 claims maps

ODA maps of Measure 37 impact

Willamette Valley farmland faces Measure 37 impact

At least 132,346 acres of some of the best farmland in the Willamette Valley could be impacted by development claims made under the Measure 37 property rights initiative, according to data collected by the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

ODA has created maps of Willamette Valley counties (Polk County data is not immediately available). The maps graphically show where Measure 37 claims have been made, and how much of an area could be developed under each individual claim, a majority of which involves agricultural land with high-value soils.

The maps, created in conjunction with ODA's GIS Coordinator Diana Walker, overlay the proposed Measure 37 development with data on irrigation water and soil type. The result is more than just dots on a map.

» Read the full story...

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Reduce, reuse, recycle

Burlap opportunity

Burlap bags for recyclingBoyd's Coffee in Gresham has a great deal on used burlap bags: they are free. Angie Marzano of Gresham's Department of Environmental Services has been working with Boyd's to find a way to keep all the burlap out of the landfill. Marzano says that the bags are clean, having only contained unroasted coffee beans. All bags have been cut, most on the top, some on the side. If you are interested, do not call Boyd's, but contact Angie Marzano, address and phone listed below.

City of Gresham
Department of Environmental Services
1333 NW Eastman Parkway
Gresham, OR 97030
(503) 618-2694 Phone
(503) 661-5927 Fax

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Quarantine details

  • For more details and a map of quarantined areas, visit the APHIS web site.

Pine shoot beetle

U.S. pine shoot beetle quarantine grows

APHIS added the entire states of Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania to the pine shoot beetle quarantine. The states were added based on a decision not to enforce intrastate movement restrictions. APHIS also added Connecticut and Rhode Island based on projections of the natural spread of the pest. Certain counties in Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, New York and Ohio also were added. Any regulated articles, including pine nursery stock, to be moved interstate from a quarantined area must first be inspected and/or treated to qualify for a certificate or limited permit.

The beetle has been detected in parts of 12 States (Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Vermont, and West Virginia). Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris) is the principle host, but other pine species are susceptible.

»  More information and a map of the quarantined areas...

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December COMTF Report

California Oak Mortality Task Force report now available

The December report from the California Oak Mortality Task Force (COMTF) is now available at their website. There are many items of interest for those tracking news about Phytophthora ramorum, including the topics below.

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Disease management

Southern Oregon forest system Sudden Oak Death update

Although the number of new infested sites and infected trees decreased each year in the first four years of the eradication program, the trend in 2005 and 2006 has been an increase in the number of infested trees and sites compared to the previous year. The COMTF task force December report (PDF) states that in 2006, 35 new infested sites (139 infected tanoak trees) were discovered.

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Research

Sudden Oak Death proceedings now available

The "Proceedings of the Sudden Oak Death Second Science Symposium: The State of Our Knowledge" is now available online at:

http://www.fs.fed.us/psw/publications/documents/psw_gtr196/.

Hardcopy versions will be available in early 2007. Topics covered by the 90 papers and 46 posters include biology, genetics, nursery and wildland management, monitoring, ecology and diagnostics. Several papers on P. kernoviae and other forest Phytophthora species are also presented. For more information, contact Susan Frankel at sfrankel@fs.fed.us.

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Free Training Module

Resources

Free P. ramorum training module available

Washington State University (WSU) has released a new online P. ramorum training module for nurseries. Currently available in Spanish, an English version will also be posted soon. The presentation provides training on P. ramorum symptoms as well as management considerations aimed at keeping the pathogen out of nurseries. Also discussed are ways to reduce economic impacts if P. ramorum is detected and how to reduce the risk of spreading the pathogen into the natural and urban landscape.

To access the free training module, go to the WSU P. ramorum Research and Education website at: http://www.puyallup.wsu.edu/ppo/resources.html.

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Awards for 2006

HCRU scientist Grunwald receives ARS award for pathology research

Plant pathologist Niklaus J. Grunwald has been named the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) "Early Career Research Scientist for 2006" for the agency's Pacific West Area, which includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. ARS is the chief scientific research agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Grunwald was recognized with seven other area early-career scientists at an awards ceremony March 6th at USDA headquarters in Washington, D.C. Each winner received a plaque, cash award and additional funding for research. Early-career scientists have worked for ARS for seven years or less.

Contact

  • You may contact Niklaus Grunwald via e-mail or at (541) 738-4049.

"In his short time with ARS, Dr. Grunwald's important research has contributed greatly to our understanding of key disease-causing pathogens that affect agriculture and forestry," ARS Administrator Edward B. Knipling said.

Grunwald is being recognized for his expertise in the area of fungal pathogens. His work in the ARS Horticultural Crops Research Unit in Corvallis has provided new insights into the population evolution, disease development and host range of potato late blight and sudden oak death pathogens. His research on sudden oak death has led to improved management of the causal pathogen, Phytophthora ramorum, in nurseries.

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Event details

Gardenpalooza 2007

Fifth annual event is April 7

Gardeners are invited to the fifth annual Gardenpalooza from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, at Fir Point Farms, located at 14601 Arndt Road in Aurora, Ore. The free garden and farm festival is open to the public and features over 40 local nurseries offering greenhouse wisdom and plants galore, hayrides, music, a Country Store, greenhouse, fresh doughnuts, farm animals and food. The OAN will also have space at the event to promote the industry and Le Tour des Plants and distribute the new Oregon’s Retail Nursery Guide.

Gardenpalooza will open the 2007 season for Fir Point Farms. The event drew about 8,000 visitors in 2006. For more information, visit Fir Point Farms at www.firpointfarms.com.

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Reserve your ad space!

The deadline is May 1.

Don’t miss the big one

Digger: Farwest Edition ad deadline is May 1

Don’t miss out on getting your display ad in Digger: Farwest Edition, the official magazine of the Farwest Show in August. Your ad will reach show attendees as well as Digger’s regular subscribers. Reserve your ad space today. The deadline is not far away, and after May 1, you’ll have to wait another year to get in this triple-size issue of Digger magazine.

To reserve your ad space, fill out this online ad insertion order form or print this form and mail or fax it to Chris Sweet, OAN advertising coordinator. The publications department fax number is on the form. Call Chris at the OAN office if you have questions.

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Advantage Oregon

When will it get there?

For a quick estimate on how long your loads will take to get from pickup to destination, check out the handy new “Transit Time Calculator” on the home page of the Advantage Oregon website (www.advantageoregon.com). Type in the miles to be traveled and hit “Go” to get a good estimate of trip duration, so you can let you customer know when to expect your shipment.

Below the Transit Time Calculator is a link to the Energy Information Administration web site showing national retail diesel fuel prices. It’s all part of the complete services offered by Advantage Oregon!

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The Oregon Garden

The Sensory Garden

The Sensory Garden is a destination garden for people of all abilities, featuring bold colors, unique textures, tranquil sounds and interesting fragrances. The garden design and plant material have been chosen to encourage visitors to walk, stoop, bend, reach and maintain balance, exercise eyes, hands, arms and upper body.

The Oregon Garden needs help acquiring these plants this spring. They are able to pick up all plants from the growers and offer in-kind donation or memberships in exchange for donated plants. If you are considering a donation, contact Jill Martini, Horticulture Manager at The Oregon Garden at 503-874-8278 or jmartini@oregongarden.org.

Upcoming chapter events:

Central Oregon Chapter

Christmas Tree Chapter

Clackamas Chapter
Mac McCarter - “Eating Soup With a Fork”

Emerald Empire Chapter

Greenhouse Chapter

Mt. Hood Chapter
Randy Duncan - Human Resource and Labor law

Retail Chapter

Sunset Chapter

Willamette Chapter
Annual Plant Sale at Oregon Ag Fest

THE OREGON GARDEN WISH LIST
for The Sensory Garden
QTY Plant Name Size/Notes
(at least 1 gal. unless noted)
6 Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Kozoonda’4’-5’ tall
13 Osmanthus fragrans 
1 Daphne tangutica 
2 Choisya arizonica ‘Aztec Pearl’ 
3 Salix Babylonica ‘Crispa’ 
3 Azara microphylla 
1 Buddleia globosa 
3 Salvia uliginosa 
3 Elymus magellanicuswe will need to have sharp drainage for this
12 Nothoscordium felipponei
(Iphione sellowiana)
yellow and scented
3 Cypella coelestrisiris-like blue flowers
3 Muhlenbergia rigens 
3 Ceanothus thyrsiflorus ‘Black Diamond’ 
15 Dichelostemma ida-maiato underplant the ‘Diamond Heights’
3 Salvia greggii ‘Furman’s Red’ 
3 Salvia grahamiimicrophylla
1 Choisya ‘Aztec Pearl’ 
2 Salvia grahamii 
2 Muhlenbergia rigens 
1 Dasyliron aff. berlandieri 
The following is a list of plants for the containers in the Sensory Garden
1 Miscanthus sinensis ‘Adagio’ 
1 Nandina domestica ‘Nana’ 
1 Chrysanthemumin peach or burgundy tones
1 Lilium auratum 

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