Member Update

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New hire

Advantage Oregon welcomes sales representative

J.W. Miller

Advantage Oregon is pleased to announce the addition of James W. (“J.W.”) Miller as its sales representative. Miller comes to Advantage Oregon with several years’ experience in the organic agribusiness industry and an MBA with a specialization in marketing and supply & logistics.

Miller will expand AO’s outreach to shippers of temperature-controlled products in other agricultural sectors to solidify the program’s “year-around shipper” profile. He will visit prospective shippers, as well as current program members, to communicate how Advantage Oregon can reduce and stabilize freight costs while increasing efficiencies.

“We believe that J.W. brings the right mix of experience, dynamism and energy to move Advantage Oregon to the next level,” says Suelynn Callahan, AO’s general manager. He can be reached at 503-682-8938.

MAY 5, 2007

In this Issue:

Help Wanted

USDA-NASS national surveys

Your support is appreciated

Education

Best practices

Nursery offers free tips for bareroot care

Events

Play for ONPAC

Duffers Classic tees off June 20-21

Ag-fest 2007

Successful event helps foster young gardeners

Safety

Agriculture Respiratory Protection

Required respirator use

May Safety Topic

Choosing and using eye protection

Trucks to Trade Shows

Reservations open

Get your PANTS on!

OAN on display

Association has a garden at PANTS

Issues Update

Review of major legislative efforts


fliersThis month's fliers/downloads:

May Safety Topic

Eye Protection

Protección para los ojos (Espanol)

Tree Care Guide

Femrite Nursery Co. Tree Care Guide (1.2MB)

Trucks to Trade Shows

PANTS shipment form

Duffers Classic

Registration form

Problems downloading?

USDA-NASS national surveys

Your support is appreciated

surveyThe Oregon Field Office of USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service is currently conducting three national surveys. The Floriculture Survey is nearing completion while the Nursery and Christmas Tree Production Survey and a Nursery Chemical Survey need to be completed by June 15. The surveys will collect information about production and value of sales. All information is combined to produce state and national data, and no individual information will be published. Trained field interviewers will be completing the surveys in the next two months.

Better information means better decision making. The OAN encourages its members to support these surveys. The results are used in legislative and marketing initiatives. Contact Kent Hoddick at 800-338-2157 if you have any questions.

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Best practices

Nursery offers free tips for bareroot care

Femrite Nursery Company Tree CareThe Femrite Nursery Company has produced a 12-page publication describing best practices for receiving, storing, growing and pruning bareroot trees.

Designed as a resource for experienced growers and those new to the industry — as well as their employees — the publication contains a number of drawings and photographs illustrating recommended procedures. With evidence of sufficient demand, the Femrites will produce versions in Spanish.

Individual copies are free. For your convenience, click here for a PDF version of the brochure (1.2MB PDF). Bulk orders of more than five are available at $3.50 each, plus postage and handling. Contact Femrite Nursery Company by email at trees@femrite.com, by phone at 800-547-2161, or by mail at 13193 Arndt Road NE, Aurora OR 97002.

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Play for ONPAC

Duffers ClassicDuffers Classic tees off June 20-21

The Duffers Classic golf tournament, including the Nursery Nine, Wine & Dine pre-tourney event, is just a few months away! Hosted at The Resort at the Mountain’s Three Nines Golf Course, Duffers is a golf tournament benefiting the Oregon Nurseries’ Political Action Committee. ONPAC is the political action arm of the Oregon nursery and greenhouse industry. It has the responsibility of raising and distributing funds to assist in the election and support of legislative candidates supportive of issues of importance to nursery/greenhouse industry members. The committee works closely with the OAN Government Relations Committee in reviewing the political and legislative issues.

Early registration is $119 before June 10, and the tournament is open to all OAN members and friends. Click here for more information and to register.

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Ag-fest 2007

Successful event helps foster young gardeners

This year the OAN was a supporting sponsor of Oregon AgFest, a hands-on, activity-filled festival aimed at educating the public and their children about the importance of agriculture. AgFest was held April 28-29 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, and attracted about 20,000 people. For the past several years, Education Committee member Erin Rainey of Bailey Nurseries and OAN Safety Committee member Sonia Fernandez of Carlton Plants have staffed the OAN booth, assisting children in potting seedlings and teaching them about ornamental plants. Little repeat customers come every year to share stories about how their AgFest plant is doing!

AgFest

Left: Bailey Nurseries’ Erin Rainey replenishing the stock as kids visit the OAN booth at AgFest’s popular AgCountry attraction. Middle: Sonia Fernandez of Carlton Plants teaches children about the type of plant they will be potting up and taking home. Right: The oldest volunteer of the day, this dinosaur was part of the educational display on prehistoric plants.

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May 2007


Choosing and Using Eye Protection

safety glassesDon't take chances with your eyes--use the right eye protection for the job. Download this month's flier for valuable information about safety glasses, goggles and shields.

Choosing and Using Eye Protection (English)
(PDF format)

Cómo escoger y utilizar protección para los ojos (Espanol)
(PDF format)

You can find more fliers and posters for download at our Safety & Health Handouts page.

Note: you will have to log in to the Web site to view this Members Only page.

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Agriculture Respiratory Protection

Required respirator use

Many agriculture activities create respiratory health hazards to workers. Hazardous air contaminants can include pesticide dusts, mists, or vapors; dusty fields; exposure to moldy hay, straw, and grain; dangerous hydrogen sulfide accumulations in manure pits and sump pumps; nitrogen dioxide in conventional silos, plus many others.

The Oregon OSHA agriculture Respiratory Protection Standard, 437-004-1041, effective date: March 1, 2007, establishes employer requirements to protect workers. This new version of the rule is clearer about employer responsibility when it comes to employee respirator use. Respirators are required when workers are exposed to hazardous air contaminants over the Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL), when a pesticide label requires their use, or if the employer requires the use for any reason. Employers must have a respirator program for employees who are required to wear a respirator for normal work and for emergencies. Employers must provide respirators, training, and medical evaluations at no cost to workers.

For a brochure on this topic, click here. For more information about respiratory protection in general, visit the OR-OSHA web site.

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Issues Update

Review of major legislative efforts

Oregon state capitolThe OAN is hard at work making sure good bills pass and bad bills die. During the last week of April, legislative committees scheduled over 400 public hearings and work sessions to meet the April 30 deadline to pass bills out of their originating committees. The nursery association should be proud of several bills, cautious of many, and be especially vigilant to protect against bad policy that affects OAN members.

In brief:

  • The metal theft bill moved out of the House Judiciary Committee.
  • Pesticide and field burning bills are dead for now.
  • The Real ID Act amendments have followed OAN’s lead.
  • There is still hope for estate tax relief for growers
  • Major land use changes lie ahead.
  • The OAN is staying involved in the water policy debate.

This is just a quick review of major legislative efforts and a reminder for members that they have access to all bills we are closely monitoring. Look for more frequent e-mail alerts from OAN staff: your voice must be heard on key legislative proposals.

The OAN staff is tracking over 300 bills that affect or could affect the nursery industry. To look up these bills, including Real ID, land use, metal theft, water rights, estate tax relief for growers, pesticide use, and field burning visit the link below:

capitolonramp.com/lts/guests/1455100/
PASSWORD: goodpolicy07

Jeff StoneFor the full report from Jeff Stone, check out this month's Issues Update. Please provide your thoughts and concerns to Jeff Stone directly or contact any member of the Government Relations Committee.

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

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Trucks to Trade Shows
Reservations open

Get your PANTS on!

Reservations are now being taken for the Trucks to Trade Shows ride to the PANTS show in Atlantic City. If you would like to have plant material transported to the show, please complete the online reservation form or printable form by June 1. If you have questions, please contact Trish Anderson at tanderson@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 staff.

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Upcoming chapter events:

Central Oregon Chapter

Christmas Tree Chapter

Clackamas Chapter

Emerald Empire Chapter

Greenhouse Chapter

Mt. Hood Chapter
Annual Pioneer Dinner

Retail Chapter
Eamonn Hughes - water gardening
ProGrass experts - garden lighting
Neil Bell - field trials

Sunset Chapter
Oktoberfest in May

Willamette Chapter
July: Summer picnic

Purchase logo'd apparel

Member Update Archive

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2007
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2006
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2005
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