Early registration closes in 5 days!
Duffers Classic Golf Tournament including the Nursery Nine, Wine & Dine Pre-Tourney Event is June 20-21, 2007, just a few weeks 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. The tournament is open to all OAN members and friends!
Early registration is $119 before June 10, 2007. For more information and registration, visit www.oan.org or download the registration form.
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Industry wage survey proposed
The OAN is gauging the interest among members in participating in an Oregon wholesale nursery industry wage report. Participants would need to answer a confidential comprehensive questionnaire on pay ranges for the job titles of employees at your nursery. Information on benefits may also be included. The survey results (CD and/or printed material) would be available for purchase by OAN members at a discounted rate. Please tell us if you would be
interested in participating in this project and/or receiving the results--click here to answer a few questions.
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Growth in the Garden
Oregon Garden Resort breaks ground
With The Oregon Garden and Willamette Valley as the backdrop, a crowd gathered the afternoon of May 1 to celebrate the ground breaking for The Oregon Garden Resort, the newest Moonstone hotel property, which is scheduled to open in 2008. Moonstone Hotel Properties is known for its boutique hotels surrounded by beautiful gardens and grounds. In its newest endeavor, Moonstone is creating a destination resort, conference center, restaurant and day spa on the hill above The Oregon Garden, for which it currently manages the day-to-day operations and maintenance. Dave Van Essen, OAN president, was one of several dignitaries that took part in the groundbreaking ceremony that included Ken Hector, mayor of Silverton; Patti Milne, Marion County Commissioner; and Lynda Gill, Moonstone Hotel Properties Director of Operations.
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Big impact issues: immigration and Measure 37
Federal and State issues take center stage in May and June
Decision points are coming for the defining issues of 2007 – immigration reform and the rewrite of Measure 37 (property rights) – that may change the landscape of Oregon agriculture. This update will provide insight on the politics and potential outcomes of two key issues facing the nursery and greenhouse industry.
Immigration reform is poised to pass in 2007. The level of debate echoed from Newport, Rhode Island to Newport, Oregon is emotional and personal. Oregon is fortunate that both of our elected Senators, Ron Wyden and Gordon Smith, generally favor comprehensive immigration reform. S. 1348 is not perfect. However it is the opinion of ANLA and the OAN that time to pass immigration reform is now. If the debate extends into August, the presidential primary season will kill any hope of passage.
Land-use planning reform
The entire land-use planning system needs further examination and adjustment. We believe Measure 37 was largely enacted in response to the lack of flexibility and common sense in the application of land use law. However, overly broad and inappropriate development under Measure 37 may damage the long-term viability of Willamette Valley agriculture.
The OAN believes reasonable limits are necessary to protect high-value agricultural areas. Dispersed development of one to three houses does not pose a serious threat to agricultural communities, but large subdivisions do. The GR Committee passed this set of guidelines unanimously. The OAN urges the State Senate and Governor to carefully consider the OAN’s guidelines as a sensible measure for policy and process adjustments to Measure 37.
- SB 20 (banning pesticide use within a mile of a school), HB 3000 and SB 966 (banning all nursery stock and field burning in the Willamette Valley) have all died in committee and will likely not be resurrected during the remainder of the session.
- SB 239, which preserves agriculture’s ability to operate in spite of uncertainty around possible Measure 37 claims, passed out of the State Senate and will be considered by the House over the next few weeks.
- OAN-led HB 3026A (metal theft bill) passed the State House 55-0 and was unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 24. The State Senate voted on this bill on May 30 and we have assurances from Governor Kulongoski that he will sign the legislation.
State legislature’s final month
The nursery industry has had success, but what may happen in the next four weeks is unpredictable.
For 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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University of Washington offers writers workshop
The UW Botanic Gardens presents a four-day intensive professional development writers’ workshop for those interested in refining their creative writing skills. Accomplished authors C. Colston Burrell and Lucy Hardiman will walk you through the steps, from finding your own writing ‘voice’ to researching a topic, interviewing techniques and self editing. Though their focus is on garden, horticulture, nature, and conservation writing, their presentation applies to all genres.
» View the entire press release...
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2007 Annual Convention
at Seventh Mountain Resort
in Bend, Oregon
Save the date for this year’s convention! Technology keeps changing how business gets done, but it still comes down to people. And there is no better place to get to know the people active in your industry! Quality seminars and important contacts await you in a relaxing setting among the pines this September at Seventh Mountain Resort. Rooms are available now, starting at $99 + tax per night for a one bedroom premium condo. Call the resort at 1-888-784-4386 and say that you’re with the OAN. Or make your reservations online at www.seventhmountain.com. Just be sure you enter group code 1057GC to get the group discount.
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New and improved
Honor your peers
This past year, the Awards Committee has been actively updating the awards program so that it remains fresh and relevant. Some notable changes are the addition of two new awards: the OAN Grower of the Year and the Outstanding Stewardship Award. Requirements for New Nursery Professional of the Year and the Pat Richardson Memorial Award have also been updated to more accurately reflect the industry today, including second-career professionals and the use of technology.
Your input matters. Click here to read through the awards descriptions and nominate someone you admire...even if it’s yourself! (requires Member login)
Also, we're asking for your help in taking digital photographs of OAN functions throughout the year. We will develop a simple slide show for the awards banquet to showcase some of the many great member events. Please email them to Aimee McAuliffe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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NWREC BBQ celebrates interns
The Annual Nursery Intern barbecue will be held at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center on July 12, from 3 to 5 pm. In prior years interns from many different nurseries and NWREC have gathered to eat great food and talk about their experiences. This is a wonderful opportunity for nursery interns to network with other interns and potential employers. For more information and to RSVP, contact Jan Egli by phone at (503) 678-1264, extension 110 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
In addition to the barbecue, a tour of the Landscape Plant Development Center is available from 1-2:45 pm. Space is limited; call Sarah at LPDC at 503-816-6358 to arrange for the tour.
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OCT program encourages retail tree sales
The “Plant a Tree Today for Tomorrow” program is making its second run this October, giving retail nursery and garden center customers another reason to purchase and plant trees this fall. Under the program, which also ran during spring of 2006, retailers donate $1 from every tree purchase to Oregon Community Trees, a statewide non-profit organization that promotes urban forestry and tree planting in Oregon. In return, the OAN and the Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Urban and Community Forestry program will publicize retailers who participate in the program. ODF will also provide quantities of informational materials about tree planting and care for nurseries and garden centers to share with customers.
Retailers interested in participating should contact Ann Murphy at the OAN (503.682.5089 or firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline for signing up to participate is August 1st.
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Lockout/Tagout: De-Energize for Safety
This month's fliers explain Lockout (preventing
power from being accidentally turned on during equipment
maintenance/repair) and Tagout (warning workers of the danger of
starting equipment when
it can’t be locked out).
De-Energize for Safety (English)
Desconectar la energía como medida de seguridad (Espanol)
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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Zest for plants wanted
Bus hosts needed to lead 2007 Farwest Show nursery tours
Five Farwest Show nursery tours will be leaving the Oregon Convention Center Tuesday, Aug. 21, and Wednesday, Aug. 22. We need 10 bus hosts to help with the tours. Tours leave the Oregon Convention Center at 8 a.m. and most will return by 6 p.m. If you enjoy talking with people and have some knowledge of the nursery industry, please contact Ann Murphy at email@example.com or (503) 682-5089.
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Phytophthora ramorum update
False positives checked
In 2007, The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) has inspected and collected plant samples from approximately three-quarters of all Oregon nurseries that grow Rhododendron, Camellia, Pieris, Viburnum and Kalmia (hosts considered most susceptible to P. ramorum). ODA has inspected and collected plant samples from approximately 65% of all other nurseries regulated for P. ramorum under USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's (APHIS) P. ramorum regulations. To date, two nurseries have tested positive for P. ramorum and it appears the number of positives in 2007 will be lower than in 2006.
The number of positive nurseries detected each year has declined since the USDA regulations first went into effect in 2005. ODA and the OAN attribute the lower number of P. ramorum positive nurseries to the effectiveness of ODA's inspection and surveillance activities, and to industry education efforts.
The number of nurseries (wholesale and retail) found positive for P. ramorum is as follows:
- 2004: 23
- 2005: 15
- 2006: 13
- 2007: 2
The OAN believes up to one-third of the nurseries found positive in 2004, 2005 and 2006 may have been falsely implicated by false positive test results. OAN consultant John Griesbach, Ph.D. submitted a paper to USDA APHIS explaining the OAN's concern that USDA APHIS' diagnostic protocol generates an unacceptably high number of false-positive results. USDA refuses to acknowledge these concerns and change its testing procedures. Earlier this year, an OAN member was nearly victimized by a false-positive test result. However, the OAN urged USDA to delay regulatory notice to the nursery's customers until outside experts had the opportunity to review the initial test results. The initial positive test result was subsequently determined to be a false positive and the nursery was spared major disruption.
USDA APHIS diagnostic protocol can cross react with other species of Phytophthora and generate false-positive results.
OAN Pushes for Systems Approach
At a June 2006 meeting, in response to the increasing number of serious plant pests and diseases threatening the nursery industry, the OAN Board of Directors adopted the position that the association should encourage research and development of new systems of pest risk management. OAN staff are working with their lobbying team in Washington, DC to include legislation in the 2007 Farm Bill that would direct the USDA to launch "an initiative to promote and organize the research, development, test-piloting, and dissemination of new systems of pest risk management aimed at better preventing the introduction and spread of plant pests and diseases."
The OAN believes new approaches to pest risk management can more effectively prevent problems from occurring and provide growers the necessary tools to more rapidly respond when problems are detected. Such systems will better prevent the introduction of new pests and diseases such as Emerald Ash Borer, P. ramorum, Plum Pox Virus, and other similar threats. The current regulatory and inspection system is struggling to keep pace with the escalating threat of pests and diseases.
USDA made a commitment in 2005, under the auspices of the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO), to require all 'plants-for-planting' (nursery stock) traded between the United States, Canada and Mexico to originate from nurseries with a 'systems approach' in place. In addition, the USDA has launched a pilot program known as the U.S. Nursery Certification Program, which mirrors the Canadian Nursery Certification Program (based on the systems approach). OAN supports research and test-piloting of new systems of pest risk management, but the association believes it's premature for USDA to commit to a new framework of regulation based on these systems. Consequently, the OAN wants USDA to slow down and to launch an initiative that invites broad industry comment and input into the development and application of such systems, well before such systems become part of the regulatory landscape.
» Review a copy of the legislation... (PDF)
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Quarantine coming this fall
At a February 2007 meeting, the Oregon State Weed Board voted to restrict the propagation and sale of named horticultural varieties of Buddleja davidii. The Weed Board's action was taken in response to research conducted by James Altland, Ph.D., based at Oregon State University's North Willamette Research and Extension Center. Altland's research showed that varieties of B. davidii have the potential to revert back to the invasive form.
Previously, when the Weed Board considered prohibiting the production and sale of all forms of B. davidii, the OAN and other industry representatives asked the Board to refrain from doing so until additional research or information demonstrated the invasive potential of all forms of B. davidii. Altland's work confirmed the merit of additional proposed restrictions.
The Weed Board asked the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) to move forward with the quarantine process and make modifications to restrict B. davidii/varabilis and all horticultural varieties under the following terms: Plants may be grown in a nursery but must not be allowed to go to seed including stock plants, and plants shall not be sold for shipment within the State of Oregon. All plants are prohibited from shipment and entry into the state of Oregon from other states.
ODA intends to publish proposed modifications to the OAR 603-052-1200 Noxious Weed Quarantine regulation this fall. Until that time, ODA welcomes input from the industry. Interested persons may contact ODA at:
Tim Butler, Manager
ODA Noxious Weed Control Program
FAX: 503 986-4737
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Member Update Archive
Looking for a flier or topic from a past e-newsletter? You'll find links to past newsletters below, or log in to our Web site at Members Only > Member Update to view the archive.
Take positive steps to improve service
Most shippers are aware of the challenges facing the truck transportation industry. The shortage of drivers (estimated at 111,000 drivers by 2014), high turnover (117% is average), and external pressures such as increasing equipment requirements, are fairly well publicized. Hours-of-service (HOS) regulations have been amended frequently, leaving many confused about which rules actually apply. Some portions of the HOS have been challenged in court and are waiting final court opinion. The news isn’t all bad, however.
A group of shippers has taken proactive steps to make their cargo “truck-friendly.” The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) has adopted some best practices to position their cargo as “loads of choice.” Some of these common-sense steps include:
- Find ways to speed up loading and unloading times. Shippers are unitizing loads and working towards eliminating the need for driver assistance.
- Establish better relationship with drivers. Shippers and carriers are adopting communication plans that keep all parties informed.
- Set consistent expectations and strive to achieve them. Efficiencies are achieved when service metrics are in place for pickup, delivery and load management and are reviewed periodically.
To view and download this practical document, go to www.pma.com/issues/transportation.cfm.
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