Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez announced a series of reforms from the Bush Administration that address border security and other immigration enforcement measures. Among them is a “No-Match” regulation that is part of a government effort to crack down on employers who knowingly hire illegal workers. In cases in which an employer has a significant number of employees with inaccurate personal identity information, employers may be held liable if they ignore the "No Match" problems by failing to take specified steps within 90 days of receiving the letter. The DHS rule includes a description of 'safe harbor' procedures that employers can use to shield themselves from enforcement actions. OAN is reviewing the new rule and working with legal counsel to provide accurate and useful analysis of the new regulation to our members.
The Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN) Executive Director John Aguirre lauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing a new Farm Bill, H.R. 2419, by a margin of 231 to 191. The decision represents a significant victory for the Association, which represents the state's largest sector of agriculture. The Farm Bill continues traditional farm income and market stabilization programs, expands conservation programs, and provides new funding for programs to help specialty crop farmers, such as nursery and greenhouse growers. The OAN asked the Oregon congressional delegation to support funding a new initiative to broaden and improve federal programs aimed at preventing the introduction and spread of plant pests and diseases. "This is a big win for the nursery and greenhouse industry," said Aguirre. "The House passed Farm Bill provides USDA the direction and funding to dramatically improve the way we combat plant pest and disease threats."
The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently took steps to enhance efforts related to its emerald ash borer (EAB) program—increasing funding for the program and taking regulatory action to prevent the introduction of the pest from Canada. On July 6, APHIS announced the availability of an additional $11.3 million in emergency funding for the emerald ash borer (EAB) program for enhanced early detection efforts and strict quarantine enforcement. Additionally, on May 31, APHIS published an interim rule establishing regulations to restrict or prohibit EAB host material from Canada, including nursery stock, plants, other propagative plant material, ash logs and wood with bark that cannot be feasibly inspected, treated or handled.
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Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders (English)
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The Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) eradication program, a cooperative effort between APHIS, USDA Forest Service, the City of Chicago, and the Illinois Department of Agriculture, is in its final push to designate Chicago eradicated of ALB. No beetles have been seen in Chicago since November 2003, and Chicago is expected to receive a formal USDA declaration of eradication by early 2008. In order for previously infested areas to be declared eradicated, they must be free of any signs of ALB for four years, which for Chicago is in November 2007.
ODOT seeks comments from OAN members on a proposed new registration process for initial farm truck plates. Currently, a two stage process involves going to a local DMV office for a 45-day temporary registration. DMV then sends the application to the Motor Carrier Transportation Division (MCTD). Since MCTD certifies the farm’s qualification anyway and they are in charge of all other truck plates, ODOT is proposing to have MCTD also issue the farm truck plates. These would be issued at the Salem Headquarters, the Portland Bridge office at Jantzen Beach, and the Ports of Entry in Ashland, Farwell Bend and Umatilla. DMV would still issue the vehicle titles and accept farm plate applications which would be forwarded to MCTD. Truck owners could also download and mail in their application with payment and receive a temporary registration by fax or e-mail with the plates coming by mail. Comments on this proposal can be sent to Don Schellenberg at Oregon Farm Bureau, email@example.com.
APHIS announced a proposal to adjust the user fees for export certification of plants and plant products. These fees would be increased for fiscal years 2007 through 2012 to reflect the anticipated costs associated with providing export certification services each year. Specifically, fees will be adjusted as follows: Commercial shipment would increase from $50 to $99; Low-value commercial shipment would increase from $23 to $57; Noncommercial shipment would increase from $23 to $57; and replacement of any certificate would increase from $7 to $14. APHIS is also proposing to add a new $16 user fee for exporters who obtain federal export certificates for plants and plant products from state or county cooperators.
According to OSHA Division 4 code for agriculture, if you determine that your local response system (i.e., the fire department) would not be able to respond to a medical emergency at your work location within a reasonable time, then you must have personnel on hand who are trained in first aid. The OAN Safety Committee will sponsor a series of first aid and CPR training classes this fall, offered exclusively to OAN members. The training is available in English and Spanish, on multiple dates and locations, and it provides certification for two years. Thanks to a partnership with SAIF— provider of the OAN Group Worker's Comp program—classes are only $25 per participant.
The 2007 Farwest Show, North America's top nursery & greenhouse industry trade show, is happening next week, August 23 - 25, 2007 from Noon - 6PM daily. For three days the Oregon Convention Center will house 1,400 booths on the show floor, relevant seminars, and the popular New Varieties Showcase. Visit www.farwestshow.com for details.
The 2007 OAN Annual Convention will be held September 27-29 at the Seventh Mountain Resort. The event is a valuable resource for starting and strengthening industry partnerships and learning how to grow your business. Keynote speaker, Bob Treadway, a consulting futurist and forecaster, will discuss trends, factors and forces that will shape the future of horticulture for the next decade and beyond. Managing editor of NMPRO and GMPRO magazines Jyme Mariani will discuss the Green Movement and how it can affect your lifestyle and business’ bottom line. The OAN Annual Convention offers a fun social environment for professionals and families alike. For more information and to register, visit www.oan.org.
For the first time in conjunction with the Far West Show opening gala, Fox Farms presents a casino night for show participants and their clients. Now in its second year, the Casino Night provides a fun atmosphere to entertain your desire to throw the dice, shout blackjack, and enjoy the “river” of Texas hold ‘em without getting wet. Thanks to Fox Farms, proceeds for the event go toward educating legislators in the state on issues facing the nursery and greenhouse industry through the Oregon Nurseries’ Political Action Committee. Spectacular prizes include a weekend for two in Vegas, a 3 day/2 night Wilderness Deschutes River Trip, a crabbing excursion, stunning restaurant and gift packages, and a fabulous Evergreen Agriculture getaway with lodging, wine, and tickets to the world-class Aviation Museum. There are tables to suit your casino prowess – expert, moderate and novice—and every $50 buys you $100 in scrip. Questions? Contact Jeff Stone, Treasurer of ONPAC, at 503-682-5089 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Oregon Invasive Species Council member Chris Guntermann asks that OAN members be alert for the presence of invasive snails. While most members are aware of the Brown Garden Snail problem, new snail invaders are being discovered which have even greater potential for damaging our economy. Two such snails have been discovered at Washington shipping ports and may also show up in Oregon. At foreign loading areas it is common for shipping containers and their contents, such as pottery, to attract and harbor snails during the pre-loading or storage phase. Once here, the snails move off the containers and are very hard to detect or to control. Members are being asked to help with education and awareness efforts, as well as reporting suspects to the ODA Call 1-866-INVADER to report these or other suspected invasive species.
Clackamas County Fair Plant Sale
September: British Columbia Treasure Hunt. All members welcome!
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