The American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) joined seven business organizations on a lawsuit filed Sept. 12, challenging the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) “Social Security No-Match” regulation issued on Aug. 15. ANLA has joined an effort in the courts, basing its argument on the failure of DHS to comply with the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA). Under RFA, government agencies are required to assess impacts of new regulations on small businesses and to seek less burdensome ways for small entities to comply with federal requirements.
This week the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and the Golden Gate Restaurant Association joined together to file a lawsuit challenging the Department of Homeland Security's "No-Match" rule. The two groups contend in their lawsuit that the Department of Homeland Security violated provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, which requires federal agencies to consider the impact of their rules on small businesses.
During its meeting on September 11 the OAN Board of Directors endorsed Measure 49, which modifies Measure 37 and limits development opportunities. Last June, the OAN had adopted land use policy guidelines which addressed six key issues: 1) right to farm, 2) protect availability of water for agricultural uses, 3) ensure future development of housing in rural areas remains consistent with the prevailing norms of the surrounding area, 4) protect the right of land owners to pursue limited and reasonable Measure 37 development rights on a per claim basis, 5) retain restrictions against commercial development on agricultural lands and 6) land use policies must support the long term viability of agriculture. The Board determined that Measure 49 was consistent with the OAN's previous position on land use planning policies and voted to endorse the measure.
The Ad Hoc Whitefly Task Force, made up of state and federal regulators, ag industry representatives and scientists, has been working to develop effective whitefly management programs since 2005. They are concerned that insecticide misuse in the United States may result in silverleaf whitefly populations that cannot be controlled. The Q-biotype whitefly is already resistant to a number of products commonly used. Chemical overspray could easily lead to B-biotype resistance.
Oregon's nursery and greenhouse industry continues its record of strong growth. On Sept. 13, the Oregon field office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reported the state's nursery and greenhouse growers set another sales record with wholesale sales of $966 million in 2006, ten percent higher than the $877 million set in 2005. Container nurseries experienced the greatest sales gains, with B&B second, with an increase of nine percent from 2005 to 2006.
The OAN’s 2007 Le Tour des Plants (Sept. 15-23) is receiving significant print, radio and TV coverage up and down the Willamette Valley. Developed in 2006 by the OAN and some of its retail members to increase fall sales, Le Tour aims to inspire more people to garden, encourage stronger retail/wholesale nursery relationships, and educate the public about the nursery industry. The 36 participating garden centers and specialty nurseries offer hundreds of workshops, display garden tours, and other activities to inspire the gardening public. Le Tour des Plants has received strong coverage from local garden media, including The Oregonian’s HGNW, Sunset magazine, Home & Garden Journal, as well as several local papers and regional web sites. Our thanks to GardenTime TV show producer Jeff Gustin for donated production of a Le Tour des Plants TV spot! Le Tour des Plants is funded by participation fees, the OAN and sponsorships (Monrovia, Novalis, and Netherland Bulbs). See www.oan.org and click on Le Tour des Plants logo for details.
What shows are you going to? The Trucks to Trade Show program is gearing up for the winter shows. Due to member interest we are planning on more trucks to more shows. There are currently 28 shows, from Boston to San Mateo, with definite dates, and 4 more that have yet to be announced. The OAN marketing group organizes host nurseries and refrigerated trucks to carry nursery loads one way to the various trade shows. Sometimes, but not always, drayage fees (the price of getting your load from the loading dock to your booth) can be reduced or waived altogether by having someone meet the T2TS truck at the show. Look for Trucks to Trade Shows (T2TS) query letters in the first week of October. Your reservations for winter shows will be due before Thanksgiving. What shows are you going to? For more information, contact Trish Anderson at 503-682-5089 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
After discussion and input from the OAN membership, Advantage OregonSM (AO) has expanded to offer flexible freight payment options to fit the diverse needs of nursery businesses. Advantage OregonSM is a transportation management company offering reliable carrier service at excellent rates to agricultural and perishable goods shippers. The company was built by OAN out of an understanding that transportation includes not only reliable service and competitive rates – it also means “bottom line” improvement for nursery businesses and their customers. Call Advantage Oregon at 503-682-8938, or visit www.advantageoregon.com.
You are invited to attend the 2007 Nursery Research & Extension Day on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at the North Willamette Research & Extension Center, Aurora. As in previous years, a combination of presentations held in the downstairs meeting room and outdoor demonstrations will highlight current Pacific Northwest (OSU, USDA-ARS & WSU) nursery research projects. A tour of facilities and ongoing research will follow. Pre-registration is required. For additional information visit the NWREC website or call Jan Egli at 503-678-1264 ext. 110.
On Sept. 13, Clackamas County commissioners were expected to approve a report calling for creation of a Green Economy Center, which would bring together farmers, technical experts, government agencies and nonprofits to share information and expertise to better support environmentally friendly agricultural practices. Financing and other specifics are still being worked out. The report is the work of the county's Green Ribbon Committee, a group of farming, business and government representatives formed to assess agriculture in Clackamas County. The report also recommends updating zoning and building policies to encourage people to build environmentally friendly buildings.
University of Maine researchers are seeking input from growers on organic bedding plant production in the U.S. A survey was mailed to organic and conventional growers in Maine, but horticulture professor Stephanie Burnett and ornamentals specialist Lois Berg Stack are seeking input from growers in other states. They are also seeking info related to the research needs of organic bedding plant producers. The survey deadline is Sept. 30.
OAN Safety Committee Chairperson, Jeanette Hubbard, would like to invite you to an Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 17 between 2 and 4 pm at the OAN in Wilsonville. Members are invited to review the accomplishments of the Safety Committee and give input on their most pressing safety needs. Refreshments of course!
It’s not too late to sign up for OAN Safety Committee-sponsored first aid and CPR training classes, offered exclusively to OAN members for only $25 per participant. 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 training is offered in English and Spanish, on multiple dates in October and locations, and it provides certification for two years. The OAN Safety Committee urges you to put safety first and take advantage of this opportunity.
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