A recent report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service places California and Oregon as the nation's top two nursery crop-producing states in the U.S. The two states produced more than 40 percent of the $4.65 billion in U.S. nursery sales last year. Oregon outranks all other states in nursery acreage, with more than 94,000 acres in production. Oregon leads the deciduous shade tree nursery sector, with $584 million in sales representing about 25 percent of the market, as well as coniferous evergreens, with $562 million representing approximately 30 percent of the market. Oregon also leads the market for deciduous flowering trees and Christmas trees, with nearly a quarter of the U.S. market.
On Oct. 10 a federal judge in San Francisco stopped the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from enforcing a new regulation that would use Social Security Administration records for immigration enforcement purposes. As a result, DHS will not be able to enforce the regulation until a trial is held to determine whether the rule is lawful. The court's ruling is not limited to California, where the lawsuit is pending, but covers the entire country. Michael Chertoff, DHS secretary, indicated that DHS would evaluate the court's preliminary injunction before deciding whether to appeal or take other actions.
John Aguirre, Executive Director of the Oregon Association of Nurseries, is scheduled to appear on the Lars Larson Northwest Show on Tuesday, October 23 at 1:00 p.m. on KXL Radio, 750 AM to set the record straight on the value of immigrant workers to Oregon and its agriculture industry. The interview was requested by Larson in response to Aguirre’s column in the October issue of Digger magazine, in which he corrected several mis-statements by anti-immigrant talk show hosts. Members of OAN are encouraged to listen in and call the show during the interview – 866-HEY-LARS (439-5277) to share an opinion.
The City of Portland Parks & Recreation department recently published a report that examines the benefits of the city’s tree canopy, which covers about 25 percent of the city. The report calculates the dollar value of environmental and aesthetic benefits that trees provide the city. According to the report, the public part of Portland's tree cover—approximately 1.4 million trees in city parks and along city streets—has an estimated replacement value of $2.3 billion. Combined with trees on private properties, the structural value of Portland’s public tree resource is more than $5 billion. Annually, those public trees cost about $6.6 million to manage while providing some $27 million of aesthetic and environmental benefits. For every dollar invested, $3.80 worth of benefits is returned in air cleaning and carbon fixing services, storm water processing and avoided energy costs. According to the city, annual environmental benefits provided by the entire urban forest canopy exceed $38 million. The study, titled “Portland’s Urban Forest Canopy,” was published earlier this month.
The Oregon State Weed Board (OSWB) invites you to apply for grant funding for noxious weed control projects related to the protection and enhancement of watersheds and fish and wildlife. This will be the second cycle for the 2007-09 biennium and the 17th cycle overall. Specific criteria will be outlined within the grant application. Applications must be postmarked on or before the closing date of Dec. 3, and should be sent to
Attn: Oregon State Weed Board
Oregon Dept. of Agriculture
635 Capitol St. NE
Salem, OR 97301-2532
NOTE: You must download or request a new application. Applications on old forms will NOT be accepted. The grant application is available in Microsoft Word format and is located at www.oregon.gov/ODA/PLANT/WEEDS/grantindex.shtml
If you have questions about how to apply for OSWB grant funds or whether your project fits the OSWB criteria, please contact Shannon Brubaker, grant administrative analyst at 503.986.4622, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or any of the ODA Weed Control staff.
Additional features will be enhanced and added to the 2008 Oregon’s Retail Nursery Guide. Look for more map detail for the Willamette Valley areas and a listing of OAN member selling to consumers via mail order and/or Internet sales. Plus, all the information will be included on the OAN Web site for the first time. Similar to the capabilities developed for Le Tour des Plants, the online guide will offer Google map capabilities and nursery descriptions with photos, logos, hours of operation, etc. Letters to OAN retail members will be mailed the end of October. If you have questions, please contact Trish Anderson (email@example.com, 503.682.5089).
If you are an Oregon grower exhibiting at one of 13 popular winter trade shows, you could save a little money on truck transport for your plants. The OAN Trucks to Trade Shows program reserves the truck, a host nursery fills it up with participants’ pallets, and the load is delivered to the show. Completed forms (including booth number and number of pallets) returned to the OAN office by Nov.15qualify for a 10 percent early-bird discount. Space on each truck will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve space, the OAN requires a nonrefundable 50 percent deposit. The remaining balance will be invoiced after the winter shows. Three shows were added this year: Mid States Hort Expo in Kentucky, Green & Growin’ Trade Show in Greensboro, N. C., and Landscape Ontario in Toronto. For more information about this member benefit, please contact Trish Anderson at 503.682.5089 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would you like your nursery to be considered for the 2008 Farwest Show Nursery Tours? Five tours are planned for 2008. Surveys from this year’s tours indicate most of the tour guests are interested in purchasing plant material. We’re looking for nurseries that are excellent ambassadors for Oregon’s nursery industry. The tours will offer a diverse mix of product and production. If you would like to invite visitors to meet you and see your nursery on the Tuesday or Wednesday before the Farwest Show opens (Aug. 19 and 20), please contact Ann Murphy (503.682.5089 or email@example.com) by Nov. 15.
The Agri-Business Council of Oregon’s 10th anniversary Denim & Diamonds Dinner and Auction is set for Nov. 16. The annual event, sponsored by Safeway Inc. and held at the Governor Hotel in downtown Portland, raises money for agriculture programs in Oregon through the Keeping Agriculture Viable initiative. KAV’s mission is to motivate Oregonians to actively support Oregon agriculture. Individual tickets to this special event are $90 per person for Agri-Business Council members and $125 per person for nonmembers. Call 503.241.1487 or visit www.aglink.org to reserve tickets. Seating is limited. Those unable to attend the event can access an online auction on the Agri-Business Council’s Web site, www.aglink.org.
Rhododendron growers and researchers from around the Northwest will gather Nov. 30 at the Gregory Forum at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City. New research, new varieties and culture of this genus will be discussed. The meeting will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and lunch is included in the $20 fee. Contact Loretta Mills (503.657.6958 x 2246) at Clackamas Community College to receive the registration form.
A job fair will be held at Linn-Benton Community College from 9 to 1 p.m. Dec. 11. Developed to inform high school students about the many opportunities available to high school graduates, the fair attracts about 1,500 students. This is an excellent venue for getting out information about your organization or career opportunities in your industry. Booths are priced one for $25 and two for $40. For more information, contact Danielle Gabriel at the Albany Chamber of Commerce, 541.926.1517 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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