Despite the determined efforts of OAN members and staff, in partnership with two other major agriculture groups, the Senate has discontinued the possibility of including AgJOBS in the Farm Bill, halting any progress of immigration reform this year.
For the first time ever, three of Oregon’s major agricultural associations had traveled to Washington, DC to lobby the Farm Bill and immigration reform. The OAN was joined by the Farm Bureau and Oregon Wine Growers Association in late October. Following this trip, the OAN asked members to call their US Senators to urge them to support the Farm Bill and AgJOBS if it was offered as an amendment. As a result of an outpouring of calls and emails, Senator Gordon Smith and Senator Ron Wyden committed to support AgJOBS in the Farm Bill. Your efforts rendered a very positive show of support – much needed since anti-immigration forces normally dominate the phone calls in Washington, DC.
Unfortunately, politics has ground the gears of progress to a halt. Over the past week, support for including anything immigration-related has dwindled. US Senator Diane Feinstein (D-California), who had worked to attach AgJOBS as an amendment to the Farm Bill, withdrew her support, despite Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nevada) promise that the issue would get an up or down vote. The senator from California still believes that there is wide support for AgJOBS and she has stated she will work with the majority leader to seek another opportunity.
The OAN continues to carefully monitor and act on regulations and rules issued by the Department of Homeland Security regarding the Social Security “no-match." Currently the rule has been put on hold by a California Federal District Court, and a set of appeals or additional action is possible over the next month.
What this means to you
The 140,000 Social Security Administration “no-match” letters scheduled to go out with the DHS enforcement letter has been put on hold (they were scheduled to go out this month). Growers and operators will need to continue to deal appropriately with no-match letters:
The head of Oregon’s largest agriculture industry group invited popular conservative talk show host Lars Larson to “spend a day on the farm” and see first-hand the importance of the immigrant employment base to the state’s nearly $1 billion nursery industry. OAN Executive Director John Aguirre invited Larson to visit an Oregon nursery, spend a day working, and see first-hand the challenge Oregon growers have in hiring workers and the difficulty of jobs on the farm. Aguirre was asked to appear on the Lars Larson show in response to his recent column in Digger, in which he wrote about the damaging effect of anti-immigrant misinformation over the airwaves. In the interview, Aguirre objected to the rhetoric of talk show hosts that demonize the immigrant community, noting that “people don't make the arduous journey to the United States to commit crimes, they come to work.”
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OAN membership renewal notices are scheduled to be mailed and emailed about the middle of this month. Look for something new this year: with the mailed version, you may receive various membership information verification forms. The OAN has worked hard over the past few years to expand our member data so that we have complete and flexible member contact information. We now track information on alternate addresses, member employees, and program contacts. Please look for these forms with your statement, complete them and send them back to us. Even better, update your information online at www.oan.org. Click on Members Only > Update My Profile (contact us if you don't have your login and/or password).
Remember to check the notice for the correct contact name, address, phone, chapter affiliation and member profile information; either make corrections on the notice and mail back with your payment, or update and pay it online. The OAN uses information from application and renewal forms to compile directory listings for the annual Directory & Buyers Guide. Order forms for plant and services/supply listings will be mailed to members in March.
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Membership renewal forms also provide a convenient way to contribute to the Oregon Nurseries' Political Action Committee (ONPAC). Consistent member contributions have helped raise the OAN's profile at the state and national levels. Suggested contribution amounts are based on your membership classification as determined by gross sales. It is only a "suggestion"; you are welcome to contribute more. All OAN members are encouraged to seriously consider a financial commitment to ONPAC, which supports legislative action and candidates who are beneficial to the nursery industry. Voluntary contributions can also be made to the Oregon Nurseries Foundation, which supports scholarship programs, and to the Shade Tree Disease Research Fund.
With the busy Spring shipping season around the corner and spiking fuel prices at the pumps, freight costs are on every shipper’s mind. Advantage Oregon, the transportation solution that benefits you, the OAN Member, is a way to hedge your transportation costs. AO is easy to use, features competitive rates, and now offers flexible payment options.
Advantage Oregon is a valuable tool for shippers outside of Oregon, too. AO easily coordinates pickups from multiple locations and arranges smooth, timely delivery of your products. Call today to learn more at (503) 682-8938.
OAN regrets to report the passing of Thomas F. Charboneau.
Thomas F. Charboneau, age 69, passed away on October 4 due to complications after heart surgery. Born January 8, 1938 in Seattle, Tom left high school to serve in the Navy. Tom started his career in the industry with Sears and Roebuck in 1957, in their Lawn & Garden department. He then worked for the Chevron Chemical Company’s Ortho division. Tom worked for many years in the grower and nursery supply side of our industry with McConkey Co., Sharp and Sons and Pak Unlimited until he retired due to medical reasons. He worked conventions and trade shows for many industry associations and was a recognized State Senator in the Jaycees. Tom is survived by his six children Kevin, Kenneth, Kim, Kirk, Karen and Kathy, his first wife Marge (Davis) Colby and his current wife Arlene (Caspersen) Charboneau. The family suggests that remembrances be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Seattle VA Hospital.
Researchers at OSU's North Willamette Experiment Station are working to establish an online photo library showing damage done by deer, rabbits, gophers and other vertebrate pests in nurseries. If you experience vertebrate injury and have good examples that could be photographed (no attribution would be listed on the Web site), please contact Chip Bubl at firstname.lastname@example.org, and he will visit the site to take the pictures. Bubl is the agricultural extension agent and staff chair for Oregon State University Extension Service, Columbia County. See the November issue of Digger for a look at your options for managing nursery nuisance animals.
The nursery industry's official team closed the 2007 season with an official record of 7 wins, 4 losses, earning them a second place trophy in the American Co-Ed league in Wilsonville. Hearty thanks are due to sponsors Cash Flow Management, Macore, OVS and the OAN. Softball players include, from the left: Teri Cummings, Joe Kupillas, Kristin Van Hoose, Mike Haugh, Josh Samter, Geoff Horning, Wendy Brentano, Pete Brentano, Megan BigJohn, David Van Hoose, Don Spence. Not pictured are Holly Nelson, Patty Abell, and Tiffanie Baker.
Looking for a new way to hit your target market? Advertise in the primary information source for the nursery industry in the Northwest and beyond. All the information you need is in the OAN’s 2008 Advertising Kit. You’ll find ad insertion order forms for Digger, and the Directory & Buyers Guide, as well as the new-and-improved 2008 Farwest Edition of Digger. The kit contains rates for display and classified advertising, specifications and deadlines for submitting ads, and the editorial calendar. Remember, as an OAN member, you receive a considerable break on advertising costs – another OAN member benefit. You can also get special price breaks for 6- and 12-time ad runs. Contact Chris Sweet for details: 503-682-5089 / email@example.com.
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