The Oregon House of Representatives has approved House Bill 3618, which would preserve the viability of handing down nurseries and other agricultural businesses from generation to generation.
Now it’s the Senate’s turn. The bill was unanimously recommended by the Senate Finance and Revenue Committee Tuesday night (Feb. 19). It was scheduled to go to the Senate floor on Thursday (Feb. 21).
OAN members are urged to call their state senator and ask them to support House Bill 3618 as approved by the committee. Such support is essential, association officials said, because the bill is likely to face its toughest road in the senior chamber. OAN has contact information for all senators.
Farmers and growers believe that without the bill, the death of a family member could force heirs either to sell the business, or liquidate assets including timber to pay tax bills.
House Bill 3618 would establish an estate tax credit for a family’s first $7.5 million worth of land, equipment and other assets used in certain natural resource businesses. It is intended to resolve unclear aspects of House Bill 3201, approved during the 2007 session. The main difference between last year’s bill and this year’s is that the tax protection comes in the form of a tax credit, rather than an exclusion or exemption.
Oregon growers have an opportunity to gain national exposure by advertising at a deeply discounted rate in Garden Center Magazine and Nursery Management & Production magazine.
But they must be OAN members, and they must act by March 10.
The OAN is organizing a full-color advertising spread that will appear in the May, June and August issues of these magazines. Advertisers may appear in one, the other, or both. Half-page and quarter-page spaces are available at a substantial discount, but space is limited. For details and rates, see the flier (PDF). To sign up or learn more, contact Chris Sweet at 503-682-5089 or email@example.com.
Highlight your newest plants at the Farwest Show in the New Varieties Showcase. Created by a team of professional designers, your plants will be displayed to their best advantage and viewed by thousands of Farwest Show attendees.
The showcase is an excellent opportunity for licensors and growers to increase visiblity and directs the interested buyer to a grower/distributor at the show. The plants selected for the New Varieties Showcase are featured in a special section of Digger magazine Farwest Show edition.
The OAN seeks plants with unique characteristics. Entries should be: either new to the market in 2008, or now widely available after being in limited distribution and production previously; in production; and offered for sale by at least one 2008 Farwest Show exhibitor.
The New Varieties Submission form and guidelines are available at www.farwestshow.com/nvs. Forms are also available by fax by calling 503-682-5089, 800-342-6401 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. All submissions are due by March 3.
This year, the OAN and the Oregon Urban and Community Forestry Program are teaming up to provide $1,000 in grant funds to plant trees at local schools during the week of Arbor Day, which this year is April 25. The state and the OAN each are contributing a like amount.
The grant process will be managed by the World Forestry Center in Portland, Ore. Twenty elementary school teachers will receive grants of $50 each to hold planting ceremonies. They’ll be directed to OAN member garden centers for their tree purchases.
Recipients will be announced April 1, and they will have until April 30 to make their purchases.
Do you celebrate Arbor Week at your nursery? If you have events planned, post them on the Arbor Week Web site (www.arborday.org/oregon) by contacting Paul Ries, Urban and Community Forestry Program manager at the Oregon Department of Forestry (Paul.Ries@state.or.us). Want Arbor Week posters and stickers? Call the OAN office, or Paul Ries can help there, too.
Le Tour des Plants, which will be Sept. 13-21, is a unique opportunity to extend the gardening season into fall, benefiting retailers and wholesales nurseries selling to garden centers.
If you sell to the public and are prepared to offer educational seminars, read the Le Tour participation form for information on how to be a part of this groundbreaking program, the only one of its kind in the nation. Click here to see a list of participating nurseries (as of February 19). Promotion for Le Tour des Plants began at the 2008 Yard Garden & Patio Show!
Companies wanting to promote their brand and products to gardeners are encouraged to consider sponsoring this year’s Le Tour des Plants.
For information on participating in Le Tour des Plants as a garden center or specialty nursery or supporting the program as a sponsor, please contact Ann Murphy at 503-682-5089 or via email at email@example.com.
The annual national Garden Writers Association (GWA) symposium will be held this year in Portland, Sept. 19-22, with optional tours planned for Tues. Sept. 23. Many GWA members will extend their stays before and after the conference to take advantage of Oregon’s bounty, combining business and pleasure.
OAN Marketing Director Ann Murphy is the GWA regional director and a co-chair of the local symposium planning committee. She encourages wholesale (and retail) nurseries to invite GWA members from around the country and Canada to stop by for a visit on Thursday, Sept. 18.
Open nurseries will be published on the GWA symposium Web site along with other activities to consider for their stay in Oregon.
If you would like to invite GWA members to your nursery, please contact Ann Murphy at 503-682-5089 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Symposium sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are available if you would like to reach out to local, national and regional garden media.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is seeking volunteer nurseries to participate in a new pilot study. The study will evaluate the soon-to-be-released Horticultural Research Institute’s (HRI) best management practices to prevent the introduction and spread of ramorum blight, caused by Phytophthora ramorum. Nurseries that grow P. ramorum host plants are encouraged to participate.
Pesticides used on food crops are ending up in the bodies of children who consume the food, according to a newly-released study by the National Institute of Environmental Health Services, which is part of U.S. Health and Human Services.
Scientists used urinalysis to compare the organophosphate content of kids who were eating conventional fruits and vegetables to those eating organic fruits and vegetables, and found the pesticides were present in urine from the former group, but undetectable in urine from the latter group.
Although further study is required, this result could lend momentum to efforts to cease use of the class of pesticides, which were born out of nerve gas creation research dating back to World War II.
The deadline is approaching quickly for ad space reservations in the 2009 Oregon Association of Nurseries Directory and Buyers Guide (DBG), as well as the August Farwest Edition of Digger magazine.
The DBG is the most comprehensive database of Northwest plant material, services and supplies available anywhere, and the Farwest Edition serves as the official publication of the Farwest Show.
Space reservations are due May 1. To schedule your ad for either publication or both, contact Chris Sweet at 800-342-6401, 503-682-5089 in the Portland metro area, or email@example.com.
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