Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
September 13, 2012

ONPAC endorses candidates for Oregon Legislature

The Oregon Nurseries' Political Action Committee (ONPAC) has issued its 2012 list of endorsed candidates for the Oregon Legislature. The endorsements were based on questions that member growers asked of the candidates.


ONPAC has taken the consistent view that endorsements should reflect viewpoints on issues important to nurseries — including transportation infrastructure, water policy, tax issues and funding for state natural resource agencies — rather than partisan affiliation. That is reflected in the final endorsement list, which includes 25 Republicans and 23 Democrats. ONPAC feels strongly that all of the endorsed candidates will work toward supporting the nursery and greenhouse industry in the Oregon Legislature.

Ballots for the Nov. 6 general election will be mailed around Oct. 19. The deadline to register in time for that election is Tuesday, Oct. 16. One can register online at www.oregonvotes.org.

New Nursery Guide released at the 2012 Farwest Show

The 2012–13 edition of the OAN Nursery Guide was mailed to subscribers in August and distributed to participants at the 2012 Farwest Show. The 384-page volume includes 27,535 plant, service and supply listings in 6,001 different categories, including 5,498 different plant selections. Some 669 companies chose to list their products in the book. If your company is not in the book, please call our office to get your free product or service listing online and use this valuable member benefit.

All listings are searchable at www.nurseryguide.com, and the website will be updated with all-new functionality in early 2013, making it a much more powerful tool than ever before for matching up sellers and buyers. Watch for more details soon.

The book was the result of a four-month team effort of OAN staff, and benefitted greatly from the assistance of OAN member Brian Jacob, who checked the accuracy of 260 new listings categories submitted by companies listed in the book.

Help protect our interests in Washington, D.C.

Recently, you probably received a letter from Tom Fessler, owner of Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas, asking for your help. OAN members are being asked to donate toward a fundraising goal of $40,000 to help pay for the OAN's federal contract lobbyist, Cornerstone Government Affairs. Retaining the services of Cornerstone in our nation's capital is critical in protecting our industry's interests. Recent victories — including overturning the federal notification order, and securing $20 million for a USDA pest and disease program that protects open markets — simply would not have happened without this professional voice in Washington speaking up for us. Please help us protect our industry for the future battles to come. Consider making a donation of $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or whatever you can afford. As Tom stated in his letter, "It will help. If everybody does a little, nobody has to do a lot." Please do it today.

Oregon reps help push stalled Farm Bill forward

The Oregon Association of Nurseries supports passage of the 2012 Farm Bill. Despite a highly challenging fiscal environment, the current version of the bill includes several important priorities the nursery industry would like to see. (OAN's specific Farm Bill priorities are listed here.) The bill was approved by the U.S. Senate by a 64-35 vote earlier this summer. Subsequently the house Agriculture Committee approved it with strong bipartisan support, 35-11. In spite of this, House leadership has not scheduled it for a vote of the full house. The previous Farm Bill expires on Sept. 30 and this new one is needed to take its place. Efforts to bring it to a vote continue, among the OAN, ANLA, and others. Oregon's delegation has been supportive of the specialty crop priorities in the bill, which largely involve our industry. The OAN urges members to call their U.S. Representative and thank them for pushing the bill forward. Be sure to mention that you are part of the nursery industry.

Plan now for the OAN One-Day Convention on Nov. 2

Doug Zielinski of Alpha Nursery and John Coulter of Fisher Farms invite you to join them at the OAN One-Day Convention and President's Awards Banquet on Friday, November 2 at the Oregon Garden in Silverton. The event is being held locally and costs are being kept low so that more may attend.

There will be a business meeting from 2-4:30 p.m., followed by the President's Awards Banquet from 6:30-9 p.m. There is no cost for the meeting, but there will be a fee for the awards banquet to cover costs. Registration will be live in October; cost for the banquet will be announced soon.

Those attending the one-day event may choose to stay over Friday night at the Oregon Garden Resort. Reservations are available now — call 503-874-2500. Mention you are an OAN member to receive a discounted $69 room rate, which includes garden admission and breakfast for two. This rate is an OAN member benefit. It is available not just for convention, but anytime (subject to exclusions).

NWREC announces 2012 Oktoberpest lineup

Oregon State University and the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC) have announced the lineup for this year's Oktoberpest series of pest management workshops. A workshop on beneficial insects will be taught in English on Oct. 4 and Spanish on Oct. 11. That will be followed by a workshop on reducing the risk of new disease introductions, which will be offered in English on Oct. 18 and Spanish on Oct. 25. The cost for each session is $25, and all sessions will be held at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center, 15210 N.E. Miley Road, Aurora, Ore. Details are here; the registration form can be downloaded here (PDF). Organizers have applied to make pesticide license recertification credits available for those attending these workshops.

Now accepting applications for new Lean Team members

Want to increase productivity, reduce waste and stress, and build a culture of improvement in your business? The Oregon Association of Nurseries is now accepting applications for first-year participants in Lean Team.

The OAN Lean Team is a powerful consortium of nursery and greenhouse companies who work together to become knowledgeable Lean practitioners and share innovative practices. Members deploy Lean in their companies without expensive consultant fees, learning from hands-on improvement events as well as classroom training. Applications are being accepted for the coming year. If interested, contact Elizabeth Peters at epeters@oan.org or 503-582-2010.

Register for first aid certification and learn to save a life

The OAN Safety Committee, through its partnership with SAIF, is once again offering a series of first aid and CPR training classes exclusively to OAN members at a reduced price.

The training provides certification for two years. Classes are offered at five locations — your choice of Boring, Eugene, Hillsboro, Salem or Wilsonville. Each class is taught either in English or in Spanish; check the schedule for details. The cost is $32 per person for those renewing their certification, or $42 per person for first-time attendees and those whose card has expired. All seats are first come, first served, so register early for best times and availability.

Retail Chapter to meet at Hughes Water Garden

The next meeting of the OAN Retail Chapter will be Thursday, Sept. 20 at Hughes Water Gardens, 25289 S.W. Stafford Road, Tualatin, Ore. The meeting will include a tour, dinner and a panel discussion. Panelists will talk about actual problems successfully solved using beneficial biological treatments. Register online or contact Crystal Cady at crystal@cadyacres.com or 541-207-2665.

National tree planting standards revised

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved major revisions to industrywide standards for planting and transplanting trees. While the ANSI standard (ANSI A300 Part 6) previously only covered the transplanting of trees, it now has been expanded to include initial planting of trees as well. The revised standards are based on a consensus among industry experts about a variety of best practices. The areas covered include plant and site inspection, tools and equipment, digging, installation of plants, support systems and best care practices after the tree is planted. The revised standard is available in a hard copy document from the International Society of Arboriculture. To purchase it from the ISA store, click here.

Export strategies workshop offered Sept. 20

A workshop on export strategies and international trade will be offered from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at Clackamas County Business and Economic Development, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, Ore. The session is for companies and people who are seeking new markets. It will provide the information and resources needed to help established businesses develop an export market. It will give occasional exporters the tools to begin/expand their international business, and current exporters a forum for discussing special issues in export business development. The cost of $100 per person includes course binder, breakfast and lunch. Registrations are due by 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17. For details and to sign up, click here.

Maple Society to meet in Seattle Oct. 19–21

The 2012 Maple Society Conference will take place Oct. 19–21 in Seattle, with a post-tour taking place in Oregon Oct. 22–24. Early registration (which saves you $25) is due by Sept. 15. Complete information on the event is available at www.maplesociety.org. For more details, contact Marielle Eykeman at gobbo@tfon.com.

New Members

The OAN would like to welcome these new members:

Denton Plastics Inc.
Leon Etlinger
Portland, OR
Greenhouse Chapter

Thrive Wholesale Growers
Ruben Chavez
Hillsboro, OR
Sunset Chapter

OAN Events

Safety Leadership Training
 ♦ September 13 - FREE training in Safety Leadership. Offered in English and Spanish

Bonsai Society of Portland
 ♦ September 16 - Pacific Northwest Bonsai Clubs Association Convention

Sustainability Standard for Nursery & Greenhouse Production
 ♦ September 20 - NWREC - Aurora, Ore

Retail & Greenhouse Chapters
 ♦ September 20 - Tour, Dinner and a Panel Discussion at Hughes Water Gardens

Central Oregon Chapter
 ♦ September 20 - September Meeting

Retail & Greenhouse Chapters
 ♦ October 22 - Anna Ball of Ball Horticulture Company will discuss the latest trends for the Greenhouse industry and new developments with Ball.

In case you missed it...

Food alliance to offer free sustainability certification workshop (Sept. 18)

Pacific Northwest bonsai clubs to gather in Vancouver (Sept. 14 - 16)

Dennis' 7 Dees produces golf tournament to benefit homeless (Sept. 13)

USDA offering water-wise project assistance in Linn County

Seminar on Systems Approach now available online

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