Oregon minimum wage will rise to $8.95, effective Jan. 1
The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries has announced that the state minimum wage will rise by 15 cents to $8.95 per hour (PDF), effective January 1, 2013. The annual wage hike is mandated by Chapter 653 of the Oregon Revised Statutes, which states that when the Consumer Price Index for urban areas goes up, the minimum wage must increase by a like percentage, rounded to the nearest 5 cents. In this case, the wage is going up 1.7 percent. The requirement was put in place by Ballot Measure 25, which Oregon voters approved in 2002. [read more]
OAN Convention will be Friday, Nov. 2
This year's OAN Convention will be one day long, it will be local, and it will be fun. The annual gathering to celebrate member volunteers and socialize with your industry friends will be held Friday, November 2 at the Oregon Garden in Silverton. The one-day format was deliberately chosen in response to member input and needs, so that more members may attend. There are two main components:
• A free business meeting from 2–4:30 p.m.; and
• The President's Awards Banquet from 6:30–9 p.m., just $65 per person.
Register online now.
If you wish to stay over Friday night at the Oregon Garden Resort, 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. There's an Oct. 1 deadline to book your member rate before remaining rooms are released to the general public. We also invite you to become a sponsor of our 2012 OAN One-Day Convention and President's Awards Banquet; click here for details (PDF).
OAN Past President Pete Brentano named to state ag board
Pete Brentano, co-owner of Brentano's Tree Farm LLC in St. Paul, Ore., has been appointed to the 10-member Oregon Board of Agriculture. Brentano has a long record of nursery industry involvement, including serving one year as president of the Oregon Association of Nurseries in 2006. The board advises the Oregon Department of Agriculture on policy issues and development of rules. Board members serve four-year terms, with a maximum of two terms.
Tom Fessler, owner of Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas, recently completed eight years of service on the board, so Brentano effectively replaces him as the body's nursery industry representative. Additional information about the State Board of Agriculture can be found at http://oregon.gov/oda/pages/boardoverview.aspx.
Reserve your booth at the 2013 Yard, Garden & Patio Show
Have you reserved your booth for the 2013 Yard, Garden & Patio Show Presented by Dennis' 7 Dees Landscaping and Garden Centers? Our three-day consumer extravaganza will happen Friday–Sunday, Feb. 8–10, 2013 at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland. The YGP Show is a great way to build new relationships with passionate gardening enthusiasts. Booth spaces are available from 10x10's up to islands. Another opportunity is The Remarkable Green Market, designed for boutique nurseries to sell your unique plant varieties on the show floor. Download the complete brochure and exhibitor application (PDF) and reserve your space today!
Carpenters union targets customers of DWA
If you've exhibited in or attended one of our shows, you probably know that the carpenters union has been holding protest signs against DWA, our contracted decorator for Farwest Show and the Yard, Garden & Patio Show (YGP). The union has been trying for years to get into DWA, whose employees have opted not to join because they pay employees fair wages and provide good benefits (click here for details). The union has now upped its bullying tactics and hired temporary employees to hold banners outside the OAN office in Wilsonville and the headquarters and one retail location of YGP Show sponsor Dennis' 7 Dees. This is an attempt to strong-arm customers of DWA, who have nothing to do with the issue, thinking that bullying customers will influence DWA employees to join the union ("Bannering" is one of several tactics used by construction labor unions. Visit www.shameonunionbanners.com for more information.) [read more]
Mt. Hood Chapter to meet on October 16
Mt. Hood Chapter will hold an Education Dinner starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Persimmon Country Club, 500 S.E. Butler Road, Gresham, Ore. Social hour will begin at 6, followed by Mexican dinner served at 6:30 p.m. and the speaker at 7:30 p.m. The speaker is to be announced. The cost is $25 per person. Those attending may register and pay online at www.oan.org. Future Mt. Hood meetings will be held Dec. 18 (Christmas Dinner), March 18, 2013 (Education Dinner Meeting) and May 21, 2013 (Pioneer Dinner). For details, contact Rhonda Boni-Burden at email@example.com.
NWREC Oktoberpest workshops begin October 4
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 awardable for those attending these workshops.
Scotts Miracle-Gro agrees to record penalties for pesticide violations
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company will pay $12.5 million in various fines and penalties for several violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The violations included the distribution of mislabeled and unapproved pesticides, and falsification of pesticide registration documents. The company also used two pesticides in its wild bird seed that were not allowed for that purpose. The $4 million criminal fine and $6 million civil penalty are both the highest ever imposed under FIFRA. For more information, read the post at Daily Digger.
OAN Safety Tip: Take precautions while digging trenches
Soil is extremely heavy material. It can weigh as much as 100 yards per cubic foot. A cubic yard can weigh upwards of 2,700 pounds. This amount of heavy material can present a danger to people who are digging trenches, particularly in the event of an accident or a collapse. There's also the time and expense of rescuing the victim, re-excavating the collapsed trench, paying worker compensation costs and taking care of additional paperwork. Prevent accidents by following these tips, courtesy of Ohio State University and the Oregon Association of Nurseries Safety and Insurance Committee. English| Spanish (pdf)
Retail & Greenhouse Chapters
♦ September 20 - Tour, Dinner and a Panel Discussion at Hughes Water Gardens
Central Oregon Chapter
♦ September 20 - September Meeting
Mt. Hood Chapter
♦ October 16 - Mt. Hood Chapter will hold an Education Dinner at Persimmon Country Club
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.
OAN One-Day Convention
♦ November 2 - Annual Business Meeting & President's Award Banquet
OAN reminds members: If you're not seen, you don't exist
Are you looking to stay visible and gain new customers? OAN events, publications and websites offer fantastic exposure at an excellent price. OAN members save the most, with discounted ad and sponsorship rates. Buy into multiple publications, or multiple issues of Digger, and save even more. Want the details? Our 2012 Exposure Kit is now available. Download it today at www.oan.org/ads2012. To lock in your ads for 2012, contact Advertising and Sponsorship Account Manager Chris Sweet at 503-682-2012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.