Housing markets show continued improvement
A record high of 291 metropolitan areas across the country now qualify as improving housing markets, according to a study conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The NAHB/First American Improving Markets Index (IMI) for September recorded a gain of 44 markets from August and marks the index's highest level since it was initiated two years ago.
Just over 80 percent of the 361 metros tracked by the index are showing consistent growth in three key measures of housing market strength — prices, permits and employment. The improvement in these markets is good news for nurseries, who grow the material used in the landscaping of new homes and other developments. [Read more]
Register now for the OAN One-Day Convention
Registration is now open for the 2013 OAN One-Day Convention on Friday, Nov. 8 at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Ore. We look forward to seeing you there! The day's schedule is as follows:
- Annual Membership Business Meeting and Officer Installation — 2–4:30 p.m., free (register today)
- President's Awards Banquet — 6–9 p.m., $65 per person, (register today)
- No-host cocktail reception — 9 p.m.–midnight, Fireside Lounge
At the awards banquet, we'll be honoring the industry's best. To nominate deserving individuals and/or companies, download and submit the awards nomination form (Word | PDF).
Also, you can make your reservations to stay over at the Oregon Garden Resort by calling 503-874-2500. OAN members receive a discounted room rate of $69 plus tax, which includes garden admission and breakfast for two. Members must provide the code "OANMTG" to receive the special room rate in our room block for the evening of Nov. 8. The room block is limited and will expire on October 8, so hurry!
Other issues may stall immigration reform
Immigration reform may fall to the back of the line behind the sudden debate over military action in Syria and a looming face-off with President Obama over the budget, according to a story published this week in the New York Times. Supporters of comprehensive immigration reform had their hopes raised this summer following passage of a major overhaul bill by the Senate, but momentum has stalled in the House. These supporters have vowed to keep the pressure up. If Congress does not act by early next year, Congressional aides said, the issue could be delayed until after the 2014 mid-term elections.
Tee up this week at golf tournament to benefit homeless
On Thursday, Sept. 12, Dennis' 7 Dees will present its annual Charity Golf Tournament benefiting Human Solutions, an Oregon-based nonprofit assisting homeless and low-income youth and their families. The fundraiser will be held at Langdon Farms Golf Club (24377 Aurora Road, Aurora, Ore.). Cost is $200 per person and includes 18 holes of golf with cart, breakfast, lunch, prizes and more. Contact Dave Snodgrass at 503-777-7777 or register online at www.dennis7dees.golfreg.com.
First OktoberPest workshop to address azalea lace bug
Azalea lace bug has seen increased distribution in the Pacific Northwest and has become a new concern. Learn more about the identification, biology and pest management of azalea lace bug in nurseries and landscapes during the first OktoberPest workshop, "When Rhodies Wear White: Integrated Pest Management of Azalea Lace Bug," on Thursday, October 3, from 9 a.m. until noon.
Taking place every Thursday in October, OktoberPest is a series of pest management workshops presented by Oregon State University and the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC). All sessions will be held at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (15210 NE Miley Road, Aurora, Ore.). Organizers have applied to make pesticide license recertification credits available. Registration information and descriptions of the other four OktoberPest workshops can be found by logging on to the Pacific Northwest Nursery IPM page.
Europe proposes new effort on invasive species
This week, the European Commission announced a new proposal to deal with invasive species. Under the regulation, which must be approved by the Parliament and Council, risk assessments and scientific advice would be used to create a list of 50 targeted species among the more than 12,000 alien organisms that have been detected in Europe. Between 10–15 percent are thought to be invasive, causing as much as €12 billion per year of damage to agriculture, infrastructure and health, according to a report by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Click here to read the full story.
Reserve your booth at the 2014 Yard, Garden & Patio Show
Have you reserved your booth for the 2014 Yard, Garden & Patio Show Presented by Dennis' 7 Dees? This three-day consumer extravaganza will happen Feb. 28–March 2, 2014 at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland. The YGP Show is a great way to build new relationships with passionate gardening enthusiasts, and help them get to know your business. There are booth spaces available from 10 by 10 up to islands. The Remarkable Green Market is another opportunity to sell your goods on the show floor. Download the complete brochure and exhibitor application (PDF) and reserve your space today!
Scientists curb reproductive ability in pest insects
Kansas State University entomologists have helped identify a neuropeptide — natalisin — that regulates the sexual activity and reproductive ability of insects. The finding may open new possibilities for environmentally friendly pest management.
Natalisin is part of insects' and arthropods' peptidergic system, a genetic network that uses small peptides as neurotransmitters to chemically relay messages throughout the body. Using a genetic tool called RNA interference, or RNAi, the researchers looked at what happened when natalisin was silenced or knocked out from the insects' brains. They found that the absence of natalisin in the brain led to the insects' physical inability to reproduce as well as reduced their interest in mating. To read more about their findings, click here.
New app helps identify plant problems and more
iPhone and iPad users take note: There's a new mobile application resource for identifying plants, plant diseases, pests and other plant problems. The Plant Diagnostic Sample Submission app allows farmers, gardeners, landscapers, arborists and agricultural specialists to submit digital photo samples to a university plant diagnostic lab for diagnosis or identification.
The app, which is free to download, contains sample submission forms for plants ranging from small houseplants to large-scale agronomic crops. The user completes each form by responding to simple, customized questions. After entering a description of the problem and attaching corresponding photos, the sample submission is sent to the selected diagnostic laboratory. The university diagnostic labs involved are Alabama Cooperative Extension, University of Connecticut, University of Illinois Extension, University of Kentucky, Michigan State University, University of New Hampshire and Ohio State University. To read more about the app, click here.
Nursery Guide Tip: Forgot your password?
Welcome to a new feature in the Member Update: Nursery Guide Tips. These help you get the most out of the new Online Nursery Guide. Watch for more each week.
If you haven't yet logged onto the new online Nursery Guide, click the Login tab at the top of the home page. Use your OAN member ID as your initial login and password. If you don't know your OAN member ID, please call the OAN office at 503-682-5089 or 800-342-6401. Once logged in, you are encouraged to change your password to make it more secure.
If you have forgotten your password, you can call the OAN office and we will help change your password — or, you can do it yourself by clicking "Manage Your Profile" in the upper right-hand corner of the home page. Click the "Request new password" tab and enter your user name (your OAN member ID) or email address and click the "E-mail new password" button. You should quickly receive an email from the OAN with a one-time login that does not require a password. Click Login and you'll be taken to a repository of your member information. Scroll down past "E-mail" and enter a new password in the indicated space. Retype the new password in the "Confirm Password" box. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click "Save." [More Nursery Guide Tips]
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. [English | Spanish]
Retail and Greenhouse Chapters
♦ September 26 - Grow your Profits with the Power of HGTV, presented by Maria Zampini, President of Upshoot, LLC.
OAN One-Day Convention
♦ November 8 - Register for the One-Day Convention of the Membership and President's Awards Banquet at the Oregon Garden
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? Download our 2013 Exposure Kit at www.oan.org/ads2013. To lock in your ads for 2013, contact advertising and sponsorship account manager Chris Sweet at 503-582-2012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.