Sen. Wyden may be next Finance Committee chair
Recent reports have suggested that Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) may become the next chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. This is one of the most powerful leadership posts in Congress. He would replace the current chairman, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), who will be nominated as the next U.S. ambassador to China.
OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said the appointment would be good news for Oregon as well as the nursery industry. "Sen. Wyden is a great friend of the nursery and greenhouse industry," Stone said. "He takes time to listen to our opinion, and works actively on behalf of the critical issues that are facing us."
Wyden has met personally with the OAN Government Relations Committee on several occasions, most recently at the 2013 Farwest Trade Show. The last Oregonian to chair the Senate Committee on Finance was Sen. Bob Packwood, from 1985–87 and again in 1995.
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Developers entice residents with subdivision-supported ag
According to a report published by NPR, subdivision developers are advertising a new amenity for suburban dwellers. Called "development-supported agriculture," the newly built neighborhoods include some form of food production — a farm, community garden, orchard, livestock operation, edible park — that is meant to draw in new buyers, increase values and foster community.
» Read the full story on NPR's website
Limited-time offer to receive FREE Nursery Guide listings
Every OAN member should experience the value of being a part of Nursery Guide — in print and online.
Take advantage of a limited-time offer to renew your listings. Purchase at least one more Nursery Guide listing than you had in 2013 and you'll receive up to 20 FREE listings. All you have to do is renew your listings between Jan. 2 and the early bird deadline of March 31, 2014. If you purchase 1–75 total listings, you are eligible to receive 5 listings FREE. Purchase 76 or more total listings and you are eligible for 20 listings FREE.
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Enroll in winter horticulture classes and workshops
Clackamas Community College (CCC) is offering a number of horticulture classes as well as online and one-day workshops in early 2014. Of special note, the Horticulture Department of CCC will offer "Oregon Pesticide Laws and Safety Training in Spanish (Leyes y Seguridad, de Plaguicidas, Espanol). This 16-hour course, held from 8 a.m.–noon on Fridays, Feb. 7–28, will prepare Spanish-speaking students for the ODA Laws & Safety exam, a part of the Oregon Pesticide Apprentice License.
» View CCC's Winter 2014 Classes and Workshops (PDF)
Novozymes and Monsanto partner on BioAg Alliance
Monsanto and Novozymes announced the formation of a strategic partnership called The BioAg Alliance. The companies will collaborate on the research, development and sales of sustainable microbial solutions. Microbial-based solutions are derived from various naturally occurring microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi, which can protect crops from pests and diseases and enhance plant productivity and fertility.
» Read the press release
Boehner signals intent on immigration reform
U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) is sending strong signals that he will pursue immigration reform in 2014, according to a front-page report in today's New York Times.
To succeed, Boehner will need to find commonalities between the comprehensive approach that immigration advocates have long desired, and the piecemeal approach that conservatives find more palatable. The Senate approved a comprehensive bill in 2013 that included a path to citizenship calling for a lengthy wait and other stringent requirements, but the House considered even that too lenient, and refused to take it up. The president has said a piecemeal approach may be acceptable to him, as long as it honors the principles of comprehensive reform.
The immigration issue is crucial for growers who need adequate, willing and dependable workers. The OAN and AmericanHort continue to monitor developments.
Making biofuel out of beetle-killed trees
The USDA awarded nearly $10 million to a consortium led by Colorado State University to study the conversion of beetle-infested trees into bioenergy. There are many benefits to using insect-killed wood for renewable fuel production. It requires no cultivation, circumvents food-versus-fuel concerns, and likely has a highly favorable carbon balance.
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Resolve to renew and save in 2014
OAN membership has always delivered value, and that's more true than ever. OAN members save with exclusive, OAN-endorsed health and dental coverage for themselves and their employees. They can send trade show booth materials to all major nursery trade shows at lower cost through our Trucks to Trade Shows program, get discounted fuel delivery and cardlock fuel discounts, and much more.
Renew online or call Jamie Fletcher, membership and events coordinator, at 503-682-5089 (Portland area) or 800-342-6401 (toll-free).
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Grower Talks publishes wage and benefit survey results
Wages and hiring held steady in 2013, according to survey responses collected by Grower Talks magazine. For the coming year, business owners expressed mounting concern over other matters — namely, immigration reform and the new healthcare law.
» Read "The Bigger Picture"
OAN seminars at the NW Ag Show
The Oregon Association of Nurseries will present four hours of grower seminars from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 at the NW Ag Show, which is held at the Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, Portland, Ore. Your paid seminar registration includes admission to the expo floor.
The seminar topics are "Neonicotinoids, Bees and the Buzz about Label Changes," "Pesticides and Pollinators – Risk Assessment and Management," "Brown Marmorated Stink Bug: An Emerging Threat to Oregon Agriculture," and "Ornamentals Gone Wild: The Dark Side of Old-Time Ornamentals."
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In Memoriam: John Humes
The OAN is saddened to report the passing of John Humes. John was the editor of Pacific Coast Nurseryman magazine for 31 years, retiring in 2007. Prior to that he worked on the staff of OAN and Digger for just over three years (1973–1976). For his many contributions to the nursery industry, John was recognized with an OAN Honorary Lifetime membership. A full obituary and information about a memorial service will be shared when that information becomes available.
OAN Seminars at NW Ag Show
♦ January 29 - Show dates are Jan. 28 - 30. OAN Seminar Series is Jan. 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Yard, Garden & Patio Show
♦ February 28 - March 2 - Save the dates for the 2014 Yard, Garden & Patio Show
OAN Exposure Channels: A great place to grow
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. To lock in your ads for 2014, contact advertising and sponsorship account manager Chris Sweet at 503-582-2012 or email@example.com.
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