Luisa Santamaria, plant pathologist at Oregon State University's North Willamette Research and Extension Center, was recently featured by Capital Press. The article highlighted her work training Spanish-speaking nursery workers to identify and treat plant diseases or, better yet, prevent them in the first place.
Santamaria is part of a six-person OSU team that will work on Agrobacterium tumefaciens and Rhodococcus fascians, which inflict deformities on hundreds of common landscaping plants. The USDA gave OSU a $3 million grant to study these two bacteria groups that cause severe damage to Oregon's $745 million nursery industry.
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Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is now accepting concept proposals for project ideas as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crop Block Grant Program for 2015. Approximately $1.5 million is expected to be available to agriculture industry associations, producer groups, processors, commodity commissions, non-profits, for profits, and local government agencies in Oregon. Concept proposals must be submitted by noon on Tuesday, Feb. 24.
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40 Under 40 nominations due by Jan. 23
The deadline to nominate someone for the 40 Under 40 issue, published annually by Greenhouse Product News, is rapidly approaching. In the May 2015 issue, GPN will recognize 40 individuals in the horticulture industry who are setting the pace for the future.
Anyone in the horticulture industry under the age of 40 (as of Jan. 31, 2015) can be nominated for the Class of 2015. Individuals previously nominated, but who did not make the final 40, can be nominated again this year. The deadline for nominations is January 23, 2015. For more information contact Tim Hodson, GPN editorial director, at email@example.com.
In Memoriam: Joel Neuschwander
The Oregon Association of Nurseries was saddened to learn of the passing of Joel (Arthur) Neuschwander on Friday, Dec. 26. He was the owner of Neuschwander's Nursery, a wholesale grower of B&B conifers and Japanese maples in Hubbard, Oregon. He was 77.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, January 16 at Zion Mennonite Church (6124 South Whiskey Hill Road, Hubbard). All OAN members are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oregon State Wrestling or Jubilee Food Pantry.
Register today for OAN Seminar Series at the Northwest Ag Show
Beneficial insects, sustainable irrigation strategies, rose rosette and other diseases affecting ornamentals, and the perils of global trade on U.S. forests will be the topics discussed during the OAN Seminar Series taking place at the Northwest Ag Show.
Seminars will be held on January 28 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Portland Expo Center (2060 N. Marine Drive, Portland). Recertification credits will be available.
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Limited space left! Ship and save with OAN Winter Trucks to Trade Shows program
The OAN is coordinating trucks to ship plant material to some of the larger industry trade shows — CENTS, Idaho Hort Expo, Utah Green Expo and the NorCal Show.
If you are an OAN member exhibiting at any of these shows and would like to send plant material via the Trucks to Trade Shows program, please complete this reservation form (including booth number and number of pallets) and fax/email it back to the OAN office. The early-bird deadline has passed and all prices have increased to an additional $50 per pallet. Space is limited and all reservations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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OAN Seminars at NW Ag Show
♦ January 28, 2015 - Register today for the Northwest Agricultural Show Seminar Series
♦ July 21, 2015 - Save the date for the Mt. Hood Chapter Annual Pioneer Dinner
OAN reduces staff due to budget shortfall
Retiring OSU researchers honored
Nominations are open for the 2015 Young Grower Award
Bee experts challenge controversial study linking neonics and colony collapse disorder
Women farmers on the rise, but likely underreported
ODA seeks to double pesticide fines
Scholarship available for students pursuing green industry careers
OSU receives $3 million grant to study destructive pathogens
Lender forecasts improved growth for Oregon nurseries
Obama announces executive actions on reform
Task force recommends the return of pesticide reporting
Farwest signs customer service expert for keynote address
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