When Oregon legislators arrived at their desks in the House and Senate chambers on Monday, they were greeted by florist azaleas that were provided free of charge by Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas.
"These beautiful, Oregon-grown plants made a positive impression, as they always do," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "They reminded our legislators of the positive impact Oregon's nursery industry makes on the economy, as well as the natural and built environments."
Legislators are taking part in organizational meetings for the rest of January, and will begin their formal session on Monday, February 2. "As always, the OAN Government Relations Team will monitor all developments affecting the nursery industry and work hard on behalf of growers, retailers, suppliers, service providers and others affiliated with the green industry," Stone said.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted today (January 13, 2015) to allow the deportation of individuals who would otherwise be protected by recent executive branch policies.
Representatives voted 236-191 to overturn the president's executive order on immigration, issued in November. It directed federal officials to prioritize recent illegal immigrants, and those with criminal records, for enforcement, while allowing others to remain in the country. This vote was along party lines, with Republicans mostly for it, and Democrats against. Separately, they voted 218-209 to overturn the "Dreamer" provision that President Obama issued in 2012. This action protected against deportation those people who were brought to the United States when they were very young. Some Republicans crossed party lines to vote against this measure.
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A free workshop, "Combining Effective IPM and Pesticide Risk Management in Nurseries," will be held from 9 a.m.–noon Tuesday, Feb. 3 at Boring-Damascus Grange, 27861 S.E. Grange St., Boring, Oregon. The topics covered will include:
- Clackamas River Basin water monitoring update and compounds of concern
- Uses of pesticides of concern and available IPM alternatives
- Pesticide management checklists for decision-making and mitigating risk
Those attending will be eligible for three credit hours towards pesticide license recertification. The doors will open at 8:30 a.m. and folks are encouraged to come early for coffee and networking. Registration is recommended. Call 503-210-6000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
Join Chemeketa Community College business instructor Phil La Vine for a morning workshop, "Defining YOUR Business," where he'll discuss business goals, performance metrics and strategic management. Whether you are new to business management or already have years of experience, this workshop will give you new ideas and a new perspective for 2015 and beyond.
The meeting will be held at Lum Yuen restaurant, beginning at 11:30 a.m., followed by a noon luncheon and the workshop. Cost is $15. Register at www.oan.org, or email Victoria.e@AGNursery.com with any questions.
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"What Does the Future Hold for Your Farm?", a free event on family farm succession, will be held from 6–9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3 at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie, Oregon. The program is being presented by the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, the Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Austin Family Business Program at Oregon State University.
"The districts want to help farmers stay in business and keep good land in production," said Rick McMonagle, manager of the East Multnomah district's Land Legacy Program. "Providing producers with reliable information about how to transfer the farm to the next generation, is one important part of a sometimes complicated process."
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