USDA revises P. ramorum regulations
After receiving input from the OAN, AmericanHort and others, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced it is revising the Phytophthora ramorum domestic regulations for nurseries located in California, Oregon and Washington.
The revisions are intended to allow both APHIS and state regulatory agencies to focus their resources on high-risk nurseries where P. ramorum, the pathogen that causes sudden oak death, has been detected. Nurseries with no detections of the pathogen in the last three years will no longer be subject to inspection, sampling and certification.
The revised regulations will become effective March 31, 2014. "The USDA deserves credit for getting this right," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. He added that members of the OAN Executive Committee and Government Relations committee, along with federal lobbyist Cornerstone Government Affairs, helped the OAN make a successful case.
» For further comments from Stone, read the post on the Daily Digger blog
» Read the full notice from APHIS(PDF)
» For more information on P. ramorum, visit the plant pest page on the APHIS website
» Read coverage in the Capital Press (Salem, Ore.)
Home gardeners urged to remove poisonous Nandina
The Association of Northwest Landscape Designers (ANLD) and other local horticulturists are encouraging gardeners to remove Nandina (also known as "sacred bamboo" or "heavenly bamboo") from the landscape.
The recommendation comes as word has spread about a 2009 report from the University of Georgia. When dozens of cedar waxwings were found dead in Georgia, investigators determined the cause to be Nandina berries. The berries were discovered to contain cyanide and other alkaloids that produce highly toxic hydrogen cyanide, which is extremely poisonous to all animals.
Nandina produces bright red berries, which attract cedar waxwings, American robins, Northern mockingbirds and other birds that depend on winter fruits to survive. In Nandina's place, gardeners are encouraged to plant a native species such as evergreen huckleberry or Oregon grape. There also exist non-fruiting varieties of the shrub.
» Read the Univ. of Georgia report
» Read more on OregonLive
Monrovia purchases Imperial Nurseries
Monrovia issued a press release announcing the acquisition of Imperial Nurseries, located in the Northeast. The purchase gives Monrovia a wholesale growing presence in all four quadrants of the country.
» To read more, click over to the Daily Digger website
OLCA call for presentations due by Feb. 11
The Oregon Landscape Contractors Association (OLCA) has issued a call for presentations for its 2014 Northwest Landscape Expo, one-day seminars and chapter meetings. Presentations should highlight examples and illustrations of leading-edge practices, including business, construction, design/build, green initiatives, irrigation, maintenance, management/leadership skills, customer service and other industry trends. All entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
» Download the submission form(PDF)
» For more information, call the OLCA office at 503-253-9091 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
USDA extends deadline for conservation stewardship applications
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has extended the deadline for new enrollments in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for fiscal year 2014. In CSP, farmers and other producers install conservation enhancements to make positive changes in soil quality, soil erosion, water quality, water quantity, air quality, plant resources, animal resources and energy use.
A self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine if the program is suitable for their operation. To participate in the program, applications must be submitted by Feb. 7, 2014.
» Learn more about the CSP
» Find a local NRCS field office
The City of Madras has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for petunias, both potted and in flats. The plants will be used to landscape downtown street corners as part of a three-year contract. All proposals must be received by 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5.
» View the RFP(PDF)
» For more information, contact Nick Snead, community development director, at 541-475-2344
Register today: Willamette Chapter Winter Social
OAN's Willamette Chapter is hosting a social gathering titled "Pinot, People You Get to Know, and Predictions." It's the perfect opportunity to chat with colleagues about the year ahead while enjoying a catered dinner and glass of wine — or beer, too! The event will take place at the Chemeketa Eola Viticulture Center in Salem, Ore. Cost is $25. Please RSVP by Jan. 17 to Dave Malcolm at email@example.com or pay online at www.oan.org.
» Register online
» Download the flyer
CCC offers conifer grafting course
On Saturday, Feb. 8, the Horticulture Department at Clackamas Community College (CCC) will offer an all-day seminar on conifer grafting for beginners. In addition to hands-on practice using side and side-veneer grafts on several different conifer species, attendees will learn to sharpen their knives, prepare rootstock and learn basic aftercare procedures. Cost is $60, and pre-registration is required.
» Download the registration form(PDF)
» For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-594-3292
Angie's List awards Terra-Sol Landscaping
Terra-Sol Landscaping of Portland, Ore., a long-standing OAN member, announced it has earned the service industry's coveted Angie's List Super Service Award in 2013. "Only about 5 percent of the companies on Angie's List within the Portland metro-area market are able to earn our Super Service Award," said Angie's List founder Angie Hicks. "It's a mark of consistently great customer service." Angie's List connects more than 2 million paid households with local service professionals in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to healthcare.
» Visit Terra-Sol Landscaping's website
Top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) recently published a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards. According to the OSHA website, the government organization "publishes the list to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so they can take steps to find and fix recognized hazards addressed in these and other standards before OSHA shows up. Far too many preventable injuries and illnesses occur in the workplace."
» Visit OSHA's website to view the most frequently cited standards
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 now 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.
Need Help Managing Your Listings?
» Visit Get in the Guide
» Check out the Managing Your Listings video on the Help page
» Call the OAN Office at 503-682-5089
» Email email@example.com
Reserve your booth at the 2014 Yard, Garden & Patio Show
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."
» Registration is now open!
OAN Willamette Chapter - Register by January 17
♦ January 21 - Pinot, People You Get to Know, and Predictions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
» Download the OAN Media Kit