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OAN Member Update: January 21, 2015
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2015 Farwest Show will host the 2015 International Trials Conference

The prestigious 2015 International Trials Conference will be held this year in conjunction with the 2015 Farwest Show in Portland, Oregon, show officials announced.

The cutting-edge conference focuses on the latest research and techniques for trialing annual, perennial, and woody plants. Set for Monday through Thursday, August 24-27, 2015, the conference will lead up to the trade show, which opens Thursday, August 27.

2015 International Trials Conference

The trials conference, attended by plant professionals and industry leaders from around the world, convenes biannually to share ideas on evaluation strategies, develop trialing standards, and explore the plant characteristics demanded by plant buyers and growers. Its ongoing mission is to encourage the creation of universal evaluation criteria and collaboration among plant trial locations, resulting in more meaningful trial data.


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Reform supporters 'hopeful, but not optimistic'

A recent story in the Capital Press offered mixed assessments from agricultural leaders as to whether there's a realistic hope of immigration reform in 2015.

The current field of play has a Democratic president who supports comprehensive reform and recently signed a series of executive orders protecting a subset of illegal residents against deportation, and a Republican-controlled Congress that largely opposes such efforts.

OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said he was "hopeful, but not optimistic" reform could occur. The chances depend on whether likely Republican presidential candidates for 2016 believe support for reform would help them win. The president would likely veto any bill that includes enforcement only, and does not also include the other components of comprehensive reform (status for illegal residents, and providing a future workforce).

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Oregon retailers recognized for excellence

Today's Garden Center magazine has released its annual "Revolutionary 100" list of garden centers for 2015, and three Oregon retail nurseries were selected. They are:

Additionally, Moana Nursery, an Oregon wholesale grower, made the list for their retail location in Reno, Nevada. You can click the links above to read the write-ups on each of the four nurseries. Congratulations to these four outstanding nurseries for being selected!

Wanted: New plants for the New Varieties Showcase at Farwest

Do you have one or more exciting new plant introductions? The New Varieties Showcase at the Farwest Show is the place to show them off to garden centers, growers, landscape designers and architects, trade publications and garden writers.

The showcase is now accepting submissions for the 2015 show. We're looking for plants with such characteristics as new colors, better manners, increasingly compact shape, extended seasons of interest, and improved landscape and production performance. To be eligible, all plant selections must be:

  • new to the market for 2015 or 2016;
  • available for order from a Farwest Show exhibitor; and
  • have different attributes than plants currently on the market.

The submission deadline is Friday, March 27, 2015. Contact Crystal Cady with questions at 503-682-5089 or

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'Hot goods' charges against blueberry growers dropped

According to a report by Capital Press, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced it will return money previously paid by Oregon blueberry growers and drop lawsuits accusing them of "hot goods" labor law violations. The agency will also pay an additional $30,000 to each of the two farms — Pan-American Berry Growers and B&G Ditchen — as part of a legal settlement.

The dispute dates back to 2012, when the agency claimed that farmers had paid pickers less than the minimum wage. As punishment, DOL threatened to block the growers' shipments of blueberries as unlawfully harvested "hot goods."


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USDA awards $22 million for Oregon conservation projects

The Oregon USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service announced six conservation projects in Oregon have been selected to receive a combined $22 million in federal funding under a new, competitive Farm Bill program — the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).

"This funding will help NRCS and our partners put critical conservation work on the ground in Oregon — such as protecting species like sage grouse and the Fender's blue butterfly, restoring native oak landscapes, and saving water and energy," said Oregon State Conservationist Ron Alvarado.

Oregon's six projects selected for funding are:

  • The Oregon Model to Protect Sage Grouse
  • Klamath-Rogue Oak Woodland Health and Habitat Conservation Project
  • Unlocking Carbon Markets for Non-Industrial Private Forest Landowners in the Pacific Northwest
  • North Slope Ochoco Holistic Restoration Project
  • White River Irrigation Efficiency and Stream Flow Restoration Project
  • North Willamette Valley Upland Oak Restoration Partnership

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Free IPM and pesticide risk management workshop offered on Feb. 3

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 to RSVP.

Experts to discuss family farm succession at free event on Feb. 3

"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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Registration open for Women in Agriculture Conference on Feb. 21

"Making Sense of Marketing" will be the theme for the fourth annual Women in Agriculture Conference, presented by Washington State University Extension. The conference will be held Saturday, Feb. 21, and through the magic of technology, it will once again have a unique, multiple-site format. Each one of the 28 different locations in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska will have its own facilitator present on site.

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ODA surveys farmers on the needs of agriculture

The Oregon Department of Agriculture's Development and Marketing Team wants to hear from you! They are conducting a survey about the services they offer and whether they are meeting the needs of the agricultural industry. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete.

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Earn recertification credits at the Northwest Ag Show's OAN Seminar Series

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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Willamette Chapter presents business workshop on Feb. 4

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, or email with any questions.

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Don't be left out of the Wholesale Nursery Location Map!

The biennial Wholesale Nursery Location Map lists more than 100 wholesale nursery growing operations in Oregon and southwest Washington. The four-color map shows all major highways as well as many secondary roads, making it an invaluable resource for truck drivers as well as those who simply want to plan a visit to some of Oregon's top wholesale nurseries.

  • Given out to buyers visiting the OAN booth at the trade shows the OAN participates in around the country each year
  • Included with all OAN Nursery Guides requested through the OAN office
  • Updated and reprinted every two years with a circulation of nearly 12,000 copies
  • One of the most cost-effective marketing tools available to a nursery business today
  • All subscribers included on map with point–to-point driving directions.

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OAN Events

OAN Seminars at NW Ag Show
January 28 - Register today for the Northwest Agricultural Show Seminar Series

Willamette Chapter
February 4 - Willamette Chapter presents Defining YOUR Business

Pioneer Dinner
July 21 - Save the date for the Mt. Hood Chapter Annual Pioneer Dinner

In case you missed it

Grower provides azaleas for opening day of Oregon Legislature

Digger magazine launches revamped website

OAN Nursery Map app now available on Google Play

'Nursery Country' issue of Digger features four Oregon growers

ODA accepting proposals for Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

40 Under 40 nominations due by Jan. 23

Bee experts challenge controversial study linking neonics and colony collapse disorder

Farwest signs customer service expert for keynote address

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OAN Publications and Events: Plant your brand and watch it grow

Looking to grow your business? Want to make the most of your marketing dollar? OAN offers a full portfolio of respected publications, events and electronic media that help you reach your targets, your way. As an OAN member, you get exclusive discounts on ads and sponsorships, and you can save even more by buying into multiple publications or issues. Download our 2015 Media Kit today for all the details. To schedule your ads for 2015, contact the OAN at 503-682-5089 or

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