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OAN Member Update: January 27, 2016
X. fastidiosa testing almost complete, 2016 Perennial of the Year, more
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
January 27, 2016    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

OAN Conference Room renamed for Dick Joyce

Volunteer leadership is one of the true strengths of the Oregon Association of Nurseries. The association has benefited tremendously over the years from many members giving their time, leadership and expertise.

But among them, Dick Joyce stands alone. That's why the OAN Conference Room recently was renamed the Dick Joyce Conference Room.

"Since anyone can remember, nobody has poured more time into the critical functions of the association," OAN President Leigh Geschwill said. "Dick is a past president of the association (1983), and has dedicated countless hours to helping with the Farwest Show, the Yard, Garden & Patio Show, and various committees. But perhaps his greatest impact has been on the Government Relations Committee, where his front-line defense on issues that impact the industry has been exceptional."

A plaque honoring Dick, who owns Joyce Farms in Sherwood, Oregon, recently was mounted on the wall of the conference room.

Dick has received numerous volunteer honors with the association. He is the only two-time winner of the OAN Outstanding Service Award (1981 and 2010). He received President's Five Star Awards in 2008 and 2010, and was named an Honorary Life member in 2003. Dick's committee service has included the Safety, Government Relations, Farwest, YGP Show and Oregon Nurseries' Political Action committees, among others. He is the current chair of the Products and Services Committee.

Xylella fastidiosa testing almost complete

The Oregon Department of Agriculture reported it is making good progress at testing for Xylella fastidiosa, a quarantine pathogen that causes Pierce's disease in pear trees and other plants. Upon completion of testing, they hope to be able to release, from an emergency quarantine, counties where the pathogen is not found. Officials released the following statement Monday:

"On November 2, 2015, Xylella fastidiosa, the cause of Pierce's Disease was officially confirmed as present in Oregon for the first time. Infected pear plants were identified at a single location in Linn County. Trace forward information from that location indicated potentially infected plant material had been shipped to nine counties (Benton, Hood River, Jackson, Lane, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill). In response, the Oregon Department of Agriculture adopted an Emergency Quarantine for X. fastidiosa on the nine counties. This quarantine is designed to protect the rest of the state from this pathogen until the Department can determine the extent of the problem.

As of January 22, 2016, the Department has collected 3,103 samples from the nine counties, with 2,539 samples testing free of X. fastidiosa. Ten samples, nine pears from the original location in Linn County and one pear from a single location in Washington County, have been officially confirmed as infected with the pathogen. Another 554 samples remain to be tested. Once all testing is complete, the Department will release those counties that test free of X. fastidiosa from the Emergency Quarantine. The Department will also develop response plans with the affected individual locations to mitigate the known infestations."

For more information about X. fastidiosa, download the plant disease alert brochure

Perennial Plant Association names 2016 Perennial of the Year

More than 150 years after it was first hybridized, Anemone × hybrida 'Honorine Jobert' was named the 2016 Perennial of the Year by the Perennial Plant Association.

In the 1850s, the plant was discovered in the Jobert Gardens of Verdun, France. It went on to become a sought-after cultivar by the time of the American Civil War and since then has become a classic perennial in gardens of the world.

The anemone is a very low-maintenance plant, growing in sun or partial shade. 'Honorine Jobert' grows in USDA zones 4 to 8. Many pure white flowers will appear from spring into fall on branching upright stems above a solid clump of dark green leaves.

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PSU launches food systems certificate program

Portland State University (PSU) has launched a new program that prepares students to work on contemporary food systems issues in a variety of sectors and industries. The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems will educate students on topics ranging from business and urban planning to policy and public health.

"Food systems are so cross-cutting," said Nathan McClintock, an assistant professor of urban studies and planning who is studying the relationship between urban agriculture and gentrification. "The certificate provides exposure to different ways of addressing food systems challenges, and requires students to think about broad social and environmental impacts of community, government and industry decisions."

The master's level program is available as an add-on for graduate students or as a stand-alone program for professionals seeking to broaden their knowledge of current food systems issues.

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Filbert acreage grows in Oregon as demand increases

Oregon farmers are expanding the sizes of their hazelnut orchards, according to a recent Capital Press report.

Michael McDaniel, who operates Pacific Ag Survey and is tracking hazelnut acreage, attributed the growth to high prices paid for the crop in recent years.

In 2015, Oregon had more than 45,000 acres of hazelnuts in the ground, McDaniel said at the recent Nut Growers Society meeting in Corvallis, Oregon. Roughly 25 percent of the hazelnut acreage consisted of trees younger than five years, and another 9 percent consisted of trees between five and 10 years, he said. Of the new acreage, farmers have planted more than half at double-density, McDaniel said. This method speeds up the profitability of orchards but eventually requires the removal of trees.

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'Plant hackers' look to develop futuristic plants

A new generation of "plant hackers" is looking to develop new — some might say bizarre — plant varieties, according to a recent story published by The Wall Street Journal.

This "millennial niche" of bioengineers is tinkering with plant genetics to create heretofore unheard of plant varieties: glowing plants (inspired by the science fiction movie "Avatar"), fragrant mosses (which could replace air fresheners) and the long sought-after "true" blue rose.

Their quest is partly inspired by advances in do-it-yourself genetic modification techniques, but also by the potential for big earnings. In the annual $10 billion cut-flower industry, new and novel plants can earn big profits.

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Svensson hires West Coast sales manager

Ludvig Svensson Inc., maker of textile-based climate screens for greenhouses, has hired Katherine Wolper as West Coast sales manager.

Wolper joins Svensson's North American sales team with more than 15 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Svensson, Wolper was the Northwest account manager for MasterTag, and retail ready and key account manager for Tagawa Greenhouse.

Based out of Portland, Oregon, Wolper will support the company's customer base in both the U.S. and Canada, servicing growers and distributors throughout the West. Wolper can be reached at 971-275-6443 or by email at

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Register for Mystery Tour by this Thursday and save $10

Register to attend the OAN Willamette Chapter's Mystery Tour by this Thursday and save $10. Cost to attend is $65 per person now through Jan. 28, and $75 thereafter.

It's been several years since the last Mystery Tour, but the legendary event hosted by the Willamette Chapter will make its highly anticipated return on Friday, Feb. 12.

Folks will congregate at 5 p.m. at Van's Nursery (3775 Brooklake Road NE, Salem) and board a charter bus, which will transport them to a top-secret location where fine food, drink and entertainment awaits.

Attire is "dressy casual," and it's recommended that attendees bring along a coat or sweater, and wear solid, non-slip footwear — high heels are not recommended. Please bring a valid photo ID with you.

For more information, contact Robert van Klaveren at 503-463-4507 or

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Sign up now for fall tour of Israeli nurseries and greenhouses

John and Kelly Schroeder of Valleybrook Gardens are leading a horticultural tour of Israel in October 2016. Israel is a world leader in irrigation technology and exports a wide range of horticultural products.

The tour will take in greenhouses, garden centers and nurseries, and includes opportunities to explore the incredible culture, history and sights of the country. Tour dates are October 24–November 7, with an optional two-day extension to visit Petra in Jordan. For more information, contact John at

Apply for USDA crop insurance by March 15

The deadline to apply for Whole-Farm Revenue Protection and insurance coverage on spring crops is March 15. Crop insurance provides protection against a loss in production due to natural perils, such as drought or excessive moisture.

Crop insurance is sold and delivered solely through private crop insurance agents. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers and online at the USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) Agent Locator. Producers can use the RMA Cost Estimator to get a premium amount estimate of their insurance needs online.

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Free pesticide collection coming to Southwest Oregon

Attention: Growers in Southwest Oregon. The Medford Water Commission and the Pesticide Stewardship Partnership are sponsoring a FREE Pesticide Collection Event for agricultural, commercial and industrial users. Events will take place in Grants Pass on March 4 and in Medford on March 5.

Any farm or agricultural business that has old or unusable materials can take this opportunity to properly dispose of hazardous materials. Even if you don't know what the material is, it can still be brought in. Questions? Contact Amy Sager Patton at Patton Environmental LLC (541-690-9983) or Graham Gadzia at Clean Harbors (206-900-3930). Pre-registration is required by February 18.

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