February Digger looks at issues involved with cannabis production in Oregon
With marijuana now legal to grow in Oregon, entrepreneurs from across the business spectrum are considering ways to cash in on a commodity believed to be worth around $1 billion annually just in Oregon alone. Read about how the state government and established agricultural industry are attempting to get cannabis production under control in "The green rush."
You can also read this month's complete flipbook edition of Digger (Flash required; fast connection recommended). Send comments on the issue to editor Curt Kipp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schrader to host Salem town hall on Feb. 17
U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-5th) will host a Town Hall Meeting from 6–7 p.m. on Feb. 17. The event will take place in the Loucks Auditorium at the Salem Public Library (585 Liberty St. SE, Salem). This is a great opportunity to share your concerns and ideas with him.
Schrader represents the fifth district of Oregon, which includes all of Marion, Polk, Lincoln and Tillamook counties as well as the bulk of Clackamas and small portions of Multnomah and Benton counties. Schrader has served on the House Committees on Agriculture, Energy and Commerce, and as the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture. He is regarded as a strong advocate for agriculture, rural communities and the nursery industry.
New study details 'weed blasting' control method for organic growers
A relatively new weed control method known as abrasive weeding, or "weed blasting," was found to be "surprisingly effective" in a recent field test at the University of Illinois. Abrasive weeding involves blasting weed seedlings with tiny fragments of organic grit using an air compressor. In conjunction with plastic mulch, abrasive weeding reduced final weed biomass by 69 percent, to 97 percent, compared to non-weeded control plots.
Register for the 4-County Pull-Together
The eighth annual 4-County Pull-Together will be held from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 24 at the Oregon Zoo (4001 SW Canyon Rd., Portland). The event is presented by the Cooperative Weed Management Area, a partnership of organizations throughout Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon dedicated to combatting invasive weeds for the preservation of native habitats.
Topics covered during the day will include up-to-date information about invasive plant impacts, control, data collection and outreach for land managers, field contractors and the gardening public. Certified herbicide applicators may earn up to five Oregon or Washington re-certification credits (pending approval). Cost to attend is $43.19 and includes snacks, beverages and lunch.
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Welcome to OAN's new members
Two new companies and individuals joined the Oregon Association of Nurseries in January. To these new members, welcome!
East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District
Mt. Hood Chapter
Everly Gardens Nursery
Boring, OR 97009
Chapter: At Large
Membership includes opportunities to market your business and save money. Our member savings calculator helps you quantify your membership return on investment. If you're an existing member and haven't renewed your membership for 2016, renew today and stay part of the action!
RSVP for the Mystery Tour by this Friday
The registration deadline for the Mystery Tour is this Friday, Feb. 5. The event, hosted by the Willamette Chapter, will take place the following 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 "Mystery Destination" 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 email@example.com.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
♦ February 12 - Mystery Tour
OAN Conference Room renamed for Dick Joyce
Xylella fastidiosa testing almost complete
National Garden Bureau names 2016 Perennial of the Year
PSU launches food systems certificate program
Filbert acreage grows in Oregon as demand increases
'Plant hackers' look to develop futuristic plants
Svensson hires West Coast sales manager
ODA pulls back proposed increase in nursery license fees
OAN opposes governor's minimum wage plan
Supreme Court will review immigration executive order
ODA publishes list of pesticides for cannabis producers
Oregon's statewide snowpack at 123 percent of normal
EPA study finds imidacloprid harmful to honeybees
New Digger showcases Oregon Nursery Country
Oregon horticultural sales hit $932 million for 2014
Spraying for Asian gypsy moth to begin next spring in Portland
Thanks to beekeepers, U.S. honeybee colonies hit 20-year high
Ballot measures may include gross receipts tax on business
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