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OAN Member Update: February 5, 2014
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
February 5, 2014     |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Senate approves Farm Bill; president to sign it

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate approved the conference version of the $1 trillion, 10-year Farm Bill on a 68-32 bipartisan vote. The House had approved it last week, so all that's left now is for President Barack Obama to sign it, which he reportedly will do on Friday.

Passage followed more than a year of disagreement between Republicans and Democrats, largely over program costs, and how much to cut from the food stamps program.

» Read more

OSU names new head of Department of Horticulture

Bill Braunworth has been named head of the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University (OSU). Braunworth earned a doctorate in horticulture from OSU in 1986, and since 1992 has led OSU's Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Extension Program. He has also worked as an agronomist on water use and management in Egypt and as a horticultural researcher in Malawi.

» Read the full press release.

Reserve your Booth at the Yard, Garden & Patio Show

Tonight's Emerald Empire Chapter meeting cancelled

Tonight's scheduled meeting of the Emerald Empire Chapter has been cancelled due to low registration. Please feel free to contact Jenny Bloomer-Lakey at, 541-343-8796 with any questions.

Oregon Legislature begins 2014 session

The 2014 session of the Oregon Legislature began Monday and is scheduled to last 35 days. The main topics are expected to be the implementation of Cover Oregon, a possible attempt to approve the Columbia River Crossing as an Oregon-only project, and a bill expanding background checks on gun sales. A bill regarding pollinators is also expected. The OAN Government Relations team is monitoring all activity and working with legislators on both sides of the aisle to protect and defend the nursery industry.

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Limited-time offer for FREE Nursery Guide 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 one to 75 total listings, you will receive five listings FREE; purchase 76 or more total listings, and you will receive 20 listings FREE!

Online Nursery Guide

Renewing and modifying listings online is easier than ever. But if you need help, we're here for you: call us at 503-682-5089 or 800-642-3401, or drop us a line at You can also view tutorials or download the User Guide at; or click on "Help" at the top of the page.

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

Kitzhaber to attend OAN Government Relations Committee meeting

The OAN Government Relations Committee will meet with Gov. John Kitzhaber on Tuesday, Feb. 18 to discuss issues of importance to the industry. The committee will meet at noon at the offices of Associated Oregon Industries, 1149 Court St NE, Salem, Ore., across from the Oregon State Capitol building.

After staff updates and discussion, the governor will arrive at 1 p.m. and stay for about 20 minutes. Richard Whitman, the governor's chief natural resources adviser, will meet with the group for another 40 minutes after that. This will be the second year in a row the committee has met with Kitzhaber and Whitman. This ongoing, open dialogue has been beneficial for our industry. All OAN members are invited and welcome to attend, but space is limited. Please RSVP to Jeff Stone at if you are planning to attend.

Farwest Trade Show

Last week to submit presentations for 2014 Northwest Landscape Expo

The Oregon Landscape Contractors Association (OLCA) 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 Tues., Feb. 11.

» Download the submission form(PDF)
» For more information, call the OLCA office at 503-253-9091 or email

Portland updates street tree planting lists, requests feedback

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) Urban Forestry has updated its approved street tree planting lists. The lists are for property owners, contractors and developers to use when planting trees in the City right-of-way, typically the planting strip between the sidewalk and the curb. PP&R Urban Forestry welcomes feedback on the lists from Oregon nurseries.

» Read more on the Daily Digger blog

OAN Media Kit

Plan to attend these two upcoming pesticide meetings

Do you use pesticides in your nursery operation? If so, mark your calendar for these two informational events.

Willamette Chapter pesticide meeting — Feb. 18
Presented by OAN's Willamette Chapter, the evening will feature a trio of presenters. Janet Poncelet of Simplot Partners will address the Japanese beetle; Tim Lichatowich of RTI-Ag will discuss the difference between biofungicide and biofertility; and Robin Rosetta of OSU's Department of Horticulture will focus on the azalea lace bug. The meeting will take place at the Woodburn Health Center's Wellspring Conference Center in Woodburn, Ore. Cost is $25 and includes a catered dinner.

» Register online

Pesticide efficiency workshop — Feb. 20
This all-new workshop on better pesticide use will help you reduce waste, save money, and protect the environment. The workshop, "Maximizing Pesticide Use Efficiency in Nurseries," will take place from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. at J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. in Boring, Ore. Three ODA recertification credits have been requested. There is no cost to attend, and lunch will be provided if you register by Monday, Feb. 10.

» Register today

Reserve your booth at the 2014 Yard, Garden & Patio Show

Have you reserved your booth for the 2014 Yard, Garden & Patio Show, Presented by Dennis' 7 Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers? This three-day consumer extravaganza — co-sponsored by Lithia Subaru of Oregon City, Meta, Mutual Materials and The Oregonian — will happen Feb. 28–March 2, 2014 at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland.

Yard, Garden and Patio Show

The YGP Show is a great way to build new relationships with passionate gardening enthusiasts, and help them get to know your business. There are booth spaces available from 10 by 10 up to islands. The Remarkable Green Market is another opportunity to sell your goods and plant material on the show floor.

» Download the brochure and exhibitor application(PDF)
» Reserve your booth today!

Trucks to Trade Shows space still available for NorCal

The OAN Trucks to Trade Shows program has space remaining on its truck to the NorCal (San Mateo, Calif.) show. (The truck to ProGreen is full.) If you are an OAN member exhibiting at NorCal and would like to send plant material, please complete this reservation form (including booth number and number of pallets) and fax/email it back to the OAN office.

Trucks to Trade Shows

For more information, contact Jamie Fletcher, OAN membership and events coordinator, at or 503-682-5089 (800-342-6401 toll-free).

» Reservation Form

OAN Events

High Desert Green Industry Conference
 ♦ February 12 - 13 - High Desert Green Industry Conference Feb. 12–13 in Redmond, Ore.

Willamette Chapter Meeting
 ♦ February 18 - Willamette Chapter Pesticide Meeting

Pesticide efficiency workshop
 ♦ February 20 - Maximizing Pesticide Use Efficiency in Nurseries

Yard, Garden & Patio Show
 ♦ February 28 - March 2 - 2014 Yard, Garden & Patio Show

Willamette Chapter Meeting
 ♦ March 19 - Save the date for the Willamette Chapter Social Event.

Willamette Chapter Meeting
 ♦ April 15 - Save the date for Arbor Day Celebration and Ag Fest Planning Meeting.

Willamette Chapter Meeting
 ♦ April 26 - 27 - Willamette Chapter Plant Sale at Oregon AgFest.

In case you missed it...

GOP may back legal status for immigrants

Insect genetics the target of new, pest management research

New fact sheet on azalea lace bug in Spanish

Crop insurance closing dates fast-approaching

Apply by April 4 for two Clackamas County scholarships

Save the date: Free disposal of old pesticides — Feb. 8

USDA revises P. ramorum regulations

USDA extends deadline for conservation stewardship applications

OAN member briefing on ACA now available online

Dirr, Armitage and Stanley to speak at 2014 Farwest Trade Show

Advertise in the OAN Member Update

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

» Download the OAN Media Kit

The 2014 OAN Media Kit is now available



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