ODA orders stoppage of use and sale of Guardian pesticide
The Oregon Department of Agriculture has ordered stoppage of sale of the pesticide product Guardian, which is labeled for use on ornamental, food and feed crops for mite control but also used by cannabis growers. In addition, ODA has asked growers who may have purchased the pesticide product to refrain from using it.
Varroa mite and deformed wing virus pose deadly double threat to bees
A new study has found that the deformed wing virus, when found in combination with Varroa mites, can decimate managed bee populations — and it is spreading because of the human transport of bees.
On its own, the virus does not seem to be a major threat to hives. When a hive also has Varroa mites, however, the combination is deadly: The mites eat larvae and infect high numbers of bees with the virus.
ONF scholarship applications due by April 15
The Oregon Nurseries Foundation (ONF) awards scholarships to students preparing for a career in ornamental horticulture and related fields. Ranging from $500 to $1,500, the awards are sponsored by individuals and OAN chapters as a way to support the next generation of green industry professionals. Applications must be postmarked by April 15.
Time to renew your listings in OAN Nursery Guide
It's now time to renew your Nursery Guide listings! Each OAN member gets a free profile and one free listing.
On www.NurseryGuide.com, you can add, drop and update listings at will throughout the year. All listings that are submitted and paid by May 1 will appear in the annual OAN Nursery Guide book that is mailed to members and subscribers and distributed at the Farwest Show and other industry events. Listings that are renewed by May 1 will remain on the website through April 30 of the following year.
To update your listings, go to www.NurseryGuide.com and log in. Once logged in, click on the "My Listings" link at the top of the page. If you need help recovering your user name and password, or would like to pay for your listings over the phone, please call the OAN at 503-682-5089 or 1-888-283-7219.
Renew your listings today
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.
Farwest organizers are now accepting submissions for the 2016 show. They'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 2016 or 2017;
- available for order from a Farwest Show exhibitor; and
- have different attributes than plants currently on the market.
The submission deadline is March 31, 2016. Questions? Contact Crystal Cady at 503-682-5089 or 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.
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.
Check out the agenda and register
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 email@example.com.
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.
Four counties now able to resume pear plant shipments
New PlantSomethingOregon.com website launches
February Digger looks at issues involved with cannabis production in Oregon
New study details 'weed blasting' control method for organic growers
OAN Conference Room renamed for Dick Joyce
Supreme Court will review immigration executive order
Oregon horticultural sales hit $932 million for 2014
Spraying for Asian gypsy moth to begin next spring in Portland
Our range of respected publications and engaging events provide valuable opportunities to strategically deliver your message and help achieve your sales and marketing goals. From print to digital to in person at the Farwest Show, we can help you find the best way to reach key nursery industry decision-makers through advertising and sponsorship. And as an OAN member you receive exclusive discounts and can save even more with our frequency discount for multiple ads. Download our Media Kit for all the details and contact Blair Thompson at 503-582-2012 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how OAN advertising and sponsorship can help your business grow.
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