Kitzhaber promises backing for driver's card bill
Gov. John Kitzhaber met with members of the OAN Government Relations Committee on Tuesday in Salem. It was a productive discussion that covered several issues, including water supply and quality, the pollinator issue, the driver's card bill, and the overall economy.
Kitzhaber opened by mentioning that nurseries provide the number one agricultural commodity in Oregon and are an important provider of jobs. "This has been a pretty spotty recovery, particularly in rural Oregon, so we need to use all of our tools to continue the recovery," the governor said. "Your industry is a really important part of that."
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House approves bill creating Pollinator Health Task Force
As reported recently in the Capital Press (Salem, Ore.), a proposal to reclassify neonicotinoids as "restricted use pesticides" has been removed from a bill currently before the Oregon Legislature. The classification would have meant that only licensed applicators could use the class of chemicals. Instead, the bill calls for creation of a Pollinator Health Task Force to address the issue.
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Growers report $370,000 in snow/ice damage so far
It appears that Oregon growers dodged a major bullet in terms of snow and ice damage during the recent storms. Growers responding to last week's survey reported around $370,000 in damage, which, although bad, was far less than the $18–25 million in damage from the 2009 storm. That incident lasted 11 days and resulted in state and federal disaster declarations.
This is not to say the recent storms did not affect growers. On the contrary; most reported that they had to work very hard to prevent worse damage from the snow and ice.
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Wyden becomes new Senate Finance Committee chairman, may target tax reform
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has formally taken over the chairmanship of the Senate Finance Committee. This is one of the most powerful leadership posts in Congress, with far-reaching jurisdiction over tax, trade and health care issues affecting every American. He replaces Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), who will serve as the next U.S. ambassador to China.
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The 2014 Yard, Garden & Patio Show is almost here!
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 only a few remaining booth spaces available, so download the complete brochure and exhibitor application(PDF) and reserve your space today!
» Download the exhibitor application
Volunteer at this year's Yard, Garden & Patio Show
Feb. 28–March 2
We need volunteers for this year's Yard, Garden & Patio Show, taking place Feb. 28–March 2 at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland. You have three opportunities to help us make this show a big success! They are Parcel Pick-Up, the show entrance, and the Plant Something™ booth. Just pick the area and the shift you prefer. You will get free YGP Show admission on the day you volunteer. Click here to read more information. To sign up, contact Ashley at email@example.com or call the OAN office at 503-682-5089.
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Maximize your visibility on NurseryGuide.com
More and more of the industry uses online tools to find plants, services and supplies. NurseryGuide.com provides an opportunity to be found more often by potential buyers. There are many ways to increase your visibility on the site — most at no, or low cost to you.
- Buy listings for the key category and specific plants, services or supplies. Now is a great time to increase your listings by taking advantage of the free listing promotion, good through March 31, 2014.
- Include descriptive keywords in the business description on your profile.
- Include your availability lists — up to four.
- Advertise on NurseryGuide.com, with direct links to your website.
- Send plant photos. If they are used on the site, the photos are watermarked with your nursery's name.
» Get in the Guide
Welcome to OAN's new members
Four new companies and individuals joined the Oregon Association of Nurseries in January. To these new members, welcome!
Diffused light shown to increase plant growth rate
European researchers have found that producing pot plants under a light-diffusing screen shortens the production time by 25 percent and results in better-quality plants, according to a report published on the Greenhouse Product News website.
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ONF scholarship applications due by April 1
The Oregon Nurseries Foundation (ONF) awards scholarships to students preparing for a career in ornamental horticulture and related fields. In all, 16 different awards — ranging from $500 to $1,500 — 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 1.
» For more information visit www.oan.org/scholarship
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 Trade 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 2014 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;
- available for order from a Farwest Trade Show exhibitor; and
- available fall 2014 or spring 2015.
The submission deadline is March 28, 2014.
» Download the submission form
» View the 2013 or prior selections
» Contact Ann Murphy with questions at 503-682-5089 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Resolve to renew and save in 2014
OAN membership has always delivered value, and that's more true than ever. OAN members save with exclusive, OAN-endorsed health and dental coverage for themselves and their employees. Send trade show booth materials to all major nursery trade shows at lower cost through our Trucks to Trade Shows program. Get discounted fuel delivery and cardlock fuel discounts. And much more.
Renew online or call Jamie Fletcher, membership and events coordinator, at 503-682-5089 (Portland area) or 800-342-6401 (toll-free).
» Renew your membership for 2014 today!
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In Memoriam: Dick Teufel
The Oregon Association of Nurseries is saddened to report the death of Dick Teufel, owner and founder of Teufel Products Co. in Hillsboro, Ore. Mr. Teufel passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. He was well known in the industry for his soil expertise and product innovation. Dick was an aviation enthusiast and enjoyed traveling and the outdoors. He loved spending time with his daughters Angela and Jessica and grandson Henry.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, March 15th at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville Oregon starting at 5:30 pm. Food and refreshments will be provided.
While filled with grief, the family will continue to provide the same level of service and product that their customers have come to expect.
Pesticide efficiency workshop
♦ February 20 - Maximizing Pesticide Use Efficiency in Nurseries
Yard, Garden & Patio Show
♦ February 28 - March 2 - 2014 Yard, Garden & Patio Show
Mt. Hood Chapter Meeting
♦ March 18 - New Varieties Showcase
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.
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 email@example.com.
» Download the OAN Media Kit