March Digger arrives in mailboxes
Market-tested plants — such as the Knock Out® Roses featured on the March cover of Digger magazine — are finding renewed life through varietal improvement. From repeat-blooming hydrangeas to hardier, more colorful echinaceas, improved versions of tried-and-true garden classics are re-exciting interest — and sales — among retailers, landscapers and home gardeners. Download a PDF of this article.
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 email@example.com.
Growers: Take this survey to help migrant and seasonal Head Start planning
The Oregon Child Development Coalition (OCDC), which provides the Head Start programs for the State of Oregon, is currently asking growers to take a short, 10-question survey to make sure it is serving the children and families of migrant and seasonal agricultural workers. All information will be kept confidential; it will only be used as aggregate data to support program planning to see if there's a need to expand services, move a center or adjust program schedules in any particular communities.
Click here to take the survey. For more information, contact Brian Schmedinghoff, director of resource development, Oregon Child Development Coalition, at 971-224-1017 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PEST ALERT: Pear blight beetle
Pear blight beetle, also known as European shot hole borer, has been spotted recently tunneling into one of its favored hosts, Styrax, according to an alert sent by OSU Extension's Robin Rosetta. This beetle overwinters as an adult in trees, and it is not uncommon to see its tail end protruding from entrance holes in trees it is attacking.
Now is the time of the year to monitor for this pest, one of the most common borers in nursery stock. This beetle becomes active on bright, sunny days over 50 F. Many growers find the use of funnel traps baited with ethanol to be helpful for monitoring local activity.
Speed limits going up on some Oregon highways this week
Starting Tuesday, March 1, the speed limit increased to 65 mph in some areas of Oregon and to 70 mph on some major highways in Eastern Oregon.
The speed limit on I-84 from the Idaho border to The Dalles — and Interstate 82, connecting I-84 to Washington state — will rise from 65 to 70 mph, and from 60 to 65 mph for trucks. A stretch of the two-lane U.S. 95 connecting Nevada and Idaho will get the same treatment to match speeds in those states.
Eight other highways will see speeds rise from 55 to 65 mph, and to 60 mph for trucks. They include U.S. 20, U.S. 26, U.S. 97, U.S. 197, U.S. 395, Oregon 31, Oregon 78 and Oregon 205.
None of the changes affect the Portland metro area or the Interstate 5 corridor.
Now on the OAN / Digger jobs board: horticulture faculty position
If you're looking for work in the green industry, the Digger employment classifieds and the online OAN Jobs Board are great places to find out who is hiring. Both carry the same announcements; the jobs board is updated daily and Digger is published monthly.
Among the jobs currently listed is an opening for a horticulture instructor at Clackamas Community College.
For employers listing positions, you get an ad in Digger and on the jobs board for one price. To place an ad, contact Blair Thompson, OAN advertising and sponsorship account manager, at 503-582-2012 or email@example.com.
Welcome to OAN's new members
Three new companies and individuals joined the Oregon Association of Nurseries in February. To these new members, welcome!
Association of NW Landscape Designers
Chapter: At Large
North Salt Lake, UT
Chapter: At Large
The Peters Company
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!
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Energy Trust offers cash incentives for greenhouse controllers
The Energy Trust of Oregon is currently offering rebates and cash incentives to nursery operations that install greenhouse controllers.
Greenhouse controllers can save money on fuel costs, improve crop production and provide a healthier, more comfortable environment. By maintaining consistent conditions within set parameters, greenhouse staff is freed up to do more than adjust temperatures and ventilation. Many controllers now offer Internet connectivity, too.
Free pesticide collection coming to Southwest Oregon
♦ MARCH 4-5 - 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 March 4 and in Medford March 5. More Info »
Deadline to apply for USDA crop insurance
♦ MARCH 15 - Last day to apply for Whole-Farm Revenue Protection and insurance coverage on spring crops. Crop insurance provides protection against a loss in production due to natural perils, such as drought or excessive moisture. More Info »
Farwest New Varieties Showcase submission deadline
♦ MARCH 31 - Do you have one or more exciting new plant introductions? The New Varieties Showcase is the place to show them off to garden centers, growers, landscape designers and architects, trade publications and garden writers. More Info »
OAN membership renewal deadline
♦ APRIL 1 - Membership includes opportunities to market your business, provide the industry with a strong voice, keep your industry knowledge current, and save money. Our member savings calculator helps you quantify your membership return on investment. If you're an existing member and haven't paid your 2016 dues, renew today and stay part of the action!
ONF scholarship applications due
♦ APRIL 15 - Applications must be postmarked for the Oregon Nurseries Foundation (ONF) scholarships. 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. More Info »
Clackamas County student scholarships due
♦ APRIL 29 - Applications are due for the two $2,000 scholarships being offered by the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District for the 2016–17 school year. For questions, contact Lisa Kilders at 503-210-6002. More Info »
Oregon poised for minimum wage hike
Oregon nurseries launch Lean consortium
PEST ALERT: Winter cutworm
IN MEMORIAM: Ken Smith of Furney's Nursery
House committee passes bill to relax hemp licensing laws
Cultivate'16 announces show details
Members hear update on nursery license fee increase
Pear pathogen quarantine lifted in three more counties
ODA orders stoppage of use and sale of Guardian pesticide
Oregon horticultural sales hit $932 million for 2014
Spraying for Asian gypsy moth to begin this 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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