Initiative Petition 28 would impose gross receipts tax on sales
Initiative Petition 28 is a union-backed measure that would impose a 2.5 percent gross receipts tax on C corporations (and businesses taxed as C corporations) who gross more than $25 million annually in Oregon. The measure is considered likely to qualify for the November 8 general election ballot — and that has several in the business community concerned.
Erica Hagadorn, a spokeswoman for Grow Oregon, gave a presentation on I-28 at Tuesday's meeting of the OAN Government Relations Committee. "This is a tax on sales, not profits," she said. "There are no exemptions for necessities that Oregonians buy every day."
The tax would be particularly difficult for businesses operating on low margins. It would disproportionately affect goods such as local microbrews that pass through several hands (hop grower, brewery, distributor, pub). "A product can be taxed at each step of the supply chain," she said. "This tax is so regressive. It would disadvantage home-grown companies."
Signature gathering is underway; if the measure qualifies for the ballot it will be assigned an official measure number for the ballot.
Twelve Oregon counties now free to ship pear to European Union
Officials with the European Union have recognized 12 Oregon counties as a pest free area, allowing shipments of pears and pear trees to resume following an earlier quarantine for the pathogen Xylella fastidiosa.
All these counties have tested free of the pathogen. They include Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Marion, Multnomah, Polk and Yamhill counties.
Three Oregon counties remain under EU quarantine. They are Linn, Hood River and Washington counties. Washington County had one positive detection. State and federal officials have a compliance agreement with that nursery and are working to get the county listed as pathogen free. At last report, the affected trees were in the process of being destroyed. The other two counties remain under emergency quarantine.
The pathogen is harmful not just to pear trees but a variety of hosts, including olive trees and grapevines.
High Desert conference organizers among those honored
Katie Lompa of the Oregon Department of Forestry and Gary English, owner of Landsystems Nursery and president of the OAN Central Oregon Chapter, were among more than 20 Oregonians honored by the OSU Extension Association for their volunteerism. The awards banquet took place Dec. 9 at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center in Corvallis.
For 16 years, Lompa and English partnered with OSU Extension to bring the High Desert Green Industry Conference (HDGIC) to Central Oregon. English coordinated the trade show and secured sponsorships, while Lompa served as program developer, speaker liaison and procurer of continuing education units for professional certifications.
"Our volunteers are the backbone of Extension," said Deborah Maddy, associate provost for University Outreach & Engagement. "They bring so much talent and skills to the organization, including that most precious commodity — their time. We want to honor the dedication of individuals and businesses that have significant impacts on our educational programs."
The HDGIC was not held this year, but organizers are hoping for a return in 2017.
Pest Alert: White pine weevil
According to a tip from OSU Extension entomologist Robin Rosetta, now is the time of year when adult white pine weevils normally begin to emerge from their overwintering sites in the duff at the base of the plants.
"They will climb to the tops of hapless spruce trees to lay their eggs in the terminal shoots," Rosetta writes. "Many growers with predictable losses to this pest begin to protect those terminals during this time of the year."
For more information about white pine weevil, visit the Pacific Northwest Nursery Integrated Pest Management website.
EPA approves new Syngenta insecticide
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted federal registration of Mainspring GNL insecticide from Syngenta.
Featuring the active ingredient cyantraniliprole, Mainspring GNL provides broad-spectrum control of key pests, including thrips, whiteflies, aphids, caterpillars, leafminers and leaf-feeding beetles. It can be applied as a spray or drench in greenhouses, nurseries and residential and commercial landscapes, and is compatible with many biological control agents to strengthen integrated crop management programs, the company said. State registrations are pending.
Free Farm Succession Workshop next Monday, March 14
If you're thinking about transitioning your farm, nursery, orchard or forestland to a future generation, this free event will provide the information you need to make the best choices for you and your family. Speakers will discuss the legal, financial and business factors that a farm family should consider when planning for the future. They will present real world examples of how to address these important issues while balancing the complexities of family dynamics.
Presented by the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, the workshop will take place from 6–9 p.m. on Monday, March 14 at the Holiday Inn Express, 477 NW Phoenix Dr., Troutdale.
Application deadline for science and leadership course extended to March 15
The Pacific Biodiversity Institute (PBI) has extended the application deadline for its new four-week Conservation Science and Leadership Course, which will take place May 23–June 19, 2016 at the North Cascades Basecamp in Mazama, Washington. Applications are due by March 15. Scholarships are available for students who cannot afford to cover the full food and lodging cost.
Students will participate in PBI's ongoing research projects and hands-on activities focused on ponderosa pine forests, wildfire impacts, riparian ecosystems, endangered wildlife and ecosystem restoration.
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.
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 »
Portland considers changes to approved plant list
2016 Farwest Show announces keynote speaker
Growers: Take this survey to help migrant and seasonal Head Start planning
Oregon nurseries launch Lean consortium
PEST ALERT: Winter cutworm
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
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