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OAN Member Update: March 12, 2015
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
March 12, 2015    |      EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

ODA prohibits use of four neonicotinoids on linden trees

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) has issued a new rule restricting the application of any pesticide product containing dinotefuran, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam or clothianidin. These four neonicotinoids may not be applied — regardless of application method — to linden trees, basswood trees or other Tilia species.

The rule, which went into effect on February 27, 2015, supersedes label language. This means that even if a pesticide label provides directions for use on linden trees, the product can not be used on linden trees, basswood trees or other Tilia species in Oregon.

In conjunction with the new rule, ODA has published an updated list of alternatives to neonicotinoid insecticides (except for acetamiprid) for landscapers. Acetamiprid, another neonicotinoid, is not impacted by the new rule.

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H-2B worker visa program on hold due to court ruling

A federal judge in Florida last week ruled that the U.S. Department of Labor does not have the authority to enforce H-2B regulations.

As a result, federal officials essentially shut down the H-2B program for any company that has not completed the labor certification process, the first step in seeking H-2B workers. The program is capped at 66,000 visas per year, and the landscape industry is the single-largest user of it.

AmericanHort issued an action alert, asking members of the green industry to urge federal officials to immediately resume processing H-2B prevailing wage determinations and labor certifications. "Even if you don't use the program, it hurts the whole green industry when we suffer from labor shortages resulting from bureaucratic dysfunction and visa program chaos," said Craig Regelbrugge, AmericanHort's senior vice president in charge of public policy and government relations.

To voice your support for the H-2B program, AmericanHort recommends calling your members of Congress through the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121. If this issue directly affects your company, you should set up an appointment with your representative or their staff.

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OAN Membership Committee to meet Friday at 9 a.m.

All OAN members are invited to attend the first meeting of the new Membership Committee at 9 a.m. on March 13. The meeting will be held at the OAN office (29751 S.W. Town Center Loop, Wilsonville).

"I am excited that the OAN Board of Directors has seen fit to create a Membership Committee," said OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone. "For many, this is long overdue. I am truly excited about the development of this committee — so much so that I have assigned myself as the staff liaison."

OAN Past President Kristin VanHoose of Amethyst Hill Nursery will chair the committee. Also serving is Josh Robinson of Robinson Nursery, founder of the Young Nursery Professionals. Val Tancredi of the Willamette Chapter will chair a Membership Engagement Task Force that reports to the committee. For more information and to RSVP, email or call 503-682-5089.

OAN offers health, dental coverage through Leonard Adams Insurance

As a reminder, the Oregon Association of Nurseries offers an exclusive health and dental insurance program for member companies through Leonard Adams Insurance, an independent agency endorsed by OAN.

OAN dental coverage is geared toward prevention and good overall oral health. Plans can start any month, with as few as two enrolled employees, and have tax-deductible rates as low as $36.60 per employee. There are no waiting periods for class I, II or III services, and benefits begin the first day covered.

OAN and Leonard Adams offer multiple health insurance plans through Providence Health Plan with strong benefits at competitive cost. To receive an updated quote on the new plan offerings for this year, please contact Randy Skinner at or 503-296-0077. Leonard Adams also offers other insurance lines, including workers compensation, general liability, farm, business auto and personal.

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SAVE THE DATE: Agricultural Labor Laws Forum — March 31

This free forum is geared for agricultural labor contractors. Wage, hour, safety in transportation and housing, and field sanitation information will be provided by federal and state agencies. In addition, onsite federal contractor licensing registration will be provided if you bring your fingerprint cards. The forum will take place from 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31 at Chemeketa Community College, Woodburn Campus (120 E. Lincoln St., Woodburn). There is no cost to attend, but attendees must register in advance. To reserve a spot, email or call 503-378-4884.

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Wilbur Ellis

Lane Forest Products


Jordan Ramis

Leonard Adams


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Sign up by this Friday for USDA Conservation Stewardship Program

This Friday, March 13, is the final day to sign up for the 2015 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) offered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The program seeks to increase conservation efforts, such as improving water quality or soil health, on agricultural operations.

USDA announced last month that it will make available $100 million through the CSP. Eligible lands are private and tribal lands that include cropland, pastureland, rangeland and non-industrial private forestland. Applicants must have control of the land for the five-year term of the contract.

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Welcome to OAN's new members

Three new companies and individuals joined the Oregon Association of Nurseries in February. To these new members, welcome!

Harvest Nursery
Gabriel Kahn
Portland, OR
Retail Chapter

Portland Payroll Inc.
Mike Madrid
Beaverton, OR
Chapter: At Large

Mammoth Transport of Oregon LLC
Timothy Cooper
Philomath, OR
Willamette Chapter

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 2015, renew today and stay part of the action!

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Renew your OAN Nursery Guide listings

It's time to renew your OAN Nursery Guide listings! Each OAN member gets a free profile and one free listing.

On, 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 and log in. Once logged in, please click on the "My Listings" link at the top of the page and follow instructions on that screen to add or drop listings.

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 »

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.

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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.

The showcase is now accepting submissions for the 2015 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. The submission deadline is Friday, March 27, 2015. Contact Crystal Cady with questions at 503-682-5089 or

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OAN Events

OAN Government Relations Committee Meeting
March 20 - The GR committee will meet next with U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Oregon) at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 20

Pioneer Dinner
July 21 - Save the date for the Mt. Hood Chapter Annual Pioneer Dinner

In case you missed it

Congressional standoff over immigration policy ends

House Judiciary Committee takes up E-Verify bill

Farwest debuts fresh website

ALERT: Farwest exhibitor hotel booking

Free trainings on invasive plants scheduled for this March and April

Oregon Invasive Species Council seeks coordinator

Home Depot requires new neonicotinoids plant tag, despite inconclusive evidence

Orenco site added to National Register of Historic Places

Energy Trust posts updated rebate forms for 2015

Scholarships offered to Clackamas County students — Applications due April 3

Save the date: Soil School 2015 — April 4

Farwest Show will host the 2015 International Trials Conference

Farwest signs customer service expert for keynote address

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OAN Publications and Events: Plant your brand and watch it grow

Looking to grow your business? Want to make the most of your marketing dollar? OAN offers a full portfolio of respected publications, events and electronic media that help you reach your targets, your way. As an OAN member, you get exclusive discounts on ads and sponsorships, and you can save even more by buying into multiple publications or issues. Download our 2015 Media Kit today for all the details. To schedule your ads for 2015, contact the OAN at 503-682-5089 or

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