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MARCH 16, 2016    |     IMPORTANT DATES     |     ADVERTISE

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Oregon is the top grower of several deciduous shade trees

The state of Oregon is the nation's top producer of deciduous shade trees, according to the recent USDA Census of Horticultural Specialties. Growers in the state produced $114 million worth of the trees in 2014, representing 20 percent of the market.

Within that category, there are several specific trees that Oregon sells more of than any other state. They include Japanese maples ($26.2 million, 54 percent of national market), red maples ($14.5 million, 24 percent of market), Norway maples ($6 million, 44 percent of market), birch ($4.5 million, 18 percent of market), linden ($3.3 million, 25 percent of market), and honey locust ($2.6 million, 20 percent of market).

The full census report goes into great depth on individual tree, plant and shrub species grown by each state, and therefore is a good market analysis tool for anyone growing plant material.

Supreme Court brief: Farm workers help economy

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson last week filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that undocumented immigrants hold farm jobs that would otherwise go unfilled, according to a Capital Press article.

"Immigrant workers in low-skilled jobs benefit the economy by lowering the cost of living, with negligible impacts on ... native workers," he stated in the brief.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments beginning April 18 on whether President Obama acted lawfully in 2014 when he suspended the deportation of some 4.4 million illegal immigrants.

While Texas has taken the lead among 25 states challenging the immigration orders, the state of Washington has supplied the written arguments for the 16 states and the District of Columbia that are backing the president.

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Allison Pennell joins OAN staff

Allison "Ali" Pennell has joined the Oregon Association of Nurseries staff as the new event and program coordinator.

Ali joins the events team for the Farwest Show and other OAN programs and events. You will see her at this year's Duffers Classic and OAN Convention. She is the main member contact for the Trucks to Trade Shows and the Oregon Nursery Foundation's scholarship programs.

"I am really happy to be part of the events team and the OAN," said the native Oregonian. "I look forward to getting to know our members and seeing the industry from a new perspective!"

A certified plant nerd, Ali brings a strong background in plants and people.

She's a proud Beaver fan and graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in Environmental Studies. Her professional background includes retail garden center sales, landscape design, with a focus on trees for urban gardens and low water use gardening, and organizational administration. Her free time is spent enjoying the outdoors with her three children, around the river or on the trails.

Contact Ali at 503-582-2010 or

Celebrate National Ag Week — March 13–19

In observing National Agriculture Week, Americans are encouraged to say thank you to the more than 2 million farmers and ranchers who produce food, flora and fiber for a living. Statewide, there are more than 35,000 agricultural operators for Oregonians to salute.

"There's no question that agriculture continues to be a major part of our economy and that farmers and ranchers make huge contributions to Oregon's environmental quality," said Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba.

As part of National Agriculture Week, the Celebrate Oregon Agriculture campaign will be featuring a series of TV segments on KATU's morning show, AM Northwest. Each day, viewers will get a chance to see personal stories from those who make a living in dairy, beef cattle, nursery, fruits and vegetables, and fishing operations.

Wilbur Ellis

Lane Forest Products


Jordan Ramis

Leonard Adams

Looking for work in the Green Industry?

Advertise here!

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Looking for trouble?

OSU Extension entomologist Robin Rosetta has put together a "Looking for Trouble" section on the entry page to the PNW Nursery IPM website. To help with monitoring, the webpage now lists a few key plant problems that are currently showing up this time of year.

"It can't be all-inclusive given our diversity but I hope it helps to get some of these risks on your radar," Rosetta said.

Current pest risks include egg hatch of boxwood psyllid, flights and damage of pear blight beetle, egg hatch for spruce spider mite, and adult emergence and egg laying of white pine weevil.

"Now is a key timing for disease prevention and monitoring too," Rosetta added, noting that there are already signs of brown rot, botrytis, bacterial blight and cedar-broom rust.

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Terra Nova changes labeling policy

Terra Nova Nurseries announced it has modified the company's labeling policy to eliminate the tag exemption process that was affecting the purchase of unrooted cuttings or rooted liners, according to a company press release. Growers who utilize branded nursery or retailer labels with their products are no longer required to use Terra Nova Nurseries' tags with their cutting and liner orders.

"One goal of our new labeling policy was to remove unnecessary obstacles and, thus, expedite the process of ordering Terra Nova Nurseries' varieties," said Nathan Lamkey, director of sales and marketing/assistant general manager. "We are sensitive of the time demands upon growers, and we are adapting and responding to their needs."

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Seed Your Future program encourages careers in horticulture

Seed Your Future is a new, national initiative that seeks to combat declining awareness of horticulture among U.S. audiences and to promote horticulture as a vital and viable career path for the nation's youth. More than 150 partner organizations, including Oregon State University, have signed on so far.

"There have never been so many opportunities to join the field of horticulture as there are today, yet awareness of these opportunities is at an all-time low," said Anna Ball, president and CEO of Ball Horticultural Company. "Seed Your Future will be the force we need to bring our industry back into balance."

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Safety Tip: Store hazardous chemicals properly

Storage of hazardous chemicals — including pesticides and herbicides — isn't just a matter of Oregon law. It's also a matter of safety for yourself, your workers and the environment. This leaflet (PDF) provides tips to keep you legal and safe.

One key tip is to designate a storage area that is not likely to flood or expose the chemicals to water. It should be situated 100 feet away from surface water and downslope from wells and other sensitive areas (such as feed storage areas). This information is presented to you courtesy of SAIF, Oregon OSHA and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.

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.

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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.

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Important Dates

41st annual Fruit Propagation Fair
MARCH 20 - The Home Orchard Society will present this popular event designed to help home gardeners grow their own fruit. It will take place from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Sunday, March 20 at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds (694 NE 4th Ave, Canby). Cost to attend is $5 for Home Orchard Society members ($10 for whole family); $7 for non-members ($12/family); and free for those who join the society at the show. For more information, contact Jacqueline Freeman at

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 »

AFE scholarship applications due
MAY 1 - The American Floral Endowment (AFE) is offering more than 20 scholarships to floriculture and horticulture students. The deadline to submit applications is May 1. More Info »

Nursery Guide listings due
MAY 2 - It's now time to renew your Nursery Guide listings! Each OAN member gets a free profile and one free listing. Listings that are renewed by May 1 will appear in the printed book and remain on the website through April 30 of the following year. Renew your listings today.

Nursery Guide display advertising due
MAY 2 - Reserve your ad space in the OAN Nursery Guide book by May 2, or get a banner ad on (call anytime for availability; space is limited). Contact Blair Thompson ( or 503-582-2012) or download our ad kit for details.

In case you missed it

Oregon governor signs landmark minimum wage bill

State revises proposal to increase nursery license fees

U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader visits with OAN members

Initiative Petition 28 would impose gross receipts tax on sales

Twelve Oregon counties now free to ship pear to European Union

Pest Alert: White pine weevil

EPA approves new Syngenta insecticide

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 horticultural sales hit $932 million for 2014

Spraying for Asian gypsy moth to begin this spring in Portland

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Ready to grow your business with OAN Publications and Events?

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 to discuss how OAN advertising and sponsorship can help your business grow.

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