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OAN Member Update: March 18, 2015
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March 18, 2015    |      EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

OAN supports updated state nursery license bill

The Oregon Association of Nurseries is supporting Senate Bill 256, which would allow the state to work with the industry in updating nursery license requirements and fees.

"The Oregon Department of Agriculture nursery license and inspection program is nationally respected and is a model for federal policy," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone testified at a March 11 Environment and Natural Resources Committee hearing. "The members of the nursery and greenhouse industry pay for the program through our license fees. We have made the strenuous case over the years that these dollars have been raised to keep markets open, (keep) our plants disease free, and allow a constructive relationship between regulator and business to be established."

The bill — written by OAN and ODA in collaboration — does not directly raise license fees. However, it does allow the current fee cap and millage to be raised if circumstances warrant. This way, inspection programs can be adequately funded in the future. This in turn will preserve Oregon's reputation for clean plant material, and protect grower access to national and global markets.

The inspection process is geared towards solving problems and helping growers ship clean material. The bill also contains a "nuclear option" that can be used in those rare cases where those shipping diseased material refuse to cooperate with remediation efforts. In such cases, and only after due process, their nursery license can be revoked. If necessary, any diseased material would be subject to mandatory destruction. "Most — 98 percent — of Oregon's nurseries do it right," Stone testified. "They ship clean plants."

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Court won't expedite review of Obama's immigration action

CNN reported that a federal appeals court has rejected the U.S. Justice Department's request to fast-track the review of a Texas judge's decision, which three weeks ago put a halt to President Obama's executive action on immigration. As a result, millions of undocumented immigrants were left in legal limbo since they cannot apply for the two programs created by the action that would have eased deportations.

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USDA declares two drought-stricken Oregon counties as natural disaster areas

On March 18, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) declared Grant and Jackson counties in southern Oregon as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by drought. Farmers and ranchers located in these counties may now apply for natural disaster assistance.

Producers in 11 other Oregon counties also qualify for assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are: Baker, Crook, Douglas, Harney, Josephine, Klamath, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union and Wheeler.

All qualified farm operators in the designated areas are eligible for low interest emergency loans from USDA's Farm Service Agency, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses.

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Neonicotinoid-resistant thrips discovered in North Carolina

Brown marmorated stink bugs are a huge problem in North Carolina, and now that state's cotton producers are battling a new pest: neonicotinoid-resistant thrips.

"We don't know a lot about this resistance, but we know that in some locations thrips are only thiamethoxam-resistant and in some locations they're only imidacloprid-resistant," said Dominic Reisig, North Carolina State University Extension entomologist.

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City of Portland surveying tree growers on availability

The City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) is surveying OAN member growers on the production of street and shade trees in Oregon.

Portland's tree program is currently in its seventh season of planting urban trees in the city. In partnership with Friends of Trees, the program has planted nearly 30,000 street trees and over 10,000 trees in yards. Street trees are regulated by Portland Parks and Recreation – Urban Forestry, including an approved street tree list.

"We are in the process of taking a comprehensive look at tree availability based on the approved list," tree program manager Matt Krueger said. "We would like to know current availability for planting this spring as well as upcoming availability for planting next fall. We will use this feedback to purchase trees for upcoming plantings, to plan for future plantings one to two years out, and possibly to propose changes to the approved lists."

The city is looking for broadleaf trees with 1–3-inch caliper and conifers that are 4–8 feet tall. To be considered, trees must meet ANSI Z60.1 standards and have healthy, intact root systems; single trunk form; and balanced canopy.

Interested growers may download the survey in Excel spreadsheet form. It includes a column to enter availability for each approved street tree species currently, and next fall. "We understand it will take some effort to provide feedback and we truly appreciate your time," Krueger said. Responses must be returned by Friday, April 17. Submittals and questions should be directed to Matt Krueger at 503-823-2978 or

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HRI funds pollinator research projects

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) awarded $125,000 in financial support for four key projects as part of the Horticultural Industry Bee and Pollinator Stewardship Initiative. "The Pollinator Stewardship Initiative is of critical importance in developing a singular, comprehensive response to concerns about our industry's impact on pollinator health," said John Coulter, HRI president and general manager of Fisher Farms in Gaston, Oregon. "The initiative's focus on research is a key component in establishing clearer understanding of horticulture's impact on pollinators."

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Crown Bees launches 'Bee with Me' crowd-funding campaign this week

Crown Bees, the Woodinville, Washington–based pollinator supplies merchant, announced the launch of the "Bee with Me" crowd-funding campaign on March 18. The goal is to raise $100,000 by May 1. The money will help rebuild an online social network connecting "Bee Boosters" — community gardens, public parks, zoos, botanical gardens and local farmers — who provide habitats for native pollinators such as mason bees.

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Washington governor declares drought in three regions

Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared drought in three regions of the Evergreen State: the Olympic Peninsula, the east side of the Cascade Mountains including Yakima and Wenatchee, and the Walla Walla region.

The governor said in a press release the state has to prepare for a drought that is likely to impact farms, fish and wildfires. State officials have asked for $9 million of emergency drought relief from the state legislature. That money would be used to quench farms, provide healthy drinking water to communities, and aid fish and wildlife survival.

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Invasive Plant Best Management Practices webinar — March 24

Learn how to create best management practices that help identify and minimize the spread of invasive species; for example, cleaning your shoes or pressure-washing your bulldozer. This online seminar should be of interest to gardeners, landowners, foresters, natural resource professionals and urban park managers. The webinar is free and pre-registration is not required.

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New ONF scholarship honors memory of Larry Fitzgerald

The Oregon Nurseries Foundation announced a new scholarship honoring the memory of Larry Fitzgerald, who passed away August 10, 2014. He was a longtime manager for several nurseries in Oregon and California, and a past president of the OAN Clackamas Chapter. His estate will award $500 a year to a college junior or senior who is attending Oregon State or Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and majoring in horticulture. The recipient of this scholarship should be dedicated to entering the nursery industry.

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

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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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Agricultural Labor Laws Forum — March 31

Renew your OAN Nursery Guide listings

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

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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