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Oregon reaps 'healthy' tax revenues during first month of marijuana sales, PEST ALERT: Western tent caterpillar, more
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
MARCH 23, 2016    |     IMPORTANT DATES     |     ADVERTISE

Irrigators await allocation plan for Oregon's stored water

Federal regulators are currently deciding how to divide up the water stored behind 13 dams in Oregon's Willamette Valley, according to a story in the Capital Press

Those dams perform flood control during the rainy winter months. During the spring and summer, the held water is designated for joint use by irrigators, municipalities, industries, recreationists and fish.

Currently, irrigators in the Willamette Valley have contracted with the federal government to use 74,000 acre-feet of the water available. The amount of water slated for irrigation is capped at 95,000 acre-feet under the current plan, but agricultural groups hope to increase agriculture's share under the new allocation process.

Dealing with unallocated water is just one aspect of the overall water supply development issue that is facing Oregon farmers. The OAN has been closely involved with all facets of the water issue, helping to develop nontraditional alliances between agriculture, municipalities and conservation groups. These alliances have been able to reach out to officials and work for solutions beneficial to all.

"By working together, we have found ways to address water supply needs through cooperation and market-based mechanisms, rather than just on the regulatory side," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said.

New members invited to meet and greet social

New members who have joined the Oregon Association of Nurseries are invited to a "meet and greet" social to be held next week at the OAN office in Wilsonville.

The event will be held from 4–6 p.m. next Wednesday, March 30 in the Dick Joyce Conference Room, OAN, 29751 S.W. Town Center Loop West, Wilsonville, Oregon. Folks are free to drop in anytime during the event; refreshments and light snacks provided. This is a great opportunity for new members to meet and network with OAN volunteer leaders, OAN staff and other new members, and learn how to get the most out of your membership. A similar event will be held for existing members later in the spring.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend. Contact Jeff Stone at 503-682-5089 or We look forward to meeting all of our new members.

Oregon reaps 'healthy' tax revenues during first month of recreational marijuana sales

Oregon collected $3.48 million in taxes from recreational marijuana sales in January, according to an report.

The collections for a single month exceeded state economists' projections for the entire year. Officials expected between $2 million–$3 million after the state paid for the costs associated with regulation.

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Donations and volunteers needed for Plant Sale

The OAN Willamette Chapter will hold its annual Plant Sale at the Oregon Ag Fest on Saturday and Sunday, April 23–24, at the Oregon State Fairgrounds (2330 17th St. NE, Salem, Oregon). Your generous donation of plant materials helps raise money for the chapter's educational fund. Blooming plants are the best, although all plants are needed and welcome. Please label all plants, and include an invoice with your donation.

To make a donation or volunteer, download this form and return it by April 14. For more information, contact Val Tancredi at

New director of OSU Food Innovation Center announced

David Stone has been named the new director of Oregon State University's Food Innovation Center.

An associate professor specializing in the study of pesticides, metals and biotoxins, Stone also serves as director of the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC), a joint venture of Oregon State University and the EPA, and is part of OSU's Superfund Research Project.

Located in Portland's Pearl District, the Food Innovation Center works to advance Northwest food products by providing entrepreneurs advice, testing and feedback on product development, packaging and shelf-life evaluation, sensory and consumer testing, marketing planning and access, and business development. The center also is home to the Oregon Department of Agriculture's international trade specialists and laboratory services program.

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Pest Alert: Western tent caterpillar

Now is the time to watch for egg hatch of western tent caterpillars, according to OSU entomologist Robin Rosetta. Egg hatch coincides with bud break on host plants, which include red alder, crabapples, madrones and roses.

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Oregon English Ivy Forum to take place next Tuesday

Conservation professionals will host a day of learning about English ivy. English ivy is listed as an invasive, noxious weed in Oregon due to its ability to out-compete native plants. The transport, sale or propagation of English ivy is prohibited in Oregon.

Information on ecology, impacts and integrated management tools will be presented and discussed from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29 at the Oregon Department of Forestry, Building C-Tillamook Room, 2600 State Street, Salem. For more information and to register, call Jo Davis or Beth Myers-Shenai at 503-986-4621.

Clackamas Community College kicks off spring term next week

Clackamas Community College's Horticulture Department is offering a wide range of courses for degree-seeking students as well as those persons interested in simply continuing their education and learning new skills.

Classes begin Monday, March 28. Click here to download a complete list of classes. For more information, contact Loretta Mills at or 503-594-3292.

Register for webinar on spotted wing drosophilia — April 12

A free webinar — "All-Seasons Approach to Monitoring and Managing Spotted Wind Drosophilia" — will take place from 10–11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12. Pre-registration is required.

Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) is an insect pest of economically valuable small fruit and tree fruit crops. Known in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest since about 2009, this species now appears to be established in many fruit-growing regions around the country. Growers and researchers are working together to implement effective pest control strategies. The webinar will discuss effective techniques to monitor and reduce SWD populations year round.

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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.

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

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Important Dates

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 »

Willamette Chapter Plant Sale at Ag Fest
APRIL 23-24 - The Willamette Chapter will hold its annual Plant Sale at the Oregon Ag Fest on April 23-24. Your generous donation of plant materials helps raise money for the chapter's educational fund. 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.

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EPA approves new Syngenta insecticide

Portland considers changes to approved plant list

2016 Farwest Show announces keynote speaker

Oregon horticultural sales hit $932 million for 2014

Spraying for Asian gypsy moth to begin this spring in Portland

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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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