Neonicotinoid pesticide not sole cause of bee die-off, according to new study
A newly published study suggests imidacloprid, the neonicotinoid pesticide that has become the world's most common insecticide, is just one of several factors contributing to colony collapse disorder.
The study, appearing in PLOS ONE, was conducted by Galen Dively, emeritus professor of entomology at the University of Maryland. Dively acknowledged that neonics and other pesticides are causing trouble for bees around the world. "It contributes, but there is a bigger picture," Dively said in a news release . Other factors include parasites such as Varroa mites, Nosema fungus, viruses, drought and loss of habitat.
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NY Times op-ed points to E-Verify as way out of immigration impasse
"Mandate E-Verify for all employers — and make it the vehicle for legalizing unauthorized workers," stated an
op-ed that appeared in the March 18 edition of the New York Times. The piece was co-penned by Alan K. Simpson, Republican senator from Wyoming from 1979–1997, and Bruce A. Morrison, Democratic representative from Connecticut from 1983–1991.
Currently, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee is marking up the House Resolution 1147, the Legal Workforce Act, which would mandate the use of the E-Verify system by all employers to confirm the legal status of prospective employees.
E-Verify is a flawed system, according to others, and would have a disastrous effect on the agricultural workforce.
"Enforcement-only immigration bills are not helpful," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "They are doomed to failure because they don't solve the entire problem. To fix our broken immigration system, we need all three legs of the stool — border enforcement, status adjustment for the people already here, and a pathway providing for an adequate workforce." Among Oregon's delegation, all members have said that they will oppose the bill, with the exception of Rep. Greg Walden (R-2nd District).
Prohibition of H-2B processing temporarily lifted
On March 18, a federal district court in Florida issued an order effectively permitting the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to restart its processing of H-2B applications under the 2008 rule and to continue processing applications under that rule through April 15. Under the terms of the court's order, any application for certification or prevailing wage determination that has not completed DOL processing by the time the stay ends as of April 16, 2015, may no longer be processed under the 2008 H-2B rule.
AmericanHort has issued an action alert, asking members of the green industry to urge federal officials to fix the H-2B program. "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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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 www.NurseryGuide.com, you can add, drop and update listings at will throughout the year. All listings that are renewed 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.
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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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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. To be eligible, all plant selections must be:
- new to the market for 2015 or 2016;
- available for order from a Farwest Show exhibitor; and
- have different attributes than plants currently on the market.
The submission deadline is Friday, March 27, 2015. Contact Crystal Cady with questions at 503-682-5089 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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USDA declares two drought-stricken Oregon counties as natural disaster areas
OAN supports updated state nursery license bill
Court won't expedite review of Obama's immigration action
City of Portland surveying growers on availability
HRI funds pollinator research projects
ODA prohibits use of four neonicotinoids on linden trees
OAN offers health, dental coverage through Leonard Adams Insurance
Agricultural Labor Laws Forum — March 31
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
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 email@example.com.
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