REMINDER: Individual OAN phone extensions remain down
The telephone system at OAN remains down, and only the main phone number of 503-682-5089 is working. Individual extensions are not. The best way to reach individual staff members is by email. If you are not sure who you need to reach, email email@example.com and your inquiry will be redirected to the correct person. We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope to have the phone system back up and working as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.
Flawed Driver's Card ballot title allowed to stand
The Oregon Supreme Court last week declined to order a rewrite of the Oregon Driver's Card ballot title that's going before voters in November. Backers of the bill had asked the court to require more balanced ballot language.
"We're very disappointed the court didn't send this flawed ballot title back to the attorney general," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "Nonetheless, we will fight hard to defend this measure, so that all Oregonians can be safe on the roads. People need to be able to get to work, go to church, do their shopping, and take their kids to school. We hope others will join us in voting yes."
The 2013 bill created a four-year driver's card for drivers of legal age who can prove residency and driving ability. A group seeking to reduce immigration gathered signatures to delay the bill and force a public vote.
The Oregon Nurseries' Political Action Committee (ONPAC) plans to vigorously support the measure, and will also back legislative candidates who understand and support nursery priorities, including the need for a driver's card. Members are urged to back these efforts by supporting ONPAC.
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Revised plant shipping rules lower regulatory burden
Revised USDA plant shipping regulations that are designed to combat the spread of Phytophthora ramorum took effect on Monday, March 31. As a result, nurseries in regulated counties are no longer subject to inspection, sampling and certification requirements, unless the pathogen has been detected at that nursery in the last three years.
"The new regulation is a significant victory for Oregon nurseries, and one that we fought hard for," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "The initial regulation placed all West Coast nurseries under strict notification requirements, regardless of what they were shipping. The next iteration narrowed it down to certain genera most susceptible to the pathogen, but still treated all West Coast nurseries as if they were infected. This new order finally gets it right. It removes trade barriers, levels the playing field, and helps the small number of nurseries with a disease issue to get it properly fixed."
Nurseries in the 14 quarantined counties in California, and Curry County, Oregon, remain under stricter requirements, due to the pathogen's presence in the wild in these areas.
Action Alert: Bill would modify ACA definition of full-time worker
On Thursday, April 3, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on H.R. 2575, a bill that would change the Affordable Care Act's definition of full-time worker from 30 hours per week to 40. This change is consistent with other employment laws, and would bring some relief to many employers.
If you're a business owner with more than 50 employees, this could significantly alter your requirements and options for meeting the employer mandate and improve your ability to manage your staffing needs.
The OAN and AmericanHort urge nursery owners to support H.R. 2575 and urge their member of Congress to do the same. To send them a quick message, click here.
ONF scholarship application deadline extended
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. The deadline to submit applications has been extended to Sunday, April 6.
» For more information visit www.oan.org/scholarship
Save the date: Mt. Hood Chapter Pioneer Dinner on May 20
All OAN members are invited to the Mt. Hood Chapter Pioneer Dinner, to be held Tuesday, May 20 at Persimmon Country Club, 500 S.E. Butler Road, Gresham. The event is free to nursery pioneers and their spouses. Nursery pioneers are those over the age of 60, who have 20 years of service or more in the nursery industry. For others, the cost is $25. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes a prime rib and salmon dinner. For details, contact Rhonda Boni-Burden at Rhonda@gulicklogistics.com or cell 360-772-3082. Registration will be available shortly at www.oan.org.
April Digger showcases creative containers
Hot off the press, the April issue of Digger showcases the nearly limitless planting possibilities when gardening in pots, boxes and hanging baskets. Click here to read the article (PDF).
Other articles in the issue include:
• "For the birds" (PDF) — Mike Darcy calls for a common-sense response to the recent controversy surrounding Nandina domestica (heavenly bamboo) and its role in the deaths of cedar waxwing birds.
• "Meet the leader: Ryan Basile" (PDF) — The Farwest Trade Show chairman talks about his love of providing great products and services for the nursery industry.
• "Learning from the experts" (PDF) — This year's Farwest Trade Show has once again attracted a who's who of green industry gurus, eager to share their far-reaching knowledge with showgoers.
• "Attracting, training and retaining a winning team" (PDF) — Thought-provoking ways the nursery and greenhouse industry can grow its workforce today and for the future.
• "Stealing the green" (PDF) — Prevention is the best defense against the dreaded chloroplast thief, the azalea lace bug.
• "Shaping our identity" (PDF) — Inspired by springtime's rejuvenating spirit, OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone provides motivation for the renewed growth of the nursery and greenhouse industry.
Please send your comments on the issue to editor Curt Kipp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travel firm organizing nursery tour of Brazil
Anglatin Travel Ltd. is organizing a guided and hosted tour of Brazil for nursery professionals this coming October. The group will visit nurseries, botanical gardens, flower markets, greenhouses, rain forests, national parks, research centers and other destinations in and around Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo, Campos do Jordao, and the Mantiqueira Mountains. Participants will get to meet growers, wholesalers, retailers, researchers and others involved in Brazil's nursery industry. (Read more)
April is National Safe Digging Month
Now that spring has sprung, eager home gardeners are gearing up to start outdoor digging projects. But, before they reach for their shovels, NW Natural would like to remind everyone to first call 811 — the national call-before-you-dig number, to ensure that buried utility lines are marked.
Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811. Striking an underground utility line while digging can cause bodily harm, disrupt service to an entire neighborhood, and potentially result in fines and repair costs.
Throughout the month, NW Natural will be promoting National Safe Digging Month through social media and local events.
» For the latest updates, follow NW Natural on Twitter @nwnatural and Facebook at www.facebook.com/NWNaturalGas.
Nursery pesticide efficiency workshop a success
Close to 60 people attended the half-day workshop, "Maximizing Pesticide Use Efficiency in Nurseries," held at J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. on February 20. Sponsors and partners included the Oregon Association of Nurseries, Oregon State University, Oregon Environmental Council, Clackamas County SWCD, Clackamas River Basin Council and Clackamas River Water Providers.
The workshop was the first installment of a new Pesticide Efficiency and Integrated Pest Management program for Oregon nurseries, and a Pesticide Stewardship Partnership for the Clackamas Watershed. At least three more education events will be held in the Clackamas Watershed in 2014–15. Future topics include:
- Pests and Diseases — June 2014
- Weed Management — October 2014, and
- Integrated Pest Management Planning for Nurseries — February 2015
Stay tuned for more information about upcoming workshops by logging on to OSU's Intergrated Plant Protection Center webpage. (Read more)
HRI accepting research proposals
The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) is now accepting research project proposals designed to improve green industry efficiencies and profitability. Proposals for the 2015 grant cycle are due no later than June 1, 2014.
Researchers are encouraged to submit proposals for research in the areas of horticultural marketing and consumer purchasing practices, pest and disease management and control, and sustainable production and environmental resource management. Grant awards typically range from $5,000 to $35,000.
» For grant application and procedural guidelines, log on to the Horticultural Research Institute website
GCA announces summer tour
This year's Garden Centers of America (GCA) Summer Tour is set for June 22–25, 2014. The three-day event takes participants to San Francisco, Sacramento and San Jose, and features five or more stops each day, from large destination garden centers to small, niche-oriented stores.
» For more information and to register, visit www.GardenCentersofAmerica.com
Save the Date: May 28 — Urban Forest Symposium
If you're interested in how climate change will impact the urban forest, make plans now to attend this all-day symposium. Learn about what changes our region can expect and strategies that can be used to plan and manage for a healthy and resilient urban forest. Presentations will be relevant to urban foresters, landscape professionals, restoration ecologists, tree care professionals, consulting arborists, sustainability professionals, urban planners, landscape designers, landscape architects, municipal managers and tree advocates.
The symposium will take place from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28, at the University of Washington's Botanic Gardens, Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, Wash.). Cost is $75; lunch is $15 extra.
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Early registration opens for Duffers Classic Golf Tournament
The 25th annual Duffers Classic Golf Tournament, sponsored by Jordan Ramis PC, is scheduled to take place at the Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City, Ore. on Thursday, June 12. A benefit for the Oregon Nurseries' Political Action Committee, the event is a great way to reconnect with friends, have a lot of fun, and support a strong nursery industry voice in Salem and Washington, D.C. And, if you sign up before June 6, you'll save $10 off the regular registration fee of $109!
» Sign up early and save.
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Willamette Chapter Plant Sale
♦ April 26 - 27 - Willamette Chapter Plant Sale at Oregon Ag Fest.
Mt. Hood Chapter
♦ May 20 - Mt. Hood Chapter Pioneer Dinner
♦ June 12 - Annual Duffers Classic Golf Tournament at the Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City (Register early and save)
OAN Exposure Channels: A great place to grow
Are you looking to stay visible and gain new customers? OAN events, publications and websites offer fantastic exposure at an excellent price. OAN members save the most, with discounted ad and sponsorship rates. Buy into multiple publications, or multiple issues of Digger, and save even more. To lock in your ads for 2014, contact advertising and sponsorship account manager Chris Sweet at 503-582-2012 or email@example.com.
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