Oregonian: Labor shortage collides with immigration crackdown
The change of immigration enforcement priorities with the new administration hasn't led to site-based raids so far — but it has resulted in broader and more numerous enforcement actions, a greater feeling of fear in the immigrant community, and heightened press interest.
The Oregonian was one of the most recent press outlets to run a story, Oregon farmers scrambling as labor shortage collides with Trump immigration crackdown.
The Oregon Association of Nurseries has worked with press outlets to ensure that the coverage is balanced. Jeff Stone has granted several interviews to talk about the importance of immigrant labor, the need for comprehensive immigration reform, and OAN's role in finding solutions to a broken system.
You can find recent stories on immigration enforcement and reform, as well as other workforce-related issues, on the OAN's Workforce page, www.oan.org/workforce. This page is provided for members only as a benefit of your dues investment.
Additionally, an Immigration Forum will be held from 1–3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20 at the Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan St., Newberg, Oregon. Co-sponsoring the event are OAN, the Oregon Farm Bureau and the Oregon Winegrowers Association. Those attending will include officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, along with a panel of immigration attorneys. Leaders from OAN, OFB and OWA will offer perspective as well.
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Oregon pesticide fines quadruple in 2016 as Legislature considers tighter rules
Pesticide-related fines issued by the Oregon Department of Agriculture quadrupled between 2015 and 2016, according to a recently released report from the department. The numbers? Some 37 fines totaling $85,938 were levied in 2016, compared to 23 fines totaling $18,748 in 2015.
The report comes as the Oregon Legislature is considering four bills that would tighten pesticide regulations, KGW.com reported. Two of the bills relate to pesticides in general, while the other two relate specifically to neonicotinoids. The OAN is opposing all four of the bills.
'Come as you are' to today's New Member Social
New and longtime OAN members are encouraged to join the OAN staff for a meet-and-greet event from 4–6 p.m. today — Wednesday, April 5. Hosting the get-together is the Pivot Group (7405 SW Tech Center Dr. #140, Tigard), the marketing and advertising agency that serves the Oregon Association of Nurseries.
This is great opportunity for networking and finding out ways to improve your marketing efforts. There's no cost to attend; refreshments and light snacks will be provided.
There will also be an opportunity to participate in publicity efforts for the Farwest Show. Part of this year's marketing campaign will directly target more newcomers with a photo series highlighting the strength of our OAN members. Similar to a promotion by the Portland Timbers, our Farwest photo campaign will feature members holding tools of the trade and wearing regular work wear. The goal is to showcase the strength of our community and invite the industry to take advantage of the opportunities only found at Farwest.
If you can't make it today but would still like to participate, two more photo sessions will be scheduled. For more information, contact Kristen Urban at the OAN, email@example.com or 503-582-2011.
New Varieties Showcase submission deadline extended through April 15
The submission deadline for the New Varieties Showcase at the 2017 Farwest Show has been extended through April 15. If you have an exciting new plant introduction, the New Varieties Showcase is the place to show it off to garden centers, growers, landscape designers and architects, trade publications and garden writers.
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 2016 or 2017;
- available for order from a Farwest Show exhibitor; and
- have different attributes than plants currently on the market.
Contact Ali Pennell with questions at 503-682-5089 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit your plant