Thank you for renewing your OAN membership! For our valued members, we have put together the 2016 OAN Resource Guide — a free download for members only.
This 20-page PDF will help you get more from your OAN membership investment. It includes the full list of current OAN board, staff, chapter and committee contacts for the 2016 membership year. In addition, it has information about the member benefits that are available to you.
Awards range from $500 to $1,500, and are sponsored by individuals and OAN chapters. Each scholarship is designed to support the next generation of green industry professionals who are studying horticulture or a related field.
Questions? Contact Ali Pennell, OAN event and program coordinator, at 503-582-2010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Snowpack has bounced back, but water shortages may loom
According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture hydrologist, this summer may be hotter and drier than normal, and water shortages are a distinct possibility.
"As of April 1, most El Niño forecasts have the conditions drying out and with less precipitation, below normal precipitation," said Scott Oviatt, snow survey supervisory hydrologist with the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. "If we had that scenario occur, we could melt our snowpack off sooner."
Right now, all basins are at or above 89 percent of normal snowpack. Last year at this time, statewide, all basins were at 30 percent of normal, or less.
California and New York raise minimum wage to $15 an hour
California and New York this week enacted legislation that will gradually push their statewide minimum wages to $15 per hour — the highest in the nation.
On Monday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that will raise the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. Meanwhile, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that will gradually raise the minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour starting in New York City in three years and phasing in at a lower level elsewhere. An eventual statewide increase to $15 would be tied to economic indicators such as inflation.
Now that spring has sprung, eager home gardeners are gearing up to start outdoor digging projects. But, before starting to shovel, everyone should 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.
May 1 is the deadline to purchase crop insurance coverage. Crop insurance provides protection against a loss in production due to natural perils such as wind, storms and freezes. Nursery growers who already have coverage under the federal crop insurance program can renew or modify their policies before the sales closing date has passed. Growers applying for coverage for the first time may purchase a crop insurance policy at any time.
Hardy Plant Society of Oregon to present 'Hortlandia 2016' this weekend
Hortlandia 2016 is scheduled to take place this weekend, April 9–10, at the Portland Expo Center (2060 N. Marine Dr.). Presented by the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, the annual plant and art sale features vendors from Canada to California.
Attendees will browse and buy the latest plant introductions and hardiness-tested plants, as well as a large selection of specialty garden art. Admission is free.
OSU offering free 'Introduction to Permaculture' online course this spring
Oregon State University is offering a free online course on sustainable landscape design. The four-week course, "Introduction to Permaculture," will run from May 2–27; registration is open now.
Teaching the course is Andrew Millison, an instructor in OSU's Horticulture Department and founder of Permaculture Design International (PDI). Millison has been involved in permaculture practice, design and education for 20 years.
"I've seen exponential growth in permaculture in recent years because it directly addresses many of the issues that are on people's minds, such as climate change, food security and the alleviation of poverty," Millison said. "Permaculture offers solutions to these issues, and this course gives people a way to make a positive impact."
Hearing on higher nursery license fees will be Friday
The Oregon Department of Agriculture is accepting comments on a proposed increase in the required state nursery license fees. These fees support the state nursery inspection program, which ensures the shipment of clean plant material and protects Oregon's continued access to national and global markets.
In January, ODA officials initially proposed a 29–38 percent increase in the fees in order to cover a current program deficit as well as short-term inflation. Following criticism from the OAN and others over the size of the increase, they revised their proposal.
The new proposal will reduce some program expenses but still increase license fees by 8–18 percent depending on license type. License fees for dealers, florists, landscape contractors and greenhouse growers of herbaceous plants would increase approximately by 8 percent. License fees for nursery stock growers and collectors of native plants would increase by approximately 18 percent. Officials said that these operators require greater services, so it's appropriate they pay a higher increase.
public hearing (PDF) will be held on the matter at 10 a.m. Friday, April 8 at the ODA building, 635 Capitol St. NE, Salem. Written comments may be submitted to Sue Gooch at the same address or by email at email@example.com.
ODA officials say that even with this current increase, a long-term plan is needed to make the inspection program fiscally sustainable into the future.
Register for webinar on spotted wing drosophila — April 12
A free webinar — "All-Seasons Approach to Monitoring and Managing Spotted Wing Drosophila" — 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 affecting 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how OAN advertising and sponsorship can help your business grow.