Portland joins growing list of cities to ban neonicotinoids
Last week, the Portland City Council unanimously approved a ban on the use of neonicotinoid insecticides on city-owned property, effective immediately. The ban does not apply to private property, although Commissioner Amanda Fritz said this was just a first step. The ordinance also urges retailers to label insecticide products or other items that may contain the neonicotinoid chemicals. Portland's ban follows similar actions in Spokane, Seattle and Eugene. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also pledged to ban the insecticides last year on more than 150 million acres of public land.
The OAN testified against this ban. Executive Director Jeff Stone told the council that the neonics ban takes away a safer alternative to chemistries that are harmful to humans. He mentioned that recent high-profile bee kill incidents resulted from misuse of the chemicals directly on flowering trees (contrary to label instructions), and that problems with honeybee populations have many contributing causes, including the Varroa mite. Earlier this spring, the Oregon Department of Agriculture banned the use of neonics on Linden trees, which OAN supported.
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Governor declares drought in three more Oregon counties
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Monday declared drought emergencies in Crook, Harney and Klamath counties due to low water levels and record low snowpack. Gov. Brown declared drought emergencies in Malheur and Lake counties on March 17. Projected forecasts are not expected to alleviate the severe drought conditions, causing significant economic impacts on agriculture, livestock and natural resources.
"Oregon's unusually warm and dry winter has potentially dire consequences," Brown said. "By enlisting the support of our state and federal partners, we will be best able to ensure the safety of the residents of Crook, Harney and Klamath counties, as well as their livelihoods and property."
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'Prevailing wage obligations' the topic of free seminar this Thursday
Jordan Ramis PC, the law firm that provides the Legal Access program for OAN members, will host an hour-long seminar starting at 5 p.m. this Thursday, April 9. "Identifying and Meeting Prevailing Wage Obligations: Tips, Traps, Forms and Fines" will address a range of employer concerns and offer best practice suggestions unique to public contracting.
The seminar is free to attend. It will take place in the Jordan Ramis Conference Center (Two Centerpointe Drive, 5th floor, Lake Oswego). RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-598-7070.
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Be on the lookout for these pests
European shot hole borer and
tent caterpillars are two pests to guard against right now, according to OSU Extension entomologist Robin Rosetta.
Rosetta recommends monitoring stressed and susceptible trees for sawdust, weeping sap or the European shot hole borer itself — sometimes they can be seen sticking out of a hole. Ethanol-baited funnel traps are suggested for nurseries with a recurring borer problem.
Tiny tent caterpillars have been spotted in apple trees in Washington and Oregon. Small tents can be pruned and removed from the orchard. Spot treatments with insecticides are also a viable option for control, although biological controls by numerous natural enemies (birds, predaceous bugs, and parasitic wasps and files) can often keep populations in check.
Dig in to this month's Soil Health Workshops
Two Agricultural Soil Health Workshops will take place later this month. "Focus on Larger Farms, Conventional Systems, and Perennial Crops" will take place from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. on Monday, April 13 at Behrman Farm (32755 SW Johnson School Road, Cornelius), and "Focus on Small Farms, Organic Operations and Annual Crops" will take place from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. on Monday, April 20 at Swallowtail School & Farm (332 NE Sixth Avenue, Hillsboro). The workshops are free, but registration is required. Register online at www.swcd.net/soil-health-workshop. For more information, call 503-648-3174 ext. 121 or email email@example.com.
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Dr. A's memoirs now available for pre-order
Dr. Allan Armitage — one of the most respected plant authorities in the green industry, and a featured speaker at this year's Farwest Show — has penned his memoirs. Armitage's stories depict his unlikely trajectory as a shy boy from a quiet neighborhood in Montreal to a world-renowned plantsman, teacher, lecturer and author of over a dozen books.
"[A]fter weaving many tales about my family and background through plant talks and stories, people kept asking, 'How did you get here from there?' so I finally decided to write a few things down," Armitage said.
"It's Not Just About the Hat — The Unlikely Journey of a Plantsman" will be published this spring. It will be available at his website, www.allanarmitage.net.
SAVE THE DATE: AgChat Foundation Conference — April 27–28
On Friday and Saturday, April 27–28, the AgChat Foundation will host a two-day conference in Spokane, Washington. Topics to be covered include agriculture advocacy, consumer insight, social media skills, and networking opportunities with other farmers, ranchers, agribusiness professionals and educators. For more information, log on to www.agchat.org/pnw.
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By attending, you will find far more to see, make far more connections with thousands of top industry professionals, and gain far more ideas. Bundle your Expo Pass with tours, seminars, pesticide classes or the Equipment Innovation Day, and save. Register now and grab the early bird discount to save even more.
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Welcome to OAN's new members
Four new companies and individuals joined the Oregon Association of Nurseries in March. To these new members, welcome!
Chapter: At Large
Christmas Tree Chapter
Retail-Greenhouse chapters to meet on April 22
The Retail and Greenhouse chapters will host their first meeting of the year on Wednesday, April 22 at McMenamins Old Church & Pub, 30340 S.W. Boones Ferry Road, Wilsonville. Join your friends and colleagues for dinner followed by a round-robin presentation detailing the newest plant introductions on the market for 2015 and what's coming down the pike. Presenters include Terra Nova Nurseries, Fisher Farms, Van Essen Nursery and more!
Social hour begins at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the presentation and an EXTRA BIG raffle you don't want to miss. Cost is $25. For more information contact Lisa Barnett, 503-509-8755, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Willamette Chapter Plant Sale at AgFest
The Willamette Chapter will hold its annual Plant Sale at the Oregon Ag Fest on Saturday and Sunday, April 25–26, at the Oregon State Fairgrounds (2330 17th St. NE, Salem). 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. Please complete the Annual Plant Sale form and email to Val Tancredi at email@example.com. We would appreciate your response by April 14.
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 15.
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New study concludes 'bee revival' already underway
Op-ed highlights the economic benefits of immigration
Echinaceas are hot, hot, hot!
Be on the lookout for spittlebugs
Neonicotinoid pesticide not sole cause of bee die-off, according to new study
Prohibition of H-2B processing temporarily lifted
USDA declares two drought-stricken Oregon counties as natural disaster areas
OAN supports updated state nursery license bill
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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