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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
OAN rolls out first-ever Plant Something art contest
April is a month to celebrate trees, Earth Day and spring. The OAN is asking elementary school-age kids to create colorful artwork around the theme "Plants Make Our Lives Better." Winning artwork will appear on the cover of Digger, in a 2015 e-calendar, on the www.Plant-Something.org Facebook page and www.PlantSomethingOregon.com website, at the 2014 Farwest Trade Show and other venues.
Please help us get the word out by contacting your children's elementary school teachers and by sharing the contest rules. To be eligible, artwork must be completed in class and postmarked by May 12, 2014. A team of OAN members will select the winning artwork. If you have questions, please contact Ann Murphy at email@example.com or 503-682-5089.
» Contest Rules
» Release Form
EPA proposes new pesticide rules
For the first time in 20 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has
proposed new worker protection standards for the application of pesticides. These new rules would apply on farms, forests, nurseries and greenhouses, and would cover workers who handle and apply pesticides, as well as those who handle treated products.
"The EPA and the administration are attempting to use the rulemaking process, rather than legislation, so they have an easier path to setting new standards," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "That concerns us greatly. As far as the specific provisions of these rules, we're still analyzing them, and our input will be forthcoming." (Read more)
OAN members are encouraged to share input on the proposed rules by emailing Jeff Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. House approves 30-hour work week change in Affordable Care Act
The U.S. House of Representatives has approved HR 2575, which would change the Affordable Care Act definition of full-time worker from 30 to 40 hours.
"For businesses with more than 50 employees, this bill could be a big difference maker," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "It could alter the number of employees they are required to offer coverage to, and provide businesses with more flexibility in managing staffing needs."
The OAN backed the bill and sent out two action alerts encouraging members to speak to their representatives in favor. The bill was cosponsored by Oregon Reps. Greg Walden (R-2) and Kurt Schrader (D-5), who voted yes. Oregon's other three House members, Reps. Suzanne Bonamici, Earl Blumenauer and Peter DeFazio, voted no. The bill faces an uncertain future, at best, in the U.S. Senate.
Ship and save with OAN Trucks to 2014 Summer Trade Shows
The OAN is coordinating trucks transporting plant material to four of this summer's larger industry trade shows — Cultivate '14 in Columbus, Ohio; PANTS in Philadelphia, Penn.; IGC Chicago; and IGC East in National Harbor, Md. Sign up by June 20 to receive preferred pricing (prices increase $50 per pallet beginning June 21).
If you are an OAN member exhibiting at any of these shows and would like to send plant material via the Trucks to 2014 Summer Trade Shows program, please complete this reservation form and fax or email it back to the OAN office. For more information, contact Kate Crawford, programs and events coordinator, at email@example.com or 503-682-5089 (800-342-6401 toll-free).
Donations and volunteers needed for Plant Sale
The Willamette Chapter will hold its annual Plant Sale at the Oregon Ag Fest on Saturday and Sunday, April 26–27, at the Oregon State Fairgrounds (2330 17th St. NE, Salem, Ore.). 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.
Deliver plants by Friday, April 25 to either Alpha Nursery in Salem, Ore., or Brentano's Tree Farm in St. Paul, Ore.
» To make a donation or volunteer, download this form.
» For more information, contact Victoria Ernst at 503-836-2270 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder to purchase nursery crop insurance coverage by May 1
May 1 is the sales closing date for 2015 Nursery Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) coverage. This insurance provides protection for wholesale nurseries producing and marketing nursery plants grown in standard nursery containers or in the field. Local crop insurance agents can provide program details that reflect the grower's nursery inventory. A list of crop insurance agents is available online at www3.rma.usda.gov/tools/agents.
Garland Nursery to host open house this weekend, April 12–13
This Saturday and Sunday, April 12–13, Garland Nursery will present a weekend full of gardening classes and demonstrations, kid-friendly entertainment, refreshments and nursery specials. Located at 5470 NE Highway 20 in Corvallis, Ore., Garland Nursery will be open from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Sunday. For a complete schedule of events, log on to www.GarlandNursery.com/events.html.
Revised insect handbook now available
The revised edition of the Pacific Northwest Insect Management Handbook is now available online, and hard copies may be ordered. It includes a new section on "Emerging Pests in Pacific Northwest Ornamentals."
» Read it online
» Order a hard copy
Three free workshops for nursery owners
This month, the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District is presenting three educational workshops geared for nursery owners. Dates and topics are as follows:
- April 15 and 16: Ag Soil Health. Building soil health is a key component of a well-functioning in-ground nursery operation and can drastically reduce the expense of chemical use. More information: www.swcd.net/event/ag-soil-health-workshop
- April 17: Tualatin Basin Weed Watchers. New species of weeds might be popping up uninvited in in-ground fields or containers. Learn the best ways to stop these economic threats. More information: www.swcd.net/event/tualatin-weed-watcher-workshop
- April 26: Streambank Erosion Control. This workshop is specifically of interest to nurseries with streamside property that might be losing ground to erosion. Learn why it happens, what the options are for dealing with it, what permits to be aware of, and how restoration programs may help in some cases. More information: www.swcd.net/homepage-featured/streambank-erosion-control-workshop-for-landowners
To register and for more information, call 503-648-3174 ext. 121, or email email@example.com.
Welcome to OAN's new members
Six new companies and individuals joined the Oregon Association of Nurseries in February and March. To these new members, welcome!
Pete Vander Meulen
Mount Vernon, WA
Chapter: At Large
Elegant Garden Design
Chapter: At Large
Merten & Son's Landscape LLC
St. Paul, OR
Pane in the Grass
Spring Hill Organic Farm
Tennessee Wholesale Nursery LLC
Chapter: At Large
Save the date: April 26 & 27 — Pacific Northwest Cool Climate EVOO Conference
The Oregon Olive Mill at Red Ridge Farms in Dayton, Ore., will host a two-day conference dedicated to all things olive oil, from growing olives in Oregon and the unique challenges this crop poses, to the sensory experience of what makes extra virgin olive oil beneficial to one's diet and health. The weekend caps off with an olive oil-focused dinner prepared by award-winning chef Vitaly Paley of Paley's Place.
» Register today
Save the date: April 29 — "Bugs in the System" workshop and tour
For those interested in using biological control to manage pests in the greenhouse or nursery, OSU will be hosting an all-day program titled "Bugs in the System" from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29 at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (15210 NE Miley Rd., Aurora, Ore.). Attendees will learn how to use biological control for aphids, fungus gnats, whiteflies, thrips and spider mites, and meet with growers, consultants and biological control suppliers. Cost is $25 (includes lunch). Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
» Learn more
» To register, contact Jan Egli at 503-678-1264 ext. 110 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
» View sponsorship opportunities.
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.
» Download the OAN Media Kit