Immigration Forum is next Thursday in Newberg
All OAN members concerned about the current state of immigration enforcement are invited to an informational forum that will be held from 1:30–4 p.m. next Thursday, April 20, at the Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan St., Newberg, Oregon.
The OAN continues to meet regularly with the governor's office and other agricultural groups on the issue of immigration, and members will be updated on the latest developments at this forum.
Scheduled presenters will include officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Immigration Services, plus immigration attorneys. OAN is sponsoring the event, along with the Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB), the Oregon Dairy Farmers Association (ODFA), the Oregon Cattlemen's Association (OCA) and the Oregon Winegrowers Association (OWA). Leaders from these sponsoring organizations will also speak.
Those attending are asked to
RSVP in advance at the OWA website.
OAN tracks bills affecting employment costs, pesticides, water supplies, immigration and more
Last Friday was the deadline for bills in the Oregon Legislature to be scheduled for a work session by their assigned committee. Several bills did not meet the deadline and were eliminated from further consideration. Additional bills will die next Tuesday, which is the deadline for such work sessions to take place.
The OAN continues its efforts to deliver positive outcomes for the nursery industry by monitoring every step of the process and engaging with legislators and other organizations in Salem as appropriate.
"Sometimes the proponents don't see the unintended bad impacts of bills," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "That's why we are there — to show them the impacts on Oregon's nearly $1 billion nursery industry, and explain ways they can help and not harm our important traded sector of the economy."
The Legislature's actions (or lack thereof) could affect the nursery industry in several issue areas that are important to growers and others:
- A proposal to sunset an agricultural capital equipment tax credit was successfully quashed, thanks to strong protest from the agricultural community.
- There's a very long list of workplace-related bills that would place added burdens on the employer, such as advance scheduling, paying people for being on call, allowing people to choose their working hours, prohibiting employers from banning marijuana use by employees, and more. There's also a bill on sick leave that is expected to eventually include fixes that employers have been asking for, and another to fix the sick leave requirement for employees paid by piece rate.
- There's a collection of bills on water supply issues, including ground water studies, an authorization to use lottery funds for water infrastructure development, creation of a task force on water infrastructure, and a budget bill for the Water Resources Department. Still alive, but not expected to move, are bills creating an annual water rights fee and an annual water measurement requirement. On a related note, the OAN is part of a group working on policy solutions and alternatives on the water supply issue. The group consists of agriculture, environmental groups and municipalities.
- Two bills regarding pesticides remain alive. Senate Bill 892 would ban aerial spraying on forestland, while Senate Bill 929 would classify neonicotinoids as "restricted use."
- Little is known regarding the Legislature's much-discussed transportation package. Gov. Kate Brown has declared it a priority, but information is being held tightly by just a few key players. It's a high stakes issue given the urgent need for freight and traffic movement solutions (as well as revenue to fund them), and the failure to pass anything in the prior session. Details are expected to emerge prior to the end of session when they are added to a still-alive bill that's still to be determined or identified.
Those with interest regarding any bill or a particular issue area are encouraged to contact Jeff Stone at email@example.com and share their concerns.
Last chance to show off your new plant at the 2017 New Varieties Showcase
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 Allison Pennell with questions at 503-682-5089 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit your plant
Horticultural Research Institute accepting scholarship applications
Scholarships totaling $18,500 for the 2017–2018 school year are being offered by seven special Horticultural Research Institute endowment funds that aid students who are seeking a lifelong career in horticulture. The scholarships are as follows:
- The Timothy S. and Palmer W. Bigelow Jr. ($3,000)
- The Usrey Family Scholarship ($1,000)
- The Bryan A. Champion Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)
- The Susie and Bruce Usrey Scholarship ($500)
- The Spring Meadow Scholarship ($3,500, three available)
- The "Muggets" Scholarship ($1,500)
- The Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)
Scholarship applications and prerequisite information are available on the HRI website. The application deadline is September 8.
Free disposal of agricultural pesticides for Clackamas County growers on April 28
An anonymous pesticide collection event for Clackamas County growers will be held on Friday, April 28 in Estacada by appointment only. This is a great opportunity to dispose of your old restricted pesticides or other unusable pesticides, as well as triple-rinsed or pressure-washed plastic pesticide containers.
Pre-registration is required for pesticide disposal. (No registration is needed for empty containers.) To register, contact Taylor Simpson of Clean Harbor Environmental Services at 503-310-1393 or email@example.com by April 21. Registration forms and more information are available at www.clackamasproviders.org or www.conservationdistrict.org.
Free webinar on invasive plants to be held April 20
The National Association of Invasive Plant Councils will present a free webinar — "Working with industry to reduce the spread of invasive ornamental plants: Lessons learned from 10 years of collaboration and what the future holds." — from noon–1:30 p.m. PST on Thursday, April 20.
'Stop the Invasion' of invasive weeds
Landscapers and land managers are invited to a free seminar on invasive weed management taking place from 8 a.m.–noon on May 6 in Cascade Locks, Oregon. "Stop the Invasion" will teach how to identify, report and control the most damaging invasive species threatening the Columbia River Gorge.
The class is free to attend, but pre-registration is required. Three herbicide applicator CEUs for Oregon and Washington will be offered. For more information, call 503-210-6015.
Welcome to OAN's new members
Six new companies and individuals joined the Oregon Association of Nurseries in March. To these new members, welcome!
A & B Nursery LLC
Le Primitif Galleries
Chapter: At Large
Crop Production Services
Greenhouse & Mt. Hood Chapters
Toyota Lift Northwest
Sign up for crop insurance by May 1
Growers in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington have until May 1 to apply for crop insurance coverage or make changes to their existing coverage. Crop insurance provides protection against a loss in production due to natural perils such as storms and freezing weather.
Donations and volunteers needed for Plant Sale
The OAN Willamette Chapter will hold its annual Plant Sale at the Oregon Ag Fest on Saturday and Sunday, April 29–30, at the Oregon State Fairgrounds (2330 17th St. NE, Salem, Oregon). 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.
To make a donation or volunteer,
download this form and return it by April 24.
For more information, contact co-chairs Bruce Colman (503-840-7156 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dave Malcolm (503-805-9587 or email@example.com).
Download the Plant Sale form
Tee up for Duffers Classic Golf Tournament on June 8
The 28th annual Duffers Classic Golf Tournament will tee off at the Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City, Oregon, on Thursday, June 8. 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. Sign up before May 31 and save $10 off the regular registration fee of $119! Sponsorships available.
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- Ag Fest and OAN Willamette Chapter Plant Sale ♦ April 29–30 » More info
- OAN Member Benefits Fair ♦ May 17, 4–6 p.m. » More info
- Scotch broom symposium ♦ May 23 » More info
- OAN Sunset Chapter Golf and Southern BBQ Buffet ♦ May 25, 5 p.m. Register online by April 25. » More info
- Duffers Classic Golf Tournament ♦ June 8, 7 a.m.–1 p.m. » More info
- 2017 OSU Field Day ♦ June 15 — Details to come!
International Master Gardener Conference ♦ July 10–14, Portland, Oregon. » More info
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OAN Member Resource Guide
For our valued members, we have put together the 2016 OAN Member 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.
Download the Guide
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Our cost-effective opportunities include the monthly Digger magazine, the Nursery Guide website and annual print version, the weekly Member Update e-newsletter, the annual Retail Nurseries & Garden Centers Guide, the Farwest Show and more. And all OAN members receive exclusive advertising rate discounts so download our Media Kit for all the details and contact Blair Thompson at 503-582-2012 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how we can help your business grow.
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