SBA offers drought disaster assistance
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has declared drought emergencies in Crook, Harney, Klamath, Malheur and Lake counties. As a result, the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is making federal low-interest loans available to help small non-farm businesses, including nurseries, with working capital needs caused by the drought.
Disaster loan information and application forms are available by calling 800-659-2955 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals who are hearing-impaired may call 800-877-8339.
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UDSA reminds nursery growers of May 1 crop insurance deadline
The USDA's Risk Management Agency would like to remind nursery growers of the May 1 deadline to purchase crop insurance. Nursery growers who already have coverage under the federal crop insurance program need to renew or modify their crop insurance 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.
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Spring weather brings downy mildew, rusts, pear blister mites and galls
Robin Rosetta of the OSU Extension warned this past week that downy mildew has been spotted on a wide range of ornamental plants. In addition, Gymnosporangium spp. rusts have been spotted on various hosts, including serviceberry, quince, mountain ash and pears.
Pears are also susceptible this time of year to pear leaf blister mites. The mites move out from under the bud scales so they can feed on the developing leaves. Their feeding causes the blisters, which serve as protective homes to the eriophyids and their eggs during the growing season.
Lastly, Rosetta advised azalea growers to be on the lookout for leaf and flower gall.
Take the IR-4 Ornamental Horticulture Survey
The IR-4 Project's Ornamental Horticulture Program at Rutgers University helps provide pest management solutions for greenhouse, nursery, landscape, Christmas tree and forestry producers. Since 1963, the project has been a major developer of research data to support new EPA tolerances and labeled product uses. The project works to place new diseases, insects, weeds, as well as new crops on already registered ornamental horticulture product labels.
Every other year, the project prioritizes the next two-year research plan. You can help focus the project's research by answering a few questions about the diseases, insects, and weeds which impact your business.
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SAVE THE DATE: 2015 ANLD Designers Garden Tour — June 20
The Association of Northwest Landscape Designers (ANLD) will present its 11th annual tour from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Saturday, June 20. Eight professionally designed private gardens on Portland's west side will be featured. Designers will be on hand to discuss their creative approach to landscape design, and homeowners will share their experience of working with a designer and how their new garden has enhanced their lifestyle. Tickets are $20 if purchased by May 1; $25 thereafter.
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Today is the last day to apply for ONF Scholarships
Tell your employees, kids, grandkids and friends! April 15 is the last day to apply for one of the 18 Oregon Nurseries Foundation scholarships. Each scholarship is designed to support students studying horticulture or a related field. Awards range from $500 to $1,500. Find out more information online at http://www.oan.org/scholarship.
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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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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, email@example.com.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Last year the site had more than 126,000 visits and 652,000 pageviews.
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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Be on the lookout for these pests
SAVE THE DATE: AgChat Foundation Conference — April 27–28
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
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