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. We are close to a solution, but for now, the best way to reach individual staff members is still email. If you are not sure who you need to reach, email firstname.lastname@example.org and your inquiry will be directed to an appropriate person. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thanks again for your patience.
Sign-up begins April 15 for federal disaster assistance programs
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that farmers and ranchers can sign up for disaster assistance programs beginning Tuesday, April 15.
The Tree Assistance Program provides financial assistance to qualifying orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes and vines damaged by natural disasters. Other programs cover losses of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish due to disease, adverse weather or other conditions, such as wildfires. These programs were reestablished by the 2014 Farm Bill, and cover losses dating back to 2011, when the programs expired.
"These programs are going to provide a lot of needed help to Oregon's farmers and ranchers," said Robert Perry, USDA-FSA acting state executive director in Oregon. "All producers who experienced losses are encouraged to bring records documenting those losses to their local FSA county office." Perry also encouraged producers to contact their county office ahead of time to schedule an appointment.
» Locate the USDA-FSA county office nearest you.
» For more information, call the USDA-FSA Oregon state office at 503-692-6830, or log on to www.fsa.usda.gov.
Two weeks left to get in OAN Nursery Guide
May 1 is the deadline for renewing or purchasing new listings or advertising in Nursery Guide. Listings can be renewed and paid for online. To have a presence in the printed guide all listings must be paid for by the May 1st deadline.
Used by thousands of industry professionals, OAN Nursery Guide is indispensable. Print copies—6,500 of them—are distributed to buyers across the country and more than 90,000 search NurseryGuide.com for suppliers. A mobile app is being developed to provide even greater accessibility online, now and into the future.
Visit Get in the Guide or call the OAN office at 503.682.5089 or 800.342.6401 if you have questions or need assistance. Contact Chris Sweet for advertising opportunities at 503.682.5089 or email@example.com.
ONPAC sponsors fundraiser for Rep. Vic Gilliam (R-Silverton)
Rep. Vic Gilliam (R-Silverton) played a key role in the passage of the Oregon Driver's Card bill, which was a key legislative priority for nurseries and agriculture during the 2013 session. He had our back, and now we can return the favor. A campaign fundraiser will be held at 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday, April 23, at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. This laid-back evening will include food, beverages and fellowship. The cost is a minimum contribution of $25. Those attending should RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-576-9029. The event is sponsored by Oregon Farm Bureau, Oregon Dairy Farmers Association, Oregonians for Food & Shelter, and the Oregon Nurseries' Political Action Committee.
Win a trip to Cultivate'14
Nursery Management magazine, AmericanHort and OHP have teamed up to sponsor a contest for Cultivate'14, the trade show formerly known as OFA Short Course. This year's event will take place July 12–15 in Columbus, Ohio.
The contest will award five nursery growers an all-access package plus a spot on the Saturday Nursery Production Tour. The package includes unlimited educational sessions and access to the trade show, New Varieties & Products, Cultivate Happy Hour, and all networking and social events. Winners will also receive $1,000 towards their total travel costs. Entries must be submitted by May 31, 2014.
» To enter, click this link, fill out the application and write why you would like to attend Cultivate'14.
» For more information, log on to the Cultivate'14 website.
Conservation volunteers honored during National Volunteer Week
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) celebrated National Volunteer Week, April 6-13, by thanking and honoring its Earth Team volunteers for their service to conservation. Earth Team is the agency's volunteer workforce. Nationally, in fiscal year 2013, more than 22,000 people donated 330,084 hours of service to NRCS; in Oregon, 28 volunteers provided approximately 2,000 hours of service.
"Oregon volunteers range in age from high school to retirees," noted Kathy Ferge, Earth Team volunteer coordinator for Oregon NRCS. Volunteers perform a wide range of services, from providing research assistance at the Plant Materials Center in Corvallis to answering phones at the Soil Health Team's Medford Service Center.
» Learn more about the Earth Team Volunteer Program online or by calling (toll-free) 888-526-3227.
» For more information on NRCS, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov.
1-866-INVADER pest hotline celebrates 15 years
Congratulations to the Oregon Invasive Species Council and its 1-866-INVADER hotline, which for 15 years has enlisted members of the public to help spot potentially dangerous plants, pests and pathogens. This post by Dan Hilburn recounts some of the more interesting phone calls the hotline has received.
Travel firm organizing nursery tour of Brazil
Anglatin Travel Ltd. is organizing a guided and hosted tour of Brazil for nursery professionals this coming October. The group will visit nurseries, botanical gardens, flower markets, greenhouses, rain forests, national parks, research centers and other destinations in and around Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo, Campos do Jordao, and the Mantiqueira Mountains. Participants will get to meet growers, wholesalers, retailers, researchers and others involved in Brazil's nursery industry.
The travel dates will be Oct. 19–28, 2014. The cost is $3,275 per person. Air travel to and from Brazil, incidentals, beverages and some meals are not included. The registration deadline is August 10.
» View a detailed itinerary at www.anglatin.com/landscape-tour-to-brazil.
» For more information, contact Fred Smith at Anglatin Travel, email@example.com.
Save the date: May 3–4 — Master Gardeners Spring Garden Fair
On Saturday and Sunday, May 3–4, the Clackamas County Master Gardeners will present their 30th annual Spring Garden Fair at the Clackamas County Event Center, 694 N.E. Second Ave., Canby, Ore. In addition to more than 200 vendors, the event will feature 10-Minute University Classes, free pH soil testing, a potting station, plant taxi service and an "ask an OSU Master Gardener" feature. Admission is $3; those under 16 are free.
» Log on to www.springgardenfair.org for more details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-682-5089 (800-342-6401 toll-free).
Donations and volunteers still 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 email@example.com.
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.
Free workshops for nursery owners
The Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District is presenting educational workshops geared for nursery owners. Dates and topics are as follows:
For more information, call 503-648-3174 ext. 121, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 503-682-5089 or email@example.com.
» Download the OAN Media Kit