Arbor Day video available for online promotion
A special Plant Something video has been created to help retailers, growers and others promote Arbor Day, which will be celebrated nationwide this Friday, April 29.
The Arbor Day video is available here and can be embedded on websites and linked to from email newsletters.
The Oregon Association of Nurseries is an affiliate and licensee of the nationwide Plant Something program. That means that all members have access to the special Plant Something marketing materials that have been created. Simply log on to www.oan.org/plantsomething to view and download these items, which include the new Plants Make Life Better fliers appearing monthly in Digger.
Spring is here, and so are the pests
'Taking Root' scholarship program now accepting applications
Arborjet announced it is currently seeking applicants for its 2016 "Taking Root" College Scholarship Program. Now in its third year, the program will award 10 graduating high school seniors each with a $1,000 scholarship to pursue full-time studies in forestry, plant sciences, horticulture, entomology, environmental science or a related major at an accredited two-year or four-year college. The application deadline is June 30, 2016.
Founded in 1999, Arborjet is a leader in tree injection technology, providing environmentally responsible formulations and equipment to promote overall plant health care and to preserve natural and urban forests.
Simplot increases production of controlled-release fertilizer coating
The J. R. Simplot Company announced it has increased the availability of its controlled-release fertilizer coating, GAL-XEONE™. Simplot first introduced GAL-XEONE in 2013 and has now expanded product availability through its relationship with Florikan, an agri-tech business headquartered in Sarasota, Florida.
Simplot GAL-XEONE polymer coating provides continuous nutrient delivery to match plant uptake needs for optimal plant health. This patented technology, developed with support from NASA's Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program, allows water to enter the prill and then carry the nutrient solution out through a precise, semi-permeable membrane.
'Meadowscaping' featured in new handbook
The West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District announced the publication of The Meadowscaping Handbook: Designing, Planting and Managing an Urban Meadow. The handbook, which is free to download, was designed as a "how-to" publication to help gardeners, landscape professionals and ecologists in the Willamette Valley plan, design, plant and maintain native plant meadows on small urban plots.
Urban meadows provide ecological functions and benefits such as pollinator habitat and stormwater improvements. An alternative to managing a turf grass lawn, meadowscaping uses a diversity of native prairie plants that are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions as well as to the needs of native wildlife.
Registration now open for Urban Watershed Mentors training
The West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District is presenting a series of in-depth training sessions for urban watershed mentors. Participants create a restoration plan and work with community leaders who will implement the plan. The plans address invasive plant control, native plant establishment and wildlife enhancements. The training sessions run from May 10–May 22. Cost is $40.
Study documents decrease in migrant workforce
Researchers at Ball State University found farm workers who migrate and work on multiple farms during a growing season dropped from 55 percent in 1998 to 20 percent in 2009.
Titled "Why Do Fewer Agricultural Workers Migrate Now?", the study showed that married workers who are not living with their families are more likely to migrate. In contrast, workers who have higher incomes and live with a spouse and children in the U.S. are less likely to migrate.
"We also found that U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents were more likely to migrate than unauthorized workers during the 1998–2009 period," said Maoyong Fan, an economics professor at Ball State and the study's lead author. "Apparently, stricter border enforcement during this period made unauthorized workers less willing to migrate within the United States because they feared such a migration would raise the odds of being caught."
U.S. Forest Service software program calculates worth of urban trees
Urban trees offer cities one of the best bangs for their buck — and a software program is helping to calculate just how much.
i-Tree is a free software program developed by the U.S. Forest Service. It uses a geographic information system and a complex set of algorithms to help communities and researchers produce detailed inventories of their urban canopies, and calculate their dollar value.
A recent iTree analysis of Austin, Texas, estimated that trees save the city more than $40 million annually in a variety of ways. The more trees a city has, for instance, the less air pollution there will be and, as a result, fewer instances of respiratory-related illnesses. Trees also help cool the environment, resulting in less energy used in the summer, and more trees means higher property values. To discover more ways that "Plants Make Life Better," visit the Plant Something Oregon website.
Programs help military veterans move into farming
NPR.org published a story this week that highlights a new effort to train military veterans to become farmers. As thousands of younger Americans leave the military, which has been downsizing lately, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is encouraging them to consider agricultural careers.
"A disproportionate amount of military vets come from rural America and serve," noted Lanon Baccam, USDA military veterans liaison. In fact, while only 17 percent of Americans live in rural areas, people from rural communities make up 40 percent of the military. "Many want to go back to those communities, and we want to help them when they get there," Baccam said.
REMINDER: Purchase crop insurance by May 1
May 1 is the deadline to purchase crop insurance coverage. Crop insurance provides protection against a loss in production due to natural perils such as wind, storms and freezes. Nursery growers who already have coverage under the federal crop insurance program can renew or modify their 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.
OSU offering free 'Introduction to Permaculture' online course this spring
Oregon State University is offering a free online course on sustainable landscape design. The four-week course, "Introduction to Permaculture," will run from May 2–27; registration is open now.
Teaching the course is Andrew Millison, an instructor in OSU's Horticulture Department and founder of Permaculture Design International (PDI). Millison has been involved in permaculture practice, design and education for 20 years.
"I've seen exponential growth in permaculture in recent years because it directly addresses many of the issues that are on people's minds, such as climate change, food security and the alleviation of poverty," Millison said. "Permaculture offers solutions to these issues, and this course gives people a way to make a positive impact."
Clackamas County student scholarships due
♦ APRIL 29 - Applications are due for the two $2,000 scholarships being offered by the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District for the 2016–17 school year. For questions, contact Lisa Kilders at 503-210-6002. More Info »
Incredible Edibles Plant Sale
♦ APRIL 30 - The fifth annual Multnomah County Master Gardeners' Incredible Edibles Plant Sale will be held from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Westminster Presbyterian Church (1624 NE Hancock St., Portland). Admission is free. More Info »
AFE scholarship applications due
♦ MAY 1 - The American Floral Endowment (AFE) is offering more than 20 scholarships to floriculture and horticulture students. The deadline to submit applications is May 1. More Info »
BOLI rolls out draft minimum wage rulemaking
SCOTUS begins deliberation on Obama's immigration plan
OSU Extension Service hires new associate director
Free 'Weed Watcher' trainings start next week
Farwest Show registration goes live
Aerial pesticide spraying to target gypsy moths in greater Portland area
April Digger showcases green flowers
Ravenna grass to be added to noxious weed quarantine
State revises proposal to increase nursery license fees
2016 Farwest Show announces keynote speaker
Oregon horticultural sales hit $932 million for 2014
OAN Resource Guide
For our valued members, we have put together the 2016 OAN 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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