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OAN Member Update: April 29, 2015
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
April 29, 2015

U.S. Fifth Court of Appeals hears immigration case

A panel of three federal judges heard arguments last Friday over the Obama Administration's recent executive actions on immigration, which a Texas judge has placed on hold.

The case was heard at the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which is based in New Orleans and covers the states of Texas, Louisiana and Alabama. The executive actions, issued in November, would defer enforcement against many undocumented immigrants, including those without a criminal record who have been in the United States for five years.

The plaintiffs in the case, representing 26 state governments, argue that the president overstepped his authority. The administration argues that it has the right to set enforcement priorities. No indication was given as to when the court may rule.

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Bee and Pollinator Stewardship Initiative launches new website

"Grow wise. Bee smart." That's the tagline of the new website — — launched by the Bee and Pollinator Stewardship Initiative, a joint effort of the Horticultural Research Initiative, AmericanHort, the Society of American Florists and American Floral Endowment.

"Our organizations believe in growing healthy bee habitats one plant at a time," the website states. "With the knowledge and influence of 16,000 farms and businesses, we are committed to being a positive influence on bee health. Consumers have an important role to play too and can contribute directly to bee health by buying and planting bee-friendly plants."

At the time of its launch, the website features just a few items — a brochure about the initiative and "frequently asked questions" document. Coming soon will be a PowerPoint document useful for anyone making presentations on pollinator issues. To stay informed of the most up-to-date research on pollinator health, website visitors can sign up to receive updates via email.

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Just two days left to renew your listings in OAN Nursery Guide

Time is almost up to renew your Nursery Guide listings! All listings that are submitted and paid by Friday, 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. Listings that are renewed by May 1 will remain on the website through April 30 of the following year.

Each OAN member gets a free profile and one free listing. To update your listings, go to and log in. Once logged in, please click on the "My Listings" link at the top of the page and follow instructions on that screen to add or drop listings. When you're done making changes, add up your total and pay using the handy online link. You can add, drop and update listings at will throughout the year.

If you need help recovering your user name and password, or would like to pay for your listings over the phone, please call the OAN at 503-682-5089 or 1-888-283-7219.

Renew your listings today »

All-America Selections announces 2015 award winners

The All-America Selections (AAS) judges have announced their 2015 AAS Winners, an annual roundup of national and regional top performing plants.

A recurring theme with most of this year's winners is that they are compact plants good for small gardens or container growing. Judges looked for significantly improved qualities such as earliness to bloom or harvest, disease or pest tolerance, novel colors or flavors, unique flower forms, total yield, length of flowering or harvest, and overall performance. Due to public demand, the AAS did not judge any genetically modified plants.

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Two free invasive plant trainings taking place this week

The Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council is hosting two workshops on the early detection, reporting and identification of invasive noxious weeds. Attendees learn plant identification through a PowerPoint presentation, herbarium sheet specimens and live material. Attendees also learn methods of manual removal and which species they should not attempt to remove.

Dates and locations are as follows:

  • 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Thurs., April 30: Mt. Hood National Forest Headquarters, 16400 Champion Way, Sandy, Oregon
  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun., May 3: Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest North Bend Ranger Station, Meeting Hall (behind Ranger Station), 902 SE North Bend Way, North Bend, Washington

The May 3 workshop includes a field component where participants can practice their invasive plant identification skills in the field. If you would like to attend one of these free trainings, please RSVP to Julie Combs at or call 615-812-5295 to reserve your place. Attendees can receive two WDSA pesticide license recertification credits.

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NRCS budgets nearly $4 million for watershed rehabilitation in Oregon

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Oregon announced it will invest more than $3.9 million this year through the Watershed Rehabilitation Program.

Project sites include the Plat I and Cooper Creek dams located in Douglas County. The Plat I reservoir provides irrigation water to agricultural producers, while the Cooper Creek reservoir provides supplemental water supply for the City of Sutherlin. In a separate effort, NRCS will provide rehabilitation assessments on the Wolf Creek and Pilcher Creek dams, both of which provide storage and regulation of irrigation water.

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OAN needs your help this weekend at the Spring Garden Fair in Canby

The Oregon Association of Nurseries will have a Plant Something booth at the upcoming Canby Spring Garden Fair this Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3, at the Clackamas County Event Center (aka the fairgrounds) in Canby. This gardening event featuring some 170 vendors will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Volunteers will receive free admission to the event. Shifts will last about three hours. We will be giving out copies of the Retail Nurseries and Garden Centers Guide and various other doodads designed to excite the gardening public.

To sign up to help, please click here and you will be taken to VolunteerSpot to complete the sign-up process. You'll receive a reminder a few days before the event. For details or questions, contact Crystal Cady or Curt Kipp at 503-682-5089, or

Register today for the 2015 International Trials Conference and save $50

Held in conjunction with the 2015 Farwest Show in Portland, Oregon, the prestigious 2015 International Trials Conference promises to be an incredible experience. Educational programming and tours will further the mission of encouraging the creation of universal evaluation criteria and collaboration among plant trial locations, resulting in more meaningful trial data.

Attendees who register before July 31 will save $50 off the regular price of $449. Student/teacher passes are also available for $199. For more information about the conference, visit

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Registration goes live for 2015 Farwest Show

Registration is now available for the largest green industry trade show in the West. The 2015 Farwest Show takes place Aug. 27–29 at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland.

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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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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OAN to host meeting on NWREC nursery position — May 6

The Oregon Association of Nurseries and Oregon State University invite you to attend this meeting on the Professor of Nursery Production position at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC). Bill Braunworth, department head at OSU's Horticulture School, and Mike Bondi, NWREC director, will lead the meeting and review last fall's unsuccessful search, as well as possible changes to the position description and announcement that will go out in the next round.

The meeting will take place from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6 at the OAN office in Wilsonville. Please RSVP to Mike Bondi, For any other questions, contact Jeff Stone,

Free agricultural pesticide waste collection for six area counties — May 22

Residents of Polk, Yamhill, Marion, Benton, Linn and Lincoln counties can register to drop off pesticide waste and containers from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Friday, May 22, at the Polk County Public Works, 820 S.W. Ash St., Dallas. Participants must pre-register by Friday, May 8. To download the registration form, visit or For more information, contact Clare Sullivan at the OSU Extension Office at 541-730-3537 or email

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International Trials Conference speakers and tours announced

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OAN members testify against minimum wage bills

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2015 ANLD Designers Garden Tour — June 20

OAN supports updated state nursery license bill

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OAN Publications and Events: Plant your brand and watch it grow

Looking to grow your business? Want to make the most of your marketing dollar? OAN offers a full portfolio of respected publications, events and electronic media that help you reach your targets, your way. As an OAN member, you get exclusive discounts on ads and sponsorships, and you can save even more by buying into multiple publications or issues. Download our 2015 Media Kit today for all the details. To schedule your ads for 2015, contact the OAN at 503-682-5089 or

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