Only one more day to renew Nursery Guide listings
Thursday, May 1 is the last day to renew and pay for OAN Nursery Guide listings in order to be included in the printed guide! Payment can be made by calling the OAN office or using your credit card online. For further instructions, click here. If you have questions or need assistance, please call 503-682-5089 or 800-342-6401.
» For advertising opportunities, contact Chris Sweet at 503-682-5089 or email@example.com.
Stone testifies on pollinator issue
OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone testified before a Congressional committee Tuesday morning on the issue of pollinator health. Stone said that the green industry is highly concerned about bee health, but a ban on neonicotinoids — a class of pesticides used by many nurseries and greenhouses — would not be appropriate and is not backed by science.
"We need to let science be our guide, and not emotion, and we hope Congress will proceed in that same spirit," he told the subcommittee. "The role of Congress is to direct research ... My urging to you is to be collaborative and involve stakeholders."
Stone testified that Oregon has followed a moderate and collaborative approach to the issue that relies on science and includes stakeholders from a variety of viewpoints. That approach earned kudos from at least one committee member.
"I agree with what Oregon (did)," Rep. Juan Vasquez (D-Calif.) said. "(They asked), what is the science, instead of getting into other issues."
Hot goods settlement thrown out
A federal judge has confirmed an earlier ruling throwing out an agreement to settle alleged labor violations between two Oregon blueberry farmers and the U.S. Department of Labor. The judge ruled that the department coerced the growers to sign the agreements by impounding berry shipments that would have spoiled if not released — hence the term "hot goods."
The ruling was deemed a major victory for blueberry growers, and also the U.S. Farm Bureau, which has lent the farmers critical support in the case. The OAN, which has several blueberry shrub growers as members, has also monitored the issue and worked towards a resolution. Despite the loss in court, Department of Labor has not ruled out an appeal.
» The Capital Press agricultural newspaper (Salem, Oregon) has coverage here.
Stone elected to NLAE leadership
The Nursery & Landscape Association Executives of North America (NLAE) announced the election of its executive leadership as well as the selection of new board members. The announcement was made at the April 17 annual membership meeting held in Savannah, Ga.
Jeff Stone, executive director of the Oregon Association of Nurseries, was elected president-elect; Sandy Munley of the Ohio Landscape Association was elected as president; and Dominick Mondi of the New Jersey Nursery & Landscape Association was elected as the vice president.
» For additional more about the organization, visit www.nlae.org.
OAN phones are now fully operational
The main telephone number at OAN (503-682-5089) and all individual direct phone lines are once again fully operational. We greatly appreciate your patience while we implemented a cost-effective solution after the phone system unexpectedly went out of commission.
» Click here for a list of individual OAN staff member phone extrensions.
Vic Gilliam fundraiser set for May 13
Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas will host a fundraiser for Rep. Vic Gilliam (R-Silverton) at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 13 at the nursery's Area D, which is located at 13118 McKee School Road NE, Woodburn. The suggested donation is $25.
It's an opportunity to thank Rep. Gilliam for his instrumental support of the driver's card bill, which was the nursery industry's highest legislative priority in the 2013 session. He is facing a primary election challenge this year, in part because of his driver's card support. ONPAC has identified the race as a key contest for the year and is sponsoring the fundraiser. Appetizers will be served.
To RSVP, contact Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas at 503-634-2231 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green roof industry grows by 10 percent in 2013
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), a green industry association, announced a 10 percent growth rate for green roofs and walls in 2013 in its Annual Green Roof Industry Survey. Surveys from previous years reported a growth rate of 115 percent in 2011 and 24 percent in 2012.
"The industry's continued growth is fueled by the multiple public and private benefits green roofs bring, such as stormwater management, reducing the urban heat island, energy savings and green jobs," GRHC founder and president Steven W. Peck said. The organization's goal is to have one billion square feet of green roofs installed by 2022.
» For more information about GRHC, log on to www.greenroofs.org.
Purchase nursery crop insurance coverage by May 1
May 1 is the 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.
Azalea lace bug hatch reported
Azalea lace bug nymphs are beginning to emerge from overwintering azalea lace bug eggs, according to an April 22 report by Robin Rosetta of Oregon State University Extension Service. "Scouting programs should be fully up and going, and management strategies prepared," she said. One of the best times for intervention is prior to damage, when the bugs are very susceptible and in one place, and before they develop wings and disperse.
» More information from OSU
» Read Rosetta's article, "Stealing the green," published in the April 2014 issue of Digger magazine
HRI scholarship applications due May 31
The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) announced it is currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2014–2015 school year. More than $21,000 is for students who are seeking a lifelong career in horticulture. Applications must be completed using the HRI online application form; the deadline to apply is May 31, 2014.
» For complete details, visit the HRI website.
Master Gardeners Spring Garden Fair in bloom this weekend
This 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 email@example.com or 503-682-5089 (800-342-6401 toll-free).
Register for the Duffers Classic Golf Tournament
The 25th annual Duffers Classic Golf Tournament, sponsored by Jordan Ramis PC, is scheduled to take place at the Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City, Ore. on Thursday, June 12. 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. And, if you sign up before June 6, you'll save $10 off the regular registration fee of $109!
» Sign up early and save.
» View sponsorship opportunities.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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