Energy Trust helps Peoria Gardens propagate greener greenhouses
A new case study (PDF) published by the Energy Trust of Oregon highlights the path to more energy-efficiency greenhouses taken by Peoria Gardens in Albany, Oregon.
The wholesale bedding plant nursery completed several energy-efficient greenhouse upgrades, including high-efficiency condensing unit heaters, thermal curtains, and triple-wall polycarbonate wall and roof coverings, all of which combined to improve growing conditions while controlling energy-related operating costs. The upgrades also qualified for cash incentives — totaling $219,100 thus far.
Video outlines Oregon's mandatory sick leave law
short, informational video produced by Jordan Ramis PC explains what businesses operating in Oregon need to know about the state's new mandatory sick leave law, which went into effect in January 2016.
The new law specifies that employees earn one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 40 hours per year. From that point on, however, implementation of the new law gets more complicated, depending on the total number of employees and other factors.
OAN regular and associate members who have questions about the new law can receive up to 30 minutes per month of free legal consultation through the Legal Access program, in partnership with Jordan Ramis PC. To use this member benefit, call Steve Shropshire at 503-598-5583 or toll free at 888-598-7070.
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Fall Creek names new international chief operations officer
Fall Creek Farm & Nursery Inc., a global blueberry breeding and nursery stock company with headquarters in Lowell, Oregon, has named Oscar Verges as international chief operations officer. Verges will be responsible for Fall Creek's international subsidiaries including Europe, Mexico and Peru and will oversee Fall Creek's licensee relationships in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and South Africa.
"With the blueberry industry's extraordinary growth globally and our company's commitment to serve the world's blueberry growers, Oscar's rich leadership and management experience in the produce industry throughout Latin America and Europe is perfectly suited to carry forward our mission and vision to bring optimal success to growers and to play a key role in helping to further build and support the blueberry industry in these developing geographies," said David Brazelton, president of Fall Creek.
Seminar to address 'Staying Competitive in a Changing Economy'
The Oregon Employer Council-Clackamas County will present an informative seminar on May 12. "Staying Competitive in a Changing Economy" will help employers reassess their recruiting strategies and selection process in order to attract and retain top talent — and remain competitive. The seminar will take place at the Monarch Hotel (12566 SE 93rd Ave., Clackamas). Cost is $49.
SAVE THE DATE: June 15 — Biological pest management workshop in English & Spanish
The Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides is hosting a workshop and educational tour/demonstration that will offer new approaches to manage common pests on nursery plants. "Jump on the Biocontrol Bus: Introductory Biological Pest Management for Nurseries & Greenhouses" will train field and greenhouse growers in beginning methods of biological control, and will be offered in English and Spanish.
The workshop will take place at the OSU North Willamette Research & Extension Center (NWREC), located at 15210 NE Miley Rd., Aurora, Oregon. Cost is $20 for morning workshop only, $35 for morning workshop plus educational tour and demonstration, and includes lunch. Pre-registration is required.
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.
Geschwill tells legislators about small business challenges
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'Taking Root' scholarship program now accepting applications
Simplot increases production of controlled-release fertilizer coating
Study documents decrease in migrant workforce
U.S. Forest Service software program calculates worth of urban trees
SCOTUS begins deliberation on Obama's immigration plan
Farwest Show registration goes live
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.
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