Willamette Chapter plant sale raises more than $5,500 for horticulture education
The OAN Willamette Chapter's recent plant sale, held in conjunction with the Oregon Ag Fest, raised more than $5,650. The proceeds will enable the chapter to continue supporting horticultural education in the Willamette Valley.
Over the past several years, the Willamette Chapter has donated in excess of $20,000 to Chemeketa Community College's nursery and greenhouse management program. (Read more about Chemeketa's ag sciences program in the May issue of Digger magazine.)
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Invasive pest alert: Viburnum leaf beetle found in King County, Washington
Viburnum leaf beetle has been found in King County, Washington, according to an alert sent by the Washington State University Extension. The damage potential from the beetle is quite extensive, if not managed. It is a voracious eater that can defoliate viburnum shrubs entirely. Plants may die after two or three years of heavy infestation.
The beetle was first introduced from Europe to Ontario, Canada, in 1947, and has since spread across the Northeast from Maine to Ohio. It has been found previously in several other counties in Washington State and British Columbia.
Todd Murray, county director of WSU's Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Unit, is trying to assess its distribution and asks those of us in Oregon to keep an eye out for the beetle.
"If you are located in a county other than Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish or King and find viburnum leaf beetles, please collect a sample or take a picture and drop me a note," Murray said. "I won't be surprised if it has moved further south but we need to document the movement of the beetle."
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OSU researchers study biological controls for stinkbugs and other pests
The efforts of OSU researchers to find pesticide alternatives were highlighted in a recent Capital Press story. Using targeted biological controls — such as parasitic wasps against brown marmorated stinkbugs — is an emerging way to protect some of the state's most valuable agricultural crops from invasive pests.
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Oregon lily bulb producer wins California IPM Innovators award
The Easter Lily Research Foundation, headquartered in Harbor, Oregon, recently received an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Innovators Award from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. The awards encourage development and implementation of economically sound, reduced-risk pest management programs, and recognize groups that provide integrated pest management leadership.
The foundation received the award for its work controlling nematodes — the biggest challenge to young lily bulbs — with crab shells, mustard extracts, bacteria and fungi, instead of pesticides. Watch a short video about the foundation's research efforts.
HRI scholarship applications due May 31
The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) is currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2015–2016 school year. Scholarships are available 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, 2015.
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Ship and save with OAN Trucks to 2015 Summer Trade Shows
The OAN is coordinating trucks to three summer trade shows — Cultivate'15, IGC Chicago and IGC Baltimore. Space is limited and reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
To make a reservation, fill out the order form here and send it to Kate Crawford (email@example.com or fax 503-682-5099). For questions, contact Kate at 503-582-2010.
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Salem-Keizer Volcanoes baseball team to honor the Oregon nursery industry
Please save the date for Oregon Nursery Industry Night on Friday, June 26, as the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, Class A Affiliate of the world champion San Francisco Giants, take on the Spokane Indians at 6:35 p.m. at Keizer Stadium. All members are encouraged to attend.
The game will include a first pitch from OAN President Mike Coleman, as well as between-innings presentations that will help the public understand the positive impact the nursery industry has on Oregon's economy. There will also be a post-game fireworks display afterwards.
This special night will be part of the team's new five-night Tribute to Oregon Agriculture June 26–30, but nurseries will have the prime spot — and the only game with fireworks! There will be a seating block for OAN members. Download the flyer for details and special ticket rates.
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 www.FarwestShow.com/trials.shtml.
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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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♦ June 11 - Join us at the Duffers Classic. Reconnect with friends and compete to be the top dog. You'll help us elect legislators from both sides of the aisle who support our nursery industry.
♦ July 21 - Save the date for the Mt. Hood Chapter Annual Pioneer Dinner
International Trials Conference
♦ August 24-27- If you conduct or use plant trials, register for this cutting-edge conference focusing on the latest research and techniques of trialing annual, perennial and woody plants.
♦ August 27-28 - Come to Farwest and find out why it's far better in the West
Farwest Equipment Innovation Day
♦ August 25 - Field demos and product innovations in ACTION!
♦ August 26 - Grow your success and competitive advantage. Discover new varieties. Meet new growers and suppliers. Explore new ideas. And meet other wonderful people and leaders in our industry.
Farwest Keynote Speaker: Ron Rosenberg
♦ August 27- Award-winning marketing and customer service expert Ron Rosenberg will bring his brand of business and professional development to Farwest to help growers, retailers, landscapers, wholesale buyers and suppliers discover hidden opportunities and then take action for positive outcomes. Free to registered Farwest attendees.
Farwest Pub Crawl
♦ August 27- Join our "beer sherpas" and explore the best that Portland's local craft brewers have to offer! This fun networking event is open to all Farwest participants.
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Get the most out of your membership with the 2015 OAN Member Resource Guide
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