Volunteer leaders serve as industry voice in Washington
OAN President Mike Coleman and Government Relations Committee Chairman Josh Zielinski traveled to Washington, D.C. last week and met with members of Oregon's congressional delegation and other high-ranking officials.
The purpose of the busy, four-day trip was to build relationships while discussing issues of importance to nurseries, including labor supply, trade, water, transportation and pest/disease issues. Accompanying them was OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone. He said that OAN's volunteer leaders were "warmly received" during each visit.
Key meetings included every Oregon member of Congress, the trade staff at USDA, the staff of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Senate Appropriations and Finance Committee staff. The association is hopeful that it can obtain specialty crop block grant funding to keep moving forward on research that helps the industry. A restoration of funding for the National Agricultural Statistics Service nursery stats, to more fully quantify the economic impact of the nursery industry, is also on the agenda.
OAN leaders also met with Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE), an interest group which advocates for science-based policy on pesticide use. OAN and RISE previously worked together to create the informative "Bee Responsible" palm cards for OAN-member retailers and greenhouse growers to give out to customers.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to meet with OAN members
Oregon's new governor, Kate Brown, will meet with OAN members at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 9 at the OAN Government Relations Committee meeting. The meeting will be held in Room 257 at the Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court Street, Salem.
Gov. Brown has been a friend of nurseries ever since she started her career in public service, first in the Oregon Legislature and then as Secretary of State. There will be discussion of current issues affecting the nursery industry, including labor supply, labor costs, water supply development, transportation and more.
All members are welcome to attend, but space is limited. Those wishing to attend must RSVP to Jeff Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. appeals court rules against Obama's action to shield millions from deportation
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit refused Tuesday to lift a temporary hold on President Barack Obama's immigration executive order. Under Obama's plan, as many as five million immigrants illegally living in the U.S. could have been shielded from deportation and received work permits.
In February, a Texas judge temporarily blocked the plan after 26 states filed a lawsuit alleging Obama's action was unconstitutional. Obama announced the executive action last November, saying lack of action by Congress forced him to make sweeping changes to immigration rules on his own.
Drought declared in eight more Oregon counties
The total number of drought-stricken Oregon counties now stands at 16. Last week, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declared drought emergencies in eight more counties, including Deschutes, Grant, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Morrow, Umatilla and Wasco. Seven other counties are already under a drought emergency — Baker, Crook, Harney, Klamath, Lake, Malheur and Wheeler.
"It may look green now, but we are going to experience one of the worst droughts in the history of our state," Gov. Brown said in a new public service announcement. "As we move into summer, many areas of the state are going to dry out very quickly, likely leading to a difficult fire season as well as water shortages. We need our state, local and federal partners to be prepared as our communities grapple with hot and dry conditions."
The declared counties make up a majority of the state's landmass, but do not include the five largest counties for nursery production (Marion, Clackamas, Washington, Multnomah and Yamhill).
Pest alert: Cabbage whitefly detected in Portland
Now is the time to be on the lookout for Aleyrodes proletella, better known as cabbage or brassica whitefly. According to an alert sent by OSU Extension entomologist Robin Rosetta, the pest was detected last summer in Portland. Cabbage whitefly feeds on a wide variety of plants in several families, but it is primarily a pest of the Cruciferae.
It is also known to feed on fodder crops, such as alfalfa and clover, and has been intercepted on fruit and vegetable shipments.
Gardening can help heal 'broken' communities
In the aftermath of social unrest, such as took place recently in Baltimore and the St. Louis area, a writer says that gardening is one way that people can reclaim and rebuild their communities. "People have an innate love of nature and during times of stress, they turn to nature to help them heal," Marianna E. Krasny wrote in an article published by The Guardian. She cited numerous examples — from post-Katrina New Orleans to U.S. soldiers in Iraq — where communities have been brought together by planting trees or creating memorial gardens.
Integrated pest management workshops set for this June
Two three-day workshops on integrated pest management will take place this June:
- June 8, 9 and 10 at the Oregon State University Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center
- June 24, 25 and 26 at the Washington State University Whitman County Extension Center in Colfax
The workshops are designed for extension field faculty, master gardeners, agency professionals and crop consultants. They will include presentations on monitoring techniques, pest identification and pest management techniques.
OHP hires new regional sales manager
OHP Inc., a supplier of pest control solutions to the production ornamentals market, announced the addition of Heath Lowery to its team of regional sales managers. Lowery is based outside of Houston, Texas, and will service the states of Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.
Prior to joining OHP, Lowery worked for four years as a regional sales manager for Valent/NuFarm, and spent three years at Greenleaf Nursery as propagation supervisor. He holds a bachelor of science degree from Texas A&M University and a master's degree in horticulture from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Brewster Rogerson passes away
The Oregon Association of Nurseries is saddened to report the passing of Brewster Rogerson, 94, who was the originator of the Rogerson Clematis Collection. He died May 26, according to a social media post by the Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection. A celebration of Mr. Rogerson's life will be held later in the summer. Further details were not immediately available.
Rogerson amassed the collection over a period of 30 years. Housed at Luscher Farm City Park in Lake Oswego since 2004, it is one of the largest clematis collections in the Western Hemisphere, with more than 500 taxa and almost 900 individual plants.
Sign up by June 3 to get Duffers Classic discount
The 26th annual Duffers Classic Golf Tournament, sponsored by Jordan Ramis PC, is scheduled to take place at the Stone Creek Golf Club on Thursday, June 11 in Oregon City, Oregon. 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. Sign up before June 3 to save $10 off the regular registration fee of $109!
Register for New Products Showcase by June 5
Are you introducing a new product in 2015? Is it more reliable, easier to use, less expensive or just plain revolutionary? Would you like to show it off in an exclusive gallery where it can gain targeted exposure from thousands of attendees?
If you answered "Yes" to any of the above, then the New Products Showcase at the Farwest Show is the place your product should be — and be seen. Non-plant products and services newly introduced to the U.S. market will be featured on the show floor, and also gain exposure in the Farwest Edition of Digger magazine and online at www.FarwestShow.com.
♦ 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.
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes present Oregon Nursery Industry Night
♦ June 26 - The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, Class A Affiliate of the world champion San Francisco Giants, will take on the Spokane Indians at 6:35 p.m. at Keizer Stadium. All members are encouraged to attend. Download the flyer for details and special ticket rates.
♦ July 21 - Join us in honoring OAN's nursery pioneers — members who are over the age of 60 with 20-plus years in the nursery industry. The event will take place at Persimmon Country Club, 500 S.E. Butler Road, Gresham, Oregon. The cost is $25 — free for pioneers — and includes a salmon or prime rib dinner served at 6:30 p.m. RSVP by July 14 to email@example.com or 360-772-3082.
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 - The 2015 Farwest Show is far beyond what you've come to expect from a green industry show. At Farwest — the biggest show in the West — you'll find far more to see, make far more connections with thousands of top industry connections, and gain far more ideas. Farwest: Far From Ordinary.
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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