Oregon Secretary of State visits with OAN members
Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown was the guest speaker at the June 10 meeting of the OAN Government Relations Committee. Brown said that she appreciates the leadership role that the nursery industry has taken on the driver's card and other issues. "You guys are always at the table, always willing to help," she said. "I have to tell you, your voices are some of the most important on this issue." Brown also discussed the role that her office plays in elections, auditing of state agencies and functions, state record-keeping, and helping small businesses. Next month's guest speaker will be State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. That meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 8 at the OAN office, and all members are invited to attend.
Retailers: Please share the Plant Something Father's Day video
As a Plant Something partner association, OAN provides its members with access to unique marketing tools that help promote the benefits of plants and gardening. The newest promotion is a video honoring Father's Day. Members are encouraged to share the video with customers and upload it to company websites and social media. In addition to the Father's Day video, members can upload and share the "Imagine That" video.
» More Plant Something promotional items can be found at www.oan.org/plantsomething.
Affordable Care Act Road Show makes second stop in Boring
The OAN's Affordable Care Act Road Show will make its second of four scheduled stops on Wednesday, June 11, at J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. in Boring, Oregon. This series of members-only meetings will feature a panel of experts in health insurance and employment law. All meetings are the same; members may attend the location and date most convenient for them.
Each meeting will last from 1–4 p.m. The first hour will focus on employers with less than 50 employees. The second hour will focus on those with 50 employees if seasonal workers are included. The third hour will be geared towards those with 100 employees or more.
Panelists will include Jeff Stone of OAN, Heidi Mason of Jordan Ramis PC, Randy Skinner of Leonard Adams Insurance, Marisa O'Brien of Cover Oregon and Michelle Van Dellen of Moss Adams LLP.
Dates and locations are as follows:
- Wednesday, June 11 — J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., Boring, Oregon
- Wednesday, June 18 — OAN, Wilsonville, Oregon
- Wednesday, June 25 — Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas, Woodburn, Oregon
» This meeting is free. Please contact Ashley Wilsey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-682-5089 to RSVP.
You can still register for this Thursday's Duffers Classic
The 25th annual Duffers Classic Golf Tournament, sponsored by Jordan Ramis PC, tees off this Thursday, June 12, at the Stone Creek Golf Club 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 today.
Nursery industry rebounding, according to Portland Tribune
The nursery industry is on the upswing, according to an article published last week in the Portland Tribune. The article, by Julia Anderson, indicated that retailers have adapted to the changes brought on by the recession, and that wholesale growers are rebounding thanks to a healthier market for new housing. The article represents a positive result for the OAN's media relations efforts, which help tell the industry's story to the public. The story included positive mentions for Portland Nursery, and the Plant Something initiative, which helps the public see the lifestyle benefits of gardening.
» Read the story here.
EPA opens public comment period on buffer zones for five pesticides
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requesting comments on the proposed streamside no-spray buffer zones to protect endangered or threatened Pacific salmon and steelhead in California, Oregon and Washington state. The stipulated injunction would settle litigation brought against EPA by the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides and others in U.S. District Court in Washington state. The no-spray buffer zones will apply to the pesticides carbaryl, chlorpyrifos, diazinon, malathion and methomyl. The EPA will evaluate all comments received during the 30-day public comment period to determine whether all or part of the proposed stipulated injunction warrants reconsideration or revision. The comment period will remain open until July 7, 2014.
» Read the proposed stipulated injunction and submit comments
» More information
Retail and Greenhouse Chapter hosts open house on June 26
Celebrate the end of a successful spring by joining the OAN's Retail and Greenhouse Chapter as it hosts the 2014 Season Finale! The celebration will take place on Thursday, June 26, at Peoria Gardens (32355 Peoria Road, Albany, Oregon). Come raise a glass with your colleagues — dinner and drinks provided compliments of Peoria Gardens.
» RSVP by Wednesday, June 18 to email@example.com or register online.
Landscape designers' tour set for June 28
The Association of Northwest Landscape Designers will present its 10th annual tour on Saturday, June 28. Six professionally designed private gardens on Portland's east side will be featured. The designers will be on hand to discuss their creative approach to landscape design, and homeowners will share their experience of working with a designer, and how their new garden has enhanced their lifestyle. Tickets are $20. For details, log on to www.anld.com/garden-tour/info.
Growers meeting with IPM expert — July 1
Make plans to attend the upcoming growers meeting on Tuesday, July 1. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Ann Chase of Chase Agricultural Consulting, one of the leaders in pesticide validation work related to greenhouse and nursery crops. Her presentation, "The Elements of a Strong Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program for Greenhouse and Ornamental Diseases," is designed for anyone who influences production decisions related to nursery and greenhouse production. The evening promises to be a great opportunity to learn about the most current approaches implemented by top growers.
The meeting will take place from 5:30–9 p.m. at the Wilsonville Holiday Inn (25425 SW 95th Ave.). Two pesticide recertification credits are available. Cost is $25, and registration is required.
» Download the flyer
» Register online or email Joek@asbyk.com or 503-515-8079.
Welcome to OAN's new members
Five new companies and individuals joined the Oregon Association of Nurseries in May. To these new members, welcome!
Better Bilt Products Inc.
Chapter: At Large
Gardens of Joy
Rocky Point, OR
Central Oregon Chapter
Mt. Angel, OR
Loen Nursery Inc.
Membership includes opportunities to market your business and save money. Our
member savings calculator helps you quantify your membership return on investment. If you're an existing member and haven't renewed your membership for 2014, renew today and stay part of the action! For more information, contact OAN at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-682-5089 (800-342-6401 toll-free).
Advertise in Digger: Farwest Edition by June 23
Display ad reservations for the 2014 Farwest Edition of Digger magazine are due by Monday, June 23. More than 11,500 copies of this extra-large special edition will be distributed to Digger subscribers, as well as exhibitors and guests of the Farwest Trade Show in August. To reserve your space, contact Chris Sweet, advertising and sponsorship account manager, at 503-582-2012, 800-342-6401 or email@example.com.
» Download the Insertion Order
Get the word out with Farwest Trade Show sponsorships
Farwest Trade Show sponsorships are a great way to increase awareness, visibility and brand enhancement of your products and services at the premier nursery industry trade show. Sponsorship packages can be creatively customized to deliver relevant interaction with targeted professionals that build strong, lasting business partnerships. Contact Chris Sweet at firstname.lastname@example.org to design a sponsorship package to fit into your existing marketing and communications programs.
Register today for the Farwest Trade Show
Registration is now available for the largest green industry trade show in the West. The 2014 Farwest Trade Show takes place Aug. 21–23 at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland. By attending, you can renew connections, learn valuable new ideas, source new products, and discover new innovations for your business. Bundle your Expo Pass with tours, seminars, pesticide classes or the new Equipment Innovation Day, and save. Register now and grab the early bird discount to save more.
» Register Today!
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, Pennsylvania; IGC Chicago; and IGC East in National Harbor, Maryland. 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 (including booth number and number of pallets) 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).
Affordable Care Act Road Show at J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.
♦ June 11 - A series of members-only meetings on how to navigate the health care law.
♦ June 12 - Annual Duffers Classic Golf Tournament at the Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City
Affordable Care Act Road Show at OAN
♦ June 18 - A series of members-only meetings on how to navigate the health care law.
Affordable Care Act Road Show at Woodburn Nursery
♦ June 25 - A series of members-only meetings on how to navigate the health care law.
Retail & Greenhouse Chapters
♦ June 26 - Season Finale Celebration
♦ July 1 - The Elements of a Strong IPM Program for Greenhouse & Ornamental Diseases
(2 Pesticide Recertification Credits Available)
Farwest Trade Show
♦ August 21-23 - Find it all at Farwest. The largest green industry trade show in the West! Register today!
♦ August 19 - Equipment Innovation Day
♦ August 20 - Tours
♦ August 21-23 - Seminars
♦ August 21 - Keynote Speaker - John Stanley
♦ August 21 - Young Nursery Professionals
♦ August 21 - Pub Crawl
♦ August 22 - Women in Horticulture
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.
» Download the OAN Media Kit