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Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
June 15, 2016    |     IMPORTANT DATES     |     ADVERTISE

Golfers tee off for the industry at Duffers Classic

The 2016 Duffers Classic golf tournament was held last Thursday at Stone Creek Golf Club, raising more than $25,000 for the Oregon Nurseries' Political Action Committee. Some 136 duffers had a fun time and reconnected with industry friends, while raising funds to contribute strategically to campaigns and encourage positive outcomes for the nursery industry.

"This is the first of our fundraisers for the election cycle," OAN President Leigh Geschwill said. "We have a goal of raising $100,000 to elect nursery-friendly candidates and oppose business-killing ballot measures."

Photographs from the tournament are available on Facebook and can be downloaded free of charge.

The 2016 election will be critical for the nursery industry.

"We need to be very active on the political front in order to defend and advance our industry," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "We have numerous threats and opportunities on the issues of labor, water supply, pests and pathogens, taxation, business regulation, transportation and many others. Because of these, it behooves us to band together and maximize the resources at our disposal."

Growers, allies and others connected with the nursery industry are encouraged to make a voluntary contribution towards ONPAC's $100,000 fundraising goal.

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Business associations meet with OAN leaders

A panel of business lobbyists gave presentations before the OAN Government Relations Committee yesterday (June 14) in the Dick Joyce Conference Room at the OAN offices. They included Betsy Earls and Mike Freese of Associated Oregon Industries (AOI), Bill Perry of the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association (ORLA), Mary Anne Nash of the Oregon Farm Bureau Federation, and Scott Dahlman of Oregonians for Food and Shelter.

The five discussed issues affecting businesses, including the proposed gross receipt tax on C corporations, implementation of the minimum wage increases approved by the 2016 Legislature, the prospect of a transportation package in the 2017 legislative session, likely future action on water resource development, and much more.

The OAN works closely with these associations and others to deliver better outcomes for agriculture, nurseries and the broader business community.

Maryland becomes first state to ban consumer use of neonicotinoids

A new Maryland law has made it illegal for consumers to use neonicotinoids, the class of pesticides that has been implicated in the deaths of pollinators such as bees, birds and butterflies. Under the legislation, a person who violates the ban will be subject to a $250 civil penalty. The law will take effect on Jan. 1, 2018.

The legislation, which includes exceptions for certified applicators, farmers and veterinarians, makes Maryland the first state to adopt such a ban on consumer use. The ban will apply to the sale and use of imidacloprid, nithiazine, acetamiprid, clothianidin, dinotefuran, thiacloprid, thiamethoxam and any other chemical designated by the Maryland Department of Agriculture as a neonicotinoid.

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BOLI revises rulemaking for July 1 minimum wage hike

The state Bureau of Labor and Industries today issued revised rulemaking (PDF) spelling out implementation of the new minimum wage law that will take effect on July 1.

Over the next seven years, the law will phase in three different minimum wage levels based on location. Starting July 1, employers in the Portland Urban Growth boundary and those in what the state calls "standard counties" (Western Oregon, excluding Coos, Douglas and Curry counties, plus Hood River, Wasco and Deschutes counties) are subject to a $9.75 minimum wage. Rural counties (all others) will have a $9.50 minimum wage.

BOLI revised its new rulemaking in response to criticism from employers, who said the initial rules differed markedly from legislative intent. For example, the law was intended to set pay rate based on the location of the employer. The draft rules would have required payment based on where work was done, creating a big administrative problem for employers with multiple locations or whose employees cross wage boundaries. There was concern the rules could require employers to track workers by GPS.

"The new rulemaking still presents a number of problems for employers, but it is not the complete debacle that the prior version was," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said.

The OAN is pulling together implementation advice for its members based on the just-released rules. This information will be shared via Member Update. Watch for details.

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Many microbiological products make false claims, ODA Fertilizer Program discovers

The Oregon Department of Agriculture's Fertilizer Program samples and analyzes products as part of its consumer protection role. Recently, the program has been looking at products that contain microorganisms — or at least claim to have them. The results of the analyses have proven less than encouraging. "Some products have met the claim and have passed, but the percentage is very low," fertilizer enforcement specialist Toby Primbs said.

The program began testing products claiming to contain beneficial bacteria and one type of beneficial fungi (Trichoderma) in 2013. Of the 51 products tested for bacteria, only nine met their guarantees. Of the 14 products tested for Trichoderma, none met their guarantees.

Up until now, the results of the product sampling and analysis have been shared with the companies that produced them, as part of an educational approach undertaken by ODA. Moving forward, any fertilizer product containing microorganisms found deficient by ODA will face enforcement action, ranging from a notice of violation to a potential civil penalty.

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Fox News reports on Oregon's 'convoluted' minimum wage hike

John Zielinski, Marion County president of the Oregon Farm Bureau and owner of E.Z. Orchards in Salem, Oregon, was recently interviewed by Fox News about how Oregon's minimum wage hike will hurt his farm.

"When those pears and apples are sold on the market, they're not going to give us any more money because we're from Oregon and have a higher pay rate," Zielinski said.

In response to such assertions that Oregon-grown goods will have difficulty competing against those from states where wages are significantly lower, lawmakers are considering an amendment to the legislation that would allow for lower training wages for young workers and some new hires. Under the current law, which was passed in March 2016, wages will rise incrementally each year until 2022, when the minimum wage will be set at $12.50 in rural Oregon, $13.50 in mid-size regions and $14.75 in the Portland metro area.

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Save the date: June 29 — 2016 Invasive Plant Workshop

The Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council will present a workshop from 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. on Wed., June 29 at the Portland Metro building (600 NE Grand Ave., Portland). Speakers will present research on many of the region's most significant emergent and aquatic invasive species, such as reed canarygrass. Cost is $50.

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J. R. Simplot names new vice president

Doug Stone has joined the J. R. Simplot Company as vice president of wholesale agricultural sales within Simplot's AgriBusiness Division. Previously, Stone was president and CEO for Consolidated Sourcing Solutions, where he created a crop nutrient sourcing strategy for the seventh-largest retail consortium in the United States, and senior vice president of sales and marketing at Terra Industries Inc.

Tell the OAN Research Committee about your research needs and priorities

The OAN Research Committee would like to gain a better understanding from the diverse community of OAN members about our industry's research needs and priorities, so we can get the best return on our investment in research. The survey only takes a few minutes. Please take a moment to provide your feedback.

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Pioneer Dinner to honor nursery pioneers on June 28

The Mt. Hood Chapter will once again pay tribute to our nursery pioneers — those men and women over the age of 60 with more than 20 years in the nursery and greenhouse industry — at its annual Pioneer Dinner on Tuesday, June 28.

This year's theme is "Luau Party," so put on your most colorful Hawaiian shirt and dig into the dinner buffet featuring tropical fruit, kalua pork, chicken teriyaki and sweet rolls! Dinner is complimentary for nursery pioneers and kids under 18; the cost is $25 for all other attendees. OAN members from all chapters are invited.

Festivities kick off at 5:30 p.m. at Persimmon Country Club (500 SE Butler Rd., Gresham). Please RSVP to Rhonda Boni-Burden at 360-772-3082 or or register online.

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Ship and save with OAN Trucks to 2016 Summer Trade Shows

The OAN is coordinating trucks to two summer trade shows — Cultivate'16 and IGC Chicago — and we are forming a waitlist for a third, IGC Baltimore.

Trucks to Trade Shows

Space is limited and reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis. To make a reservation, fill out the order form and send it to Ali Pennell ( or fax it to 503-682-5099). For questions, contact Ali at 503-582-2010.

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Important Dates

Water Resources Open House Events
JUNE 13-30 - The Water Resources Department and its partner agencies — the Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Department of Agriculture — will host seven open house events across Oregon this month. The forums will provide an opportunity to share your ideas about Oregon's water future and learn about new initiatives and programs, including place-based planning, drought preparedness, in-stream projections, project funding, long-term water demands and pesticide stewardship partnerships.

Pioneer Dinner
JUNE 28 - The Mt. Hood Chapter will pay tribute to our nursery pioneers — those men and women over the age of 60 with more than 20 years in the nursery and greenhouse industry — at its annual Pioneer Dinner on Tuesday, June 28. This year's theme is "Luau Party," so put on your most colorful Hawaiian shirt and dig into the dinner buffet featuring tropical fruit, kalua pork, chicken teriyaki and sweet rolls! Dinner is complimentary for nursery pioneers and kids under 18; the cost is $25 for all other attendees. OAN members from all chapters are invited. Festivities kick off at 5:30 p.m. at Persimmon Country Club (500 SE Butler Rd., Gresham). Please RSVP to Rhonda Boni-Burden at 360-772-3082 or or register online. More Info »

OAN Open House
JUNE 29 - The Oregon Association of Nurseries will hold an Open House for all members and interested members from 4–6 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 in the Dick Joyce Conference Room at the OAN offices (29751 SW Town Center Loop W., Wilsonville, Oregon). Join us for snacks and light refreshments while networking with nursery industry leaders and learning more about the benefits of belonging to OAN. Please RSVP by Monday, June 27 to Allison Pennell at 503-682-5089 or

Farwest Show
AUGUST 25-27 - Register now for the Farwest Show, taking place Thursday–Saturday, August 25–27, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The show is growing; last year's attendees met over 400 exhibitors from across the globe and connected with over 6,000 industry professionals. This year is on track to be even better.

Registration offers range from a $5 admission for OAN members on up to combination tickets that help you save big. All include an early bird discount if you register now. More Info »

Farwest Nursery Tours
AUGUST 24 - 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. These are just a few reasons to join one of the Farwest tours. More Info »

FREE Farwest Keynote Speaker: Dr. Charlie Hall
AUGUST 25 - His speech, "Factors Affecting Short and Long-Term Demand in the Future," will share vital information that will guide the green industry as it formulates strategic marketing plans for the post-Great Recession economy. More Info »

Farwest Pub Crawl
AUGUST 25 - With names like Vlad the Imp Aler, Organic Green Elephant and Survival Seven Grain Stout, you know you're in a town devoted to microbrews and that is appropriately nicknamed Beervana. Farwest is celebrating the city's beer culture with its 5th Annual Pub Crawl. Explore the best that Portland's local craft brewers has to offer! More Info »

In case you missed it...

AmericanHort announces new president/CEO

Skagit Gardens announces bankruptcy, looks to sell

Sudden oak death poses 'catastrophic threat' to southwest Oregon

Researchers creating insect-dispensing drones

Geschwill, Zielinski deliver message to elected officials in D.C.

Parasitic wasps deployed against emerald ash borer

Administration to increase threshold for overtime exemption

Judge overturns Josephine County ban on GMOs

Lawmakers seek support for expanded H-2B visa program

Video outlines Oregon's mandatory sick leave law

Oregon horticultural sales hit $932 million for 2014

OAN Resource Guide

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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Ready to grow your business with OAN Publications and Events?

Our range of respected publications and engaging events provide valuable opportunities to strategically deliver your message and help achieve your sales and marketing goals. From print to digital to in person at the Farwest Show, we can help you find the best way to reach key nursery industry decision-makers through advertising and sponsorship. And as an OAN member you receive exclusive discounts and can save even more with our frequency discount for multiple ads. Download our Media Kit for all the details and contact Blair Thompson at 503-582-2012 or to discuss how OAN advertising and sponsorship can help your business grow.

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