Celebrating Pollinator Week
Monday, June 16, marked the kickoff of this year's Pollinator Week — an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. Pollinator Week is a great opportunity for garden centers to educate customers about how to attract these vital creatures to their yards. Businesses that are planning educational events can list themselves on the Pollinator Week website, which will be featured on a map with other events taking place around the world.
» To find a Pollinator Week event, or to add yours to an international map, click here.
» For more information, check out the Pollinator Partnership's website.
Affordable Care Act Road Show makes next stop in Wilsonville
The next stop on OAN's Affordable Care Act Road Show is scheduled for Wednesday, June 18, at OAN's office in Wilsonville, Oregon. The final event will be held Wednesday, June 25, at Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas in Woodburn, 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.
» The ACA Road Show is a free benefit of OAN membership. Please contact Ashley Wilsey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-682-5089 to RSVP.
Last week to save on OAN Trucks to 2014 Summer Trade Shows program
This is the last week to save $50 per pallet with early-bird pricing on OAN's Trucks to 2014 Summer Trade Shows program.
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; IGC Chicago; and IGC East in National Harbor, Maryland. Sign up by this Friday, June 20, to receive preferred pricing. Prices will increase by $50 per pallet beginning on 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).
Oregon grass seed featured on World Cup soccer fields
The Albany Democrat-Herald reported this week that DLF, an international company that has its U.S. headquarters and numerous research facilities in Linn and Benton counties, scored an impressive feat at this year's World Cup soccer tournament: DLF's PhD perennial ryegrass mixture has been overseeded on every soccer field used during the course of play. The tournament will feature 64 matches in all, featuring 32 teams from all over the world.
According to Steve Reid, research director for the company, DLF shipped 300,000 pounds of seed in April and it was dispersed among the soccer fields as soon as it arrived. Grasses were tested first with trial mixtures at DLF's Philomath research site — 18 different mixtures in all were tested before deciding which to use. The goal, Reid said, was to create grass that will "withstand a pounding and support the athletes."
» Read the full story.
Robinson Nursery featured on 'I Am Oregon Agriculture' blog
OAN members Robinson Nursery in Amity, Oregon, was recently featured on the I Am Oregon Agriculture blog, put together by the AgriBusiness Council of Oregon. The blog is part of a campaign to educate the public on how family-owned farms support Oregon's economy and way of life. The campaign was supported with advertising that ran on KATU channel 2 in early June.
Bailey Nurseries to host annual expos in July and August
Bailey Nurseries has announced the dates for the annual expo events at their Minnesota, Illinois and Oregon facilities. Each event is open to Bailey customers and is a full day of activities including facility tours, introduction of new plant varieties, merchandising display ideas and guest speakers. Bailey staff will be on hand from plant health, production and sales departments to answer any questions.
Those interested in attending are encouraged to save the following dates:
- St. Paul, Minnesota – July 17
- Onarga, Illinois – July 31
- Yamhill, Oregon – August 20
» For more information, log on to www.baileynurseries.com
OSU statewide services seek budget boost
The Capital Press reported this week that Oregon State University's newly formed Board of Trustees is asking for a general fund budget increase of $22 million for the university's statewide public services. The OSU statewide public services include the Agricultural Experiment Station, Extension Service and Forest Research Laboratory.
In support of the request, OSU's board identified five program areas on which they plan to focus.
- Helping sustain the productivity and longevity of working forests, farms and ranches;
- Ensuring water quality and quantity;
- Promoting public health, food safety and security;
- Supporting private-sector development and investment in new technologies and manufacturing techniques that drive value-added agricultural and forestry products; and
- Educating the workforce of tomorrow.
"For every state dollar invested in the OSU Statewides, these programs return another $10 to Oregon's economy," the literature stated.
» Read the full article.
Watch out for hollyhock weevils and European pine shoot moths
OSU's Robin Rosetta reported a sighting of hollyhock weevils, Apion longirostre, a common pest in nursery stock. "You can see them firsthand on many hollyhocks right now," she said. "Early intervention, both culturally and chemically, can significantly reduce the damage." Click here for images and more information.
Rosetta also reported the trapping of European pine shoot moths, Rhyacionia buoliana, in the Portland area. Plants at risk include red, Mugho and ponderosa pine, which may be badly damaged, as well Scotch and Austrian pines. For more information, visit the Pacific Northwest Nursery IPM page.
Soil health for perennials workshop set for June 26
Make plans to attend the upcoming workshop on soil health, Unlock Secrets in the Soil for Perennial Crops, to be held from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, at the Mt. Hood National Forest Headquarters in Sandy, Oregon. The workshop is free and lunch is provided, but registration is required. RSVP by Monday, June 23, to secure a spot.
The event is sponsored by Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District, East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, OSU Extension Service, and the Oregon Dept. of Agriculture.
» To register, call 503-210-6002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
» More information about the event.
Promote your Farwest Trade Show specials for free!
Create a show special or discount for your customers at the Farwest Trade Show and send it to us HERE. You will be featured online at www.FarwestShow.com, and your company will be highlighted with a special icon in the Show Guide. This exposure not only gives your current and future customers incentive to come see you at the show, but it is also an easy way to market your company for free.
» Complete the Show Special form
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
In Memoriam: Hal Schudel, Holiday Tree Farms
The OAN is saddened to report the passing of Harold "Hal" Schudel, cofounder of Holiday Tree Farms. Schudel passed away June 2 at the age of 96. He and his business partner, Paul Goodmonson, were considered pioneers of Christmas tree farming. They founded the world's first commercial Christmas tree plantation in 1956. Goodmonson later sold his share of the business, which remains in Schudel family ownership today. The Corvallis Gazette-Times newspaper published a profile article in Hal's memory; you can read it
here. His obituary is posted here.
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