Cannabis could become, unofficially, Oregon's most valuable crop
According to some estimates, Oregon's cannabis crop could be worth $1 billion, superseding the value of cattle and calves as the state's top agricultural product, at $922 million. Greenhouse and nursery plants were second at $829 million, and hay was third, at $703 million, according to 2014 figures.
Since the legalization last year of recreational marijuana sales in Oregon, state agencies have been collecting sales and tax figures, which may make marijuana the state's most valuable crop. As of May 30, the state had collected $14.9 million in marijuana sales taxes, according to a
Capital Press report.
Yet even if its value is substantiated, marijuana will not appear in annual crop statistics due to federal policy. Although it's now legal in several states, the federal government still classifies marijuana as an illegal drug.
Western states receive $48 million in drought relief
The Obama administration announced $48 million in grants in 13 states to help farmers and others conserve water and energy amid drought and climate change. The money will go toward improvements to irrigation and water delivery systems as well as technical assistance for planning and engineering conservation measures. The projects are in California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
OAN office will be closed Monday, July 4
The OAN office will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. We hope you get to enjoy a safe, fun and relaxing day filled with food, family, festivities and fireworks (in whatever order you prefer). The OAN office will be open again and ready to serve you on Tuesday, July 5.
Water Resources Open House event to be held in Beaverton this Thursday
Over the past month, the Water Resources Department and its partner agencies — the Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Department of Agriculture — have hosted a series of open house events across Oregon. Input received at these meetings will help shape Oregon's 2017 Integrated Water Resources Strategy.
These public hearings will wrap up
in Beaverton this Thursday, June 30. Attendees can share their 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.
For those who are not able to attend,
an online comment form is available.
Create buzz about your pollinator-friendly plants at the 2016 Farwest Show Growers Showcase
This year's Growers Showcase at the 2016 Farwest Show will highlight "Plants with a Purpose: Pollinators." Growers who are Farwest exhibitors can showcase their pollinator-friendly plants in the creatively designed Growers Showcase. Each plant will be displayed with your company name and booth number to drive more traffic to your booth. Best of all, it's at NO additional cost to you!
Fill out your plant
submission form online or download the submission form and send to the OAN by June 30, 2016. For more information, contact Crystal Cady at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-582-2006.
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.
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 (email@example.com or fax it to 503-682-5099). For questions, contact Ali at 503-582-2010.
♦ JULY 9 - Spend a fun day on the links with OAN's Clackamas Chapter. The golf outing will take place at the Frontier Golf Course (2965 N Holly St., Canby), a par three course that is extremely family friendly. Lunch and kids activities will be provided. Festivities tee off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 9. Watch for more details online and via email soon.
Retail and Greenhouse Chapters
♦ JULY 27 - On Wednesday, July 27, the Retail and Greenhouse chapters will meet at The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton, Oregon. Tours of new plants — presented by Ball FloraPlant, EuroAmerican, PanAmerican Seed and Selecta — will be given at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Social hour begins at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and presentations from Ron Newble of EuroAmerican on the new selections. Also, Ty Boland and Mark Hunter of The Oregon Garden will give updates on the current garden plantings and the future direction of the botanical attraction. Cost is $30. For more information and to RSVP, contact Mark Leichty at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-522-9678.
♦ 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 »
Oregon minimum wage goes up 25–50 cents on July 1
ODA orders plant cleaner products removed from sale
Agriculture helps power Pacific Northwest economy, study finds
Farms becoming 'smarter,' more like factories, The Economist reports
NPR profiles the 'greenhouse superpower' to the north
Golfers tee off for the industry at Duffers Classic
Business associations meet with OAN leaders
Maryland becomes first state to ban consumer use of neonicotinoids
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
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.
Download the Guide
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 email@example.com to discuss how OAN advertising and sponsorship can help your business grow.
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