Home Depot to require plant labeling for neonicotinoids
Home Depot announced on its website that by the fourth quarter of 2014, it will require all green goods suppliers to label plants that have been treated with neonicotinoid class pesticides. At 2,264 stores nationwide, the big-box chain carries tremendous weight in the marketplace. Its action may prompt other companies, such as Lowe's, to implement similar requirements. Notably, the chain did not say it will require labels for the use of other chemistries. Although scientists say pollinator loss is a complex issue with many causes, the tag requirement offers gratification to those consumers who, like the nursery industry, are deeply concerned about pollinator health.
Immigration reform implodes as border crisis builds
More than a year ago, the U.S. Senate approved bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform. Ever since then, the U.S. House of Representatives has had the opportunity to follow suit, as well as the votes — provided that the bill made it to the House floor.
Such hopes were pronounced dead last week when House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) reportedly told President Barack Obama that no vote would be allowed.
"It was a complete lack of political courage," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone told members of the OAN Government Relations Committee on Tuesday.
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Pollinator task force meets for the first time
Oregon's new Pollinator Health Task Force, created by the 2014 Legislature, met for the first time in late June. The group will study all the various issues relating to pollinator health, then prepare a report back to the Legislature. The group is scheduled to meet four more times before completing its work in October. Among the members is OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone. The group is chaired by Ramesh Sagili, a bee scientist and professor at Oregon State University.
Acreage reporting required by July 15
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Oregon Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds agricultural producers that July 15 is the deadline to file an acreage report for spring seeded crops. Planted acres must be reported to FSA by July 15. The 2014 Farm Bill requires producers on a farm to submit annual acreage reports on all cropland.
Although July 15 is the most common deadline to report acreage for spring seeded crops, this date may be different in locations with climates that are warmer or cooler than average. Producers should contact their county FSA office if they are uncertain about acreage reporting deadlines.
» For questions on this or any FSA program, contact your county FSA office or log on to www.fsa.usda.gov.
Hug a Tree and help set new world record this Saturday
The Hug a Tree event will take place from 2–4 p.m. this Saturday, July 12, at Hoyt Arboretum in Portland. Friends of Trees, the non-profit organization that plants trees in the Portland-Vancouver, Salem and Eugene-Springfield metro areas, is organizing an attempt to break the world record for tree hugging.
Oregon held the Guiness Book world record until this past June 5, when 2,001 people hugged trees in a park outside Kathmandu, Nepal, to claim a new world record on World Environment Day. The previous record for the world's largest tree-hugging event was set in July 2013, when 936 people gathered in Portland.
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State Treasurer Ted Wheeler visits with OAN members
Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler was the guest speaker at the July 8 meeting of the OAN Government Relations Committee.
Wheeler touched on several topics of importance to the nursery industry, including his support for infrastructure development and the importance of protecting and developing Oregon's water resources. He also mentioned the importance of higher education and the student loan debt issue to the economy.
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July Digger is hot off the press
"So cold-hardy, they're hot" is the cover story on the July issue of Digger magazine. With their good looks and easy care, cold-hardy cacti and succulents (PDF) have been riding a wave of popularity for years now. Other articles in the July issue are:
- "A show of personality" (PDF) — Inserting a little personality into something that's normally commonplace or boring, such as a printed receipt or web page, can give your customers a better sense of who you are.
- "Meet the growers" (PDF) — The Farwest Trade Show lets buyers talk to small nursery owners and managers.
- "Setting the new Standard" (PDF) — The new American Standard for Nursery Stock redefines expectations within the trade.
- "Controlling powdery mildew" (PDF) — Sanitation, scouting and timely applications of fungicides are the keys to curbing its spread.
- "The founding farmers" (PDF) — OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone ruminates on the deep agricultural roots of our country.
You can also read this month's flipbook edition of Digger (Flash required; fast connection recommended). Please send your comments on the issue to editor Curt Kipp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best Management Practices for Christmas Tree Export just published
OSU's Extension Service announced the publication of the brand-new Best Management Practices for Christmas Tree Export. The 80-page pocket-sized field guide is printed on waterproof paper and available in English and Spanish. It features best management practices to reduce the presence of pests at harvest and describes how to identify these problems. It includes management calendars, pest quarantine information, legal considerations for exporting, and options for monitoring and trapping. Cost is $22.50.
Click here for more information and to order a copy
The new Farwest Equipment Innovation Day to debut Aug. 19
New for Farwest 2014! On Tuesday, August 19 — two days before the opening day of the Farwest Trade Show seminars and expo — attendees can experience new equipment in action and see how innovative growers implement automation to enhance their production efficiency.
Equipment Innovation Day will give you the opportunity to compare equipment manufacturers and talk with innovative-minded growers. Demonstration areas at two nurseries will showcase Farwest equipment exhibitors demonstrating their newest products. The nurseries also will share production innovations they utilize in their day-to-day operations.
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Welcome to OAN's new members
Three new companies and individuals joined the Oregon Association of Nurseries in June. To these new members, welcome!
Ball Seed Company
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JRT Nurseries Inc.
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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 email@example.com or 503-682-5089 (800-342-6401 toll-free).
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.
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Register today for the Farwest Trade Show
Register today 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.
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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.
Apply by July 15 for Proven Winners scholarship program
Proven Winners announced a new $15,000 scholarship program that will aid students in three distinct areas of the horticulture industry:
- The Proven Winners Innovations in Plant Breeding Scholarship
- The Proven Winners Innovations in Horticultural Marketing Scholarship
- The Proven Winners Grower Excellence Scholarship
Each scholarship is worth $5,000. Students must be enrolled in a four-year university and be at least a sophomore during the 2014-2015 academic year. Master's degree and Ph.D. students are also eligible. Applicants must be enrolled in horticultural science or related fields, and they must hold a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applications are due by July 15.
» For more information and to apply, contact Kerry Meyer at Proven Winners, email@example.com.
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.
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