Farwest adds full-day retail garden center tour
Organizers of the 2016 Farwest Show announced a new pre-show tour featuring retail garden centers. "Local Favorites and Must-see Destination Garden Centers" will take place from 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Wednesday, August 24.
The tour will feature stops at several of the area's most innovative and successful retail garden centers, including Bauman Farms and Garden; Shonnard's Nursery, Florist and Landscape; Garland Nursery and Sebright Gardens. The tour will also include wholesale grower Little Prince of Oregon Nursery.
This retail-focused tour is one of three tours taking place on the same day. The other two tours will feature wholesale nursery operations.
Pre-registration is required for all tours. Cost is $99 per tour if registered by July 31 and $115 starting August 1; price includes luxury motor coach transportation, lunch, beverages, snacks and a Farwest 3-Day Expo Pass.
SAVE THE DATE: July 20 — New Member Social Gathering
New OAN members are invited to an Open House where they can meet the association staff, other new members and OAN volunteer leaders.
The Open House will be held from 4–6 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 in the Dick Joyce Conference Room at OAN, 29751 SW Town Center Loop West, Wilsonville, Oregon. Drop in anytime. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided. This event is a great opportunity for networking and finding out how you can get more from your OAN membership. For planning purposes, please RSVP by Monday, July 18 to Allison Pennell at 503-682-5089 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stone: 'Be thankful America welcomes immigrants'
OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone authored an
Independence Day-themed op-ed article on immigration that was published in the July 6 edition of the Salem Statesman-Journal.
"Numerous studies show that immigrants (legal or not) are less likely than the born-here population to commit violent crimes or be incarcerated," Stone stated. "A 2016 study by the Immigration Policy Center found that as immigration has gone up, crime has gone down. A 2007 study by IPC found that 'for every ethnic group without exception, incarceration rates among young men are lowest for immigrants.' Our immigration system may be broken, but closing the gates is not the answer. We'd be giving in to fear and, ultimately, harming our economy."
The op-ed was a response to an article by Cynthia Kendoll of Oregonians for Immigration Reform (OFIR) which falsely equated immigration with increased criminality.
The OAN and its allies inside and outside of agriculture will continue to monitor the political activities of OFIR and other groups that threaten to harm our friends and partners who happen to be immigrants. The deadline recently passed for OFIR to submit rumored ballot measures for 2016. None were submitted. We will continue to push for true comprehensive reform that provides border security, permanent status for those who are here, and an adequate workforce.
New administration could herald immigration reform
According to an article published by Politico, several influential lawmakers see an opening for immigration reform in 2017, especially if Hillary Clinton wins and the GOP takes another hit among Latinos. Meanwhile, immigration advocates are laying the groundwork for a reform push in 2017 through conversations with lawmakers and events to cultivate support among conservative constituencies.
Corporate tax proposal headed to November ballot
The Initiative Petition 28 corporate tax measure — a proposal that would become the largest corporate tax hike in Oregon history — has made the November ballot, while five others are pending as the Oregon Secretary of State verifies signatures.
"IP 28: A Better Oregon" seeks to raise an estimated $3 billion in additional tax revenue each year. These funds are earmarked for the general fund but promised for public education for public education, health care and senior services. The state's largest 1,000 businesses registered as C-corporations with at least $25 million in annual sales would pay a minimum $30,000 tax, plus a so-called gross receipts tax of 2.5 percent on any sales above that threshold.
AmericanHort eyes changes for Cultivate'17
Ken Fisher, AmericanHort's new president and chief executive officer, announced at last Sunday's keynote presentation that exciting changes are already in the works for next year's show.
Among the changes attendees and exhibitors can expect at Cultivate'17 are:
- A fresh look on the show floor, with more corner spaces, islands and design strategies to facilitate exhibitor-attendee interaction.
- Expanded space for The Knowledge Center and Solutions Marketplace.
- New networking opportunities, such as a "fast-pitch" stage to showcase a company's exciting products and an on-the-floor meeting space.