Smart sprayer demo set for August 14
A team of researchers is developing a Smart Sprayer, which will be demonstrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 at Hans Nelson and Sons Nursery, 31020 S.E. Waybill Road, Boring, Oregon. The sprayer, which is still being tested, uses a laser to detect the height, width and volume of the plants in a row. With this information, it can adjust the application of chemical sprays, thereby saving on input costs. The team includes researchers from Oregon State University, the USDA Agricultural Research Service, Ohio State University and the University of Tennessee. The demonstration is free and open to the public.
» For details, download the flyer (PDF).
The Berry Family of Nurseries to close Oregon location
Texas-based grower The Berry Family of Nurseries announced that it will shut down its Cornelius, Oregon, location and lay off 100 people "on or about" Sept. 30, according to an article published by The Oregonian. The Cornelius site, known as BFN Operations Oregon, grows evergreen shrubs and trees and produces holiday greenery on 361 acres.
This is the second Cornelius-area nursery to lay off a significant number of workers this year. Glenn Walters Nursery cut 118 jobs after losing a major customer at the start of the year.
Read the full story.
Star® Roses launches new website
Star® Roses and Plants, the introducers of The Knock Out® Family of Roses and Drift® Roses, has launched a new website to help gardeners find inspiration and information. The site hosts how-to videos, an extensive library of FAQ's, social content including inspirational photos, videos and a blog, and downloadable marketing materials for authorized users.
Visit the website for more information.
Donated plants needed for scholarship fundraiser plant sale
OAN's Clackamas Chapter is organizing its annual plant sale at the Clackamas County Fair. Great plants that represent the quality of our industry are needed. The quantity and variety does not matter; however, smaller plants with color have proven to be the easiest to sell.
The chapter sponsors two scholarships through the Oregon Nurseries Foundation: the Clackamas Chapter Award and the Clackamas Ed Wood Memorial Award, as well as the Small Grant Program Award, which funds requests for horticultural supplies from community colleges and high schools in our area.
The sale will take place at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds from Friday through Sunday, August 15–17. For more information, contact Tom Brewer at 503-686-8448 or email@example.com, or Jim Simnitt at 503-266-9640.
Download the flyer.
Garden Gallery Iron Works and Anderson Pots beautify the country
Garden Gallery Iron Works and Anderson Die and Manufacturing have teamed up to produce city beautification products that are made in Oregon, according to a joint press release. Anderson Die & Manufacturing produces heavy-duty city basket containers in two sizes: #7 deep and #10. These containers have been used in city basket programs across the U.S., Canada, and locally in Vancouver, Canby and Oregon City. Garden Gallery Iron Works manufactures the metal hangers for the pots along with post mounts, if required. The hangers are easily installed and provide security.
» For more information about these products, visit the company websites: www.gardengalleryhubbard.com and
Oregon announces 2014 Century Farm honorees
Oregon has added eight Century Farms and two Sesquicentennial Farms to its agricultural legacy, according to an announcement by the Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation. The farms and ranches will be honored at a ceremony on Aug. 23 at the Oregon State Fair in Salem.
Coordinated by the Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation, the designations honor farms and ranches that have been in continuous family ownership and operation for 100 and 150 years, respectively. The program is intended to honor the roots and legacy of Oregon agriculture. In addition to showing continuous family ownership, applicants must have a gross farm income of $1,000 or more in at least three of the past five years, and family members must live on or actively manage the operations.
» Read about the honorees in the
full press release.
» For more information on the program, click here.
Farwest Trade Show hotel discounts end soon
Looking for great hotel deals during your stay at the Farwest Trade Show? It's easy to find and book the perfect hotel for your Farwest stay. We negotiated the lowest room rates at the best hotels for every budget. To ensure you receive our preferred rates, contact your hotel of choice now and mention our group code "Farwest Show". Cutoff dates for discounted rates begin to expire July 19.
Find out more and book online.
There's still time to ship and save with OAN Trucks to 2014 Summer Trade Shows
Pallet space is limited but still available on trucks going to the following shows: PANTS in Philadelphia; IGC Chicago; and IGC East in National Harbor, Maryland. To reserve your space, 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, event and program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-682-5089 (800-342-6401 toll-free).
Register today for the Farwest Trade Show
Registration is now available 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.
» Register Today!
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 email@example.com to design a sponsorship package to fit into your existing marketing and communications programs.
In Memoriam: Charles J. "Chuck" Tosovsky
The OAN is saddened to report the passing of veteran Illinois nurseryman Charles J. "Chuck" Tosovsky. He was 83.
During his long nursery career, Tosovsky held high-ranking posts within numerous industry organizations: Madison-St. Clair Nurserymen's Association (1970), The Illinois Nurseryman's Association (1982), American Nurseryman's Association (1982-1990), International Plant Propagators' Society (1986), Landscape Nurserymen's Association of Greater St. Louis (1989-1990) and Florist Mutual (now Hortica). The Illinois Green Industry Association recognized his contributions and leadership by designating him an Outstanding Individual of 2010. The American Nursery and Landscape Association inducted him into the Hall of Fame in 2012. Click here to read the full obituary.
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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