OAN to host New Member Social Gathering — TODAY!
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 more information, contact Allison Pennell at 503-682-5089 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plant donations and volunteers needed for scholarship fundraiser
The OAN Clackamas Chapter's annual plant sale at the Clackamas County Fair is a fundraiser for scholarship funds and the Small Grant Award Program. This year, the sale is scheduled to take place Friday–Sunday, August 19–21.
Proceeds from the sale will help fund three scholarships offered through the Oregon Nurseries Foundation: the Clackamas Chapter Award, and the Ed Wood and Larry Fitzgerald Memorial Awards. The chapter also sponsors the Small Grant Program Award, which funds requests for horticultural supplies from area community colleges and high schools.
Plant donations can be dropped off the week of August 8 at these locations:
- Simnitt Nursery, 138 NE 22nd Ave., Canby, 503-266-9640
- Willamette Nurseries, 25571 S Barlow Rd., Canby, 503-263-6405
Alternatively, plant material can be taken directly to the Clackamas County Fairgrounds (694 NE 4th Ave., Canby), on Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13. Volunteers are also needed for the sale setup on August 13. For more information, contact Adam Farley at 503-678-0511 or Brian Raab at 503-422-6135.
Obama administration asks Supreme Court to rehear immigration case
The Obama administration on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider its immigration decision once a full nine-member court can hear the case, according to a New York Times
the short-handed court deadlocked 4–4 in the case, a challenge to President Obama's plan to spare millions of unauthorized immigrants from deportation and to allow them to work lawfully in the United States. That left in place an appeals court ruling that had blocked the program.
Vancouver, B.C. bans neonicotinoids
Vancouver, British Columbia's city council voted unanimously last week to ban neonicotinoids, the class of pesticides that have been implicated in bee deaths. The ban will take effect on July 26, 2016.
Unlike most city bans that have been implemented in the United States and elsewhere, the ban applies not just to city property, but private property as well.
A city report recommended the ban due to a surge in the use of neonicotinoids to combat chafer beetles, a pest that has infested turf lawns throughout Metro Vancouver since 2001. The city is encouraging organic alternatives, such as nematode worms, to kill chafer beetles.
PEST ALERT: Sequoia pitch moth & cabbage whitefly
OSU entomologist Robin Rosetta reported that
sequoia pitch moths have been spotted in the area. One of the most common pine pests, sequoia pitch moth (Synanthedon sequoiae) mainly causes aesthetic damage to trees.
Signs of infestation are large quantities of milky pitch, a raised mound of sap and sawdust on the side of a trunk, often near a branch. The pitch masses can be gray, pink, red or yellow and protrude from infested trunks and limbs.
Rosetta also advised to keep an eye out for eggs of the overwintering cabbage whitefly, which have been hatching and their numbers increasing on favored brassica plants such as kale.
For the latest information on the pests and diseases that are rearing their ugly heads in the Pacific Northwest, check in regularly at the "Looking for Trouble" section on the Pacific Northwest Nursery Integrated Pest Management homepage.
OSU hires new Seed Laboratory manager
Oregon State University's College of Agricultural Sciences named David Stimpson as its new Seed Laboratory manager. He replaces Adriel Garay, who retired last year after 19 years as the lab's manager. Stimpson spent the past 20 years working in seed science and technology for Dow AgroSciences. In his new role, he will oversee the official seed-testing laboratory of the State of Oregon.