Yard, Garden & Patio Show to continue under new ownership
Oregon's Yard, Garden & Patio Show will continue into 2015 and beyond, according to a joint announcement made last week.
Metropolitan Productions Inc. has purchased the 26-year-old consumer event, designed expressly for gardeners and homeowners, from the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN). The next edition will be held Friday–Sunday, February 27–March 1, 2015, at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland.
OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said that Metropolitan Productions turned out to be the perfect buyer. Unanimously approved by the OAN Board of Directors, the purchase agreement provides for the continued involvement of OAN-member garden retailers, landscapers and service providers in the event — including booth discounts for OAN members. Metropolitan will also support the nursery industry by funding annual scholarships for horticulture students through the Oregon Nurseries Foundation, an arm of OAN.
» Read the full press release on the Daily Digger.
NurseryGuide.com now optimized for mobile devices
A mobile device-friendly version of NurseryGuide.com was launched on Friday, July 11. The mobile site is designed for green industry professionals on the go, making it even more convenient to find OAN-member growers and allied services and supplies companies. There have been more than 70,000 visits to NurseryGuide.com since January 2014; about 25 percent of visitors are using mobile devices. Before the 2013 launch of the new NurseryGuide.com site, traffic peaked annually on the old site at around 30,000. Members are encouraged to update their member profiles, share plant photos and manage their listings throughout the year.
» If you need help managing your profile or listings, please contact the OAN office by calling 503-682-5089.
DOL inspectors rumored in the valley
According to an alert sent by the Farm Employer Education & Legal Defense Service (FEELDS), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is actively investigating farms in the Willamette Valley this week. Their focus thus far has been on blueberry farms, but that could change.
Concurrently, DOL has requested an appeal to a federal judge's ruling that the agency has abused its "hot goods" provision of labor law by threatening to block product from getting to market of Oregon blueberry growers. At issue is the agency's claim that some growers employ "ghost workers" who work off the books and are paid less than the minimum wage.
"It is a significant matter of concern when a federal agency inspects a farm operation with the presumption of guilt in mind," said OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone. "We will follow this matter closely, work with our agricultural partners to evaluate the situation and make our views known to the administration and congressional members."
Legal representatives advise that farm operators do not provide customer and supplier names or numbers if requested by DOL inspector.
The list of items DOL requests to see during an investigation runs more than 30 items deep and includes customer and supplier information.
If you are approached, it is recommended that you contact your legal counsel and/or OAN before handing over any documents to DOL.
» Read the full list on the Daily Digger.
Survey asks, "How important are insecticides to our industry?"
AmericanHort posted a survey that it hopes will help answer some of the fundamental questions about the horticulture industry's use of insecticides — neonicotinoids in particular.
"A strong response and clarity on the importance and usage of these insecticides will help significantly in our ongoing conversations with EPA, USDA and others," said Joe Bischoff, AmericanHort's Director of Government Relations.
Take part in this
14-question survey, which is estimated to take less than 15 minutes to complete.
Read more about the survey.
Wildlife refuges phasing out neonicotinoids
A story published on OPB's website reported that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to eliminate the use of neonicotinoids on wildlife refuges in the Pacific Region by January 2016.
The pesticides, which have been linked to several bee die-offs in Oregon during the past two years, are used on some wildlife refuges in sprays that control invasive insect species. They also coat some of the seeds farmers use to grow food for wildlife on refuges in the region, according to Kim Trust, deputy chief of refuges for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Pacific Region.
"We want to make sure in our refuges we're using the best available tools to protect all wildlife on our refuge lands," said Trust. "So we will be phasing out coated seeds. We'll be phasing out sprays except in some rare circumstances where they need to be used."
Oregon FSA names new state executive director
Phil Ward was recently appointed by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack as the new state executive director for the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Oregon.
A fifth-generation Oregonian, Ward earned bachelor's and master's degrees in agricultural education from Oregon State University. He began his professional career as a high school agriculture teacher, then joined the Oregon Department of Agriculture in 1984. In June 2004, Ward was appointed director of the Oregon Water Resources Department; he was reappointed to the post in 2011. In that role, Ward administered over 80,000 agricultural, industrial and municipal water rights.
Now, as the state executive director for Oregon FSA, Ward will oversee all aspects of federal farm program implementation in the state. FSA's programs include those outlined in the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill). In fiscal year 2013, Oregon FSA issued more than $34 million in federal farm program and farm loan program assistance and benefits to the state's farmers and livestock producers.
» Read the full announcement.
Attend "Covering Your Assets" workshop on August 13
Discover ways to save money, reduce pesticide use, and improve the results of pesticide applications at the "Covering Your Assets" workshop on Wednesday, August 13, from 3–9 p.m. at Hans Nelson Nursery in Boring, Oregon.
This hands-on workshop will cover what you need to know about sprayer care, manual and electronic calibration, optimizing application for improved control and reduced spray drift, and techniques to evaluate applications. Cost for the workshop is $20 and includes dinner.
» Click here for more information and to register.
Donated plants needed for scholarship fundraiser
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jim Simnitt at 503-266-9640.
Download the flyer.
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: 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 email@example.com 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 by July 31 to Save!
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.
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.
» More information at
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 20-21 - New Vision Forum
♦ August 21-23 - Seminars
♦ August 21-23 - The Idea Center
♦ August 21-23 - Growers Showcase
♦ August 21-23 - New Varieties Showcase
♦ August 21-23 - New Product Showcase
♦ August 21 - Keynote Speaker - John Stanley
♦ August 21 - Greenhouse Innovations Seminar
♦ 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 email@example.com.
» Download the OAN Media Kit