Sen. Wyden to speak at Farwest Trade Show
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the OAN Government Relations Committee, which will be held at the Farwest Trade Show. The meeting will be from 10–11:30 a.m. Friday, August 22 at the Oregon Convention Center.
All members are invited to attend. There will be updates on state and federal issues affecting the nursery industry, including the upcoming Oregon Safe Roads driver's card campaign. Those planning to come are asked to RSVP to Jeff Stone at email@example.com.
Earlier this year, Wyden was elected the new chairman of the powerful U.S. Senate Finance Committee. The OAN is consistently able to secure guest speakers in prominent leadership positions, a sign that its advocacy program is esteemed and effective.
Wholesale nursery offers yoga program for its workers
OAN member Blooming Nursery in Cornelius, Oregon, offers its workers a free yoga class, which is taught weekly in a converted greenhouse at the nursery. The class recently was the subject of a feature article in The Oregonian.
According to the article, nursery owner Grace Dinsdale has practiced yoga for 15 years and wanted to share its benefits with her employees. The class has been running for about four years. Instructor Brant Rogers told the newspaper that his goal is to give the nursery workers more flexibility and help address tired shoulders and backs.
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OAN signs onto letter favoring STARS Act
The Oregon Association of Nurseries has signed onto a letter of support endorsing the recently introduced STARS Act. The federal bill, officially numbered as House Resolution 5213, is designed to help small businesses by simplifying the seasonal worker provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The acronym stands for Simplifying Technical Aspects Regarding Seasonality.
U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Oregon) is one of the cosponsors. "This bipartisan bill will make our healthcare system work better for businesses and employees," he stated in a press release. "It simplifies a complex area of the new healthcare law that is causing great uncertainty for our nation's small businesses and farmers. The American public has been crying out for us to work together to solve the problems facing our country. This bill is a step in that direction."
OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said the bill solves an important problem and is deserving of support. "We've held numerous workshops to help our members understand problems and opportunities the Affordable Care Act creates," he said. "Many of our members have a large number of seasonal employees. To these employers, having a clear set of requirements under the law is very important. This bill would resolve conflicts within the rules and regulations and give some much-needed certainty, so our member businesses can focus on what they do best, whether that's growing plants, selling them, or caring for landscapes."
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OSU offers sprayer 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 from 3–9 p.m. on Wednesday, August 13, at Hans Nelson and Sons Nursery (31020 SE Waybill Rd., Boring, Oregon).
This hands-on workshop will cover sprayer care, manual and electronic calibration, optimizing application for improved control and reduced spray drift, and techniques to evaluate applications. A night-time spray demonstration using fluorescent dye and black lights will demonstrate how to use Deposit Scan, DRIFTSIM, and water sensitive paper for spray application evaluation. Cost for the workshop is $20. Dinner is included.
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Last day to save on Farwest seminars and nursery tours
Tomorrow, July 31, is the last day to receive early-bird pricing on seminars and nursery tours for this year's fast-approaching Farwest Trade Show.
Save $50 on an All Access Pass ($145 early-bird price; $195 after July 31) and save $30 on a Nursery Tour Pass ($85 early-bird price; $115 after July 31): passes include admission to the trade show, adding to their value. Don't delay — register today!
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AmericanHort launches design initiative targeted at millennials
AmericanHort announced a partnership with the MindMarket program of the Columbus College of Art and Design, the oldest design college in the United States. Their goal is to help reshape how horticultural products are marketed and perceived in the future — especially among the millennial generation.
The project kicked off at Cultivate'14, AmericanHort's annual exposition and convention. Over the next 12 months, the association will engage its membership and consumers to explore and identify strategies to expand garden retail. Areas of study include store design, customer service, the mix of products and services, marketing and staffing.
» Read more on the Garden Center magazine website.
Know the nine tractor safety elements
A significant percentage of agricultural injuries and fatalities occur on and around tractors. This primer on tractor safety covers the nine important elements that Oregon OSHA requires every ag employer to review with their tractor drivers at least annually. Safety issues unique to the equipment and work environment are also discussed. You can download these training guides for agriculture tractor operators: English (PDF)
DVDs of the videos can be ordered online — use order code AGRI-09 for Tractor Safety Elements — or, while supplies last, DVDs will also be available at the OAN Resource Center at the Farwest Trade Show. These instructional safety materials are provided by SAIF Corporation, Oregon's not-for-profit, state-chartered workers' compensation insurance company.
Free show admission for volunteering in the OAN Resource Center
Calling all volunteers! The OAN Resource Center needs you to help put the newest edition of Nursery Guide in the hands of buyers. The OAN Resource Center is the place for members — and potential members — to have their questions answered. We are also looking for computer whizzes who can demonstrate the ins and outs of NurseryGuide.com, as well as sustainability resource experts. There's nothing better than peer-to-peer conversations!
Contact Kate Crawford (503-582-2010 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up for a volunteer shift. You'll get access to the show floor for free and have the satisfaction of helping your trade association help the industry!
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 email@example.com, or Jim Simnitt at 503-266-9640.
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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.
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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♦ 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.
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