Retailers wanted for Farwest merchandising and container contests
The Farwest Show has stepped up its offerings for retail attendees, and show organizers would love for participating retailers to be part of the action! Two of last year's retail showcases — Merchandising Match and Chopped! Container Garden Competition — were huge hits and have been brought back for this year's show. Participants will once again battle it out in short competitions to prove their skills and take home prizes.
But we can't do it without you! We are looking for retailers to participate in the competitions. Four spots are available for merchandising and four for the container garden contest. Competitions take about 30–45 minutes and winners are announced right away! Merchandising Match competitions are Thursday and Friday at noon, and the Container Garden Competition is Saturday at 11 a.m.
Interested parties can contact Crystal Cady at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-582-2006.
Assistant tour guides needed for Retail Walking Tour with Anne Obarski
Two volunteers are needed to spend the morning or afternoon of August 26 with customer service and retail expert Anne Obarski and roughly a dozen of your industry colleagues while visiting top retailers in Portland's Pearl and Nob Hill districts. Complimentary tour admission is included for those who volunteer. To sign up and for more information, contact Crystal Cady at email@example.com or 503-582-2006.
USDA designates seven Oregon counties as drought natural disaster areas
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Benton, Coos, Curry, Josephine, Lane, Lincoln and Tillamook counties in Oregon as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in Clatsop, Columbia, Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Linn, Polk, Washington and Yamhill counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.
All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Aug. 5, 2015, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency loans from USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses.
Study: Better urban greenspaces mean better human health
Studies have shown that natural environments can enhance our well-being, but how much could a tree in the street or a nearby neighborhood park improve our health? Potentially quite a lot, as recent studies have shown.
According to an article published recently by New Yorker magazine, a new study found that an additional 10 trees on a given block corresponded to a one-percent increase in how healthy nearby residents felt.
"To get an equivalent increase with money, you'd have to give each household in that neighborhood $10,000 — or make people seven years younger," researcher Marc Berman of the University of Chicago said.
Another study, a county-by-county analysis of health records by the U.S. Forest Service between 1990 and 2007, found that deaths related to cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses rose in places where trees succumbed to the emerald ash borer, the insect pest which has killed more than 100 million trees across North America in recent years.
Annual meeting of IPPS Western Region to take place Sept. 23–26
The Western Region of the International Plant Propagators' Society will hold its annual meeting from September 23–26 in Modesto, California. The theme of this year's gathering is "Plant Propagation in the 21st Century" and features a diverse program of tours and presentations focused on the latest in plant propagation and production practices.
Society members and non-members are welcome to register for all or part of the meeting. Students can become members at nominal annual fees and can also register for the conference at reduced rates. This meeting presents a rewarding opportunity for all those who love plants or are associated with them in some professional way. Registration materials are available at
www.ippswr.org or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Memoriam: Viola Walters
The Oregon Association of Nurseries is saddened to report the passing of Viola Walters, former owner of Glenn Walters Nursery with her husband Glenn, on August 4. She was 87.
A viewing and visitation will be held at 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12 at Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home, 2308 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove, Oregon. Services will be private.
Viola and Glenn were married for 62 years. Glenn passed away in 2010. The couple enjoyed extensive careers in the nursery industry. They both worked for George Teufel's Holly Farm for a number of years learning the nursery business, before establishing their own nursery.
Glenn Walters Nursery eventually grew to more than 1,200 acres across 15 locations in Washington County. It became a training ground for many other growers who went on to begin their own nursery operations.
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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 21–23.
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 Award Program, which funds requests for horticultural supplies from area community colleges and high schools.
Plant donations can be dropped off this week at these locations:
- Simnitt Nursery, 138 NE 22nd Ave., Canby, 503-266-9640
- Willamette Nurseries, 25571 S Barlow Rd., Canby, 503-263-6405
- Champoeg Horticulture, 20177 Case Rd. NE, Aurora, 503-678-6031
Alternatively, plant material can be taken directly to the Clackamas County Fairgrounds (694 NE 4th Ave., Canby), on Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15.
Volunteers are also needed for the sale setup on August 15. For more information, contact Tom Brewer at 503-686-8448 (email@example.com) or Alex Cooper at 503-710-0539.
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Register for the Farwest Show
Register today for the biggest green industry trade show in the West. The 2015 Farwest Show takes place Aug. 27–29 at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland.
By attending, you will find far more to see, make far more connections with thousands of top industry professionals, and gain far more ideas. Bundle your Expo Pass with tours, seminars, pesticide classes or the Equipment Innovation Day, and save.
International Trials Conference
♦ August 24-27 - If you conduct or use plant trials, register for this cutting-edge conference focusing on the latest research and techniques of trialing annual, perennial and woody plants. Registration deadline: August 14, 2015.
♦ August 27-29 - The 2015 Farwest Show is far beyond what you've come to expect from a green industry show. At Farwest — the biggest show in the West — you'll find far more to see, make far more connections with thousands of top industry connections, and gain far more ideas. Farwest: Far From Ordinary.
Farwest Equipment Innovation Day
♦ August 25 - Field demos and product innovations in action!
♦ August 26 - Grow your success and competitive advantage. Discover new varieties. Meet new growers and suppliers. Explore new ideas. And meet other wonderful people and leaders in our industry.
Farwest Keynote Speaker: Ron Rosenberg
♦ August 27 - Award-winning marketing and customer service expert Ron Rosenberg will bring his brand of business and professional development to Farwest to help growers, retailers, landscapers, wholesale buyers and suppliers discover hidden opportunities and then take action for positive outcomes. Free to registered Farwest attendees.
Farwest Pub Crawl
♦ August 27 - Join our "beer sherpas" and explore the best that Portland's local craft brewers have to offer! This fun networking event is open to all Farwest participants.
August Farwest Edition of Digger is here!
Oregon Garden Foundation hires new development director
Farwest Seminar Spotlight: Tips on motivating and selling to Millennials
Thanks to new state funds, OSU stepping up recruitment of several research positions
Little known about Pacific Northwestern native pollinators
Energy Trust increases greenhouse rebate amounts
'Rural Living Field Day' to be held August 22
Grow Wise, Bee Smart™ website launches
Incredible edibles to star at Farwest Growers Showcase
Armitage to deliver keynote address at 2015 International Trials Conference
Second annual Equipment Innovation Day set for Farwest Show week
Get the most out of your membership with the 2015 OAN Member Resource Guide
Looking to grow your business? Want to make the most of your marketing dollar? OAN offers a full portfolio of respected publications, events and electronic media that help you reach your targets, your way. As an OAN member, you get exclusive discounts on ads and sponsorships, and you can save even more by buying into multiple publications or issues. Download our 2015 Media Kit today for all the details. To schedule your ads for 2015, contact Blair Thompson at 503-582-2012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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