Farwest Trade Show is next week!
The nursery industry is coming to Portland next week to "Find It All" at the 2014 Farwest Trade Show at the Oregon Convention Center. Equipment Innovation Day will kick the week off on Tuesday, August 19. The popular Farwest Nursery Tours will be the following day on Wednesday, August 20. The trade show and seminars begin on Thursday, August 21 at the Oregon Convention Center, and run through Saturday, August 23.
With more than 50 new exhibitors and presale ticket sales up from last year's numbers, this year's show is sure to be great!
If you are interested in exhibitor space, limited booths are still available. Contact us today. You can view booth availability online or contact Crystal Cady, Farwest Show Sales, at 503-682-5089 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you at the show!
» Register Today!
ODA finds no evidence linking dead bees to pesticides
A laboratory analysis of dead honeybee samples taken from hives in Clackamas County this summer showed no detection of pesticides, according to the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Officials said that other factors are likely to be responsible for the death of thousands of bees from colonies owned by four local beekeepers.
In addition, Oregon State University examined bee samples from Clackamas County for pests and diseases. The analysis found average levels of bee mites and nosema disease, but did not find any evidence that explains the deaths.
» Read more on Daily Digger
» Digger column by Jeff Stone — 'Let science be our guide'
Administration explores options on immigration
With the failure of Congress to agree on a comprehensive immigration reform bill, the Obama administration is exploring its legal options. Although the president cannot reform immigration policies on his own, the executive branch has discretion over how to prioritize enforcement actions. Officials have said they want to use this authority to keep people in the country, without overstepping their bounds.
Buyers from China ready to meet with growers at Farwest
During the week of the Farwest Trade Show, the Oregon Department of Agriculture will be setting up individual meetings between three plant buyers from Northern China and interested growers and plant marketers. These meetings will take place the afternoon of Friday, Aug. 22 at the show. The buyers are seeking colorful seedlings and ornamentals, plants for use in traditional Chinese gardens, and flowers. One of the buyers is also interested in meeting suppliers of Christmas trees and cut greens.
The buyers are from companies involved in landscaping, construction, traditional garden maintenance/construction, retail/wholesale flowers and flower arrangement training. An interpreter will be provided for each of the meetings.
Available meeting times are limited. To sign up to meet with these buyers, please contact Theresa Yoshioka at email@example.com or 503-872-6626.
- "Bark is beautiful" (PDF) — Bark may be an
unsung attribute, but on these trees, it demands attention.
- "Is there a plant doctor in the house?" (PDF) — Master gardener Mike Darcy stresses the importance of knowing how to diagnose plant problems.
- "The importance of brand voice" (PDF) — Your brand voice — what you say and how you say it — is as important as your visual representation.
- "Diversity is the word" (PDF) — An OAN Member Profile on Blue Heron Farm, grower of a wide variety of plants and trees that meet customer demand.
- "Genteel magnolias" (PDF) — This much-loved family of flowering trees is teeming with colorful characters.
- "Portland on tap" (PDF) — No matter which path you choose, exploring the Rose City is bound to be delicious fun.
- "The ins and outs of automation" (PDF) — Nursery managers explain how and why they mechanized their operations.
- "Improving a garden classic" (PDF) — Targeted breeding efforts with rose-of-Sharon aim for new combinations of form and color.
- "Continuing our legacy" (PDF) — The Oregon Nurseries Foundation supports present and incoming college students pursuing horticulture careers with these scholarships for the 2014–15 college year.
- "Let science be our guide" (PDF) — OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone discusses how collaboration between environmental groups and agriculture can ensure pollinator health.
You can also read this month's flipbook edition of Digger (Flash required; fast connection recommended). Please send your comments on the issue to editor Curt Kipp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free show admission for volunteering in the OAN Resource Center
Calling all volunteers! We need YOU to help staff the OAN Resource Center.
Our large booth at the center of the Farwest Trade Show expo floor will be the central distribution point for copies of the new Nursery Guide, as well as promotion of the Plant Something™ gardening campaign and other programs offered by the association. We will also be handing out SAIF-produced safety videos, and encouraging people to download the Farwest Trade Show app for smartphones. Don't worry, we will coach you on how to do it!
We are looking to recruit at least three volunteers to staff the booth during show hours. Available shifts are as follows:
Thursday, August 21
11:45 a.m.–2 p.m.
Friday, August 22
11:45 a.m.–2 p.m.
Saturday, August 23
11:45 a.m.–2 p.m.
1:45 p.m.–4 p.m.
Please contact Ashley Wilsey (email@example.com or 503-682-5089) if you are able to volunteer for one or more of these shifts. It's a great way to meet members and show attendees. Plus, you will receive access to the show floor for FREE, and have the satisfaction of helping your trade association help the industry!
Save BIG on orders placed at Farwest
Here's yet another reason to attend the nursery industry show of the year — amazing show specials from exhibitors. This year's show specials include everything from free products to $500 rebates. One exhibitor is even raffling off four tickets to the 2014 "Civil War" football game featuring the Oregon State Beavers against the Oregon Ducks at Reser Stadium in Corvallis on November 29.
» Discover which exhibitor is offering the raffle and all the other incredible show specials.
Farwest launches new mobile app for iPhone, Android
Farwest has launched its first ever mobile app to coincide with this year's event! Users will be able to search for exhibitors, browse speaker bios, follow the latest social media updates, record their own show notes, and take pictures of their favorite Farwest features. Plus, by downloading the app, users will be notified of exclusive raffles and prizes. The app is available for both iPhone and Android smartphones.
» Download the iPhone app
» Download the Android app
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 innovation-minded growers. Demonstration areas at two host 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
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.
» Click here for more information and to register.
Smart sprayer demo set for this Thursday
A team of researchers is developing a Smart Sprayer, which will be demonstrated at 10 a.m. this 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).
Support Clackamas Chapter's fundraiser this weekend
The Clackamas Chapter's annual plant sale will take place this weekend at the Clackamas County Fair. The sale will run from Friday through Sunday, August 15–17, and takes place at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds.
Proceeds from the sale will help fund two scholarships sponsored by the chapter 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
» Download the OAN Media Kit