Get the all-new Farwest mobile app
Download the new and improved Farwest Show mobile app to get the most out of this year's event! Users will be able to get real-time updates, browse a map of the show floor, build a to-do list of exhibitors to visit and speakers to see, create a schedule with reminders so you don't miss out, and take notes and rate your favorite speakers. Plus, by downloading the app, users will be notified of exclusive raffles and prizes. The app is available for both iOS devices (including iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) and Android tablets and smartphones.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-582-2006.
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.
Michael Geary resigns from AmericanHort
Michael Geary, the top executive at AmericanHort, announced he is leaving his current job, effective Sept. 30, 2015. He has accepted a position as CEO with the Society for Professional Marketing Services in Washington, D.C. Geary was instrumental in the merger of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) and OFA – The Association of Horticulture Professionals. He began as CEO of OFA in 2010, then became president and CEO of the combined organization when the merger became effective in January 2014.
"As some of you know, I grew up connected to the horticulture industry so this was not an easy decision for me," he told Greenhouse Grower. "I have loved working with our organizations and our talented members, staff and partners. However, my choice to return full time to Washington, D.C. will allow me to be closer to my family and aging parents and to re-engage with another industry I also care deeply about."
OAN Clackamas Chapter's scholarship fundraiser is this weekend
Make plans to attend the OAN Clackamas Chapter's annual plant sale, which takes place this Friday–Sunday, August 21–23, at the Clackamas County Fair. 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.
Ball Horticultural Company purchases Conard-Pyle
Ball Horticultural Company announced the purchase of Conard-Pyle, the plant development company that brought the Knock Out® family of roses to market and has specialized in the genetics and sales of proprietary roses, perennials and woody plants for over a century.
The acquisition combines Ball's strength in woody ornamentals with Conard-Pyle's market-leading position in roses. Among the acquired assets of the sale are Conard-Pyle's in-house breeding division NovaFlora and its intellectual properties, as well as the distribution, production and administration facilities of its wholesale division.
"Conard-Pyle's leading genetics, long-standing relationships and nationwide network of customers have made it a valuable brand in the marketplace," Cees Boonman, president of Ball Seed, said. "The company is a true pioneer in the industry and we are thrilled to add them to Ball's portfolio of top-quality breeding and distribution companies."
OAN Member Benefit: Save on office supplies and much more with Staples Business Advantage Program
The Staples Business Advantage Program — available with your OAN membership — provides savings beyond pens, paper and other ordinary office supplies. Members can also save on copy and print services, promotional products, safety products, breakroom supplies, technology, furniture and much more. You'll also receive a convenience card that affords the same pricing in Staples stores that you can get with online purchases. For more information, contact Jess Matza at email@example.com or 503-705-3637.
Cattle stampedes to top of Oregon's ag commodities list
OAN hires Blair Thompson as new accounting and sponsorship account manager
USDA designates seven Oregon counties as natural disaster areas due to drought
Scientists see mounting evidence of link between human health and urban greenspaces
Annual meeting of International Plant Propagators' Society, Western Region to take place Sept. 23–26
August Farwest Edition of Digger is here!
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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