New survey looks at land accessibility
According to a new study, almost half of America's cropland is rented, making it difficult for new and/or young farmers to get started.
"Farmland ownership, tenure and transfer have important implications for land accessibility, particularly for young and beginning farmers," the USDA's Economic Research Service stated in the report summary. "Given that the vast majority of farm-sector asset value is in real estate, the decision to rent or own farmland has a significant bearing on the ability of farmers to invest in production capital, meet debt obligations, and adapt to market and environmental conditions," the researchers concluded.
BOLI taking input on mandatory sick leave rules
The state Bureau of Labor and Industries is accepting comments on the state agency's newest proposed rulemaking implementing the 2015 mandatory sick leave law.
The Oregon Association of Nurseries was among the stakeholder groups the agency consulted as it drafted the rules. "We were looking for clarity as well as fairness in terms of how the rules apply to nurseries, and in which situations," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said.
Comments on the draft rules can be directed to Paloma Sparks, Legislative Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Marcia Ohlemiller, BOLI Rules Coordinator, c/o BOLI, 800 NE Oregon Street, Ste. 1045, Portland, OR 97232 or email@example.com. The deadline is 5 p.m. on September 26. The OAN will be submitting comments on behalf of the nursery industry. If you have questions, comments or concerns, please contact Jeff Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tee up for golf tournament to benefit homeless
On Thursday, September 15, Dennis' 7 Dees will present its annual Charity Golf Tournament benefiting Human Solutions, an Oregon-based nonprofit assisting homeless and low-income youth and their families. The fundraiser will be held at Langdon Farms Golf Club (24377 Aurora Road, Aurora, Oregon). Cost is $150 per person and includes 18 holes of golf with cart, breakfast, lunch, prizes and more.
Welcome to OAN's new members
Two new companies joined the Oregon Association of Nurseries in August. To these new members, welcome!
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Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District Conservation Tour and BBQ
♦ SEPTEMBER 17 — The Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District will host its eleventh annual Conservation Tour and BBQ from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. on Saturday, September 17. The event will be held this year at Hoffman Farms (22242 SW Scholls Ferry Rd., Beaverton). The farm features a drip irrigation system and a wetland project. There will also be a tour of a neighboring farm's streamside restoration project along the Tualatin River. These conservation projects protect water quality, reduce erosion, attract wildlife and support pollinators. To RSVP, log on to www.swcd.net.
OAN Annual Convention
♦ NOVEMBER 4-6 - The Oregon Association of Nurseries' Annual Convention will take place at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon. Festivities kick off Friday evening with the hospitality suites reception. The Annual Membership Business Meeting and General Session will take place on Saturday, and the President's Awards Banquet on Saturday evening.
Reserve your room now! Special rates begin at $129/night. Call Sunriver at 800-547-3922 for reservations in this limited room block. Mention Oregon Association of Nurseries 2016 Convention for special rates. Special rates discount deadline is October 5 or when room block is full.
National Conference for Women in Sustainable Agriculture
♦ NOVEMBER 30–DECEMBER 2 — The fifth National Conference for Women in Sustainable Agriculture will bring together farmers, educators and activists who are engaged in healthy food and farming. The goal is to share educational and organization strategies, build technical and business skills, and address policy issues aimed at expanding the success of women farmers and ranchers. This year, organization of the conference is being led by Oregon State University Small Farms Programs.
The conference will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland (1000 NE Multnomah St., Portland). Cost is $200. » More info
Farwest continues to show vigorous growth
Japanese beetle outbreak detected in Washington County
Reminder regarding pesticide options for aphids on linden trees
China's new shipping requirements affect American shipments
Oregon nurseries approach $900 million in annual sales
Pennsylvania declares boxwood quarantine
New NWREC nursery/greenhouse crop production faculty hired
Oregon Garden Resort offers special rate for OAN members
Bipartisan group calls for comprehensive immigration reform
Corporate tax proposal headed to November ballot
OAN Member Resource Guide
For our valued members, we have put together the 2016 OAN Member Resource Guide — a free download for members only.
This 20-page PDF will help you get more from your OAN membership investment. It includes the full list of current OAN board, staff, chapter and committee contacts for the 2016 membership year. In addition, it has information about the member benefits that are available to you.
Download the Guide
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