OSU to interview nursery research candidates
Members of the nursery industry are invited to meet the three finalists for Oregon State University's nursery production research and extension position at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC). A series of meetings will be held, one candidate per day, as follows:
- Tuesday, September 23 — Amanda Bayer
- Wednesday, September 24 — Alison O'Connor
- Thursday, September 25 — Matthew Chappell
At 10 a.m., each candidate will give an extension presentation that will focus on some aspect of nursery production, such as automation, irrigation of container grown material, or nutrition management of field grown material. This will be followed by an open discussion with growers at 11 a.m.
All growers are encouraged to attend. All meetings will be held at NWREC, 15210 NE Miley Road, Aurora, Oregon. For details, call Shelley Hughes, 503-533-8614.
Obama delays executive action on immigration
White House officials
announced on Saturday that the administration will do what many observers expected — delay any executive action on immigration reform until after the fall election.
The president had promised reform advocates back in June that he would act by the fall. Now he is vowing to act before the end of the year. Many observers feel that election-year politics are a key factor in this. The November election will determine Senate control, and several red state seats currently held by Democrats are up for grabs.
"Because of the Republicans' extreme politicization of this issue, the president believes it would be harmful to the policy itself and to the long-term prospects for comprehensive immigration reform to announce administrative action before the elections," a White House official told the New York Times. "Because he wants to do this in a way that's sustainable, the president will take action on immigration before the end of the year."
Immigration advocates told the Times that they were disappointed and felt the delay was a broken promise. The OAN and AmericanHort will continue to monitor the issue in hopes of encouraging a positive outcome.
Read the article.
Oregonian publishes second editorial in favor of Yes on 88
The Oregonian on Saturday took the rare step of publishing a second endorsement editorial on a ballot issue — that issue being Measure 88, the Oregon driver's card bill.
This editorial delved into the matter of why a driver's card is needed for employees to get to jobs with nurseries, restaurants and other businesses encountering a worker shortage. The article explains how employers interface with the I-9 system, and why these employers may have a portion of employees who appear to have legal status but do not.
"Reality is messier than many people might wish, and fixing the messy reality of our immigration system is a job for Congress, not one for Oregon's lawmakers, voters or employers," the editorial stated. "The best that Oregonians can do is make reasonable decisions within a wacky framework, which is what the Legislature did last year by creating driver's cards and what employers in certain industries have done for years."
» Read the editorial
» Support Measure 88: volunteer | endorse | donate
» Are you experiencing worker shortages? Share your story with Jeff Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
French Prairie's 5K run to benefit cancer victims
On Sunday, September 28, OAN members French Prairie Gardens & Family Farm and the Pohlschneider family will host the Fight for Your Life 5K, in memory of Emily Pohlschneider-Edwards.
Emily, daughter and sister of the nursery owners, passed away in 2011 following a tough battle against gestational trophoblastic disease, a rare form of cancer that begins in the uterus. She was a former collegiate track and field athlete with Western Oregon University, who went to nationals four times. Proceeds of the race will benefit Em's Fight, a nonprofit foundation that was founded in Emily's honor, to help women with cancer pay for treatments, daily needs and special experiences.
The entry fee for the race is $30 if registered by Sept. 20, $35 if registered later, and $40 the day of the race. Participants receive a race T-shirt, race packet, a beer if 21 and older, and 12 activity tickets to use in the pumpkin patch at French Prairie Gardens & Family Farm.
» Get details and register online.
September Digger features fetching conifers, Farwest highlights
Fascinating foliage and shifting colors are just two of the captivating qualities that landed Cryptomeria (PDF) on the cover of the new issue of Digger magazine.
Other stories include the following:
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 email@example.com.
Canadian class action suit proposed against neonic makers
A Canadian law firm specializing in class actions filed a statement of claim in Ontario Superior Court on behalf of the country's beekeepers and honey producers, according to a report published by AGCanada.com. The major manufacturers of neonicotinoid pesticides — Bayer and Syngenta — are targeted by the suit, alleging negligence and claiming more than $450 million in damages.
» Read more.
'Pesticide Laws and Safety in Spanish' course at CCC
This fall, Clackamas Community College (CCC) will offer the course "Pesticide Laws and Safety In Spanish" every Friday beginning October 31 through December 5. The class meets from 7–11 a.m., and cost is $120. For more information, contact Loretta Mills at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-594-3292.
» View the entire CCC Fall 2014 Horticulture classes and workshops.
Grant applications now being accepted for Pesticide Stewardship Partnership Program
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) announced the launch of the Pesticide Stewardship Partnership (PSP) program. ODA is looking for innovative project proposals that prevent or reduce pesticides entering water systems in agricultural, urban/rural residential, or forestry environments.
For a project to be considered eligible for funding, work must take place in or collaborate with an existing PSP watershed-based project. Download this state map of Oregon showing where PSP projects are currently taking place. The closing date for grant applications is September 30, 2014.
» For more information, log on to ODA's PSP website.
Invasive species cook-off set for Sept. 28
Invasive species, such as nutria and Japanese knotweed, pose a major threat to native habitats, costing the U.S. an estimated $120 billion annually.
One way to beat them is by eating them! Promoting this idea is the "Eradication by Mastication" event. The fundraiser, now in its second year, was created in response to a national movement of chefs who are experimenting with invasive species dishes.
The cook-off competition, live and silent auctions, and buffet featuring fare made with invasive plant and animal species will take place from 2-7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28 at Zenith Vineyard in Salem, Oregon. Tickets are $75.
» For more information, call 541-753-3099 ext. 104.
» Purchase tickets on the event website.
» Read coverage of last year's event.
Register now for the OAN One-Day Convention
OAN invites all members to gather at the 2014 OAN One-Day Convention on Friday, Oct. 24 at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon. We look forward to seeing you there! The day's schedule is as follows:
- Annual Membership Business Meeting and Officer Installation — 2-4:30 p.m., Free (register today)
- President's Awards Banquet — 6-9 p.m., $65 per person (register today)
- No-host cocktail reception — 9 p.m.-midnight, Fireside Lounge
The annual OAN Convention honors and supports the best the nursery industry has to offer. You can nominate those individuals and/or companies you think deserve recognition for elevating the nursery industry. Download the Member Awards nomination form (Word | PDF).
Also, you can make your reservations to stay over at the Oregon Garden Resort by calling 503-874-2500. OAN members receive a discounted room rate of $69 plus tax, which includes garden admission and breakfast for two. To get the discount, be sure to mention code "OANMTG." The room block expires on October 1.
Tee up for golf tournament to benefit homeless
On Thursday, September 18, 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.
» For details, visit www.dennis7dees.golfreg.com
Register today for First Aid and Adult CPR training classes
The OAN Safety and Insurance Committee is presenting First Aid and Adult CPR training classes in October, as a service to members and the industry.
Successful completion results in certification that is good for two years. Each class runs from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Classes are offered in Hillsboro, Boring and Wilsonville. Some are taught in English and others in Spanish. Check the OAN website for specific dates and locations. The cost is $42 for first-time or expired certifications and $32 for renewals. Register and pay at www.oan.org, or call Debbie Hopkins at 503-682-5089.
First Aid and Adult CPR
♦ October - Multiple dates and locations to choose from
♦ October 24 - Register today for the One-Day Convention of the Membership and President's Awards Banquet at the Oregon Garden
OAN Publications and Events: Plant your brand and watch it grow
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 advertising and sponsorship account manager Chris Sweet at 503-682-5089 or email@example.com.
» Download the OAN Media Kit