Minnesota proposes restrictions to neonicotinoid use
The governor of Minnesota and the state's Department of Agriculture (MDA) recently proposed sweeping restrictions to neonicotinoid use. Neonicotinoids are a class of pesticides that, when misused, have been implicated in the mass die-offs of bees and other pollinators.
Governor Mark Dayton issued an executive order on Aug. 26 outlining 10 "action steps" for the MDA to take, many of which will require new legislation and could seriously restrict when and how often Minnesota farmers can use neonicotinoids.
The proposals include legislation that would regulate seeds treated with neonicotinoids and impose limits on foliar applications of neonicotinoids. In addition, farmers would be required to prove their need for neonicotinoid applications before they can use them, among other measures.
Energy Trust greenhouse rebate reminder
Have you upgraded your greenhouse by installing an under-bench heating system? If so, you may qualify for an energy rebate from the Energy Trust of Oregon.
Download and complete a rebate application, and submit it into Energy Trust to receive cash incentives. This is a simple way to save on greenhouse improvements, and keep saving over time.
Rebates for qualifying energy efficiency improvements purchased since Jan. 1, 2016 are due by Dec. 31, 2016.
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 over the next five months, as a service to members and the industry.
Successful completion results in certification that is good for two years. Each class runs from 8 a.m.-noon. 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 $40 for new and renewing certifications. Register and pay at www.oan.org/cpr, or call Debbie Hopkins at 503-682-5089.
What did you think of this year's Farwest Show?
If you attended or exhibited in the 2016 Farwest Show, the OAN wants to hear from you.
You can share your thoughts by taking a short online survey. Once completed, you'll be entered for a chance to win one of five all-access show passes including seminars to the 2017 Farwest Show!
Next year's show will take place August 24–26, 2017 in Portland, Oregon.
Take the Attendee Survey | Take the Exhibitor Survey
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.
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
International Master Gardener Conference
♦ JULY 10–14, 2017 — Join Master Gardeners from around the globe at the 2017 International Master Gardener Conference (IMGC), hosted by the Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener Program. The conference will take place at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland. Keynote speakers include Renee Shepherd, a seed developer, gardener, entrepreneur and author; plantsman Dan Hinkley; and wildlife biologist John Marzluff. Early bird, discounted registration will open on October 10, 2016. » More info
ONPAC issues 2016 election endorsements
OSU publishes mobile-friendly guide on boxwood blight
Pest alert: Armyworms attacking grass seed fields
New survey looks at land accessibility
Farwest continues to show vigorous growth
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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