Ceremonial signing celebrates landmark water storage bill
Agricultural water users had reason to celebrate on Monday, as Gov. John Kitzhaber held a ceremonial signing ceremony for Senate Bill 839, which was passed earlier this summer. The bill sets up a water supply development fund that projects can tap into if they provide certain economic and environmental benefits. A coalition of water users, municipalities and conservation groups pushed for the bill, which is the first time such a fund has been created in Oregon. The bill passed unanimously in the House and 29-1 in the Senate. It was considered a win-win for everyone involved because it will enable greater water storage and supplies in future years when demand goes up, while at the same time protecting the environment.
Dennis' 7 Dees raises more than $100,000 to help homeless
Dennis' 7 Dees Landscaping and Garden Centers presented local charity Human Solutions with a check for $100,402 to help fund two shelters and other programs for homeless families. The money was raised during the annual Charity Golf Tournament, held Thursday, Sept. 12, at Langdon Farms Golf Club.
"The tournament is a great way for community members to really help our neighbors who are struggling," said Dave Snodgrass, president of Dennis' 7 Dees. "It always amazes me how much we can get accomplished when we all band together." Click here for more information on the tournament and how the money will be used. Click here to view photos from the tournament.
Save the date: Joint chapter meeting to take place on Oct. 8
Winter weather will be the main topic when the Willamette, Sunset and Clackamas chapters hold a joint meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the Wellspring Conference Center (1475 Mt. Hood Ave., Woodburn, Ore). Guest speaker George Taylor of Applied Climate Services is scheduled to give a talk entitled, "Winter Weather Is Coming: Are You Ready?" He will offer tips and predictions to help you get prepared for the upcoming fall season and beyond. A social hour starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m., then the presentation. The cost is $25. Register online or to RSVP call 503-678-2990 or email Victoria.E@AGNursery.com by Sept. 25.
Register now for the OAN One-Day Convention
Registration is now open for the 2013 OAN One-Day Convention on Friday, Nov. 8 at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Ore. 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
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. Members must provide the code "OANMTG" to receive the special room rate in our room block for the evening of Nov. 8. The room block is limited and will expire on October 8, so hurry!
Help us honor the industry's best
Do you know anyone who deserves recognition for their service to Oregon's nursery industry? Let us know about it! Nominations are now open for the 2013 President's Awards. To nominate someone, simply download the form (Word | PDF) and then submit your information no later than Oct. 15, 2013. The OAN Awards Committee will review the nominations, and the selections will be announced at the OAN One-Day Convention on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. We hope to see you there!
Register online by Monday, Sept. 23 for the Retail and Greenhouse chapters meeting
The Retail and Greenhouse chapters will meet on Thursday, Sept. 26 at Farmington Gardens, 21815 S.W. Farmington Rd., Beaverton, Ore. Maria Zampini, president, UpShoot LLC, will discuss the HGTV HOME Plant Collection with regards to the independent garden center channel strategy, marketing initiatives and program requirements of this truly consumer brand. Social hour begins at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and the presentation at 6:15 p.m. Register online by Monday, Sept. 23, or RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 541-207-2665.
Learn how to save a life at OAN's First Aid and CPR classes
The OAN Safety Committee is presenting First Aid and CPR 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.
Plants needed for Oregon Humane Society
The Oregon Humane Society is seeking nursery partners to help make their annual Telethon successful. The Telethon airs on KATU – TV and includes a party for major donors at the shelter. Specifically, OHS would like to borrow the following from Oct. 9 – Oct. 14: five 15' trees, sixteen 8' trees, fourteen 3' bushes, and twenty 1 gallon plants. Plants would be used on various "sets" during the television broadcast. They will be very careful with your plants and trees while in their care. If you would be willing to loan some or all of these plants, please contact Jane Morrison, OHS Corporate Relations Manager (503-416-7084 or email@example.com) to discuss transportation, signage, recognition and other benefits for your company.
Granular formulation of OHP's Marengo now available
OHP, Inc. has followed up the launch of Marengo® liquid pre-emergent herbicide with the introduction of Marengo G, a granular formulation with the same active ingredient, indaziflam. "With the new formulation, growers in container and field nurseries may now use the product for over-the-top applications," says Dan Stahl, OHP vice president of marketing and business development. Click here for more information on Marengo G.
First OktoberPest workshop to address azalea lace bug
Azalea lace bug has seen increased distribution in the Pacific Northwest and has become a new concern. Learn more about the identification, biology and pest management of azalea lace bug in nurseries and landscapes during the first OktoberPest workshop. "When Rhodies Wear White: Integrated Pest Management of Azalea Lace Bug," on Thursday, October 3, from 9 a.m. until noon.
Taking place every Thursday in October, OktoberPest is a series of pest management workshops presented by Oregon State University and the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC). All sessions will be held at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (15210 NE Miley Road, Aurora, Ore.). Organizers have applied to make pesticide license recertification credits available. Registration information and descriptions of the other four OktoberPest workshops can be found by logging on to the Pacific Northwest Nursery IPM page.
Reserve your booth at the 2014 Yard, Garden & Patio Show
Have you reserved your booth for the 2014 Yard, Garden & Patio Show Presented by Dennis' 7 Dees? This three-day consumer extravaganza will happen Feb. 28–March 2, 2014 at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland.
The YGP Show is a great way to build new relationships with passionate gardening enthusiasts, and help them get to know your business. There are booth spaces available from 10 by 10 up to islands. The Remarkable Green Market is another opportunity to sell your goods on the show floor. Download the complete brochure and exhibitor application (PDF) and reserve your space today!
OAN Safety Tip: Protect yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning
Carbon dioxide is insidious, colorless, odorless, tasteless and deadly. CO is the product of internal combustion engines. If these types of engines are used in enclosed spaces or without adequate ventilation, carbon dioxide poisoning can be the result. CO poisoning can quickly lead to illness, unconsciousness, coma and death. You can learn to recognize the symptoms, but prevention is best of all. Just follow these tips, courtesy of OSHA and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee [English | Spanish].
Retail and Greenhouse chapters
♦ September 26 - Grow your Profits with the Power of HGTV, presented by Maria Zampini, President of Upshoot, LLC.
Clackamas, Sunset and Willamette chapters
♦ October 8 - Winter Weather Forecast, Speaker: George Taylor, CCM
OAN One-Day Convention
♦ November 8 - Register today for the One-Day Convention of the Membership and President's Awards Banquet at the Oregon Garden
OAN reminds members: If you're not seen, you don't exist
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. Want the details? Watch for our 2014 Exposure Kit (coming next week). To lock in your ads for 2014, contact advertising and sponsorship account manager Chris Sweet at 503-582-2012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.