Seattle bans use of neonicotinoids on city property
The Seattle City Council voted Monday to approve
Resolution 31548, which bans the use of neonicotinoid-class insecticides on city property. Seattle joined city governments in Eugene, Oregon and Spokane, Washington, which have taken similar action within the last year.
Seattle officials said their pest control practices up to now have employed very minimal use of neonics. They see the ban as a first step toward preventing harm to bees, other creatures, and people. The resolution further stated that the council supports a national moratorium on use of the chemicals.
The OAN and the Washington State Landscapers and Nurseries Association (WSLNA) opposed the ban, arguing that neonicotinoids are an essential tool against destructive pests, and that the science proving stated harms to others is inconclusive.
In Oregon, OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone serves on a pollinator health task force appointed by the governor, which is expected to issue recommendations later this fall.
Voter registration deadline approaching
There are less than three weeks remaining for eligible people to register to vote in time for the November 4 election. The deadline is Tuesday, October 14. Measure 88, the Oregon Driver's Card legislation, is among the items on the ballot.
We urge all voters who are members of the nursery industry to vote yes on Measure 88. It is important for the industry, as well as the safety of Oregon roads. The measure will provide a safe and legal means for Oregon residents who qualify as drivers to obtain a driver's card and insurance, so they can drive to work, school and church. For voter registration information, log on to www.voteyeson88.com/register.
Oregon Senate confirms Stone to serve on SAIF board
Last week, OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone was confirmed by the Oregon Senate to serve on the board of SAIF Corp., the state-owned workers compensation insurer. Stone was appointed to the four-year post by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber.
"I am honored to be nominated by the governor and hope to bring a collaborative voice to the five-person board," Stone said.
Others added to the board include Jenny Ulum, a Eugene public relations executive, and Maurice Rahming, the co-owner of O'Neill Electric, a Portland contractor.
Golf tournament raises more than $100,000 to help homeless
Dennis' 7 Dees's sixth-annual Charity Golf Tournament raised more than $100,000 for Human Solutions, a nonprofit organization assisting homeless and low-income families in east Portland and Multnomah County. To date, Dennis' 7 Dees has raised more than $250,000 for the organization.
Proceeds from this year's fundraiser, held this past Thursday, Sept. 18, at Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora, Oregon, will be put to immediate use. [Read More]
OAN awards nominations are due October 1
Do you know someone who deserves recognition for elevating you and our nursery industry? Let us know about it! There is no question about it — the nursery industry is made up of an incredible group of hardworking people constantly driven to improve their business, help their neighbors and contribute to the success of our industry. Nominate someone special today for an OAN service award.
Nomination forms must be returned by Wednesday, October 1. Your OAN Awards committee will review every nomination as a critical aspect of the selection process. Your input will make a difference. Recipients will be honored at the President's Award Banquet at the 2014 OAN Convention.
» Download the Member Awards nomination form (Word | PDF).
Mt. Hood Chapter to unveil Wholesale Nursery Map app on Oct. 21
The Mt. Hood Chapter will hold a dinner meeting to introduce its new OAN Wholesale Nursery Map app for Android and iOS devices. The app will give users instant information about participating wholesale growers and suppliers. Features will include contact links for email and phone, point-to-point directions, and a search function by category.
The dinner will take place at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21 at Persimmon Country Club, 500 S.E. Butler Road, Gresham, Oregon. Social hour and app sign-ups will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a Mexican buffet at 6:30 p.m. and demonstration at 7, with more sign-ups to follow. With dinner you will receive a free pin placement of your location on the 2015 app. The cost for dinner is $20, with an RSVP deadline of October 10. Register and pay online at www.oan.org.
» Register Today!
OAN members receive discount for ESPERE training for Hispanic workers
Adelante Mujeres, a Portland company that provides holistic education and empowerment opportunities to low-income Latina women and their families, is bringing its ESPERE training program to Multnomah County for the first time. ESPERE training is a continuation of the Spanish-only session offered at this year's Farwest Trade Show. The session was very well received and attendees in a survey indicated they were eager for more training.
OAN members receive a $25 discount off the $150 price for each employee attending a series of six Friday afternoon training sessions beginning October 10.
For more information:
» Download the informational flier (Spanish)
» Download the registration flier (Spanish)
» ESPERE letter (English)
Schedule of OktoberPest workshops released
Starting October 2, Oregon State University and the North Willamette Research and Extension Center will present pest management workshops every Thursday during the month. All workshops will be held at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center, 15210 NE Miley Road, Aurora, Oregon. Registration fee is $25.
New this year is a three-part Pesticide Applicators Training Series in Spanish, as well as a "Bug Crafting" workshop to help growers design pest management programs that include insectary plants, and another on ways to reduce reliance on neonicotinoid insecticides.
» View the complete schedule of OktoberPest workshops.
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
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.
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
Mt. Hood Chapter
♦ October 21 - Mt. Hood Chapter dinner meeting to introduce its new OAN Wholesale Nursery Map app.
♦ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
» Download the OAN Media Kit