Rogg taking over for Hilburn at ODA Plant Program
Dr. Helmuth Rogg (pictured) has been appointed the new director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture Plant Program Area. He replaces Dan Hilburn, who will retire at the end of October.
Rogg has served as the manager of the ODA's Insect Pest Prevention and Management Program since 2008, and was an entomologist with ODA for three years prior to that. Hilburn has served as Plant Program administrator since 1995, and has been credited with a key role in helping the nursery issue deal with pest and disease issues. His collaborative approach assured the safety and economic viability of Oregon plant material.
» For thoughts from Hilburn, Rogg and OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone, read the Daily Digger blog entry.
Brown marmorated stink bug sightings increase
There's been a sharp uptick in reported sightings of the brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys), an invasive insect which can cause heavy damage in home gardens as well as production nurseries.
The insects are known to enjoy munching on cucumbers, raspberries, beans and several types of ornamental plants and trees. According to a report on KATU, preferred hosts include gold chain tree, Oregon ash, holly, Oregon grape, butterfly bush, catalpa and the empress tree. The pest initially was considered a mere nuisance, but significant levels of economic damage on the East Coast have elevated the level of concern.
Those who spot the bug, particularly in a grower environment, are encouraged to first confirm it using this guide, as it is often confused with similar species. Once it is confirmed, you may report it by sending an email to email@example.com. Please attach a digital photo if possible. For more information,
Members urged to write Congress in support of STARS Act
When the OAN did two sets of Road Shows concerning the Affordable Care Act — one last fall and one this past June — many members expressed concern about the definition of seasonal worker, which can vary depending on several factors. House Resolution 5213, the Simplifying Technical Aspects Regarding Seasonality (STARS) Act, was introduced to help employers navigate this issue and figure out who falls under the coverage mandate. An analysis of the bill is posted here.
Introduced by Rep. James Renacci (R-Ohio) and cosponsored by Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Oregon) and others, the bill was assigned to the House Ways and Means Committee, where it remains. To get it moving, members are urged to consider writing to their member of Congress in support. A sample letter can be viewed here; info on identifying and contacting your representative is here.
Voter registration deadline is almost here
There is less than one week 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.
» Register to vote.
» Read a list of ONPAC endorsements.
Learn about 'Bug Crafting' at Thursday's workshop
"Bug Crafting" — the use of insectary plants to attract natural enemies in nurseries — is the topic of this week's OktoberPest workshop presented by Oregon State University. Learn how to "nurseryscape" around your operation to enhance the activity of beneficial organisms, including the basics of attracting and conserving natural enemies, the importance of phenology, habitat conservation and proper planting systems.
The workshop takes place from 9 a.m. until noon this Thursday, Oct. 9, at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center, 15210 N.E. Miley Road, Aurora, Oregon. Registration fee is $25.
» View the complete schedule of OktoberPest workshops.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Asian longhorned beetle outbreak reported on Long Island
Officials are redoubling their efforts to stamp out the Asian longhorned beetle in New York City and Long Island, according to a report in the New York Times.
The invasive insect destroys maple, willow, birch and other trees by laying eggs under the bark. Overwintering larvae destroy infested trees, and their vascular systems, from the inside. State and federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to eradicate the insect through extensive scouting, and the removal of infested trees. They've also tried removing host tree species, in order to deprive the pest of its habitat.
The insect is still considered eradicated in New Jersey, but quarantines are still in effect in the states of New York, Ohio and Massachusetts. Neighboring states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic are considered at risk for the pest.
Willamette Chapter to meet on Nov. 13
OAN's Willamette Chapter will hold a meeting from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on November 13. All OAN members are invited. The meeting will take place at the Wellspring Conference Center, 1475 Mt. Hood Ave., Woodburn. Bob Boyle of Northwest Farm Credit Services, Phil Volker of EFB Services and OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone will speak. The cost is $25 per person and includes lunch, plus the chance to win door prizes including a Microsoft Surface tablet. Online registration coming soon.
» For more information, contact Victoria at 503-836-2270 or Victoria.email@example.com.
Welcome to OAN's new members
Five new companies and individuals joined the Oregon Association of Nurseries in September. To these new members, welcome!
Chapter: At Large
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Portland, OR 99330
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Mt. Hood Chapter
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♦ 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
♦ November 13 - Save the Date! Bob Boyle of Northwest Farm Credit Services, Phil Volker of EFB Services and OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone will speak.
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.
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