Driver's card opponents turn in signatures
In the spring, the Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 833, which would create a new four-year driver's card for those who live in Oregon and otherwise qualify for a driver's license, but are unable to prove legal residency. The bill was backed by a coalition of business, faith, labor and law enforcement groups, including the Oregon Association of Nurseries. It was supported by the governor's office as well as legislators from both parties.
On Friday, a group opposed to the law turned in just over 70,000 signatures in an attempt to refer the law to the voters. State officials are now in the process of verifying the signatures using a sampling method, while observers from both sides watch carefully. The group needs 58,142 valid signatures to get the measure on the November 2014 ballot. Otherwise, the law is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2014. We should know the outcome of the signature verification process by the end of the week.
Oregon's minimum wage set to increase 15 cents in 2014
Effective Jan. 1, Oregon's hourly minimum wage will rise to $9.10 — up 15 cents from 2013. The annual increase is tied to inflation, a move approved by voters in 2002. Oregon's minimum wage is the second-highest in the nation behind Washington, which increased its minimum wage to $9.32 an hour in 2014, a hike of 13 cents. The federal minimum wage remains $7.25.
2014 OAN Media Kit available
The OAN's new Media Kit for 2014 is now available. You'll find complete information on OAN print and online advertising, as well as event sponsorships, in an easy, click-to-navigate package. Reach out to new customers in Oregon's $744 million nursery industry, and nationwide! Download the kit today. For details, contact Chris Sweet at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-682-5089.
Online Nursery Guide hands-on training available
Do you know how to maximize your online Nursery Guide presence so buyers can find you? Make changes to your company profile? Modify your plant, service and/or supply listings online at any time during the year? If you answered "no" to any of these questions, make plans to attend one of the upcoming hands-on training sessions.
The first of several sessions will be held from 9 a.m.–noon on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the OAN office (29751 SW Town Center Loop West, Wilsonville). This will be a go-at-your-own-pace training session with lots of help and support. You may finish in an hour or take all the time available. The goal is to get you comfortable with the site so you can easily make changes to your profile and listings.
Bring electronic images you want to upload to your profile, including a logo and up to 10 photos. If you have a laptop, bring it to the training session; if you don't, we'll have laptops on hand. Space is limited so sign up now! You'll leave with an up-to-date online profile and the tools to navigate and make changes to the site. Your online profile — and these training sessions — are free with OAN membership. Future training sessions at various nurseries around the valley will be scheduled on Nov. 20, Dec. 4 and Dec. 18.
LEDs reduce costs for greenhouse tomato growers
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are cooler and require far less energy than high-pressure sodium lamps traditionally used in greenhouses. According to an article recently published by Greenhouse Grower, tomatoes grown around LED lights in the winter can significantly reduce greenhouse energy costs without sacrificing yield. Purdue University researchers achieved the same yield — size and number of fruit — with high-pressure sodium lamps and LED towers, but the LEDs used about 25 percent of the energy of traditional lamps.
- "Feeding the imagination" (PDF) — American pitcher plants, Venus flytraps and other carnivorous plants inspire columnist Mike Darcy.
- "Positive signs" (PDF) — More active order placing and greater attendance distinguished the 2013 Farwest Trade Show.
- "The European scenario" (PDF) —Matt Gold of Midas Nursery Solutions recounts his travels abroad, where he met with European growers and learned how they stay profitable by relying on automation to overcome economic and regulatory challenges.
- "Back from the ban" (PDF) — New Buddleja cultivars prove it can make sense to legalize sterile versions of some invasives.
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.
Honor the industry's best at the 2013 OAN One-Day Convention
We'll be recognizing the industry's hardest-working people at the upcoming 2013 OAN One-Day Convention, taking place on Friday, Nov. 8 at the Oregon Garden Resort in Silverton, Ore. To nominate deserving individuals and/or companies, download and submit the awards nomination form (Word | PDF). Nomination forms must be returned by October 13, 2013. Click here to register for the convention.
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. We look forward to seeing you there!
First Aid and CPR classes continue this week
On Thursday, October 10, the OAN office (29751 SW Town Center Loop West, Wilsonville) will host another class in its month-long series of First Aid and CPR classes.
These classes are presented by the OAN Safety Committee 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. Additional classes will be held in Hillsboro 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.
This week's OktoberPest workshop to be presented in Spanish
Last week's informative workshop on azalea lace bug will be presented in Spanish at noon this Thursday, Oct. 10. "Los Chinches y Los Afidos" will cover the identification, damage and management of azalea lace bug in nurseries and landscapes for Spanish speakers. Presented by Oregon State University and the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC), OktoberPest is a month-long series of workshops taking place every Thursday in October, with future classes on protecting pollinators (Oct. 17), banishing wilt and damping off (Oct. 24), and aphid management (Oct. 31). 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 can be found by logging on to the Pacific Northwest Nursery IPM page.
Invasive species workshops scheduled for November
The Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council (PNW IPC) has announced it is planning two workshops. The first is scheduled for Nov. 5 at The Nature Center (1919 S. Tyler St.) in Tacoma, Wash., and the second will take place on Nov. 7 at Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory (57245 River Road) in Bend, Ore. Stay tuned to www.pnw-ipc.org for more information.
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!
Officials concerned about gypsy moth
The discovery of two moths in a single trap near Grants Pass has caught the attention of the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA). While the discovery is a far cry from the mid-1980s when more than 19,000 of the plant-eating pests were trapped in Lane County alone, it's a reminder that gypsy moth remains a threat to Oregon's agriculture and forest habitat.
Due to budget constraints, ODA placed only 8,000 gypsy moth traps statewide — about half as many as desired. All traps will be picked up by the middle of October, so it's possible additional gypsy moths will be found. Last year, only one gypsy moth was trapped, in Eugene. In 2011, there were no detections. The pattern suggests the threat is low, but state entomologists remain concerned.
"Next spring will be the fifth year in a row that we have not had a gypsy moth eradication project somewhere in the state," said Helmuth Rogg, manager of ODA's Insect Pest Prevention and Management Program. "But it's not a question of if it will happen again, but when." Click here for the audio version of this story.
Mt. Hood Chapter
♦ October 15 - Register today for the Mt. Hood Chapter Transportation Night Meeting
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. To lock in your ads for 2014, contact advertising and sponsorship account manager Chris Sweet at 503-582-2012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.