Impasse ends on federal Farm Bill
Congress reached agreement on Wednesday to fund the federal government and raise its self-imposed debt limit, but that's not the only logjam being cleared in Washington, D.C. The long-stalled Farm Bill is now moving to a conference committee, and Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) is among those who will serve on the panel. The committee is charged with working out the differences between House and Senate versions of the bill, which both passed several months ago. If the committee can agree on a unified bill, then both the House and Senate can consider sending it to the president's desk. Click here for more details.
Online Nursery Guide hands-on training
Would you like to maximize your online Nursery Guide presence so buyers can find you? Make changes to your free 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 these free, hands-on training sessions:
- Wednesday, November 6 – OAN Office (29751 SW Town Center Loop West, Wilsonville)
- Thursday, November 21 – Monrovia (13455 SE Lafayette Hwy., Dayton)
- Wednesday, December 4 – J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. (9500 SE 327th Ave., Boring)
- Wednesday, December 18 – Woodburn Nursery & Azalea (13009 McKee School Rd. NE, Woodburn)
These will be go-at-your-own-pace training sessions with lots of help and support. Sessions start at 9 a.m. and are scheduled until noon. 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 online profile, as well as your 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: Nov. 6 | Nov. 21 | Dec. 4 | Dec. 18
OAN office will be closed Friday, Oct. 18
The Oregon Association of Nurseries office will be closed for business on Friday, Oct. 18. This is the second of three furlough days the OAN Board of Directors has approved as a cost-cutting measure. The OAN office will be back, open and ready to serve you on Monday, Oct. 21. The third and final furlough day will be Nov. 15. We regret any inconvenience.
Observers still waiting on signature count
Supporters and opponents of the new Oregon driver's card are watching and waiting while state election officials count petition signatures. A final tally is expected Thursday or Friday, and will determine whether the bill is referred to voters in November 2014. Otherwise it will go into effect Jan. 1, 2014. The bipartisan bill was developed with input from the governor's office, key legislators, and the business, faith, labor and law enforcement communities. It directs creation of a four-year driver's card for individuals who lack documents to provide legal U.S. residency, but otherwise can qualify for a driver's license. Applicants must prove their identity and document the fact that they have lived in Oregon for at least one year. It's a common sense bill that protects safety on Oregon's highways. Watch www.diggermagazine.com or follow @diggermag on Twitter for the latest updates.
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. 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!
Winter weather forecast the focus of joint meeting
George Taylor, president of Applied Climate Services in Corvallis, Ore., shared his winter weather predictions at a joint meeting of three OAN chapters on Oct. 8.
The former state climatologist told members of the Clackamas, Sunset and Willamette chapters that he expects precipitation will be a little above average this winter. Temperatures will be average in the early season and mid-winter, followed by a cool spring. Mountain snow will be above average, and there's a 75 percent chance for 4 inches, possibly more, of low-elevation snow. To read a full report of the joint chapter meeting, click here.
First Aid and CPR classes continue this week
On Thursday, Oct. 17, 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, 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.
'Bee Aware' at this week's OktoberPest workshop
Attend the OktoberPest "Bee Aware" workshop from 9 a.m.–noon this Thursday, Oct. 17 at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (15210 NE Miley Road, Aurora, Ore.) to learn more about research-based information on pollinator protection, Colony Collapse Disorder, and the impact of neonicotinoid insecticides on bee health. Three pesticide recertification credit hours are available. Cost is $25. For more information, click here.
Presented by Oregon State University and the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC), OktoberPest is a month-long series of workshops held every Thursday in October. Future classes will address banishing wilt and damping off (Oct. 24) and aphid management (Oct. 31). Registration information can be found by logging on to the Pacific Northwest Nursery IPM page: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/nurspest/Workshopsclasses.htm
Save the date: Nov. 5 — Northwest FCS Ag Outlook Conference
Keynote speaker Dr. Dave Kohl, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech, will provide perspective on the "Mega Trends" in agriculture, including global and national economics. Understanding trends helps producers determine the impact of macroeconomic factors influencing the future of agriculture. Geared for farmers, ranchers, agribusiness professionals and cooperative lenders, this one-day seminar will take place in Salem, Ore. on Nov. 5. For more information and to register, log on to www.northwestfcs.com.
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.
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!
Garden centers needed for new plant app
Renowned plantsman Allan Armitage launched a consumer app, Armitage's Greatest Perennials and Annuals, earlier this year. He is currently seeking garden centers to round out its list of "America's Greatest Garden Centers."
"The garden center portion of the app allows users to search by zip code, and the stores will be listed in alphabetical order by city or by which garden center is nearest to the user," Armitage said. There is no fee to be included in the garden center list. Interested garden centers should email Armitage at email@example.com.
In Memoriam: Orville Roth
The Oregon Association of Nurseries is saddened to report the passing of Orville Roth, co-founder of the local grocery chain Roth's Fresh Markets. He passed away over the weekend of an apparent heart attack. He was 79. A major supporter of the Oregon Garden, Roth donated several hundred thousand dollars to build the Children's Garden there, and he personally paid to bus in fifth graders from all over Oregon to visit the garden on field trips. Click here to read his obituary.
NurseryGuide.com Hands-on Training - Wilsonville, Ore. (OAN Office)
♦ November 6 - Get the most from Nurseryguide.com with this FREE Half Day Training session.
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
NurseryGuide.com Hands-on Training - Dayton, Ore. (Monrovia)
♦ November 21 - Get the most from Nurseryguide.com with this FREE Half Day Training session.
NurseryGuide.com Hands-on Training - Boring, Ore. (J. Frank Schmidt & Son. Co.)
♦ December 4 - Get the most from Nurseryguide.com with this FREE Half Day Training session.
NurseryGuide.com Hands-on Training - Woodburn, Ore. (Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas)
♦ December 18 - Get the most from Nurseryguide.com with this FREE Half Day Training session.
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.