Invasive emerald ash borer attacking new host, researcher says
The emerald ash borer, which is destroying ash trees in a large swath of the nation, has apparently spread to a different tree, according to a report published by Entomology Today. Don Cipollini, professor of environmental sciences at Wright State University in Ohio, has found signs that the invasive green beetle has begun to attack white fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus).
"[Emerald ash borer] may have a wider host range than we ever thought in the first place, or it is adapting to utilize new hosts," Cipollini said. "This biological invasion is really something to worry about."
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The OAN One-Day Convention is next Friday, October 24
OAN invites all members to gather at the 2014 OAN One-Day Convention on Friday, Oct. 24 at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon. Outgoing president Matt Gold will pass the reins to incoming president Mike Coleman. 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
The awards that will be presented include OAN Outstanding Service Award,
New Nursery Professional of the Year, Chapter or Committee of the Year, Distinguished Education Award, Political Awareness Award, Clayton W. Hannon Distinguished Service Award and the President's Five Star Awards, presented by Matt Gold. President's Awards Banquet registration deadline is this Monday, Oct. 20.
» Register today.
SAIF announces series of agricultural safety seminars
SAIF Corporation announced it will host 27 agricultural safety seminars between November 2014 and March 2015 in 16 cities around Oregon. The first seminar will take place from 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5 in Burns, Oregon.
Attendance is free and open to anyone working in the agricultural industry. Small agricultural employers attending the seminar will meet one of the four requirements that exempt small agricultural establishments from random OSHA inspections.
» For details and registration, log on to www.saif.com/agseminars.
Ship and save with OAN Winter Trucks to Trade Shows program
The OAN is coordinating trucks to ship plant material to some of the larger industry trade shows — MANTS, The Western, CENTS, and others — taking place this winter.
If you are an OAN member exhibiting at any of these shows and would like to send plant material via the Trucks to Trade Shows program, please complete this
reservation form (including booth number and number of pallets) and
fax/email it back to the OAN office by Dec. 1, 2014, to receive preferred pricing. The prices will go up by $50 per pallet after Dec. 1.
» For more information, contact Kate Crawford, OAN event and program coordinator, at email@example.com or 503-682-5089 (800-342-6401 toll-free).
Consumers are willing to pay more for eco-friendly plant containers, study says
Previous studies conducted by the Horticultural Research Institute have shown that consumers are willing to pay a bit more for eco-friendly plant containers. Now,
a new study recently published in the Journal of Environmental Horticulture puts some numbers on how much consumers value sustainability and the environment.
» Learn more.
Oct. 16 and Oct. 30 OktoberPest classes are full
The Pesticide Applicator Training (in Spanish) classes taking place on Oct. 16 and Oct. 30 are full. There is still room in the Oct. 23 workshop, "Insect Management in a Post Neonic World."
The OktoberPest series of educational workshops is presented by Oregon State University. All workshops are held from 9 a.m. until noon at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center, 15210 N.E. Miley Road, Aurora, Oregon. Registration fee is $25.
» More information.
Energy Trust incentives available
The Energy Trust of Oregon is offering cash incentives to make your greenhouse more energy efficient. The incentives include infrared poly, thermal curtains, intelligent greenhouse controllers, underbench heat, and several other energy-saving measures. Customers of NW Natural or Cascade Natural Gas are eligible.
Click here for a rebate form, complete it, attach invoices and receipts, and submit it within six months of purchase and by the end of the year to apply for your cash incentive.
» For more information log on to www.energytrust.org/ag, call 503-928-3154, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Irrigation Association announces 2014 award winners
The Irrigation Association announced the
winners of its 2014 awards, which honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the irrigation industry. Award recipients will be recognized during the general session at the 2014 Irrigation Show and Education Conference, taking place Nov. 17–21, in Phoenix, Arizona.
View the complete list of award winners.
List your garden center on Dr. A's mobile phone app
Renowned plantsman (and recent Farwest Trade Show presenter) Dr. Allan Armitage launched a consumer app, Armitage's Greatest Perennials and Annuals, last 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.
» More information.
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.
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.
Speaking on the theme "Forecast the Future" will be Bob Boyle of Northwest Farm Credit Services, Phil Volker of EFB Services, Joel Keebler of Chemeketa Community College Horticulture Program and OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone.
The cost is $25 per person and includes lunch, plus the chance to win door prizes including three $50 gift cards and a Microsoft Surface tablet.
» The full schedule and online registration available at www.oan.org.
Go for the gold by helping support OAN's Willamette Chapter
The Willamette Chapter is currently offering
sponsorship opportunities that can add visibility to your business. Gold Sponsorship is valued at $200 and will be activated in the following ways:
Online promotion: Company name and logo placement on our Facebook page and a sponsor feature posting where you will be thanked for your support. Sponsors are also listed on our Willamette Chapter page on the OAN website.
Print promotion: Company logo placement on Willamette Chapter flyers, email blasts and handouts and company listings and logos in Digger magazine.
Event promotion: Company logo on banner thanking our sponsors to be displayed at all Willamette Chapter and joint chapter events including our annual AgFest Plant Sale and the opportunity to exhibit at our November meeting.
Workplace promotion: Each sponsor will receive a certificate for their support.
Your $200 contribution will help sponsor Chapter events, community outreach, guest speaker fees, complimentary first meal for new members, raffle gifts, etc. Our Gold Sponsors are an integral part of the equation for our Chapter's success — we cannot do it without you!
» Download the
Gold Sponsorship Form
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
♦ November 13 - Willamette Chapter Meeting: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
» Download the OAN Media Kit