Economic injury disaster loans now available
Small businesses in nine Oregon counties and three Washington counties are now eligible to apply for low interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the drought in Columbia, Washington and Yamhill counties that began July 28, 2015. Businesses in neighboring counties are also eligible for disaster loans. The neighboring Oregon counties are Clackamas, Clatsop, Marion, Multnomah, Polk and Tillamook; in Washington, they are Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum.
Small, nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.
Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance. Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Services Agency about the U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance made available by the Secretary's declaration. However, nurseries are eligible for SBA disaster assistance in drought disasters. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA's secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. The deadline to apply for these loans is May 23, 2016.
Ash whitefly becomes a major nuisance
"Clouds of small white-winged insects flying around homes, gardens and even parking lots up and down the Willamette Valley have the public more than a little annoyed," The Oregonian reported this weekend. The article, written by frequent Digger contributor Kym Pokorny, documents the surge of ash whitefly (Siphoninus phillyeae) sightings.
Comments and questions about the aggravating insect have been trending on social media and lighting up the hotlines of Extension's Master Gardeners, according to Pokorny.
Learn advanced insect biological control at the next OktoberPest workshop
Want to improve and expand your nursery's insect biological controls? Then plan to attend "Taking it to the Next Level" (PDF). This workshop is an opportunity for nursery growers who are experienced users of insect and mite biological control to increase the consistency and effectiveness of their existing programs and to expand their programs to cover additional pest species. Emphasis will be on refining techniques and building capacity, including the use of banker plants, insectaries, indicator plants and application methods.
The workshop will take place from 9 a.m.–noon on Thursday, Oct. 22 at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC). Three pesticide license education credit hours will be available. Cost is $25. To register, contact Jan Egli at 503-678-1264 or email@example.com.
The following day, NWREC will host a free workshop for homeowners, master gardeners and retail nursery employees to learn more about biological control in home gardens. "Bugs in the System: An Introduction to Beneficial Insects in the Garden" will take place from 10 a.m.–noon on Friday, Oct. 23. To RSVP, contact Jan Egli at 971-373-5912 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OktoberPest wraps up the following Thursday, Oct. 29, with a workshop on strategies to protect pollinators.
More information about the OktoberPest Workshops
Hot topics of employment law to be discussed on Nov. 3
The Oregon Employer Council–Clackamas County is presenting "Employment Law Essentials & 2015 Legal Updates," a seminar covering the topics every manager, supervisor and HR professional needs to know in order to be fair, objective and most importantly, legal when working with employees.
Topics include discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims; employee performance and discipline process; employment termination process; leave law, including Portland Sick Pay; Americans with Disability Act and "Reasonable Accommodations"; marijuana laws and company drug policy; and social media in the workplace.
The seminar will be held from 8 a.m.–noon on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at the Monarch Hotel, 12566 SE 93rd Ave., Clackamas. Cost is $49.
Sprayer workshop set for Nov. 12
Save the date for this free workshop on sprayer maintenance, setup and calibration. Topics to be discussed include sprayer operation and care; how to determine the fitness for use of boom and air blast sprayers; how to use spray equipment for efficacious, cost-effective pesticide applications; and techniques to accurately determine sprayer output and speed. You can also bring in your pressure gauge for a free checkup.
The class will take place from 8 a.m.–noon on Thursday, Nov. 12 at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (15210 NE Miley Rd., Aurora). Four core pesticide license recertification credit hours are available to workshop participants. To register, email Peter Sturman at email@example.com.
Symposium to explore connection between beneficial bacteria, soil and plant health on Nov. 16
Beneficial bacteria — such as probiotics found in yogurt — can aid the digestive systems of humans and animals. In nature there exist microbes that may have a similar effect on the soil and plants, enhancing soil and water sustainability as well as their response to extreme drought and high temperatures.
"The 'phytobiome' includes the environment (e.g., soil) and all of the living organisms in, on and around plants," according to Jan Leach, a professor at Colorado State University. "This entire system influences plant and soil health."
"Connecting Phytobiomes with Soil and Plant Health," a symposium held in conjunction with the Synergy in Science 2015 meeting, will address this topic on Monday, November 16, 2015, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The symposium will focus on the importance of the microbiome in the interactions between plants and soils as they relate to crops, agronomy and entomology. The meeting is sponsored by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America.
Two-part seminars on 'Family Agricultural Enterprise Succession' scheduled for this fall
The transition of farms and ranches to a new generation is one of the greatest challenges facing the agricultural industry. To address this issue, OSU's Extension Service and Austin Family Business Program is presenting seminars on agricultural enterprise transition and succession planning. People can attend in Medford on Friday, November 6, or in Klamath Falls on Saturday, November 7. A second, follow-up session will take place in Klamath Falls on Friday, December 11 and in Medford on Saturday, December 12. All seminars will run from 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
The seminars are open to family farm, ranch, agribusiness and small woodlot owners, and their successors, in both Southern Oregon and Northern California. At least one person from the current (owning) generation and one person from the next generation must attend both workshops. Cost is $40 per person.
For more information and to register, call 800-859-7609 or click here.
AmericanHort to present webinar on changes to EPA Agricultural Worker Protection Standard
AmericanHort will present a webinar on "EPA's Worker Protection Standard Update — How It Will Impact Your Business" at 8 a.m. PST on Wednesday, Oct. 28. The one-hour webinar will look at how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has changed the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard, affecting provisions on mandatory training of farmworkers, pesticide exposure, recordkeeping and other requirements. There is no cost, but you must pre-register.
Registration is live for the two-day 2015 OAN Annual Convention — Nov. 13–14
Registration is now live for the annual OAN Convention, which will take place Friday–Saturday, Nov. 13–14, at Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond, Oregon. This year's theme will be "Friends in Growin' Places," a reference to nurseries as well as the current economic rebound.
The agenda includes the return of the hospitality suites reception on Friday evening, the Annual Membership Business Meeting and General Session on Saturday, and the President's Awards Banquet on Saturday evening.
Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, convention is a great value. All sessions are free (including Saturday continental breakfast and lunch), except the banquet ($59 per person). People can choose to attend any or all sessions. Registration is required. Go to www.oan.org/convention to sign up by October 30. Complimentary child care will be available. There will be optional golf on Sunday as well.
Discounted rooms are available at Eagle Crest. Just call the resort at 1-866-806-4921 and mention OAN. The deadline is October 23.
Thank you to these sponsors:
Alpha Nursery Inc.
Al's Garden Center
Arrowhead Ornamentals LLC
Brooks Tree Farm
F & B Farms & Nursery
Heritage Seedlings & Liners
J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.
Kraemer's Nursery Inc.
OAN - Central Oregon Chapter
OAN - Clackamas Chapter
OAN - Emerald Empire Chapter
OAN - Retail/Greenhouse Chapter
OAN - Sunset Chapter
OAN - Willamette Chapter
The H C Companies, ProCal
Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas Inc.
If you are interested in sponsoring the convention, contact Jeff Stone at 503-682-5089 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign up now through December 3 for Winter Trucks to Trade Shows program
The 2016 winter trade shows are fast approaching! To help get you there, the Oregon Association of Nurseries is continuing its Trucks to Trade Shows program for members as an optional benefit.
OAN members can ship plant material to the key nursery events held in January and February across the country — MANTS, The Western, CENTS and others — at economical, less-than-load rates. This form has the per pallet prices for shipping to each of the seven shows the OAN will ship to. You must pay in advance and in full for the pallet(s) you wish to send. The deadline to sign up is December 3. Questions? Contact Mellissa Sumner at 503-582-2010 or email@example.com.
Court puts new 'waters of the U.S.' rule on hold
National hydrangea test garden to open in 2016
Brown marmorated stink bug activity heats up in Oregon
Pacific Northwest Weed Management Handbook receives 2015 revision
New ODA strategic plan hopes to address current challenges
Oregon minimum wage will not increase in 2016
Water Resources Department now accepting Water Supply Development applications
Energy Incentives Program offers $1 million in tax credits
Get the most out of your membership with the OAN Member Resource Guide
Our range of respected publications and engaging events provide valuable opportunities to strategically deliver your message and help achieve your sales and marketing goals. From print to digital to in person at the Farwest Show, we can help you find the best way to reach key nursery industry decision-makers through advertising and sponsorship. And as an OAN member you receive exclusive discounts and can save even more with our frequency discount for multiple ads. Download our 2016 Media Kit for all the details and contact Blair Thompson at 503-582-2012 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how OAN advertising and sponsorship can help your business grow.
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