Nursery tours provide policymakers a behind-the-scenes look at today's green industry
Representatives from the Oregon Legislature and Oregon Department of Agriculture attended a series of nursery tours organized by the Oregon Association of Nurseries over the past month. Owners and general managers at several area operations led field and greenhouse tours, providing policymakers a behind-the-scenes look at the industry and an opportunity to discuss important issues such as labor, workplace safety and water resources.
The OAN wishes to thank the nursery tour hosts — Eshraghi Nurseries/Farmington Gardens, McPheeters Turf, Alpha Nursery, J. Frank Schmidt & Son, and Fall Creek Farm & Nursery.
Learn to 'Bee Aware' at free workshop this Thursday
This year's OktoberPest, the month-long series of integrated pest management workshops presented by Oregon State University (OSU), wraps up this week with a seminar on risks to pollinators in agricultural settings and strategies to protect pollinators. "Bee Aware" will take place from 9 a.m.–noon this Thursday, October 29 at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center.
Instructors include Sujaya Rao of OSU's Crop Science Department; Ramesh Sagili, Wei Yang and Robin Rosetta of OSU's Horticulture Department. The speakers will present information to enhance an understanding of bee species and their ecology to reduce risks to pollinators in landscapes. There will be a discussion of specific tactics to mitigate harm and improve bee health. Pollination requirements in blueberries will be discussed. Three pesticide license education credit hours will be available.
There is no charge for this workshop but registration is appreciated. To sign up, contact Jan Egli at 503-678-1264 or email@example.com.
Bonamici to meet with OAN Government Relations Committee on Nov. 10
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Oregon) will be the guest speaker at the November 10 meeting of the OAN Government Relations Committee. The committee helps shape public policies that benefit OAN members and protect member interests with legislators and regulators in Salem and Washington, D.C.
Bonamici is regarded as a good friend and supporter of the nursery industry. She represents the First Congressional District of Oregon, which comprises the Northwest portion of the state. She won a special election to fill a vacancy in early 2012 and was re-elected last November.
The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. in the conference room at the OAN offices, 29751 S.W. Town Center Loop West, Wilsonville, Oregon. All members are invited to attend and ask questions. Those attending are asked to RSVP to Jeff Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Protecting water quality the focus of 'Science to Policy' Summit on Nov. 19
Farmers, builders, nursery owners and others interested in clean water are invited to join together for a day of peer-to-peer workshops focusing on reducing toxics and health risks, improving farm yields, and protecting water quality. The "Science to Policy Summit" will take place from 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 19 at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. 6th St. Cost for all-day attendance is $45 and includes a buffet-style lunch; you can also register for just the morning or afternoon session for $12 each.
Meet Santa Claus at the OAN Christmas Party, Dec. 9
Join the OAN Clackamas Chapter at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9 for an evening filled with holiday spirit and a visit from Santa Claus! The Willamette Valley Country Club (900 Country Club Place, Canby) will serve some of their delicious appetizers and a superb buffet. Santa Claus will have toys for the kids, and door prizes for the adults. The Canby High School Cantalinas will entertain everyone with their festive holiday carols.
Cost is $25 for adults; $15 for children age 7–12; free for kids age 6 or less. Register online and pay by credit card at www.oan.org — or mail this reply form with your check to: Clackamas Chapter OAN c/o Alex Cooper, Chapter President, P.O. Box 3, Canby, OR 97013.
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, November 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, November 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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