Coleman assumes presidency as OAN honors the industry's best at Convention
Outgoing president Matt Gold of Midas Nursery Solutions/Gold Hill Sales passed the gavel to incoming president Mike Coleman of Arrowhead Ornamentals at the 2014 OAN Convention, held last Friday (Oct. 24) at the Oregon Garden Resort in Silverton.
The convention was highlighted by the presentation of several awards to outstanding OAN members, including Sean Hogan, Jerry Simnitt, Jeff Stone, Tonya Gold, Dick Joyce, Jim Gilbert, Mark Sander, John Coulter, Gail Gredler, Jason Hupp and the Willamette Chapter (award winners pictured below). The gathering was hosted by past presidents Bob Terry and Kathy LeCompte.
For the complete rundown of all award winners, read the post on the Daily Digger blog. For candid, podium and group shots, view the album on the OAN Facebook page. Feel free to tag individuals in photos who are not already tagged, and leave your likes and comments!
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Action Alert: EPA rule change could affect ponds, ditches, nurseries
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed a Clean Water Act rule change known as "waters of the U.S." The proposed rule would give the EPA regulatory jurisdiction over a variety of waterways and water sources, many of which are not considered navigable waterways. These could include ditches, as well as golf course and farm ponds. The rule could thereby affect chemical use as well as ground disturbances (such as planting).
Although AmericanHort supports sound environmental practices, its Government Relations team feels that this rule is an example of regulatory overreach. Legislation to address the matter passed the U.S. House of Representatives in September but is stalled in the U.S. Senate. AmericanHort is hoping the EPA will withdraw the rule change and make legislation unnecessary.
Time is running out to mail in your ballot
A reminder: Election Day is next Tuesday, November 4, and your vote matters. All ballots must be in the hands of election officials by 8 p.m. sharp that evening. Postmarks don't count.
The Oregon Nurseries' Political Action Committee reviewed and interviewed candidates in several races for the Oregon Legislature. Endorsements were based on support for core issues that matter to the nursery industry.
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OAN recognizes four public officials as 'Friends of Nurseries'
Four public officials were honored as 'Friends of Nurseries' at the 2014 OAN Convention. They were recognized for taking strong stands on behalf of the industry.
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden was honored for lending crucial support to the Smart Sprayer project being led by Oregon State University Extension and several partners. State Treasurer Ted Wheeler was recognized for his key role in water supply planning and future provision for agriculture and other users. State Sen. Vic Gilliam and State Rep. Jessica Vega-Pederson were honored for lending crucial support for the Oregon driver's card bill. The OAN thanks all four for recognizing and supporting the needs of the green industry.
Oregon minimum wage will increase to $9.25 in 2015
Oregon's minimum wage will increase 15 cents to $9.25 an hour in 2015, state labor officials announced last month. The raise will affect an estimated 142,000 workers across the state. Oregon has the nation's second-highest statewide minimum wage, behind only Washington.
Webinar: Study says customers will pay for green label
Will retail customers pay more for plants that are labeled "water conserving" or "disease free"? According to Dr. James Pease, professor of agricultural and applied economics at Virginia Tech, the answer is yes.
Dr. Pease conducted a survey and found that the difference, in fact, could vary from 9 percent to as high as 60 percent, depending on the type of plant. He will share the results in detail during a webinar that is set for noon Eastern time (9 a.m. on the West Coast) on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Industry members are invited to participate. Simply log on to https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/irrigation-water and select "enter as a guest." Type in your name, then dial the conference phone number (1-888-619-1583) and enter participant code 491981.
Sensory gardens benefit children with (and without) disabilities
A story recently published by The Daily Beast website discussed the benefits experienced by special needs schoolchildren who spend time in "sensory gardens." Sensory gardens provide opportunities to see, smell, touch, listen to — and sometimes taste — plant life and garden fixtures, such as scented herbs, smooth river rocks or velvety lamb's ears.
Simply spending time in a plant-filled garden or greenhouse has been shown to help children with cognitive and physical disabilities. Communing with nature allows these children to develop better knowledge, skills, emotional regulation and self-reliance than they would in the sterile classroom environment. Even children without disabilities experience the same benefits.
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.
Get next year's ads at this year's rates in Digger magazine
Now's the time to cash in on early-bird advertising rates! Promote your business to 8,000 Digger subscribers and lock in the discounted OAN member advertising rates for 2015. Reserve just six Digger ads and you will receive a frequency discount of 4 percent. Save even more with a 6 percent discount off 12 ads or more.
Thursday, November 20 is your last chance to secure your 2015 advertising at the lower 2014 rates.
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Be seen in the 2015 Retail Nurseries & Garden Centers Guide
The quest for a perfect garden begins with the bold, colorful and authoritative Retail Nurseries & Garden Centers Guide. OAN distributes 30,000 copies via garden retailers, the Yard, Garden & Patio Show, and area visitor centers. Eager gardeners will discover retail nurseries all over Oregon and Southwest Washington who are OAN members, as well as landscapers, mail order nurseries and public gardens.
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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, to receive preferred pricing. The prices will go up by $50 per pallet after Dec. 1.
Survey says, 'Help plan next year's First Aid and CPR classes!'
This past month, OAN's Safety Committee, in partnership with SAIF, has been holding a series of First Aid and CPR classes. But would you like to see classes held another month, or would your business be interested in hosting a class?
Help us answer these questions by taking this survey. It takes just a few minutes to complete and will provide vital feedback that will help us plan next year's classes. Your participation is greatly appreciated!
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♦ October 30 - Hillsboro
♦ 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.
Mt Hood Chapter Christmas Party
♦ December 16 - Save the date for the Mt. Hood Chapter Christmas Party
♦ July 21, 2015 - Save the date for the Mt. Hood Chapter Annual Pioneer Dinner
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 email@example.com.
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