Immigration reform would boost economy, cut deficit
Passage of a comprehensive reform bill would boost the U.S. economy over the next 20 years and reduce the federal budget deficit, according to a new study by the Bipartisan Policy Center. The study was released Monday by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as part of a coordinated reform push by the business community and business-friendly conservatives. These forces are hoping to move a bill between now and the end of the year.
President Obama met with House Republicans to discuss the matter on Monday. However, a comprehensive bill the Senate passed earlier in the year suffered a setback when Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) — a sponsor of the comprehensive bill — announced that he's now against a comprehensive approach and favors piecemeal bills instead.
Ask questions about the Affordable Care Act
If you find yourself confused or concerned about the Affordable Care Act, you're not alone. Many people have questions and concerns. That's why the OAN is holding a series of educational forums featuring an expert panel. You can ask questions, obtain assistance and gain a better understanding of this new healthcare landscape.
The panelists will include Jeff Stone of OAN, Heidi Mason of the Jordan Ramis PC law firm, Randy Skinner of Leonard Adams Insurance, and Marsia O'Brien of Cover Oregon. Four identical sessions will be held at the following locations. All sessions shall run from 1–3 p.m.
Click here for details and registration:
• Tuesday, Nov. 5: Monrovia, Dayton
• Wednesday, Nov. 13: J Frank Schmidt & Son Co., Boring
• Tuesday, Nov. 19: Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas, Woodburn
• Tuesday, Nov. 26: OAN offices, Wilsonville
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 "yes" to any of these questions, make plans to attend one of these free, hands-on training sessions:
- Wednesday, November 6 – OAN office
- Thursday, November 21 – Monrovia
- Wednesday, December 4 – J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.
- Wednesday, December 18 – Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas
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
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.
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. The Banquet registration deadline is 4 p.m. next Monday, Nov. 4. (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. Only a couple of rooms are still available; mention you're an OAN member to receive a discount. We look forward to seeing you there!
Aphids the focus of final OktoberPest workshop
The last of OSU's month-long series of workshops will take place from 9 a.m.–noon this Thursday, Oct. 31. "Aphid Management in Ornamental Systems" will cover key aspects of aphid pest management from identification, damage, biology, and monitoring to management tactics including cultural, biological, and chemical control of these sucking pests. The workshop offers three pesticide license recertification credit hours. Cost is $25. Click here for a detailed schedule of the workshop. Registration information can be found by logging on to the Pacific Northwest Nursery IPM page: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/nurspest/Workshopsclasses.htm
"Mega Trends" the topic of 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 presented by Northwest Farm Credit Services will take place in Salem, Ore. on Nov. 5, with additional seminars taking place in Tri Cities, Wash., on Nov. 6 and Twin Falls, Idaho, on Nov. 7. Click here to register.
Register now for upcoming invasive species workshops
This November, the Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council (PNW-IPC) is planning two workshops: the first will take place Nov. 5 at The Nature Center (1919 S. Tyler St.) in Tacoma, Wash., and the second on Nov. 7 at Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory (57245 River Road) in Bend, Ore. Cost is $25 for PNW-IPC members; $30 for all others. Click here for more information.
Ship and save with OAN Trucks to Trade Shows
The OAN is coordinating trucks to ship plant material to some of the larger industry trade shows — MANTS, The Western, CENTS, and others.
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 December 2, 2013, to receive preferred pricing. Prices increase $50 per pallet after December 2. For more information, contact Jamie Fletcher, OAN membership and events coordinator, at email@example.com or 503-682-5089 (800-342-6401 toll-free).
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.
OAN Safety Tip: Use caution when using chainsaws
Chainsaws can hurt people. Is using one part of your job? If so, please be safe. You need a properly maintained saw. You need the knowledge of how to use it. And you also need protective clothing — proper attire, hard hat, face shield, ear protection, boots and gloves. Download these Safety Tips in English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF) and share them with your employees and co-workers. These tips are compliments of Ohio State University, SAIF, and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.
Affordable Care Act - Dayton, Ore. (Monrovia)
♦ November 5 - The Affordable Care Act: What does it mean to you?
NurseryGuide.com Hands-on Training - Wilsonville, Ore. (OAN)
♦ 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
Affordable Care Act - Boring, Ore. (J. Frank Schmidt & Son. Co)
♦ November 13 - The Affordable Care Act: What does it mean to you?
Affordable Care Act - Woodburn, Ore. (Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas)
♦ November 19 - The Affordable Care Act: What does it mean to you?
NurseryGuide.com Hands-on Training - Dayton, Ore. (Monrovia)
♦ November 21 - Get the most from Nurseryguide.com with this FREE Half Day Training session.
Affordable Care Act - Wilsonville, Ore. (OAN)
♦ November 26 - The Affordable Care Act: What does it mean to you?
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 Exposure channels: A great place to grow
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 email@example.com.