2013 OAN Convention registration closes today at 2:00 p.m.
We'll be recognizing the industry's hardest-working people at the 2013 OAN One-Day Convention, taking place this Friday, Nov. 8 at the Oregon Garden Resort in Silverton, Ore.
Several awards will be presented, including Chapter/Committee of the Year, Distinguished Member of the Horticultural Allied Trades, the Clayton W. Hannon Distinguished Service Award, the Distinguished Education Award, the New Nursery Professional of the Year, and the President's Five Star Awards.
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 now before 2:00 p.m. deadline 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!
GOP panel to visit OAN Government Relations Committee
Next Tuesday, Nov. 12, the Government Relations Committee will meet at 1 p.m. in the OAN office, 29751 SW Town Center Loop West, Wilsonville. The guests will be a panel of Republican legislators who will discuss current legislative issues as they relate to the Oregon nursery industry. Panelists will include Sen. Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River), Sen. Brian Boquist (R-Dallas), Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River), and Republican House Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte). All members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please RSVP if you plan on coming. For more information and to RSVP, contact Jeff Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November Digger arrives in mailboxes
The November issue of Digger has been mailed to subscribers, and the cover story this month is on exotic edibles (PDF). Nursery growers are enriching the culinary landscape by cultivating fruit-bearing plants ranging from hardy kiwi vines to sea berry bushes, as well as various tubers of South American origin.
You can also read this month's flipbook edition of Digger (Flash required; fast connection recommended). Please send your comments on the issue to editor Curt Kipp at email@example.com.
Welcome to OAN's new members
Eight new companies and individuals joined the Oregon Association of Nurseries in September and October. To these new members, welcome!
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 Marisa O'Brien of Cover Oregon. Educational sessions will be held at the following locations. All sessions shall run from 1–3 p.m.
Click here for details and registration:
• 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 that more 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 (click for details/registration):
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!
State drafting rules for industrial hemp production
Officials with the Oregon Department of Agriculture are drafting rules that could allow for the industrial production of hemp by next spring, according to a report in the Oregonian. Although industrial hemp comes from a non-intoxicating relative of the marijuana plant, the state has been hesitant to enact a 2009 law permitting production due to concerns over possible conflict with federal law. Those concerns, however, have largely evaporated due to the federal government's stance that it will not fight voter-approved laws in Washington and Colorado permitting the production of marijuana in specified circumstances. At least one Oregon farmer sees potential in hemp as a viable crop.
Reserve your booth at the 2014 Yard, Garden & Patio Show
The YGP Show is a great way to build new relationships with passionate gardening enthusiasts, and help them get to know your business. There are booth spaces available from 10 by 10 up to islands. The Remarkable Green Market is another opportunity to sell your plant material on the show floor. Download the complete brochure and exhibitor application (PDF) and reserve your space today!
Ship and save with OAN Trucks to Trade Shows
The OAN is coordinating trucks to ship plant material to some of the nursery industry's larger winter 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 to Jamie Fletcher, or call 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 format. 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: Prune, trim and fell trees safely
There are many potential hazards when one is pruning, trimming or felling trees. Workers and people nearby can fall, be electrocuted, cut themselves, damage their hearing and/or be struck by falling branches or trees. Ohio State University Extension has put together a safety module (PDF) packed with tips so that workers can avoid these hazards and cut safely. These tips are courtesy of Ohio State University Extension, SAIF, and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.
OAN One-Day Convention
♦ November 8 - 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.
♦ December 17 - Clackamas Chapter Christmas Party - Canby, Ore.
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.