OAN honored for service and advocacy for members
The Oregon Association of Nurseries was honored Nov. 5 with the annual Association Achievement Award, presented by the Oregon Society of Association Management. It was given in recognition of OAN's achievements in advocating for the nursery industry both locally and nationally, and in making members more visible through several channels, including the print/online Nursery Guide and the Farwest Trade Show.
"I am honored to receive this prestigious award on behalf of the nursery and greenhouse industry," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "We take pride in building coalitions and partnerships to solve the problems that face our industry and agriculture. It is gratifying that OSAM recognizes the commitment that OAN has to its members."
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New pest, spotted lanternfly, arrives in Pennsylvania
A new insect pest — the spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) — was recently detected in Berks County, Pennsylvania. In response, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced a quarantine to restrict the movement of this pest. This is the first detection of spotted lanternfly in the United States.
This planthopper from Asia has been found on a range of hosts including grapes, fruit trees and pines. It often migrates to Ailanthus altissima (tree of heaven) to overwinter, but can also be found on other host plants; any smooth-trunked tree, stone or smooth, vertical surface can provide a potential host for eggs. Man-made items such as vehicles, yard furniture, farm equipment or any other items stored outside are additional sites for egg laying. Egg laying begins in late September and continues up through the onset of winter.
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Obama reaffirms promise to act on immigration
In an appearance Sunday on Face The Nation, President Obama said that he will not wait on Congress to reform America's immigration system. Obama stood by his recent statements that he will use executive action to enact changes before the end of the year.
"I prefer and still prefer to see it done through Congress, but every day that I wait we're misallocating resources," said Obama. "We're deporting people that shouldn't be deported. We're not deporting folks that are dangerous and need to be deported."
Obama had said this summer that he would use executive action to establish new priorities for enforcement. After pressure from Democrats running for re-election in heavily Republican states, he later announced that he would delay action until after the midterm elections.
As always, the OAN understands the importance of immigration policy to nurseries and the nursery workforce, and will continue to monitor ongoing developments on the national level.
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Retailers and Landscapers: We need your changes for map/guide this week
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.
If you are an OAN member serving the gardening public, your contact information will appear in the guide automatically (unless, of course, you tell us otherwise). Your company information is also posted on OAN's consumer website (www.PlantSomethingOregon.com).
If you have location changes or additions, changed the services you offer, or haven't been on the map before, please complete this Response Form and return it to us by November 15.
The guide also offers exciting four-color advertising opportunities, separate from your free listing. Advertising space is limited, however, so contact Chris Sweet at 503-682-5089 or firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
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We want to provide you with information and updates the way you would like to receive them.
In addition to the Member Update, the OAN has a Facebook page where relevant news items and photos, regarding your association and the nursery industry, are sometimes posted. If you would like to be notified about these updates, go to the page and click and hold down on the "like" button, then use the pulldown menu to select "get notifications." These notifications can be viewed when you log in to Facebook.
If your OAN-member business has its own Facebook page, please let us know and we will follow your page. Just email Curt Kipp at email@example.com.
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Insure a variety of crops with new 'Whole-Farm' USDA program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Risk Management Agency recently introduced a new Whole-Farm Revenue Protection insurance policy. Now available for the 2015 crop year, the policy allows producers to insure a variety of crops at once instead of one commodity at a time.
The insurance plan is tailored for any farm with up to $8.5 million in insured revenue, including farms with specialty or organic commodities (both crops and livestock), or those marketing to local, regional, farm-identity preserved, specialty or direct markets.
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Apply for agricultural and wetland conservation easements
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service is now accepting applications for agricultural and wetland reserve easements under the new Agricultural Conservation Easements Program (ACEP). Applications must be submitted by Dec. 31 to be considered for this year's priority funding.
Approved agricultural easements would prevent productive working lands from being converted to non-agricultural uses and maximize protection of land devoted to food and fiber production. Wetland reserve easements would restore and enhance wetlands and improve habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife, improve water quality, reduce flood damage, and encourage outdoor education and recreation.
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Update: Marion County added to pesticide and container collection event on Dec. 6
The Marion Soil and Water Conservation District has joined Yamhill and Polk counties in the Greater Yamhill Watershed Council's pesticide and container collection event, taking place from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6. Nurseries and farmers can bring their unwanted agricultural pesticides and pesticide containers to Wilco Agronomy Center, 1400 S. Hwy. 99W in McMinnville, Oregon. You must pre-register by Nov. 21 for chemical disposal; no registration is required for pesticide containers. There is no cost to dispose of these items!
Registration forms are available online at www.yamhillswcd.org, www.polkswcd.org and www.marionswcd.net.
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Save on registration to Northwest Environmental Conference & Tradeshow
OAN members can receive a $75 discount on registration to the Northwest Environmental Conference & Tradeshow. The event will take place on Tuesday–Wednesday, December 9–10, at the Red Lion Hotel on the River – Jantzen Beach (909 N. Hayden Island Drive, Portland). Learn about the best practices in environmental protection and compliance, resource and operational efficiencies, health and safety practices, sustainability programs, product standards and environmental economics. For more details and registration, log on to www.nwec.org. Make sure to use the discount code “NWEC14” when registering.
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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.
Keep your company name where it belongs — top of mind, in front of customers and potential buyers. Contact Chris Sweet at 503-582-2012, 1-800-342-6401 (toll-free) or firstname.lastname@example.org to kick-start your 2015 ad campaign today.
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Ship and SAVE with OAN Trucks to Trade Shows program
Each year, the OAN Winter Trucks to Trade Shows program ships member plant material to the key nursery trade shows held in January and February across the country. This program is an exclusive OAN member benefit. To sign up for economical, less-than-load shipping to some of the larger industry trade shows, submit this form by Dec. 1. The prices will go up by $50 per pallet after Dec. 1.
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♦ 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.
♦ December 9 - Join the Clackamas Chapter for an evening filled with holiday spirit and of course a visit from Santa Claus!
Greenhouse and Retail Chapters Christmas Party
♦ December 16 - Save the date for the Retail and Greenhouse Chapter Holiday Gathering
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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