OAN honors outstanding service to the nursery industry at the 2013 OAN Convention
At last Friday's annual convention, the Oregon Association of Nurseries honored several members for their outstanding achievements and service to the nursery industry. The 2013 OAN President's Awards Banquet and annual meeting attracted a strong turnout of more than 150 members and their families last Friday night at the Oregon Garden in Silverton. The convention also featured the passing of the president's gavel from wholesale grower Carson Lord (Tree Frog Nursery, Silverton, Ore.) to wholesale grower and nursery equipment dealer Matt Gold (Gold Hill Nursery and Midas Nursery Solutions, Hillsboro, Ore.). Gold will lead a 23-member board and 7-member Executive Committee in setting the broad direction for the nursery industry trade association in 2014. Log on to OAN's Facebook page to see photos taken at the event. [Click to see who won awards]
OAN recognizes six public officials as 'Friends of Nurseries'
Also during last Friday's convention, the OAN recognized six Oregon elected officials as "Friends of Nurseries." The six include three Republicans and three Democrats. They are Gov. John Kitzhaber (D), U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Oregon Fifth District), Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland), State Sen. Bill Hansell (R-Pendleton), State Sen. Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River), and State Rep. Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario).
"The Oregon nursery industry is the largest single segment in Oregon agriculture, with $745 million in sales in the most recent year that was tracked," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "Our association is more than 800 businesses strong, and all of them make a positive difference in Oregon's economy. That's why we wanted to give these public officials some much-deserved recognition. All of them have shown positive leadership, ensuring that Oregon remains a great place for nurseries to do business." [Read more]
OAN office will be closed on Friday, Nov. 15
The Oregon Association of Nurseries office in Wilsonville will be closed for business on Friday, Nov. 15. This is the third and final furlough day the OAN Board of Directors approved as a responsible cost-cutting measure for 2013. We regret any inconvenience this may cause. We look forward to serving you when the office reopens for normal business on Monday, Nov. 18.
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!
New book celebrates beloved garden columnist
"As a gardener, I learn by trial and error, and error, and error," wrote Dulcy Mahar, the popular gardening columnist who died of ovarian cancer in July 2011. Over 22 years, she contributed more than 1,100 columns to The Oregonian, chronicling the growth of her Southeast Portland garden.
Her voice may be missed, but it is has not been forgotten. Her husband Ted has written a memoir, "Back in the Garden with Dulcy" (Carpe Diem Books, 2013), commemorating their happy marriage in words and photos. Also included in the volume are more than 140 of Dulcy's most popular and reader-requested columns. For more information on the book, log on to www.carpediembooks.com.
The OAN recognized her efforts to educate the public about gardening when it posthumously presented her with the OAN Distinguished Education Award in November 2011.
Gardening linked to longevity
According to a study published recently in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, people 60 and older who garden and perform daily tasks around the home reduced their risk of stroke, heart disease and more.
Whether performing car or home repairs, cutting the lawn, blackberry picking or going hunting, being active lowered the risk of a heart attack or stroke by 27 percent, and death from any cause by 30 percent. The 12-year study of 4,232 people was conducted by the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden.
"As long as they make you feel warmer, breathe harder and make your heart beat faster, activities such as DIY and gardening count towards the 150 minutes of moderate-intensity [weekly] activity recommended for a healthy lifestyle," said Christopher Allen, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation.
Click here to read more about the study.
AFL-CIO targets GOP with immigration ad blitz
The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CIO) is preparing for a television ad campaign in Spanish and English "assailing House Republicans for their inaction on immigration reform, in an attempt to ensure that the congressional GOP pays a price if it continues to stall on an overhaul of the nation's immigration system." Included will be controversial remarks that some GOP lawmakers have made about immigrants. Click here to read more about the ad campaign.
D.C. approves driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants
District of Columbia officials have approved a bill that will create a driver's license for unauthorized immigrants. But unlike in previous proposals, these licenses will be different from conventional ones, marked as being "not valid for official federal purposes." Click here to read more about the new licenses.
Meanwhile, Oregon's driver's card is scheduled to face a voter referendum on the November 2014 ballot. Passed during the 2013 session, the bill directs creation of a four-year Oregon driver's card (as opposed to the regular, eight-year license) for those who can't prove legal presence in the United States. It is backed by a bipartisan coalition of business, faith, labor, civil liberties and law enforcement organizations, including the Oregon Association of Nurseries. Read the post at Daily Digger.
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 $745 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: Safe attitudes make a difference
The right attitude is one of the keys to a safe working environment. Workers can fall into unsafe habits unless they are encouraged to focus on safety and take responsibility for it. Here is a flyer containing several helpful tips that can be posted in your workplace: English | Spanish These tips are courtesy of the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.
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.