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President's Awards Banquet, Officials propose spraying for Asian gypsy moth, more
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NOVEMBER 18, 2015    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

New president Geschwill: 'There is always a path forward'

Leigh Geschwill, co-owner of F & B Farms & Nursery, was sworn in as the new OAN President at the OAN Convention on Saturday. She accepted the gavel from outgoing president Mike Coleman, co-owner of Arrowhead Ornamentals. More than 150 people attended some or all of the convention, which was held at Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond, Oregon.

In her opening speech, Geschwill promised to work hard to advance the nursery industry during her year as president, and "get things done."

"At the nursery association, at executive committee, at the State Board of Directors meetings, and at Government Relations Committee, we focus a lot of our energy on problems we are facing, issues we are dealing with," she said. "Things like anti-business legislation, bad ballot measures, water and land use regulations, and taxes. But what is important to remember is that there is always a path forward. There is always a way to move beyond the issues we are dealing with." (Read the complete speech.)

Joining Geschwill on the 2015-16 Executive Committee are Mark Bigej, Al's Garden Center, president elect; Josh Zielinski, Alpha Nursery, vice president; Mike Hiller, Kraemer's Nursery, treasurer; Jim Simnitt, Simnitt Nursery, secretary; Mike Coleman, immediate past president; and Walter Suttle, Monrovia, member at large.

At Convention the OAN also welcomed some new State Board Representatives and thanked departing members for their service.

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President's Awards Banquet honors the nursery industry's best

The OAN and outgoing president Mike Coleman honored the industry's best at the annual President's Awards Banquet, which capped off the 2015 OAN Convention in Redmond.

"I love this part of being an OAN member — the chance to gather together and celebrate our work and each other," Coleman told attendees. "We may be competitors in some instances but the camaraderie and willingness to share in the nursery business is extraordinary."

Incoming president Leigh Geschwill and past president (2012) Jerry Simnitt thanked Coleman for his service by presenting him with a bottle of Scotch. "Mike's approach has been personal and effective, guided by the reasons he got involved and how he needed to do his part in making the association better than how he found it," Simnitt said. "Through his leadership we are a leader, and have been at the forefront of passing laws and protecting the industry from some really, really bad stuff. Our members don't see the weight of that burden and Mike is a true leader."

Read the complete list of those who were recognized
View photos from the Awards banquet

Officials propose spraying for Asian gypsy moth

Officials and scientists are recommending that Oregon and Washington spray for gypsy moths, following detection of three Asian gypsy moths and two European gypsy moths near the Port of Portland. The proposed spray coverage would include more than 18,000 acres between the two states.

Gypsy moths have long been a concern due to their ability to defoliate a wide variety of nursery and forestry hosts, but the Asian variety is a much greater concern than its European cousins. It targets a greater variety of plant species, to boot.

"The big difference is that the female can fly and is a really good flyer," ODA Plant Program Director Helmuth Rogg told the OAN Government Relations Committee last week. "That elevates the threat for us. It can fly several miles and spread on its own, very quickly, very fast. If we don't do anything, it will have effects on our nursery industry."

Gypsy moths are detected via traps placed by officials. The Asian moth was last detected in Oregon in 2006. The European moth has been found in Oregon and Washington off and on for many years. This year, ODA trapped 12 European gypsy moths near Grants Pass. Officials in Washington trapped 10 of them at four locations in the state.

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OAN Willamette Chapter announces new board members

The OAN Willamette Chapter announced its new Board of Directors. The newly elected officers and directors promise to bring new ideas, energy and enthusiasm to the chapter:

  • President and State Board Rep: Kyle Fessler, St. Christopher Nursery
  • Vice President and State Board Rep: John Maurer, Evergreen Growers Supply
  • Secretary: Janet Poot, Grower's Nursery Supply
  • Treasurer: Dave Malcolm, MalcolmLaw
  • Director: Denece Messenger, Decorative Bark
  • Director: Robert Van Klaveren, Van's Nursery
  • Director: Bruce Colman, Woodburn Nursery & Azalea
  • Director: Val Tancredi, Honorary Life Member

The new board is already planning several social gatherings, such as the return of the Mystery Tour on February 12, 2016, as well as educational workshops and other events. If you have any questions or want to get involved with the chapter, email Kyle Fessler at

Petitioners collecting signatures to put minimum wage increase on next ballot

Supporters of two ballot measure proposals that aim to raise Oregon's minimum wage are currently gathering signatures. According to a story published this week by the Oregonian, the petitioners' actions are putting pressure on Oregon legislators to consider the issue during the next legislative session in February 2016. Lawmakers failed to agree on an increase in the 2015 session and remain at odds on key details, such as how much to increase wages, when an increase would take effect and to whom it would apply.

The Oregon Association of Nurseries opposes efforts to raise the state's minimum wage. Currently at $9.25, it is already the second highest in the nation, after Washington state, and $2 higher than the federal minimum.

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Ballot measures may include gross receipts tax on business

Our Oregon, a union-funded campaign group, has begun gathering signatures for an initiative measure that would impose a gross receipts tax on companies — specifically, C corporations —with sales in excess of $25 million. This measure, if implemented, would be the largest tax increase in Oregon history.

According to Elizabeth Remley, a contract lobbyist for OAN who works for Thorn Run Partners, a tax on gross business receipts rather than profits is unfair because goods and services would get taxed each time they change hands. For a nursery industry where products can change hands several times before they become saleable to the consumer, that's of major concern. What's more, the tax rate would not take margins into account and would be especially harmful to those selling low-margin items.

Remley said she believes the measure may only be out there as leverage for tax reform. The OAN Government Relations team will work hard to track this issue and ensure a positive outcome for the nursery industry and the business community.

Legislative Alert: Ask legislators to support changes to H-2B program

AmericanHort has issued a call to action, asking industry members to contact their legislators and voice their support of two bills that aim to improve the H-2B program. The "Strengthen Employment and Seasonal Opportunities Now (SEASON) Act" (HR3918) and "Save Our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act of 2015" (S2225) address key issues that employers continue to face with the H-2B program. Both bills would exempt returning workers from the 66,000 annual cap, streamline the H-2B process, provide for a fair wage formula, allow for the use of private wage surveys and address the problems stemming from the new H-2B regulations.

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Oregon Flora Project takes first comprehensive look at state's plants in a half century

While some plant species may have disappeared from Oregon over the last 50 years, other species have moved north, possibly reflecting the impacts of climate change.

These findings and others were compiled in a new book by the Oregon Flora Project. The book, "Flora of Oregon: Volume 1: Pteridophytes, Gymnosperms, and Monocots," is the first comprehensive assessment of the state's native and naturalized plants since 1961. It can be ordered for $75 online at The Oregon Flora Project was profiled in the August Farwest Edition of Digger magazine. Click here to view a PDF of the article.

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Welcome to OAN's new members

Three new companies joined the Oregon Association of Nurseries in October. To these new members, welcome!

Aasland Nursery and Consulting
Marc Aasland
Portland, OR
Sunset Chapter

Cider Babies
Phillip Haworth
Salem, OR
Willamette Chapter

Cheryl Daniels
Dublin, OH
Greenhouse Chapter


OAN Events

Celebrate the season of giving at Mt. Hood Chapter Christmas Dinner, Dec. 8

On Tuesday, December 8, the OAN Mt. Hood Chapter will hold its annual Christmas Dinner at Persimmon Country Club, 500 S.E. Butler Road, Gresham, Oregon. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner, a program and raffle. Cost is $20 per person; kids under 18 are free. All chapters are invited. Food, winter coats, blankets and toy donations will be accepted for the Boring Fire Department Snow Cap Program. Register online by Dec. 1 or contact Rhonda Boni-Burden at 360-693-5131 or

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Meet Santa Claus at the OAN Christmas Party, Dec. 9

Join the OAN Clackamas Chapter at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9 for an evening filled with holiday spirit and a visit from Santa Claus! The Willamette Valley Country Club (900 Country Club Place, Canby) will serve some of their delicious appetizers and a superb buffet. Santa Claus will have toys for the kids, and door prizes for the adults. The Canby High School Cantalinas will entertain everyone with their festive holiday carols.

Cost is $25 for adults; $15 for children age 7–12; free for kids age 6 or less. Register online and pay by credit card or mail this reply form with your check to: Clackamas Chapter OAN c/o Alex Cooper, Chapter President, P.O. Box 3, Canby, OR 97013.

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Protecting water quality the focus of 'Science to Policy' Summit on Nov. 19

Farmers, builders, nursery owners and others interested in clean water are invited to join together for a day of peer-to-peer workshops focusing on reducing toxics and health risks, improving farm yields, and protecting water quality. The "Science to Policy Summit" will take place from 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 19 at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. 6th St. Cost for all-day attendance is $45 and includes a buffet-style lunch; you can also register for just the morning or afternoon session for $12 each.

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Sign up now through December 3 for Winter Trucks to Trade Shows program

The 2016 winter trade shows are fast approaching! To help get you there, the Oregon Association of Nurseries is continuing its Trucks to Trade Shows program for members as an optional benefit.

Trucks to Trade Shows

OAN members can ship plant material to the key nursery events held in January and February across the country — MANTS, The Western, CENTS and others — at economical, less-than-load rates. This form has the per pallet prices for shipping to each of the seven shows the OAN will ship to. You must pay in advance and in full for the pallet(s) you wish to send. The deadline to sign up is December 3. Questions? Contact Mellissa Sumner at 503-582-2010 or

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Grow your business in 2016 with Digger advertising

Take advantage of discounted OAN member rates and achieve your sales and marketing goals with Digger advertising. OAN members can get 2016 Digger magazine ads at lower 2015 rates by reserving six or more ads before November 20. In addition, advertisers can receive the quantity discount of 4 percent off of a six-ad placement in Digger or 6 percent off of a 12-ad placement.

Early Bird Insertion Order
Insertion Order
OAN Media Kit

November 20 is the deadline to secure 2016 Digger advertising at the lower 2015 rates. To strategically deliver your message to valuable customers and take advantage of these special rates, contact Blair Thompson at 503-582-2012 or

Be seen in the 2016 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.

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 (

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 December 11.

The guide also offers exciting four-color advertising opportunities, separate from your free listing. Advertising space is limited, however, so contact Blair Thompson at 503-682-5089 or as soon as possible.

» Download the Response Form (PDF)
» Download the Advertising Details (PDF)
» Download the Insertion Order (PDF)

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Got snowpack?

Call for presentations on urban forestry

Reps threaten to remove green offsets from transportation bill

New House Speaker pledges no immigration reform while Obama is president

November Digger spotlights smaller trees

Tips for optimizing energy-efficient greenhouses

USDA grants fund growth of cider apple orchards and other specialty crops

Town hall meeting discusses pros, cons of raising Oregon's minimum wage

Two natural enemies of ash whitefly found in Oregon

Nursery tours provide policymakers a behind-the-scenes look at today's green industry

Employment law changes coming in 2016

Energy Incentives Program offers $1 million in tax credits

Get the most out of your membership with the OAN Member Resource Guide

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Ready to grow your business with OAN Publications and Events?

Our range of respected publications and engaging events provide valuable opportunities to strategically deliver your message and help achieve your sales and marketing goals. From print to digital to in person at the Farwest Show, we can help you find the best way to reach key nursery industry decision-makers through advertising and sponsorship. And as an OAN member you receive exclusive discounts and can save even more with our frequency discount for multiple ads. Download our 2016 Media Kit for all the details and contact Blair Thompson at 503-582-2012 or to discuss how OAN advertising and sponsorship can help your business grow.

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