Obama primetime address to announce next steps on immigration
President Obama plans to announce his next steps on the issue of immigration reform in a live television address tomorrow. The broadcast will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday night, White House officials announced.
"Everybody agrees that our immigration system is broken," the president said in a video released today. "Unfortunately, Washington has allowed the problem to fester for too long. What I'm going to be laying out is the things that I can do, with my lawful authority as president, to make the system work better — even as I continue to work with Congress and encourage them to get a bipartisan, comprehensive bill that can solve the entire problem."
Reports have suggested the president will direct that enforcement efforts be emphasized against recent illegal immigrants, those with criminal records, and those deemed national security threats. He is expected to permit those who have children with legal status to remain in the country, thus lessening the threat of deportation against some 5 million people. Presidents Reagan and Bush Sr. each previously took similar actions, without the involvement of Congress, to keep families from splitting up.
After several years of oversupply and brutal competition, things are looking better for Oregon's Christmas tree industry. According to a
report in the Salem Statesman Journal, several growers are reporting stronger sales and even shortages.
Oregon remains the top-growing Christmas tree state in the nation, and it's estimated that 90 percent of the trees leave Oregon's borders.
Task force recommends the return of pesticide reporting
The Oregon Pollinator Health Task Force has finished its work, according to a report in the Portland Tribune.
The task force recommended reinstating the statewide pesticide use reporting system, which was discontinued in 2009 due to a lack of funding. It also recommended that the state fund a "state of the art" center for research into bee diseases, and implement improved information and training for pesticide users, along with a pollinator protection plan.
OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone was the nursery industry representative on the task force. The panel was appointed by the Oregon Legislature in lieu of a then-proposed ban on the use of neonicotinoids. The misuse of these pesticides was blamed for several highly publicized bee kill incidents. It will be up to the 2015 Legislature to take up the task force recommendations.
New date and location set for Willamette Chapter meeting — Nov. 21 in Salem
All members are invited to join OAN's Willamette Chapter for an informative meeting on Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This is the rescheduled date for the Nov. 13 meeting that was cancelled due to the possibility of inclement winter weather.
Also note the new location: Originally to be held in Woodburn, the meeting will now take place at the Days Inn Black Bear, 1600 Motor Court NE, Salem.
Distinguished voices from across the industry will address the topic "Forecast the Future," covering economic, political and weather updates. Scheduled to speak are Bob Boyle of Northwest Farm Credit Services, Phil Volker of EFB Services, Joel Keebler of Chemeketa Community College Horticulture Program, OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone and State Rep. John Davis (R-Wilsonville).
The cost is $25 per person and includes lunch, plus a chance to win a $250 gift card at Best Buy. For more information, contact Victoria at 503-836-2270 or Victoria.email@example.com.
Washington grower resolves to stop using neonicotinoids
As of January 2015, neonicotinoid pesticides will no longer be used at
Skagit Gardens, the wholesale grower of annuals and perennials that is based in Mt. Vernon, Washington.
According to a press release, the company decided to eliminate the pesticides, due to "serious concern worldwide" about their impact. "As a result, we at Skagit Gardens have reviewed our plant health methodologies and have revised our programs to make sure nothing we do presents undue risk to the environment, at our sites, or in those communities we provide product to."
Holiday gathering set for Dec. 9
The Retail and Greenhouse chapters will host their annual holiday meeting and potluck on Tuesday, December 9 at Cornell Farm Nursery, 8212 S.W. Barnes Road, Portland. Self-guided tours will begin at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and social festivities. Cost is $5 per person; non-perishable food donations are encouraged for donation to the Oregon Food Bank. To RSVP, contact Crystal Cady at 541-207-2665 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A majority of consumers (58 percent) plan to grow edible plants next year, according to a report recently published by the Garden Writers Association Foundation (GWAF). The organization's 2014 October Gardening Trends Research Report goes on to state that, of those not planning to grow edible plants in 2015, over one-third (37 percent) said it is because they simply do not garden.
While the edible gardening trend remains strong, these survey results show that there is still much room for growth. To help convert non-growers into gardeners, OAN members can use the resources provided by the
Plant Something campaign to promote the health and lifestyle benefits of gardening.
Survey shows 17-percent drop in irrigated acres in Oregon over past two decades
Last week, the 2013 Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey was released by the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Since the previous survey in 2007, Oregon has dropped two places to 11th overall among irrigated states, with 1,629,735 irrigated acres. In 1997, that number was 1,963,478 — a difference of 17 percent.
In 2013, the top five irrigated states were:
Nebraska — 8,297,560 irrigated acres
California — 7,549,161 irrigated acres
Arkansas — 4,950,053 irrigated acres
Texas — 4,491,987 irrigated acres
Idaho — 3,511,839 irrigated acres
Washington ranked 10th with 1,633,571 irrigated acres.
The data are used to compare water use by application method, develop improved technologies, develop federal programs, appraise water use trends, assess impact of congressional legislation, and evaluate the impact of irrigated crops by state.
Monrovia announced some of its new and improved plants for 2015. Among the offerings are a compact reblooming weigela, a true dwarf jacaranda, two different arborvitae and more.
"Many people are seeking dwarf and compact varieties of their favorite plants, so they can grow them in a smaller garden or container," said Nicholas Staddon, Monrovia spokesman. "Low-maintenance is in big demand, so those plants that don't require much pruning or dead-heading are hugely popular."
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.
Place your ads by this Thursday to lock in the 2014 Digger advertising rates
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.
Place your ads by Thursday, Nov. 20 to lock in the 2014 Digger advertising 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 email@example.com to kick-start your 2015 ad campaign today.
Ship and SAVE with OAN Trucks to Trade Shows program
The OAN is coordinating trucks to ship plant material to some of the larger industry trade shows — MANTS, The Western, CENTS, and others — taking place this winter.
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 Dec. 1, to receive preferred pricing. The prices will go up by $50 per pallet after Dec. 1.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.