Obama open to piecemeal immigration reform
President Barack Obama said Tuesday he would go along if Congress divides immigration reform into separate bills, as long as all the components of comprehensive reform are accomplished. The president's offer was made in an apparent attempt to move the stalled issue forward. Last June, the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive reform bill that included provisions for border security, an adequate labor supply, and a path to permanent status for those illegally in the country. However, the House has refused to take up the matter. Many observers feel that House leaders do not want to wind up in a conference committee with the Senate version.
The Oregon Association of Nurseries continues to support the Senate version, which offers a difficult, 13-year path to citizenship, but a path nonetheless. "The House majority only wants to pass the things they like about immigration reform," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "Enforcement alone will not fix our country's broken immigration system. That's why we need a comprehensive solution."
Farm Bill Conference Committee shows progress
On Oct. 30, a House-Senate conference committee held its first public hearing to resolve differences between the two versions of the next proposed U.S. Farm Bill. According to a recent report by the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA), the biggest obstacle to agreement is still the substantial difference between the House and Senate versions in proposed Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cuts. In addition, particular crop groups have expressed concern over changes to the crop insurance provisions. The good news is that there was substantial support, from both chambers and both parties, for expanded specialty crop program funding, which includes research that benefits the nursery industry. U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR, 5th congressional district) serves on the committee. Click here to read more.
Last chance to ask questions about the Affordable Care Act
If you find yourself confused or anxious about the Affordable Care Act, you're not alone. Many people have questions and concerns. That's why the OAN has been holding a series of educational forums featuring an expert panel. You can get answers, find assistance and improve your understanding of this new healthcare landscape. The panelists include Jeff Stone of OAN, Heidi Mason of the Jordan Ramis law firm, Randy Skinner of Leonard Adams Insurance, and Marisa O'Brien of Cover Oregon.
The last of these sessions (for now) will be held from 1–3 p.m. next Tuesday, Nov. 26, at the Oregon Association of Nurseries, 29751 S.W. Town Center Loop West, Wilsonville. Click here for details and registration.
Cover Oregon sponsors Application Fairs
Get help applying for no-cost or low-cost health insurance at the Cover Oregon Application Fairs taking place across the state this month. Cover Oregon staff and community partners will guide you through the application, and help you complete it. Sign up for a one-hour time slot at the fair nearest you:
- Noon–8 p.m., Nov. 20 — Medford (Ramada Medford Hotel & Conference Center, 2550 Biddle Rd.)
- Noon–8 p.m., Nov. 21 — Eugene (Lane Events Center, 796 W 13th Ave.)
- Noon–8 p.m., Nov. 22 — Bend (Riverhouse Hotel & Convention Center, 3075 N. Business 97)
- 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Nov. 23 — Portland (Doubletree Portland, 1000 NE Multnomah St.)
- 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Nov. 24 — Portland (Doubletree Portland, 1000 NE Multnomah St.)
- Noon–8 p.m., Nov. 25 — Salem (Oregon State Fair & Exposition Center, Cascade Hall, 2330 17th St. NE)
There is no cost to attend. Attendance is expected to be high, so there may be some waiting. Signing up for a time slot will help you avoid this. Plan to be at the fair for at least one hour. Childcare will not be available on site, but there will be children's activities to help entertain them. If you have questions about what information you need to apply, call 1-855-CoverOR (1-855-268-3767) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OAN chapters plan to celebrate the season
Several of the OAN chapters are planning holiday parties during the month of December. So far, we have received word of the following:
Costs vary. You can get details on all of these events online at the OAN Events Page. You can also register and pay online. If you know of a holiday chapter event not listed here, please contact the OAN at email@example.com.
Save on advertising in Digger magazine
Promote your business to 8,000 Digger subscribers and lock in the discounted OAN member advertising rates for 2014. 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. The deadline for the January issue of Digger is fast-approaching. Place your ad by Monday, Dec. 2, to take advantage of the 6 percent discount off your OAN member rate.
» Digger Insertion Order(PDF)
» OAN Media Kit
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 2014 ad campaign today.
Save the date: Northwest Environmental Conference & Tradeshow — Dec. 10–11
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 10–11, the annual Northwest Environmental Conference & Tradeshow will be held at the Red Lion Hotel on the River – Janzen Beach, 909 N. Hayden Island Dr., Portland, Ore. Learn about the best practices in environmental protection and compliance, resource and operational efficiencies, health and safety practices, sustainability programs, product standards, environmental economics and more. For details and registration, log on to www.nwec.org.
Registration open for 4H Farm, Food and Fitness Convention
The 4-H Farm, Food and Fitness Convention will host over 25 different workshops over two days, Friday–Saturday Jan. 17–18, 2014, in Portland. Workshops are designed to give high school youth, community volunteers, parents and teachers the tools and skills to help make our schools and communities stronger by designing, implementing and evaluating community-based projects around farms and gardens; food, nutrition and healthy eating; and physical activity and fitness. The convention will take place at the Alpenrose Dairyville (6149 SW Shattuck Rd., Portland, Ore.). For more information and to register, log on to http://extension.oregonstate.edu/4hwildlifestewards/FarmFoodandFitnessConference.htm.
Online Nursery Guide hands-on training
Would you like to maximize your online Nursery Guide presence so 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:
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!
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 goods 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 larger industry 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 email@example.com 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 package. 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: Move landscaping equipment safely
When there's a need to move a tractor, lawnmower or piece of landscaping equipment a long distance, the safest method is to haul it via trailer or flatbed truck. The following tips, offered in English(PDF) and Spanish(PDF), will help avoid accidents. These tips are courtesy of Ohio State University Extension Service, SAIF, and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee. These tips are courtesy of the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.