ODA announces new rules to protect pollinators
The Oregon Department of Agriculture plans to lift temporary restrictions on the use of the insecticide dinotefuran, effective Dec. 24, replacing them with new label restrictions. The decision was announced last Thursday at a House Interim Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources. At that meeting, OAN Past President Carson Lord, co-owner of Tree Frog Nursery, spoke to legislators on behalf of the horticulture industry.
"Neonicotinoid class insecticides are very effective when used properly," he said. "In most instances, they offer a safer alternative for the workers who apply them and the people who park their cars under the trees where they are applied." The label restriction will disallow use of dinotefuran and imidacloprid on trees in the Tilia genus, which includes linden and basswood trees.
The OAN considers this a positive compromise that protects the insects while still allowing safe and appropriate use of the chemicals in nursery and greenhouse production. For background information as well as specifics and resources, please read the complete story on the Daily Digger blog.
OAN office honors Thanksgiving holiday
As we celebrate the traditional Thanksgiving holiday, let all of us be thankful for the blessings of friendship, family, prosperity and good health. The OAN offices will be closed beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday and continuing all day Thursday and Friday, so that employees may spend the Thanksgiving holiday with their families. The OAN will be back, open and ready to serve you from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. weekdays, beginning Monday, Dec. 2.
Nursery stock shortages expected for spring 2014
According to a report published by Today's Garden Center, a few retailers are reporting troubles sourcing some nursery stock for spring 2014, and nurseries confirm they are expecting some stock shortages. "I believe that many of the growers have done what a lot of us have done and tightened up our inventories to keep our cash flow a little stronger," said Jim Schroer of Plant Place, a chain of seasonal garden centers in Minneapolis, Minn. "The cumulative effect is starting to show up in the supply chain and I think it will get worse as the season gets closer if the economic situation improves." Read the full story here.
Learn what's next for Oregon industries at Leadership Summit
The Oregon Leadership Summit will take place on Monday, Dec. 9 at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland, Ore. The event brings together industry leaders to discuss how they are seizing growth markets and what policies will help create more high-wage jobs in the state. For a complete agenda and to register, log on to www.oregonleadershipsummit.org.
Christmas tree slump subsides
According to a report published by Capital Press, Christmas tree growers say the industry is coming out of its multi-year slump. Problems with oversupply date back to the early-2000s when investors, many of whom were new to the industry, planted millions of trees to take advantage of what was then a strong Christmas tree market. Seven years later, when the trees reached market size, the market was flooded, and prices plummeted. Growers said prices are up only slightly from a year ago, but after the seven-year slide, even a slight uptick is encouraging. Click here to read the full story.
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. tomorrow, Nov. 26, at the Oregon Association of Nurseries, 29751 S.W. Town Center Loop West, Wilsonville. Click here for details and registration.
Suntory introduces Grower's Guide app
Suntory Flowers has introduced its Grower's Guide app. Designed for iPad tablets, the tool provides complete cultural information for the entire Suntory catalog of varieties. Growers can sort crops by temperature, light and fertility requirements; view crop times at a glance; and calculate how many plants per pot are recommended for 4-inch and 6-inch pots and hanging baskets, along with number of weeks to finish. The Grower's Guide app can be downloaded for free in Apple's iTunes store.
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!
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.
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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 2014 ad campaign today.
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.