Lender forecasts improved growth for Oregon nurseries
Oregon's gross nursery sales look as though they will exceed $800 million in 2014, and the numbers could very well go even higher than that in 2015, Bob Boyle told OAN members at last Friday morning's Willamette Chapter meeting in Salem. "I think I'm as bullish now on the industry as I've been in a long time," he said.
Boyle serves as regional vice president of the commercial lending group at Northwest Farm Credit Services, and is based in Salem. If he is correct about 2014, it would be the highest gross nursery sales total for Oregon since the industry bottomed out at $641 million in sales in 2011. The all-time record is $988 million in 2007.
"I'm really optimistic about your industry today," he said. "I think we have some hurdles, but I'd rather be on this side of the curve than where we were three years ago."
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Obama announces executive actions on reform
After years of gridlock derailed attempts at comprehensive immigration reform, including a bipartisan bill that passed the U.S. Senate but was blocked in the House, President Obama last Thursday announced a series of executive actions that he said would make the system more compassionate as well as more effective.
These actions include a new program that would grant work permits, but not permanent status, to the undocumented parents of legal U.S. citizens. Upon passing background checks and paying fees, they would receive Social Security cards and their deportation would be deferred. An estimated 4 million people would be eligible, including 64,000 in Oregon.
As expected, the president also announced plans to step up border security, and increase deportations of criminals and those deemed to be national security threats.
OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone told the Statesman Journal newspaper (Salem, Oregon) that true comprehensive reform is needed to supply an adequate workforce. "(Obama's proposal) is not a replacement for resolving the immigration problem that is facing the country," he said. "It promotes everybody's narrative, positive and negative, but it doesn't solve the problem."
Comprehensive reform would include a true guest-worker program that provides a steady, reliable workforce and a new visa system to allow people who have been here for years to gain legal status in a manageable way, Stone told the newspaper.
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 noon 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. 1.
Four new states hop onboard the Plant Something campaign
Florida, California, Montana and Georgia have joined the Plant Something marketing campaign, bringing the total number of participating states to 18. The Arizona Nursery Association created the program, and in 2012, Oregon Association of Nurseries became one of the first state nursery associations to adopt it.
Plant Something was created with one purpose in mind — to inspire novice and experienced gardeners to make plants a bigger part of their lives. It's hoped this will boost plant sales in retail garden centers and for wholesale nurseries.
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Get in the ho-ho-holiday spirit with OAN chapter gatherings
All OAN members are invited to join in celebrating the season at these three upcoming holiday gatherings:
On Tuesday, December 9, the Clackamas Chapter will host its annual holiday meeting and potluck at the Willamette Valley Country Club, 900 Country Club Place, Canby. Carolers and a visit from Santa Claus make this event really fun, plus you can help those in need this season by bringing non-perishable food items to be donated to the local St. Vincent de Paul charity for the needy. For more information, contact Tom Brewer at 503-686-8448 or email@example.com. Register Online »
On Tuesday, December 9, the Retail and Greenhouse chapters will host their annual holiday meeting and potluck 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 items are encouraged for donation to the Oregon Food Bank. For more information, contact Crystal Cady at 541-207-2665 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Register Online »
On Tuesday, December 16, the annual Mt. Hood Chapter Christmas Dinner will be held at the Persimmon Country Club, 500 S.E. Butler Road, Gresham, Oregon. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner, a program and a raffle. Cost is $25 per person. Food and toy donations will be accepted for the Boring Fire Department and Snow Cap Program. Contact Rhonda Boni-Burden at 360-693-5131 or email@example.com to register.
Renew your OAN membership for 2015 — and save!
By renewing before December 31, you can skip the dues increase that's coming after the first of the year. Plus, OAN membership also comes with these benefits:
Renew online or call 503-682-5089 and pay with a credit card. We appreciate your continued support!
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Divining opportunities amid drought in the West
Three years of severe drought in California are causing the state's farmers and ranchers to make some tough business decisions, according to a recent
NPR report. Some have downsized their operations, while others have taken second jobs to supplement their farm income.
Some growers are thinking opportunistically, however, as they try out new varieties of experimental rye and wheat grasses, or incorporate smart technologies into their operations. For an industry that uses 80 percent of all the water in California, the hope is that making these changes will squeeze more out of less water, yet still turn a profit.
In Oregon, OAN recently brought together a distinguished panel of industry voices to discuss the future of water supplies. Read more about "Water in the West."
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.
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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.
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Clackamas Chapter Christmas Party
♦ December 9 - Join the Clackamas Chapter for an evening filled with holiday spirit and of course a visit from Santa Claus!
Greenhouse and Retail Chapters Holiday Gathering
♦ December 9 - RSVP for the Retail and Greenhouse Chapters Holiday Gathering
Mt. Hood Chapter Christmas Party
♦ December 16 - Save the date for the Mt. Hood Chapter Christmas Party
♦ July 21, 2015 - Save the date for the Mt. Hood Chapter Annual Pioneer Dinner
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 the OAN at 503-682-5089 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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