Garden centers to get a cut of Monrovia web sales
Monrovia Nursery Co. is launching a new consumer e-commerce website next month, but it has a unique twist. Consumers will be able to buy plants directly from the company, but Monrovia won't ship the purchased plants directly to customers. Instead, the nursery will deliver the plants to participating independent garden centers for customer pickup. The garden center will get a cut of the sale that is in line with a typical retail transaction.
» Original story: Garden Center Magazine
Rhody growers to discuss azalea lace bug threat this Friday
The azalea lace bug will be the exclusive focus of a rhododendron growers' meeting this Friday, Dec. 6. It will be hosted by Clackamas Community College (19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City, Ore.). Growers, researchers, landscapers, master gardeners and others concerned with this insect are invited to attend. Check-in begins at 8:15 a.m.; the meeting will run from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Cost is $25 and includes lunch. For more information, contact Bruce Nelson at 503-594-3296.
» Get more information
» Download the registration form(PDF)
Homebuilders log 25 percent sales jump
New home sales surged by more than 25 percent in October, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The figures also represent a 21 percent increase over October 2012. These are encouraging signs, particularly for growers who rely on new home development. Sales had slumped over the summer, largely because of higher interest rates and inventory shortages. Although October's percentage jump was the biggest since 1980, it doesn't mean boom times have returned. Overall home sales are still well below historic norms.
» National Association of Homebuilders: "We expect sales to continue to rise"
Strong majority supports path to citizenship
According to a new report published last week by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute, 63 percent of Americans — crossing party and religious lines — favor legislation to create a pathway to citizenship for immigrants living in the United States illegally. Another 14 percent support legal residency with no option for citizenship, an approach currently favored by Republican leaders in the House. That adds up to 77 percent in support of legal presence.
» News story in the New York Times
Bioplastic pot fertilizes plants as it degrades
New research coming out of Iowa State University indicates that plants grown in certain bioplastic pots, which are made of 50 percent soy polymer and 50 percent polylactide, need less fertilizer nutrients than plants in petroleum-based pots. As the bioplastic pot degrades, it releases nutrients into the growing media, fertilizing the plants. Researchers have also found it can reduce root circling.
» Learn more about this research
Administration creates 'drought resilience' partnership
The Obama Administration announced an interagency National Drought Resilience Partnership to help communities better prepare for future droughts. The partnership will make it easier to access federal drought resources and will help link information such as monitoring, forecasts, outlooks and early warnings with long-term drought-resilience strategies. About two-thirds of the continental United States was affected by drought in 2012, impacting water supply, tourism, transportation and near-shore fisheries, with an estimated $30 billion in losses to the agriculture industry and an additional $1 billion in losses from wildfires.
» For more information, visit www.drought.gov/drought/content/ndrp.
Applications being accepted for Conservation Stewardship Program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is opening the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for new enrollments for federal fiscal year 2014. The CSP supports land managers as they work to improve both their agricultural production and provide valuable conservation benefits such as cleaner and more abundant water, healthier soils and better wildlife habitat. Producers interested in participating in the program can submit applications to their local NRCS service center through Jan. 17, 2014.
OAN chapters plan to celebrate the season
Several OAN chapters are planning holiday parties during the month of December. Visit the OAN Events Page for details and online registration.
Unfortunately due to low numbers, both the Mt. Hood Chapter and the Retail /Greenhouse Chapters have cancelled their Christmas dinners.
Last chance to attend Online Nursery Guide hands-on training — Dec. 18
For the past month OAN has presented a series of free, hands-on training sessions. The final session will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Woodburn Nursery & Azalea (13009 McKee School Rd. NE, Woodburn).
Learn how 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, and more. The session will start at 9 a.m. and is 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; advance registration is advised.
» Register 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 fax/email it back to the OAN office. For details, contact Jamie Fletcher, OAN membership and events coordinator, at email@example.com or 503-682-5089 (800-342-6401 toll-free).
» Download the registration form(PDF)
Be seen in the Nursery Country issue of Digger
We're very excited about the annual Nursery Country (formerly State of Perfection) issue of Digger magazine, coming in January. It will feature five top-notch Oregon growers, and be distributed to 8,000 subscribers as well as MANTS attendees. Now's your chance to advertise and be seen with Oregon's best. Reserve your space today!
Keep your business where it belongs – top of mind, and in front of potential customers. 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.