Mt. Hood Chapter releases the Oregon Nursery Map app on iTunes
The Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN) Mt. Hood Chapter has introduced a new app for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) that will help nursery industry businesses connect with each other. An Android version will follow in January. Both versions are priced at $4.99.
The Oregon Nursery Map app is the new, digital counterpart to the OAN's printed Wholesale Nursery Map, which will also continue to be produced. Buyers, truckers and green industry professionals have long used the paper map to find wholesale nurseries in the Portland area, the Willamette Valley, and greater Oregon. With the rise of smartphones equipped with GPS technology, creating a digital solution made sense on many levels.
"It's more than a map," said Scott Ekstrom, who works at Ekstrom Nursery and is president of the Mt. Hood Chapter. "We believe it will be an on-the-road, time-saving device if you are a landscaper, plant buyer, or a grower reaching out to a network of suppliers and growers."
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Bee experts challenge controversial study on neonics
This week, the Huffington Post published an article taking an in-depth look at problems with the controversial Harvard study that linked neonicotinoids and colony collapse disorder.
This past spring, a researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health said, unequivocally, that neonicotinoid pesticides are to blame for worldwide bee deaths. The story exploded on the Internet, with many journalists painting a "beepocalypse" or "beemageddon" based on this research.
However, the majority of scientists who study bees for a living are skeptical of this conclusion. Dennis vanEngelsdorp, professor of entomology at the University of Maryland, called the Harvard researcher's work "an embarrassment", while Scott Black, executive director of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, characterized it as fatally flawed, both in its design and conclusions.
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OAN office will close for Christmas and New Year's Day
The OAN office in Wilsonville will be closed next Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 24 and 25, for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The office will reopen to serve you on Friday, Dec. 26. The office will close again on Wednesday, Dec. 31 and Thursday, Jan. 1 for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, and reopen to serve you on Friday, Jan. 2. On weekdays not mentioned, the office will be open as usual to serve the needs of members.
The Oregon Association of Nurseries staff and Board of Directors wish you a happy holiday season and a prosperous new year.
Willamette Chapter brings holiday cheer to local charities
OAN's Willamette Chapter made holiday donations to three non-profits serving Marion County. Through the generosity of its members, the chapter was able to gift $250 each to St. Luke Church in Woodburn, St. Joseph Shelter in Mt. Angel, and Marion-Polk Food Share in Salem. The donations were delivered on December 12 by Kyle Fessler and chapter president Val Tancredi.
Clackamas Chapter enjoys a visit from Santa
The OAN Clackamas Chapter held its annual holiday meeting and potluck on Dec. 9 at the Willamette Valley Country Club in Canby, Oregon. The proceedings included a visit from Santa Claus, who had a present for each of the 22 children in attendance. Chapter members gathered nonperishable food donations, which were then given to the local St. Vincent de Paul charity for the needy. A selection of photos from the event is posted on the OAN Facebook page.
Santa also sighted at Mt. Hood Chapter Christmas Dinner
Santa continued his busy holiday schedule with an appearance at the annual Mt. Hood Chapter Christmas Dinner, held this past Tuesday, Dec. 16 at the Persimmon Country Club in Gresham, Oregon. Chapter members contributed nonperishable food, winter coats, blankets and toy donations to the Boring Fire Department Snow Cap Program.
Christmas tree growers cut down on pesticides
A story recently published by Civil Eats website discusses two new Oregon programs that teach Christmas tree growers how to reduce chemical use.
The Clackamas Basin Pesticide Stewardship Partnership has focused on educating growers about how to reduce pesticide use, risk and runoff. Over the past year, integrated pest management experts at OSU have designed pesticide risk reduction trainings, including a beneficial insect workshop for Christmas tree farmers. (There will be another training this February.)
The other program is Socially and Environmentally Responsible Farm, a certification tool for sustainable Christmas tree farms. So far, the program — which certifies only Oregon and Washington farms — has certified four farms.
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USDA rolls out whole-farm revenue protection insurance
USDA's Risk Management Agency announced the release of the Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) program for the 2015 crop year. WFRP combines two plans of insurance in the Pacific Northwest: Adjusted Gross Revenue Pilot (AGR) and Adjusted Gross Revenue-Lite (AGR-Lite).
"WFRP combines the two programs and includes enhancements to coverage levels and whole farm subsidies, making this form of crop insurance more affordable to producers," said Ben Thiel, director of RMA's Spokane Regional Office.
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Women farmers on the rise, but likely underreported
The number of female-run farms has tripled since the 1970s, to nearly 14 percent in 2012, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That number may not be entirely accurate, however, because of the way USDA collects data. In the U.S., married couples run about a third of farms. But because of the way farm operations are structured, men show up in data more often.
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ODA surveys farmers on the needs of agriculture
The Oregon Department of Agriculture's Development & Marketing Team wants to hear from you! They are conducting a survey about the services they offer and whether they are meeting the needs of the agricultural industry. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete.
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Oregon Farm Bureau welcomes new officers
Congratulations to the following Oregon Farm Bureau officers who were elected at the 82nd OFB Annual Meeting, held this past Dec. 9–11 at the Salishan Resort in Gleneden Beach:
- Peggy Browne of Baker County Farm Bureau is the newly elected 1st VP;
- OAN member Angela Bailey of Verna Jean Nursery in Multnomah County was elected 2nd VP; and
- OAN member Barb Iverson of Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Clackamas County was reelected 3rd VP.
As a grassroots organization, the OFB is comprised of volunteer leaders — farmers and ranchers who strive to make a difference for Oregon agriculture.
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Register today for OAN Seminar Series at the Northwest Ag Show
Beneficial insects, sustainable irrigation strategies, rose rosette and other diseases affecting ornamentals, and the perils of global trade on U.S. forests will be the topics discussed during the OAN Seminar Series taking place at the Northwest Ag Show. Seminars will be held on January 28 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Portland Expo Center (2060 N. Marine Drive, Portland). Recertification credits will be available.
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Limited space left! Ship and save with OAN Winter Trucks to Trade Shows program
The OAN is coordinating trucks to ship plant material to some of the larger industry trade shows — CENTS, Idaho Hort Expo, Utah Green Expo and the NorCal Show.
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. The early-bird deadline has passed and all prices have increased to an additional $50 per pallet. Space is limited and all reservations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.
For more information, contact the OAN at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-682-5089 (800-342-6401 toll-free).
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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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OAN Seminars at NW Ag Show
♦ January 28, 2015 - Registration is now open for the Northwest Agricultural Show Seminar Series
♦ 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 email@example.com.
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