OAN reduces staff due to budget shortfall
In mid-November, the Oregon Association of Nurseries was faced with the difficult decision to lay off three members of its professional staff. In 2014, the association made substantial progress in improving its programs, events and other offerings to members, but still encountered a significant budget shortfall that both the board and the management deemed unsustainable.
"The decision to lay off members of staff was not made lightly, but it was necessary to balance the budget for 2015," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "We are dedicated to retaining the programs and services that are essential to our members, but we cannot do that without protecting the long-term financial health of the association."
The staff reduction meant saying farewell to marketing director Ann Murphy, advertising and sponsorship account manager Chris Sweet, and office coordinator Ashley Wilsey.
"We are very sorry to see these valued employees go, and we wish all of them the best of luck in future employment," Stone said. "The association and its remaining staff of nine employees are grateful for the continuing opportunity to serve members. We remain optimistic about the long-term future of the Oregon nursery industry and the association."
As a result of the staff reduction, some duties have been reassigned. Inquiries regarding print and online advertising should be directed to Curt Kipp, senior manager of publications, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsorship-related inquiries should be directed to Allan Niemi, director of events and education, at email@example.com. Questions or concerns regarding the staff reduction may be directed to Jeff Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Energy Trust of Oregon rebate applications for 2014 purchases due Dec. 31
The Energy Trust of Oregon reminds growers that rebate applications for qualifying energy efficiency improvements purchased in the last six months of 2014 are due Dec. 31, 2014. To qualify, growers must heat their greenhouses with NW Natural or Cascade Natural Gas. There are five different measures that qualify for the rebates. The same incentives will be available in 2015, but 2014 purchases must be rebated in 2014.
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Sen. Wyden to hold series of seven town halls
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden kicks off his 20th year of holding town halls in all 36 Oregon counties with seven stops scheduled over four days — Friday–Monday, Jan. 3–5. Wyden will be answering questions and listening to concerns of the state's residents at events in Deschutes, Clackamas, Multnomah, Marion, Washington, Benton and Lane counties. Attendance is free with a valid I.D.
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Retiring OSU crop and soil researchers honored
Oregon State University announced the retirement of seven long-time Department of Crop and Soil Science staff members — Bill Young, Glenn Fisher and John Hart of the OSU Extension, as well as Department of Soil Science personnel Ann Corey, John Baham, Barbara Reed and former department head Russ Karow. All are retiring from the university in the coming weeks or have recently retired.
Fisher, Hart, Karow and Young were well known among Oregon farmers, who utilized their research to improve crop management practices.
New Crop and Soil Science Department head Jay Noller said research conducted by Fisher, an entomologist, was vital in helping farmers battle slugs and insect pests that increased after field burning was phased out in the Willamette Valley.
A retirement celebration was held on Dec. 12 that drew researchers, crop consultants, farmers and university administrators, according to a report published by Capital Press.
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GMO-labeling measure officially defeated
Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown has certified recount results that show the defeat of the Oregon ballot measure that would have required labels on genetically modified foods. The Dec. 16 certification makes the results of the recount official.
In the final tally, Measure 92 was defeated by 837 votes out of more than 1.5 million cast — a margin of less than 0.06 percent. Oregon becomes the fourth state in the West to reject a labeling requirement for GMOs, following Colorado, California and Washington. The Oregon Nurseries' Political Action Committee endorsed a no vote on the measure.
A call for the next generation of horticulturists
Washington Post garden columnist Adrian Higgins recently wrote an editorial, "Why we need horticulturists," that challenges young people to consider careers in horticulture.
"I believe this is an incredibly exciting time to get into horticulture for a number of reasons," Higgins said, citing the rise of the local food movement and the growing need for plants to restore native habitats. Higgins stresses the physical demands and limited lucrative potential of professional gardening, but balances these realities by highlighting the inspirational, creative possibilities of working with nature.
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Nominations are open for the 2015 Young Grower Award
GrowerTalks magazine has posted the online nomination form for its 2015 Young Grower Award, which will be presented at Cultivate'15 in July. Nominees should be under 35 years of age and show passion, creativity, leadership and a desire to excel in the greenhouse industry. The winner will be the subject of a cover story in the September issue of GrowerTalks. Nominations are due by March 1, 2015.
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Russian nursery delegation visits Oregon operations
This past November, the Russian Nursery Association took a tour of several Oregon operations to gather new growing ideas with the hope of implementing and increasing their processes and current production levels. According to one delegate, the growing season in Russia is as much as four months shorter than the Pacific Northwest.
Stops on the tour included McFarlane's Bark composting facility, Buchholz & Buchholz Nursery, Monrovia and J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. The visitors received a gift pack including an Oregon Association of Nurseries Retail Nurseries Guide & Map and information on the 2015 Farwest Show, among other items.
OAN office will close for Christmas and New Year's Day
The OAN office in Wilsonville will close at noon, Tuesday, Dec. 23, and remain closed 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.
Last week to 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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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 email@example.com or 503-682-5089 (800-342-6401 toll-free).
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Register today for OAN seminars 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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ODA surveys farmers on the needs of agriculture
The Oregon Department of Agriculture's Development and 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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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