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Do you need new ideas to increase efficiency, sales and profitability? We know you do! With more than 400 exhibitors, Farwest is your ticket to the nursery and retail garden center industry. Whether you're a grower, retailer, wholesale buyer, supplier, or landscape professional, you'll find that Farwest offers you the complete trade show experience.

August 22 – 24, 2018
Wednesday: Noon–5pm
Thursday: 10am–5pm
Friday: 10am–2pm

Meet us out West to discover horticultural gold. » Register Today!

Limited Farwest booth spaces available

The 2018 Farwest Show is just around the corner. Have you secured your booth space yet? Our trade show floor has a limited number of booth spaces, and is the easiest way to expose your brand directly to buyers and decision makers looking to find products and services in the West. With 6,000 attendees ready to connect with you, Farwest is the perfect chance to grow your business.

Find exhibit booth details here. Contact Allan Niemi ( or 503-582-2005) to select and reserve your booth.

Oregon's nursery sales grow to new heights

The Oregon nursery industry climbed to its second-best sales year on record in 2017, according to newly released figures from the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

The state's wholesale and retail nurseries tallied an estimated $947.7 million in sales during the calendar year, which was more than enough to make nursery and greenhouse crops Oregon's top agricultural commodity, ahead of cattle and calves, which were in second place at $695 million.

"The wholesale nursery industry is a traded sector that serves markets in every time zone of the United States, as well as Canada and overseas, and brings significant dollars back to the Oregon economy," said Jeff Stone, executive director of the Oregon Association of Nurseries. "More than three-fourths of what we grow in Oregon is shipped over state lines, to destinations as far away as the East Coast."

It was the Oregon nursery industry's best sales year since 2007, when $1.039 billion worth of Oregon nursery and greenhouse products were sold, just prior to the Great Recession.

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Researchers document decline in bumble bee population in Pacific Northwest

A three-year research project focused on bumble bees aims to provide accurate data about pollinator population sizes, while nurturing an engaged community of volunteers interested in bee health. The Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas is made possible by Oregon State University, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation — a Portland-based nonprofit dedicated to protecting insects — who are all working together to track and conserve the bumble bees of Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon) discusses the project that asks volunteers to receive training before adopting a grid cell and uploading their data. » Read more

Bronze birch borers force Eugene to remove birch trees

KVAL (Eugene, Oregon) reports that the City of Eugene will be removing nearly 2,700 birch trees in public areas that have been infested by bronze birch borers. These trees are not native to Oregon, so they have had problems adapting to the local pests. Dry conditions and age have also made the trees susceptible to attack. » Read more

Severe drought reported across Oregon

U.S. Drought Monitor, focusing on broad-scale conditions, has reported that dry conditions have expanded across the Oregon Cascades into the Willamette Valley. Conditions are categorized as a severe drought. » Read more

Nancy Buley receives industry leadership award

Sygenta, in partnership with Greenhouse Management and Nursery Management, announced this July that Nancy Buley, communications director for J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. (JFS), is one of six individuals honored with a Horticultural Industries Leadership Award (HILA).

With her welcoming nature and strong networking skills, Nancy played a vital role in connecting landscape architects with the nursery production growers. Her ability to inspire people with the value of trees continues to benefit the entire green industry.

Greenhouse Management wrote a comprehensive piece about her personal and professional interests in working with trees, including her career at JFS and her own nursery, Treephoria. Read about her service to OAN, ASLA, ISA, Friends of Trees and other organizations, in addition to all the other positive impacts she has made throughout her career. » Read more

Subscribe to eDigger and become a nursery expert

The OAN is excited to announce the launch of eDigger, a new email edition of Digger magazine. It's a new way to read the Digger content you already enjoy, including original articles, columns from industry professionals and valuable tips for growing your business. Each monthly email will contain excerpts from that month's magazine, with links to the full articles. All OAN members will receive eDigger automatically by email. Other eligible green industry professionals may also sign up to receive the magazine by email, traditional print, or both by going to

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A great safety program is crucial to ensure your workplace is safe. OAN members have access to our online library of 150 safety and health related handouts and posters. Downloads include attitude and awareness, confined spaces, fire safety and emergency response, hazard communication, lifting and moving material, safety posters, and personal protection. Each document is offered in both English and Spanish. Visit the safety page to browse the safety handouts (Members only).

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