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Transportation summit

External pressures cause concern


The specialized needs of the agricultural and food trucking industry were recognized in the first-ever National Summit on Ag and Food Truck Transport, held April 25-26 in Washington, D.C. Legislators and business leaders conveyed serious concerns about external pressures on this industry in the future.

With the expiration of the 2009 federal highway support and the generally disappointing resolution of the 2005 national transportation bill (SAFETEA-LU), major companies such as UPS and Wal-Mart rank infrastructure development and maintenance as one of their biggest concerns. Congestion is increasing in many areas, with three or four trucks providing the service that one truck previously supplied.

Standard rail usage has declined, increasing the number of trucks on the road. Two major ocean carriers have recently cancelled inland container moves, forcing transloading activities (transferring products from ocean containers to trucks) in discharge ports.

In Oregon, congestion is a key concern at local, regional and state levels. The Oregon Business Council and the Portland Business Alliance released a study in March on the cost of congestion to Oregon residents. The study concluded that failure to invest in transportation infrastructure could cost Oregon’s economy $1.6 billion annually and 16,000 jobs by 2025.
» Read the group’s executive summary (PDF)

Now is a very good time to make your voice heard on these issues. Transportation infrastructure is critical for the growth of the agricultural industries. For further information, call Suelynn Callahan at (503) 682-8938.

MAY 21, 2007

In this Issue:

Association News

Growing the industry

Meet the recipients of the 2007-08 Oregon Nurseries Foundation scholarships

Help Wanted

Spokane calling

Landscape instructor sought


ONPAC action

2007 Duffers Classic tees off June 20-21

News from CFP

Components of Wellness – Part Two

Good health is no accident


Workshop in Portland

Protecting non-traditional workers from environmental toxins


Enthusiasm wanted

Bus hosts needed to lead 2007 Farwest Show nursery tours

Staples Business Advantage program for OAN members


Growing the industry

Meet the recipients of the 2007-08 Oregon Nurseries Foundation scholarships

The Oregon Association of Nurseries, through the Oregon Nurseries Foundation, continues to support college students pursuing careers in horticulture by awarding merit-based scholarships. The 2007-08 awards totaled $14,550, with individual scholarships of $500 to $1,500 going to 11 students. Our congratulations to:



to the 2007-08
Oregon Nurseries Foundation
scholarship recipients!


  • Leigh Adamson, Portland, OR
    Joseph H. Klupenger Award — $550
    William G. Ward Award I — $1,000
  • Jason Ballard, Gaston, OR
    Mt. Hood Chapter Award II — $1000
    Hines’ Employee Memorial Award – $1000
  • Heather Bennett-Caluya, Port Orford, OR
    Bill Egan Memorial Award — $500
  • Parker Guy, Gaston, OR
    Willamette Chapter Award — $1,000
  • Benjamin Halpern, Eugene, OR
    Emerald Empire Chapter Award — $500
  • Lori Jacobson, Salem, OR
    Christmas Tree Chapter Award — $500
  • Curtis Odgers, Boring, OR
    Retail Chapter Award III — $1,000
  • Luke Peters, Aurora, OR
    Clackamas Chapter Award — $1,000
    Nursery Foundation Award — $1,000
  • Andrew Schaefer, Boring, OR
    Mt. Hood Chapter Award I — $1,000
  • Dylan Wells, Aurora, OR
    Hines Employee Memorial Award — $1,000
    Retail Chapter Award III — $1,000
  • Erika Wilmes
    Retail Chapter Award I — $1,000
    Clackamas Chapter Ed Wood Memorial Award — $1,500

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Spokane Calling

Landscape instructor sought

searchSpokane Community College is currently advertising for a landscape instructor. Applications will be accepted until this position is filled. However, the screening committee for this position will begin reviewing applications on June 1. Applications are encouraged prior to that time to ensure consideration. Please check the following link for details:

For further information, contact Bob Peregoy, instructor, by mail at Environmental Sciences Department, Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St. MS 2080, Spokane, WA 99217-5399; by phone at (509) 533-7258; by fax at (509) 533-7135; or by e-mail at

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Duffers ClassicONPAC action

2007 Duffers Classic tees off June 20-21

Duffers Classic Golf Tournament including the Nursery Nine, Wine & Dine Pre-Tourney Event is just a month away! Hosted at The Resort at the Mountain’s Three Nines Golf Course, Duffers is a golf tournament benefiting the Oregon Nurseries’ Political Action Committee. ONPAC is the political action arm of the Oregon nursery and greenhouse industry. It has the responsibility of raising and distributing funds to assist in the election and support of legislative candidates supportive of issues of importance to nursery/greenhouse industry members. The committee works closely with the OAN Government Relations Committee in reviewing the political and legislative issues. Early registration is $119 before June 10! Click here for more information and to register.

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News from CFP:
Components of Wellness – Part Two

Good health is no accident

In the previous article (April 20 Member Update), we examined the importance of physical activity and stress management as key lifestyle factors in the pursuit of wellness. In this article, we will discover the role that proper nutrition and tobacco cessation programs play in a healthy workforce.

fresh produce...yum!Proper nutrition does more than prevent obesity. Fruits and vegetables, an important element of a good nutrition program, offer even more health benefits than previously understood and may play a role in the prevention of heart disease, eye disease, and various cancers. However, of 10 lifestyle factors considered, obesity was by far the most costly accounting for 14 percent of lifestyle-related health costs for men and 25 percent for women. Emphasis and education on a sound nutrition program will greatly enhance a person’s health.

smokingTobacco use is costly to employers both in terms of smoking-related medical expenses and lost productivity. Smoking causes heart disease, stroke, multiple cancers, respiratory diseases, and other costly illnesses. Secondhand smoke causes lung disease and lung cancer. Paying for tobacco use cessation treatments is the single most cost-effective health insurance benefit for adults that can be provided to employees.

The question then becomes, how do employers influence the lifestyle factors of their employees? In the final article of our “Wellness Series,” we will look at ways in which your company can implement an effective wellness program.

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Workshop in Portland

Protecting non-traditional workers from environmental toxins

Safety Workshop

"Safety at Work in Informal and Non-Traditional Settings: Protecting Vulnerable Workers"
Friday, June 8
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

NECA/IBEW Electrical Training Center
16021 N.E. Airport Way
» Map/directions

Fee: $75; $25 for companies with fewer than 25 employees
» Register online

More information:
Dede Montgomery, OHSU

Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology (CROET) presents a workshop on "Safety at Work in Informal and Non-Traditional Settings: Protecting Vulnerable Workers" in Portland from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, June 8. Class will be held at the NECA/IBEW Electrical Training Center, 16021 N.E. Airport Way.

This workshop targets the challenges of protecting safety and health of day laborers, staffing agency employees, contract workers and agricultural employees, and provides opportunities for participants to share solutions and resources and to create support networks.

The workshop fee is $75, but there is a reduced registration of $25 for companies with fewer than 25 employees. A downloadable workshop brochure, information and online registration are available at

For more information, contact Dede Montgomery, MS, CIH, occupational safety & health specialist at OHSU, by calling (503) 494-4090.

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Farwest bus tourEnthusiasm wanted

Bus hosts needed to lead 2007 Farwest Show nursery tours

Five Farwest Show nursery tours will be leaving the Oregon Convention Center Tuesday, Aug. 21, and Wednesday, Aug. 22. We need 10 bus hosts to help with the tours. Tours leave the Oregon Convention Center at 8 a.m. and most will return by 6 p.m. If you enjoy talking with people and have some knowledge of the nursery industry, please contact Ann Murphy at or (503) 682-5089.

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Upcoming chapter events:

Central Oregon Chapter

Christmas Tree Chapter

Clackamas Chapter

Emerald Empire Chapter

Greenhouse Chapter

Mt. Hood Chapter

Retail Chapter
Eamonn Hughes - water gardening
ProGrass experts - garden lighting
Neil Bell - field trials

Sunset Chapter
New Ideas Tour

Willamette Chapter
July: Summer picnic

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