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September 4, 2013     |     EVENTS     |     SAFETY TIP    |     ADVERTISE

Save the date: OAN One-Day Convention coming on Nov. 8

OAN invites all members to gather at the 2013 OAN One-Day Convention on Friday, Nov. 8 at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Ore. We look forward to seeing you there! The day's schedule is as follows:

  • Annual Membership Business Meeting and Officer Installation — 2–4:30 p.m., Free
  • President's Awards Banquet — 6–9 p.m., $65 per person, registration to open soon
  • No-host cocktail reception — 9 p.m.–midnight, Fireside Lounge

Save the date and watch for registration to open soon. In the meantime, you can nominate those individuals and/or companies you think deserve recognition for elevating the nursery industry. Click here to download the Member Awards nomination form (Word | PDF).

Also, you can make your reservations to stay over at the Oregon Garden Resort by calling 503-874-2500. OAN members receive a discounted room rate of $69 plus tax, which includes garden admission and breakfast for two. To get the discount, be sure to mention that you are an OAN member. The room block is limited and will expire on October 8, so hurry!

A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are still available. If you are interested in sponsoring the OAN Convention, please contact Bill Bosch at Sponsorships include a free stay at the Oregon Garden Resort.

September Digger arrives in mailboxes

The September issue of Digger has been mailed to subscribers, and the cover story this month is on plants that thrive in wet sites (PDF). Due to the prevalence of bioswales and other urban water features, many nurseries — native plant growers in particular — have been trying hard to keep up with demand.

Other articles in this issue include:

You can also read this month's flipbook edition of Digger (Flash required; fast connection recommended). Please send your comments on the issue to editor Curt Kipp at

Two Farwest Trade Show exhibitors win free Southwest Airlines travel vouchers

Two OAN member companies have each won a $400 voucher on Southwest Airlines for their efforts in boosting attendance at the recent Farwest Trade Show, which saw a 15 percent bump in attendance over last year.

Youngblood Nursery won the first voucher by having the most complimentary tickets redeemed, with 20. Don Marjama Nursery Inc. won the second voucher by having the highest percentage of their tickets redeemed with 62 percent. Only redemptions from outside the company counted in these totals. The vouchers were provided courtesy of show exhibitor Southwest Airlines Cargo.

Two other voucher winners were announced earlier. Susan Wood of Woodlot Nursery in Woodburn, Ore. won the random exhibitor drawing at the chairman's reception on Saturday morning, Aug. 24, and Jim Fischer of Fischell Machinery in Clayton, Mich. won the random attendee drawing after the show concluded.

There is still an opportunity for Farwest Trade Show exhibitors to win the fifth and final $400 Southwest Airlines voucher. Simply return your contract for the 2014 Farwest Trade Show along with your 50 percent deposit or full payment by September 30, and you will be entered in a drawing to win.

Weekly Oktoberpest workshops set to begin on Oct. 8

Oregon State University and the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC) will present OktoberPest, a series of pest management workshops, on Thursdays beginning Oct. 3. All sessions will be held at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (15210 NE Miley Road, Aurora, Ore.). Organizers have applied to make pesticide license recertification credits available. Stay tuned for further details on the workshops, which will be posted at Pacific Northwest Nursery IPM page.

Get the facts on neonicotinoid insecticides

The American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), OFA–The Association of Horticulture Professionals, and the Society of American Florists (SAF) have collaborated on a letter (PDF) and a "frequently asked questions" (FAQs) document (PDF) to help separate the facts from fiction about the use of neonicotinoid insecticides. These documents can help growers, landscapers and retailers explain to their customers why these chemicals are an important part of a pest management strategy.

ANLA, OFA mail merger ballots

Members of the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) and OFA–The Association of Horticulture Professionals have begun voting on the proposed merger between the two organizations. Mail-in ballots are due Sept. 27, but those eligible can also vote in person, if they prefer, on Sept. 28 at the OFA office in Columbus, Ohio. The two organizations have put up a website at urging members to vote yes.

Webinars to address irrigation pathogens and water quality

A series of monthly webinars organized by USDA is scheduled to start on Oct. 8 and continue throughout 2014. The series will focus on irrigation pathogens and recycled water quality as these issues relate to crop health, agricultural water security and environmental footprint. There's no cost to participate. Click here for more information. The webinars are presented by USDA, Virginia Tech, Penn State, the University of Maryland, Rutgers University, Christopher Newport University and the University of California at Riverside.

Welcome to new members of OAN

Fourteen new companies and individuals joined the Oregon Association of Nurseries in July and August. To these new members, welcome!

1 Perennials Plus LLC
Russell Brown
Caldwell, Idaho

Biochar Supreme / Pure Peonies
Renel Anderson
Everson, WA

Discount Nursery Supplies
Robert Chiechi
Salem, OR

Gent Farms
Dianna Gent
Canby, OR
Clackamas Chapter

Gwyn Warner
Portland, OR
Willamette Chapter

NorthEnd Shipping Components LLC
Michael Dixon
Salem, OR
Willamette Chapter

Northwest Gridworks LLC
Lori Branson
Portland, OR
Retail Chapter

Courtney Smith
Phoenix, AZ

Only the Best Truck Broker
Bruce Brendle
Eugene, OR 97405

Oregon Vineyard Supply - OVS
Ken Wessels
McMinnville, OR
Sunset Chapter

Pacific Tractor & Implement
James Ford & Don Tousley
Hillsboro, OR
Sunset Chapter

Santiam Organics LLC
Matt Linderman
Albany, OR
Retail Chapter

Sunbridge Solar
Sean Patrick/Jordan Wiesman
Portland, OR
Clackamas Chapter

Valley Pacific Floral Inc.
Cindy Wurdinger-Kelly
Woodburn, OR
Retail Chapter

Membership includes opportunities to market your business and save money. Our member savings calculator helps you quantify your membership return on investment. For more information, contact membership and events coordinator Jamie Fletcher at 503-582-2010.

OAN Safety Tip: Develop an emergency plan

Farm managers and employees can develop a deep knowledge of the hazards that exist on their property. In fact, most do. But the area where many fall down is crisis intervention. Do you know what you would do if a medical or other emergency happened on your farm? You should, because seconds count. Here are some tips to help you plan your response in the event of an emergency situation: [English | Spanish]

OAN Events

Retail and Greenhouse Chapters
 ♦ September 26 - Retail and Greenhouse Chapters meeting at Farmington Gardens

OAN One-Day Convention
 ♦ November 8 - Save the Date for the One-Day Convention of the Membership and President's Awards Banquet at the Oregon Garden

In case you missed it...

September proclaimed "Fall is for Planting Month"

New report gives insight on next year's garden trends

Dennis' 7 Dees produces golf tournament to benefit homeless

Get the facts on immigrants and the agricultural sector

Chemeketa offers pesticide courses

Register now for Arboriculture Short Course

Don't forget to claim your Energy Trust rebate

Recruit a new member and earn OAN Bucks

Leonard Adams now offers OAN-endorsed property and casualty insurance

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OAN reminds members: If you're not seen, you don't exist

Are you looking to stay visible and gain new customers? OAN events, publications and websites offer fantastic exposure at an excellent price. OAN members save the most, with discounted ad and sponsorship rates. Buy into multiple publications, or multiple issues of Digger, and save even more. Want the details? Download our 2013 Exposure Kit at To lock in your ads for 2013, contact advertising and sponsorship account manager Chris Sweet at 503-582-2012 or



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