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OAN Member Update: January 7, 2015
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Volunteers help clean up after Peterkort Roses fire

A fire on Dec. 23 caused more than $100,000 in damage to a greenhouse at longtime OAN member business Peterkort Roses in Hillsboro. A work party was held on Saturday, Jan. 3, to help clean up the damage. More than 30 people, including some OAN members, volunteered.

"We are extremely thankful and heartened by the energetic folks who gave up their Saturday to help us," said Sandra (Peterkort) Laubenthal of Peterkort Roses. "We estimate that more than 6,000 damaged rose plants were lugged out by the volunteers -- a dirty and thorny job for sure!"

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Digger magazine launches revamped website

The New Year has brought a new design with better organized content for the online version of Digger magazine. Launched on Jan. 6, the new website features a responsive design that looks great on most popular computer platforms and smart devices.

Improved, easy-to-navigate content areas include Articles, Columns, Jobs, Subscribe and Advertise. In addition, all news items from the old site (previously known as "The Daily Digger") were carried over to the new Nursery News section.

Take a fresh look at Digger magazine today »

OAN Nursery Map app now available on Google Play

The OAN Nursery Map app, produced by the OAN Mt. Hood Chapter, is now available for Android devices on Google Play. The app was previously launched for Apple smart devices on iTunes back in December. Both versions cost $4.99.

Wholesale Map App

The map is designed to allow green industry businesses to connect with each other. It allows users to search for growers by name, get directions from their current location, and contact the grower by phone or email.

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'Nursery Country' issue of Digger features four Oregon growers

The just-published January issue of Digger magazine features profiles of four OAN member nursery operations:

These growers share their personal histories and show why Oregon truly is "Nursery Country."

Digger Magazine - January 2015

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

Save the date: Ag Summit 2015 — Wednesday, Jan. 21

This annual event — presented by Dunn Carney, a law firm specializing in agriculture, food and natural resources — will take place from 7:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at the Wilsonville Holiday Inn, 25425 S.W. 95th Ave., Wilsonville. Admission is free.

Scheduled to speak are Katy Coba, director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and high-profile Oregon Ag attorney Tim Bernasek. Bernasek represented the Oregon wheat farmer who discovered unreleased "Roundup Ready"-resistant GMO wheat growing in his fields, and also the Pan-American Berry Growers against the U.S. Department of Labor in last year's highly publicized "hot goods" matter. Other topics include farm labor, food safety, estate planning and conflict resolution. To register, log on to or call 503-242-9616.

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County in Washington state bans neonics on county property

This past December, Thurston County became the first county government in the state of Washington to ban the use of neonicotinoids on county property. County officials do not plan to ban the sale of neonicotinoids, which can be found in numerous lawn and gardening products.

"The goal of [the ban] is to send a big message to the public," Thurston County commissioner Sandra Romero said. "We want to be known as a pollinator-friendly community." Neonicotinoids have been blamed in the mass deaths of bees in Oregon and around the world, despite the fact that many bee experts think there is more likely a wide range of inter-related causes at blame for bee deaths. The cities of Seattle, Spokane, Olympia and Eugene, Oregon, also have adopted policies against neonics.

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OSU plant pathologist featured for her commitment to educating nursery workers

Luisa Santamaria, plant pathologist at Oregon State University's North Willamette Research and Extension Center, was recently featured by Capital Press. The article highlighted her work training Spanish-speaking nursery workers to identify and treat plant diseases or, better yet, prevent them in the first place.

Santamaria is part of a six-person OSU team that will work on Agrobacterium tumefaciens and Rhodococcus fascians, which inflict deformities on hundreds of common landscaping plants. The USDA gave OSU a $3 million grant to study these two bacteria groups that cause severe damage to Oregon's $745 million nursery industry.

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ODA accepting proposals for Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is now accepting concept proposals for project ideas as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crop Block Grant Program for 2015. Approximately $1.5 million is expected to be available to agriculture industry associations, producer groups, processors, commodity commissions, non-profits, for profits, and local government agencies in Oregon. Concept proposals must be submitted by noon on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

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40 Under 40 nominations due by Jan. 23

The deadline to nominate someone for the 40 Under 40 issue, published annually by Greenhouse Product News, is rapidly approaching. In the May 2015 issue, GPN will recognize 40 individuals in the horticulture industry who are setting the pace for the future.

Anyone in the horticulture industry under the age of 40 (as of Jan. 31, 2015) can be nominated for the Class of 2015. Individuals previously nominated, but who did not make the final 40, can be nominated again this year. The deadline for nominations is January 23, 2015. For more information contact Tim Hodson, GPN editorial director, at

In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Joel Neuschwander

The Oregon Association of Nurseries was saddened to learn of the passing of Joel (Arthur) Neuschwander on Friday, Dec. 26. He was the owner of Neuschwander's Nursery, a wholesale grower of B&B conifers and Japanese maples in Hubbard, Oregon. He was 77.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, January 16 at Zion Mennonite Church (6124 South Whiskey Hill Road, Hubbard). All OAN members are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oregon State Wrestling or Jubilee Food Pantry.

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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.

NW Ag Show Seminars

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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.

Trucks to Trade Shows

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.

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OAN Events

OAN Seminars at NW Ag Show
January 28, 2015 - Register today for the Northwest Agricultural Show Seminar Series

Pioneer Dinner
July 21, 2015 - Save the date for the Mt. Hood Chapter Annual Pioneer Dinner

In case you missed it

OAN reduces staff due to budget shortfall

Retiring OSU researchers honored

Nominations are open for the 2015 Young Grower Award

Bee experts challenge controversial study linking neonics and colony collapse disorder

Women farmers on the rise, but likely underreported

ODA seeks to double pesticide fines

Scholarship available for students pursuing green industry careers

OSU receives $3 million grant to study destructive pathogens

Lender forecasts improved growth for Oregon nurseries

Obama announces executive actions on reform

Task force recommends the return of pesticide reporting

Farwest signs customer service expert for keynote address

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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

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