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Mystery Tour is back, EPA finds imidacloprid harmful to honeybees, Pear trees remain under quarantine, more
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January 13, 2016    |     EVENTS    |     MEMBER BENEFITS     |     ADVERTISE

Oregon's statewide snowpack at 123 percent of normal

According to the first water supply outlook report for the year, released last week by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), all basins in Oregon are experiencing above-normal snowpack levels, already surpassing the peak levels of last year's snow season in all locations statewide.

Following a year of record-low snowpack, water shortages, fires and widespread drought across the state, there's cautious optimism that a successful start to 2016 will enable drought recovery.

"This is the scenario we had hoped for following last year's extreme drought conditions," Melissa Webb, NRCS snow survey hydrologist, said. "The fall and early winter precipitation have started to fill reservoirs across the state that were heavily depleted going into the fall. Also, the snowpack that we have right now in the mountains is more than we had at any time last year, which is very encouraging."

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EPA study finds imidacloprid harmful to honeybees

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week released the results of field trials that show imidacloprid, a commonly used neonicotinoid pesticide, can cause harm to honeybees. Declines in the number of bees and the honey they produced were seen when imidacloprid was at the "low level" of 25 parts per billion in the nectar and pollen of the plants, which worker bees carry back to their hive.

The study is the first of four assessments of different classes of neonicotinoids to be released by the EPA this year. The assessments will form the scientific basis for U.S. government policy as it considers whether to control the use of the pesticides.

Bayer, the German agrochemical company which manufactures imidacloprid, released a statement in response to EPA's findings: "We will review the EPA document, but at first glance it appears to overestimate the potential for harmful exposures in certain crops, such as citrus and cotton, while ignoring the important benefits these products provide and management practices to protect bees."

Imidacloprid was the first of the neonicotinoid chemicals to come on the market in the U.S. and has been in wide use since 1994 on crops from corn to vegetables. Three neonicotinoids, including imidacloprid, are currently banned in the European Union.

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Pear trees remain under quarantine due to Xylella fastidiosa

Officials with the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) continue to survey and test for the presence of Xylella fastidiosa, a bacterial plant pathogen, in pear trees. So far, about 40 percent of the samples gathered have been tested, according to the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

"The ODA lab is putting a lot of effort into processing the samples quickly, and we should know a lot more soon," said Gary McAninch, nursery and Christmas tree program manager with ODA.

The pathogen was first detected in Oregon on Oct. 30. As a result, Oregon lost its status as an X. fastidiosa Pest Free Area (PFA) as recognized by the European Union. This means host plants from Oregon are prohibited into EU countries until it is determined which counties in Oregon do not have the disease and the EU officially recognizes these counties as PFAs.

One of the conditions for establishing counties as PFAs is the adoption of quarantine for the disease. ODA Director Katy Coba did just that on Nov. 17. The quarantine is scheduled to remain in effect until June 15. While movement of pear trees from quarantined counties is prohibited to other Oregon counties, growers in quarantined counties are permitted to move pear trees to states and foreign countries that do not have regulations prohibiting pear.

ODA officials are expected to provide an update to OAN members at the next meeting of the OAN Government Relations Committee, to be held Tuesday, Feb. 9 at the State Capitol in Salem. The meeting is tentatively scheduled for noon–2 p.m. Save the date and watch your Member Update for further details.

The Mystery Tour returns February 12!

It's been several years since the last Mystery Tour, but the legendary event hosted by the Willamette Chapter is scheduled to make its highly anticipated return on Friday, Feb. 12.

Folks will congregate at 5 p.m. at Van's Nursery (3775 Brooklake Road NE, Salem) and board a charter bus, which will transport them to a top-secret location where fine food, drink and entertainment awaits. When pressed for more details about the evening, chapter representative Robert van Klaveren remained tight-lipped.

"All I can tell you is we're excited to bring back this special social gathering, and we hope to see a lot of people come out and have a great time," he said. Cost is $65 per person now through Jan. 28, and $75 thereafter. For more information, contact Robert at 503-463-4507 or

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Stone appointed to Oregon Freight Advisory Committee

Matthew Garrett, director of the Oregon Department of Transportation, has appointed OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone to the Oregon Freight Advisory Committee.

The committee makes informed recommendations to the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon Transportation Commission. Garrett stated in a letter of appointment that Stone will provide "an important perspective on freight transportation, trends and issues" due to his wide experience in economic development, agriculture and planning.

"The ability to move freight is of vital importance to Oregon's nursery industry," Stone said. "I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the discussion and serve as a voice for agriculture."

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Willamette Chapter makes holiday donations

This past holiday season, the Willamette Chapter donated $250 each to St. Luke's Catholic Church in Woodburn, St. Joseph's Shelter in Mt. Angel, and Marion-Polk Food Share in Salem.

"Each of these charities plays a vital role in supporting our chapter's migrant work force either in housing assistance and/or food donations," chapter representative Kyle Fessler of St. Christopher Nursery said. "We will be looking for additional charities in 2016 that play a role in assisting our labor force and industry."

Apply for USDA crop insurance by March 15

The deadline to apply for Whole-Farm Revenue Protection and insurance coverage on spring crops is March 15. Crop insurance provides protection against a loss in production due to natural perils, such as drought or excessive moisture.

Crop insurance is sold and delivered solely through private crop insurance agents. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers and online at the USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) Agent Locator. Producers can use the RMA Cost Estimator to get a premium amount estimate of their insurance needs online.

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Welcome to OAN's new members

Five new companies and individuals joined the Oregon Association of Nurseries in December. To these new members, welcome!

Chicagoland Grows Inc.
Jim Ault
Glencoe, IL
Chapter: At Large

Davy Crockett Tree Farms
Becky Crockett
Portland, OR
Chapters: Christmas Tree, Greenhouse

Yvonne Gifford
Burlington, WA
Chapter: At Large

Ken Wright Cellars
Amanda Paradis
Carlton, OR
Chapter: Willamette

Terri Powell Agency
Terri Powell
Beaverton, OR
Chapter: Greenhouse

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Free pesticide collection coming to Southwest Oregon

Attention: Growers in Southwest Oregon. The Medford Water Commission and the Pesticide Stewardship Partnership are sponsoring a FREE Pesticide Collection Event for agricultural, commercial and industrial users. Events will take place in Grants Pass on March 4 and in Medford on March 5.

Any farm or agricultural business that has old or unusable materials can take this opportunity to properly dispose of hazardous materials. Even if you don't know what the material is, it can still be brought in. Questions? Contact Amy Sager Patton at Patton Environmental LLC (541-690-9983) or Graham Gadzia at Clean Harbors (206-900-3930). Pre-registration is required by February 18.

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Register today for OAN Seminar Series at the Northwest Ag Show

Sign up for the OAN Seminar Series at the Northwest Ag Show and prepare to learn all about herbicide resistance, combination fungicides, bee-friendly noxious weed control, and what kind of weather to expect during this El Niño season. These topics will be discussed from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26 at the Portland Expo Center (2060 N. Marine Drive, Portland). Recertification credits will be available.

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Petitioners collecting signatures to put minimum wage increase on next ballot

Ballot measures may include gross receipts tax on business

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