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Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
January 28, 2015    |     MEMBER BENEFITS     |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Ag Summit provides overview of Oregon's upcoming legislative session

Ag Summit 2015 — presented by Dunn Carney, a law firm specializing in agriculture, food and natural resources — took place this past Wednesday, Jan. 21, in Wilsonville. OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone attended and shared the following notes on the proceedings.

Featured speaker Katy Coba, director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, reported that the agricultural economy has improved dramatically over the past few years. Farm gate value is now estimated to be more than $5 billion and growing. The top two segments of ag — cattle and nursery — are especially strong (cattle prices are high right now). She expects to see bills on forestry, pesticide applications, and GMOs. The two biggest challenges, according to Coba, are managing coexistence between farms and communities, and keeping the ag industry together on big issues.

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OAN has new toll free phone number

The Oregon Association of Nurseries recently changed phone providers and as a result has a new toll free telephone number. The new number is 1-888-283-7219. Members are asked to please update their records, contacts and files. The OAN office can also still be reached on its regular phone number, 503-682-5089.

OSU reports 2014 second-hottest recorded year in Oregon history

The year 2014 was the hottest on Earth in 134 years of record-keeping. In Oregon, it was the second hottest year since records were kept beginning in 1895, according to researchers with the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University.

"We had a warm summer, and now a warm winter," said Kathie Dello, deputy director of the center. "We are looking at our future right now — warm winters and low snowpacks."

The average statewide temperature in Oregon in 2014 was 49.5 degrees, which is 3.0 degrees above the average for the 20th century. The only hotter year on record was 1934 — when the United States suffered through the Dust Bowl. The average temperature in Oregon that year was 49.9.

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Red palm weevil eradicated from California

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) declared the eradication of red palm weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) from the Laguna Beach area of Orange County, California. The pest was first discovered in August 2010.

Red palm weevil is one of three giant palm weevils that are native to Southeast Asia and known to occur in Africa, Europe, North America and the Caribbean. Giant palm weevils are a major economic pest of palms, including coconut, date, oil, and sago palms, though their host range can also include Arecaceae, Poeceae, and Agavaceae.

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Energy Trust posts updated rebate forms for 2015

Energy Trust of Oregon, the independent nonprofit organization that helps utility customers save energy and money, periodically reviews the rebates offered and makes adjustments. This year, no changes were made to the greenhouse natural gas heating rebate offer (PDF), but a few of the irrigation rebate offerings were changed. Gone are the 75 cent wheel line leveler incentive and the $175 nase boot gasket on center pivot systems incentive; neither was used very often.

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Important tax deadlines cometh on Feb. 2

A number of tax deadlines for companies and individuals are fast approaching. On the immediate horizon, Feb. 2 is the deadline for employers to mail out Form W-2 to employees and for businesses to furnish Form 1099 statements reporting, among other things, non-employee compensation, bank interest, dividends, and distributions from a retirement plan. For more details, see "How to Prepare and Distribute Form 1099-MISC" and "General Instructions for Certain Information Returns". Feb. 2 is also the day when self-employed individuals must file and pay their tax to avoid a penalty for not making the fourth-quarter estimated tax payment.

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Wanted: New plants for the New Varieties Showcase at Farwest

Do you have one or more exciting new plant introductions? The New Varieties Showcase at the Farwest Show is the place to show them off to garden centers, growers, landscape designers and architects, trade publications and garden writers.

The showcase is now accepting submissions for the 2015 show. We're looking for plants with such characteristics as new colors, better manners, increasingly compact shape, extended seasons of interest, and improved landscape and production performance. To be eligible, all plant selections must be:

  • new to the market for 2015 or 2016;
  • available for order from a Farwest Show exhibitor; and
  • have different attributes than plants currently on the market.

The submission deadline is Friday, March 27, 2015. Contact Crystal Cady with questions at 503-682-5089 or

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Free IPM and pesticide risk management workshop offered on Feb. 3

A free workshop, "Combining Effective IPM and Pesticide Risk Management in Nurseries," will be held from 9 a.m.–noon Tuesday, Feb. 3 at Boring-Damascus Grange, 27861 S.E. Grange St., Boring, Oregon. The topics covered will include:

  • Clackamas River Basin water monitoring update and compounds of concern
  • Uses of pesticides of concern and available IPM alternatives
  • Pesticide management checklists for decision-making and mitigating risk

Those attending will be eligible for three credit hours towards pesticide license recertification. The doors will open at 8:30 a.m. and folks are encouraged to come early for coffee and networking. Registration is recommended. Call 503-210-6000 or email to RSVP.

Registration open for Women in Agriculture Conference on Feb. 21

"Making Sense of Marketing" will be the theme for the fourth annual Women in Agriculture Conference, presented by Washington State University Extension. The conference will be held Saturday, Feb. 21, and through the magic of technology, it will once again have a unique, multiple-site format. Each one of the 28 different locations in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska will have its own facilitator present on site.

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Willamette Chapter presents business workshop on Feb. 4

Join Chemeketa Community College business instructor Phil La Vine for a morning workshop, "Defining YOUR Business," where he'll discuss business goals, performance metrics and strategic management. Whether you are new to business management or already have years of experience, this workshop will give you new ideas and a new perspective for 2015 and beyond.

The meeting will be held at Lum Yuen restaurant, beginning at 11:30 a.m., followed by a noon luncheon and the workshop. Cost is $15. Register at, or email with any questions.

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Don't be left out of the Wholesale Nursery Location Map!

The biennial Wholesale Nursery Location Map lists more than 100 wholesale nursery growing operations in Oregon and southwest Washington. The four-color map shows all major highways as well as many secondary roads, making it an invaluable resource for truck drivers as well as those who simply want to plan a visit to some of Oregon's top wholesale nurseries.

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OAN Events

Willamette Chapter
 ♦ Feb. 4 - Willamette Chapter presents Defining YOUR Business

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

In case you missed it

2015 Farwest Show will host the 2015 International Trials Conference

Oregon retailers recognized for excellence

'Hot goods' charges against blueberry growers dropped

USDA awards $22 million for Oregon conservation projects

Digger magazine launches revamped website

OAN Nursery Map app now available on Google Play

ODA accepting proposals for Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Bee experts challenge controversial study linking neonics and colony collapse disorder

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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