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OAN Member Update: February 3, 2016
Four counties now able to resume pear plant shipments, New website launches, more
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
February 3, 2016    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Minimum wage hike set for Thursday committee vote

On Tuesday afternoon, legislators heard testimony on Senate Bill 1532, which is Gov. Kate Brown's scaled-back proposal to increase Oregon's minimum wage. The Senate Committee on Workforce and General Government is scheduled to vote on the bill Thursday, including the consideration of possible amendments.

Brown's proposal would phase in minimum wage hikes over the next six years, starting with a 50-cent hike this summer. The rates would top out at $14.50 in the Portland Urban Growth Boundary and $13.25 elsewhere in the state, then climb along with inflation after that. One possible amendment, by Sen. Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River), would exempt agricultural businesses from the increases.

OAN President Leigh Geschwill submitted written testimony against the proposal. "We need to address the hard issues in our state that will improve the economic reality for everyone — not just take the easy way out with a temporary fix that leaves the real work undone," she stated.

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Four counties now able to resume pear plant shipments

The ban against shipping pear plants interstate has been lifted in Jackson, Marion, Multnomah and Yamhill counties, according to Nancy Osterbauer, plant health program manager at the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

ODA testing found the four counties to be free of the plant pathogen Xylella fastidiosa. Previous detection of the pathogen in Oregon had prompted an emergency quarantine on nine counties that received potentially infected pear plants. ODA continues to test samples from the other counties so a determination can be made and shipping can potentially resume.

Despite the resumption of interstate shipping in some counties, none are yet permitted to ship to the European Union. There is a process set by the European Union that must be completed before that can happen. USDA and ODA officials are pursuing the process on behalf of Oregon growers and hope to have more information to report soon.

"The OAN has been a strong advocate in favor of reopening domestic and international markets while protecting clean plant material in the trade," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "We are in regular contact with ODA to work through this issue. We supported ODA's request for $43,408 in nursery emergency funds to conduct countywide surveys determining the presence or absence of the pathogen."

New website launches

The Oregon Association of Nurseries has relaunched the website. The new site is designed to excite consumers about the possibilities and benefits of gardening — then direct them to OAN-member businesses where they can feed their newfound hunger for plants. The site boasts an all-new design that's easy for mobile as well as desktop users.

With this new site, readers can:

"This new site combines the functionality of the previous Plant Something Oregon site with the content of the former Random Acts of Gardening newsletter," OAN Director of Publications and Communications Curt Kipp said. "It made sense to combine these things in one place and make it a beehive of activity for garden lovers."

Be sure and check it out at; we would love to hear your comments and suggestions. A companion page has launched on Facebook at; be sure to drop by and give it a like. Plant Something Oregon will also soon be available as a monthly email newsletter, which will launch with an estimated 3,000 readers.

Government Relations Committee to meet in Salem next Tuesday

The Oregon Legislature is now in session for 2016. And as usual, the OAN Government Relations Committee will hold a meeting in Salem so members can interact face-to-face with officials and legislators.

The committee will meet from noon–2 p.m. next Tuesday, February 9, at the office of Associated Oregon Industries (AOI), 1149 Court St. NE, Salem. The building is located kitty-corner from the State Capitol. Early arrival is suggested due to limited parking in the area.

State Rep. Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario) and State Rep. Caddy McKeown (D-Coos Bay) will attend and give updates. In addition, officials from the Oregon Department of Agriculture will give updates on the state nursery license fee, and the ban/quarantine related to Xylella fastidiosa.

All members are welcome and encouraged to attend. If you plan to come, please RSVP to Jeff Stone at 503-682-5089 or

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February Digger looks at issues involved with cannabis production in Oregon

With marijuana now legal to grow in Oregon, entrepreneurs from across the business spectrum are considering ways to cash in on a commodity believed to be worth around $1 billion annually just in Oregon alone. Read about how the state government and established agricultural industry are attempting to get cannabis production under control in "The green rush."

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

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Schrader to host Salem town hall on Feb. 17

U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-5th) will host a Town Hall Meeting from 6–7 p.m. on Feb. 17. The event will take place in the Loucks Auditorium at the Salem Public Library (585 Liberty St. SE, Salem). This is a great opportunity to share your concerns and ideas with him.

Schrader represents the fifth district of Oregon, which includes all of Marion, Polk, Lincoln and Tillamook counties as well as the bulk of Clackamas and small portions of Multnomah and Benton counties. Schrader has served on the House Committees on Agriculture, Energy and Commerce, and as the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture. He is regarded as a strong advocate for agriculture, rural communities and the nursery industry.

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New study details 'weed blasting' control method for organic growers

A relatively new weed control method known as abrasive weeding, or "weed blasting," was found to be "surprisingly effective" in a recent field test at the University of Illinois. Abrasive weeding involves blasting weed seedlings with tiny fragments of organic grit using an air compressor. In conjunction with plastic mulch, abrasive weeding reduced final weed biomass by 69 percent, to 97 percent, compared to non-weeded control plots.

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Register for the 4-County Pull-Together

The eighth annual 4-County Pull-Together will be held from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 24 at the Oregon Zoo (4001 SW Canyon Rd., Portland). The event is presented by the Cooperative Weed Management Area, a partnership of organizations throughout Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon dedicated to combatting invasive weeds for the preservation of native habitats.

Topics covered during the day will include up-to-date information about invasive plant impacts, control, data collection and outreach for land managers, field contractors and the gardening public. Certified herbicide applicators may earn up to five Oregon or Washington re-certification credits (pending approval). Cost to attend is $43.19 and includes snacks, beverages and lunch.

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Welcome to OAN's new members

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

East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District
Jay Udelhoven
Portland, OR
Mt. Hood Chapter

Everly Gardens Nursery
Jami Baillie
Boring, OR 97009
Phone: 503-380-0309
Chapter: At Large

Membership includes opportunities to market your business and save money. Our member savings calculator helps you quantify your membership return on investment. If you're an existing member and haven't renewed your membership for 2016, renew today and stay part of the action!

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RSVP for the Mystery Tour by this Friday

The registration deadline for the Mystery Tour is this Friday, Feb. 5. The event, hosted by the Willamette Chapter, will take place the following 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 "Mystery Destination" where fine food, drink and entertainment awaits. Attire is "dressy casual," and it's recommended that attendees bring along a coat or sweater, and wear solid, non-slip footwear — high heels are not recommended. Please bring a valid photo ID with you.

For more information, contact Robert van Klaveren at 503-463-4507 or

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Sign up now for fall tour of Israeli nurseries and greenhouses

John and Kelly Schroeder of Valleybrook Gardens are leading a horticultural tour of Israel in October 2016. Israel is a world leader in irrigation technology and exports a wide range of horticultural products.

The tour will take in greenhouses, garden centers and nurseries, and includes opportunities to explore the incredible culture, history and sights of the country. Tour dates are October 24–November 7, with an optional two-day extension to visit Petra in Jordan. For more information, contact John at

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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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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OAN Events

Willamette Chapter
 ♦ February 12 - Mystery Tour

In case you missed it

OAN Conference Room renamed for Dick Joyce

Xylella fastidiosa testing almost complete

National Garden Bureau names 2016 Perennial of the Year

PSU launches food systems certificate program

Filbert acreage grows in Oregon as demand increases

'Plant hackers' look to develop futuristic plants

Svensson hires West Coast sales manager

ODA pulls back proposed increase in nursery license fees

OAN opposes governor's minimum wage plan

Supreme Court will review immigration executive order

ODA publishes list of pesticides for cannabis producers

Oregon's statewide snowpack at 123 percent of normal

EPA study finds imidacloprid harmful to honeybees

New Digger showcases Oregon Nursery Country

Oregon horticultural sales hit $932 million for 2014

Spraying for Asian gypsy moth to begin next spring in Portland

Thanks to beekeepers, U.S. honeybee colonies hit 20-year high

Ballot measures may include gross receipts tax on business

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