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OAN Member Update: February 5, 2015
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
February 5, 2015    |     MEMBER BENEFITS     |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

As legislature begins, OAN serves as industry voice

On Monday, Feb. 2, Oregon's 78th Legislative Assembly convened its 2015 regular session. So far, lawmakers have introduced some 2,100 bills, with many more to come. In a typical session, around 3,500 bills are ultimately introduced, with perhaps 300 of those becoming laws.

The new legislature is expected to consider bills that address funding for natural resource agencies and OSU Extension, a minimum wage increase, a requirement that employers offer sick leave, a low carbon fuel and carbon tax, and a large transportation infrastructure bill. On all of these issues, the OAN Government Relations Team will be a strong advocate for the nursery industry.

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Your responses to the Census of Horticultural Specialties are due Thursday

The deadline is fast approaching to complete the USDA Census of Horticultural Specialties. All growers of plant material should have received this form in the mail. They have until this Thursday, Feb. 5 to submit the form. If it was misplaced or never received, it can be downloaded here.

The OAN strongly urges all growers to complete the census form as required. The census results, due to be released later this year, will provide important statistics on the size, scope and economic impact of the nursery and greenhouse industry, both here in Oregon and nationally.

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Forestry official: Inspections miss 72 percent of plant pests

According to a story published by Capital Press, the importation of live plants into Oregon and the U.S. is a primary pathway for invasive insects and pathogens, some of which could cause severe damage to forests and nurseries.

The statement was made by Wyatt Williams, an invasive species specialist with the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), who spoke last week at the Northwest Agricultural Show held in Portland. He estimated about 4 billion plants arrive in the country each year. Federal monitoring is done at 18 stations with only 63 full-time inspectors, and standard inspections may miss an estimated 72 percent of pests.

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Dogwoods star on the cover of the February Digger

Hardier, more decorative Cornus hybrids are finding success with growers and landscapers, thanks to the pioneering work of researchers like Dr. Elwin Orton of Rutgers University. Get the full story behind the resurgence of native dogwoods in the February 2015 issue of Digger magazine.

With the new Digger website, you can read all of the articles in the issue using your smartphone, desktop or tablet. Individual article PDFs can be downloaded, and the entire issue is available in a flipbook format. Like Digger magazine on Facebook and follow @diggermag on Twitter to be informed when new content is posted.

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ONF scholarship applications due by April 1

The Oregon Nurseries Foundation (ONF) awards scholarships to students preparing for a career in ornamental horticulture and related fields. In all, 16 different awards — ranging from $500 to $1,500 — are sponsored by individuals and OAN chapters as a way to support the next generation of green industry professionals. Applications must be postmarked by April 1.

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Scholarships offered to Clackamas County students

The Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District is offering two $2,000 scholarships to students studying horticulture or any agriculture, natural resource science or a related discipline. Qualifications include:

  • Students must be a graduate of a Clackamas County high school or a current resident of Clackamas County.
  • Scholarships will be awarded to an upper-division level student (sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student) working toward an associate, bachelor or graduate degree.
  • Applicant must be a full-time college student (12 hours or more per quarter or semester equivalent) studying agriculture, natural resource sciences, or a related field (for example, horticulture).
  • The applicant must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.

Applications must be received at the district office by 4:30 p.m. on April 3.

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Save the date: Soil School 2015 — April 4

Soil School 2015 will be a day packed full of information for small farmers, landscapers, gardeners, grounds managers and anyone else who wants to improve their soil. The event is sponsored by East and West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Oregon Tilth, OSU Small Farms Program and OSU Master Gardeners. Attendees will learn about soil structure, texture and composition, as well as using beneficial insects and how to improve your soil through cover crops.

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

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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. The early bird registration deadline is Feb. 13.

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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

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

In case you missed it

Ag Summit provides overview of Oregon's upcoming legislative session

OSU reports 2014 second-hottest recorded year in Oregon history

Red palm weevil eradicated from California

2015 Farwest Show will host the 2015 International Trials Conference

'Hot goods' charges against blueberry growers dropped

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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