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Schrader to host Salem town hall today, New website, ANLD scholarship recipients announced, more
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
February 17, 2016    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

House to vote on higher Oregon minimum wage

A bill to increase Oregon's minimum wage is expected to come before the full Oregon House of Representatives for a vote soon — most likely, next Monday. However, this issue is still in flux and alternative proposals are reportedly still being considered.

This past Monday, the House Business and Labor Committee moved Senate Bill 1532 forward on a party-line vote, 6-5. The bill would hike the benchmark wage over the next six years to $14.75 inside Portland's Urban Growth Boundary; $13.50 in a middle tier of counties, mostly in Western Oregon; and $12.50 in the remaining counties, mostly in Eastern Oregon. [See the fact sheet (PDF) for a breakdown by year and by county.]

OAN President Leigh Geschwill, co-owner of F & B Farms and Nursery, testified against the bill (PDF) as part of an invited panel.

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Schrader to host Salem town hall today

U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-5th) will host a Town Hall Meeting this evening from 6–7 p.m., Wed., 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.

Schrader will be the guest speaker at the March 8 meeting of the OAN Government Relations Committee, which will be held at the OAN offices in Wilsonville.

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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.

"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."

Check it out at A companion page has launched on Facebook at; be sure to drop by and give it a like. Plant Something Oregon is also available as a monthly email newsletter with an estimated 3,000 readers. The first edition was sent last week.

House committee passes bill to relax hemp licensing laws

The Oregon House of Representatives Agriculture and Natural Resources committee last week approved House Bill 4060, which would relax state hemp licensing laws and make the crop more like other agricultural products. The measure opens up hemp to small and individual farmers, and paves the way for faster development of Oregon's hemp market.

The bill would remove a requirement that industrial hemp crops be grown in fields at least 2.5 acres in size, and would establish regulations for hemp products meant for human consumption, among other provisions.

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Cultivate'16 announces show details

AmericanHort announced that March 8 will be the opening registration date for this year's Cultivate, and "The New Now" will be the theme of this year's show. Formerly known as OFA Short Course, Cultivate is the largest horticulture exposition and convention in North America. Cultivate'16 will take place July 9–12 in Columbus, Ohio.

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Mid-Valley Winter Ag Fest debuts Feb. 27–28

The first Mid-Valley Winter Ag Fest will take place at the Polk County, Oregon, Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 27–28. Held in conjunction with the ninth annual Polk County Home and Garden Show, the event will build on "this exciting time in agriculture with the resurgence of the family farm and Saturday markets," said show coordinator Deb Thomas.

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ANLD scholarship recipients announced

The Association of Northwest Landscape Designers (ANLD) announced the recipients of four 2015–16 scholarships. The following horticulture students were awarded $1,000 each towards their education expenses:

  • Jodee Perry and Ross Wilkins of Portland Community College, and
  • Jennifer Lein and Bret Pinkley of Clackamas Community College.

To date, more than $29,000 has been donated to support design and horticulture students at both of the community colleges. The funds are raised through membership dues and the highly successful Designers Garden Tour, which is open to the general public. The tour promotes the advantages of hiring a professional designer, and is scheduled for June 18 this year.

ANLD is a non-profit organization for professional landscape designers in Oregon and Washington, providing educational and networking opportunities for its members.

EPA offers webinar briefing on pollinator risk assessment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold an online technical briefing on its preliminary pollinator risk assessment for imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid insecticide, from 10–11:30 a.m. this Thursday, February 18.

The webinar is intended to help inform the public about the results of the recently released preliminary pollinator risk assessment for imidacloprid. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to submit technical questions about the assessment. The webinar has 1,000 slots for presenters and participants. Registration is live here. Those unable to attend will be able to view a recording from the Federal Pollinator Health Task Force: EPA's Role web page.

The EPA posted the pollinator risk assessment on January 6 and opened a 60-day public comment period on January 15. Since the assessment is preliminary and the comment period is still open, the EPA will not be speculating on potential future actions during the webinar. Comments on the assessment, including recommendations for future actions, should be submitted to the official docket.

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ONF scholarship applications due by April 15

The Oregon Nurseries Foundation (ONF) awards scholarships to students preparing for a career in ornamental horticulture and related fields. Ranging from $500 to $1,500, the awards 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 15.

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Time to renew your listings in OAN Nursery Guide

It's now time to renew your Nursery Guide listings! Each OAN member gets a free profile and one free listing.

On, you can add, drop and update listings at will throughout the year. All listings that are submitted and paid by May 1 will appear in the annual OAN Nursery Guide book that is mailed to members and subscribers and distributed at the Farwest Show and other industry events. Listings that are renewed by May 1 will remain on the website through April 30 of the following year.

To update your listings, go to and log in. Once logged in, click on the "My Listings" link at the top of the page. If you need help recovering your user name and password, or would like to pay for your listings over the phone, please call the OAN at 503-682-5089 or 1-888-283-7219.

Renew your listings today

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.

Farwest organizers are now accepting submissions for the 2016 show. They'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 2016 or 2017;
  • available for order from a Farwest Show exhibitor; and
  • have different attributes than plants currently on the market.

The submission deadline is March 31, 2016. Questions? Contact Crystal Cady at 503-682-5089 or

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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.

Check out the agenda and register

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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In case you missed it

Members hear update on nursery license fee increase

Pear pathogen quarantine lifted in three more counties

ODA orders stoppage of use and sale of Guardian pesticide

Varroa mite and deformed wing virus pose deadly double threat to bees

Four counties now able to resume pear plant shipments

February Digger looks at issues involved with cannabis production in Oregon

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

OAN Conference Room renamed for Dick Joyce

Supreme Court will review immigration executive order

Oregon horticultural sales hit $932 million for 2014

Spraying for Asian gypsy moth to begin this spring in Portland

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