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

Corrected Date:
The original version of this Member Update contained an inaccurate date for the OAN Government Relations committee meeting. The committee will meet with U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Oregon) at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 20 at Woodburn Nursery and Azaleas, 13009 McKee School Rd NE, Woodburn, Oregon. All members are welcome. We apologize for the inconvenience!

Congressional standoff over immigration policy ends

U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday waved the white flag on a Republican attempt to nix the president's executive actions on immigration.

GOP leaders had threatened to let Department of Homeland Security funding expire at the end of February, unless the funding measure also contained language overturning the president's order.

In the end, however, Boehner allowed a vote on a no-strings bill to fund DHS through the end of the year. The measure passed, 257-167. Most in support were Democrats, but some 75 Republicans also voted yes. The bill already had passed the Republican-controlled Senate, and the president is expected to sign it.

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House Judiciary Committee takes up E-Verify bill

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee today is scheduled to mark up the House Resolution 1147, the Legal Workforce Act, which would mandate the use of the E-Verify system by all employers to confirm the legal status of prospective employees.

The move to consider this bill comes in response to pressure from immigration hardliners, who were not pleased when the attempt to overturn the president's executive action on immigration was unsuccessful. The E-Verify system, however, remains flawed and would have a disastrous effect on the agricultural workforce.

"Enforcement-only immigration bills are not helpful," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "They are doomed to failure because they don't solve the entire problem. To fix our broken immigration system, we need all three legs of the stool — border enforcement, status adjustment for the people already here, and a pathway providing for an adequate workforce."

The OAN has urged all members of Oregon's Congressional delegation to oppose this bill. Additional bills addressing immigration enforcement are expected in the coming days.

Farwest debuts fresh website

A brand-new Farwest Show website launched this week. It showcases all the "Far From Ordinary" offerings at this year's event, including:

  • New show hours designed to give buyers and key decision makers more opportunities for business and networking;
  • Hosting the prestigious 2015 International Trials Conference, featuring the latest research and techniques for trialing annual, perennial, and woody plants; and
  • Expanded seminars, showcases, equipment demos, speaker series — and much more!

Farwest is the biggest green industry show in the West, with a whopping five acres of exhibition floor space. You'll find far more to see, make far more connections, and gain far more ideas.

For more information about the 2015 Farwest Show, call 503-682-5089 or email Allan Niemi, OAN director of events and education, at

ALERT: Farwest exhibitor hotel booking

Farwest Show organizers have been alerted to an unauthorized third-party company that is approaching exhibitors and offering to book their hotel rooms. The Oregon Association of Nurseries, producer of the show, has no relationship with this vendor. Exhibitors who are looking for a hotel during Farwest should book directly through the seven official host hotels listed on the Farwest website. Any questions about booking hotels for Farwest can be directed to Kate Crawford, event and program coordinator, at 503-582-2010 or at

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Wilbur Ellis

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Leonard Adams


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Free trainings on invasive plants scheduled for this March and April

The Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council announced a series of nine workshops designed to teach attendees to identify priority invasive species and how to record basic data regarding problematic invasive plants. Trainings will take place at various locations in Washington and Oregon. For a complete schedule, log on to To register, contact Julie Combs at or 615-812-5295.

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Hellstrips provide planting opportunities galore

The just-published March 2015 issue of Digger magazine gives expert tips on making heavenly gardens out of hellstrips, those often underutilized plots of land between the sidewalk and the street. You can also read this month's flipbook edition of Digger (Flash required; fast connection recommended). Please send your comments on the issue to editor Curt Kipp at

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GGIA executive director steps down

The Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA) announced the resignation of Executive Director Sherry Morris after more than 28 years of service.

"Sherry has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of GGIA since the inception of our organization. She has been the one single common ingredient in the success of GGIA through the years," said Donal Nichols, chairman of GGIA's board. "We find ourselves at a loss to find words adequate to our expression of thanks for her service to GGIA. We would not be where we are and would not have to our credit the successes we share without Sherry. She deserves our deepest gratitude and our unending appreciation for all that she has meant to us both personally and professionally."


Public comments open for ag conservation easement program

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is now accepting public comments on its interim final rule for the new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), designed to help producers protect working agricultural lands and wetlands. The 2014 Farm Bill consolidated three previous conservation easement programs into ACEP to make it easier for diverse agricultural landowners to fully benefit from conservation initiatives. ACEP encourages farmers, ranchers and non-industrial private forest landowners to keep their private and tribal land in agricultural use through the agricultural land easement component. The goal is to conserve grasslands, including rangeland, pastureland and shrubland.

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ODA issues advisory on herbicide drift

With grape bud break and fruit tree bud occurring almost a month earlier this year than last, the Oregon Department of Agriculture last week issued a special advisory message, asking licensed pesticide applicators to help prevent herbicide drift.

Plants are more sensitive to stresses as they are budding out. Herbicides applied under the canopy or branches can harm or kill plants during this time. Drift can be prevented by following these important steps before you spray:

  • Read and follow all label directions.
  • Be aware of weather conditions at the time of application and for the next 48 hours.
  • Determine if there are crops highly sensitive to herbicide exposure near the treatment site, and relay this information to the person making the application.
  • Talk to neighbors about their crops and current stage of budding.
  • Communicate with neighbors about plans to spray.
  • Select herbicides that are less likely to drift or to volatilize.

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Renew your OAN Nursery Guide listings

It's 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, please click on the "My Listings" link at the top of the page and follow instructions on that screen to add or drop listings.

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 »

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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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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OAN Events

OAN Government Relations Committee Meeting
March 20 - The GR committee will meet next with U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Oregon) at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 20

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

In case you missed it

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Chemeketa Community College announces spring schedule of hort classes

Oregon Invasive Species Council seeks coordinator

Kate Brown takes office as Oregon's new governor

Top legislators meet with OAN Government Relations Committee

Home Depot requires new neonicotinoids plant tag, despite inconclusive evidence

Orenco site added to National Register of Historic Places

Energy Trust posts updated rebate forms for 2015

Scholarships offered to Clackamas County students — Applications due April 3

Save the date: Soil School 2015 — April 4

Farwest Show will host the 2015 International Trials Conference

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

The 2015 OAN Media Kit is now available
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