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Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
March 15, 2017    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Keep track of updates to OAN Workforce page

A new article by Steve Shropshire, attorney with Jordan Ramis PC, has been uploaded to the Workforce resource page, It talks about how to make sure your I-9 employment eligibility records are in ship shape, and what to do if immigration enforcement agents come knocking on your door.

The OAN created the Workforce resource webpage to address the recent enforcement activity by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The webpage will continue to be updated with current news and information as well as helpful downloads.

This page is created and maintained just for members! To access it, you will need to log in as an OAN member. If you don't know your OAN website login information, please contact Beth Farmer at or call the OAN office at 503-682-5089.

In addition to e-mail blasts, we will use the OAN Facebook page to let people know about updates to the Workforce page. We encourage all members to "like" the OAN on Facebook and then take the additional step of setting us to "See First" status.

Here's how: go to on your desktop computer. Then hit "Like" if you haven't already. Finally, next to the "Like" button, mouse over the box that says "Following" and select the pop-up option that says "See first." This way you will always see OAN's new updates at the top of your feed.

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Latino community rattled by ICE actions near Woodburn

Recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) actions have shaken the farming community of Woodburn, Oregon, according to an article that was published last week by The Guardian (U.K.). Ramon Ramirez, president of the farm worker union PCUN, which represents more than 6,500 farm workers in the region, said some of the Latino community has gone into lockdown mode.

"(The president) said he would go after criminals. He's going after hardworking people in a [multi-] billion dollar [farming] industry in our state," Ramirez said. "There's a fabric in the community and it's being unwoven."

OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone was also quoted in the story. He voiced concern about the enforcement-only approach, which is compromising the industry's workforce.

"There is a labor shortage already and a pretty significant one," Stone said. "We have members who have finally bounced back after the economic tumult. Sales are back, but they are having difficulty on the production side because of the lack of labor."

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Researchers look at thermal weed control

Researchers are exploring ways to control weeds in greenhouse propagation systems with steam and hot water, according to an AmericanHort press release. The Horticultural Research Institute has endorsed the research project, with funding provided in part from the Floriculture and Nursery Research Initiative.

Weed control in propagation is difficult because it primarily occurs in greenhouses or other covered structures where herbicides are either not labeled or safe for use. Reuse of plastic propagation trays and containers exacerbates the weed problem. Seeds of many weeds, most notably bittercress (Cardamine flexuosa) and creeping woodsorrel (Oxalis corniculata), stick to plastic containers and trays, and are reintroduced into the production system when these containers and trays are reused.

To combat these challenges, Dr. James Altland and his colleagues at the Agricultural Research Service in Wooster, Ohio, have started documenting the critical temperature and exposure time needed for killing weed seeds with hot water or steam.

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Celebrate National Ag Day — March 21, 2017

In observing National Agriculture Day, Americans are encouraged to say thank you to the more than 2 million farmers and ranchers who produce food, flora and fiber for a living in the United States, including more than 35,000 agricultural operators in Oregon.

The theme for National Ag Day 2017 is "Agriculture: Food for Life." The Agriculture Council of America will host major events in Washington D.C. on Ag Day, including a breakfast event at the National Press Club as well as a Taste of Agriculture Celebration on the Hill. These events honor National Agriculture Day and mark a nationwide effort to tell the true story of American agriculture and remind citizens that agriculture is a part of all of us every day.

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Know your import/export regulations with these online resources

With the arrival of spring shipping season, it's important to know what plants are legal to ship where, and what requirements, if any, must be met for certain plant species (such as shipping, paperwork or inspections).

The National Plant Board has a website that summarizes import regulations for all states. It can be found at:

The Oregon Department of Agriculture Plant Division also has a website that details the regulations for exported plants. You'll find it at:

We are partners with the ODA and the industry, with the goal of shipping clean plant material and maintaining fair and equal access to markets. If you have questions, call Gary McAninch, ODA Nursery & Christmas Tree Program Manager, at 503-986-4644. If you have concerns, you may contact Jeff Stone at 503-682-5089 or

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Sign up for the Oregon Forest Pest Detector program

The Oregon Forest Pest Detector program trains natural resource professionals to identify and report high-priority, invasive forest pests. Trainings will take place from 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. on March 23 in Corvallis; April 6 in Milwaukie; and April 15 in Portland.

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Miss Saori hydrangea now available in U.S.

Miss Saori, the bigleaf hydrangea that was named the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show "Plant of the Year," is now available in U.S. retail and wholesale markets.

The new Hydrangea macrophylla cultivar has star-shaped double flowers that open in June with deep rose petal margins that soften into white with pink accents. The flowers maintain their color, regardless of the soil pH. Hardy to USDA Zone 5a, Miss Saori blooms on new and old wood.

The large mopheads make excellent cut flowers. Plants are suitable for containers and mixed border gardens, reaching about 3 feet tall and wide.

Peter van Rijssen of Concept Plants® introduced Miss Saori in Europe under the Plantipp® umbrella. The plant has been undergoing a mandatory two-year quarantine for hydrangeas introduced into the United States.

Anthony Hoke, owner of Silver Falls Nursery in Salem, Oregon, the entry point for Miss Saori in the United States, is enamored of the plant's foliage: "While the flower is spectacular, the burgundy hues in the leaves really stand out to me. They are a perfect contrast to the pink petals and make the plant visually interesting in the landscape even when it isn't in flower."

Wholesale growers can order Miss Saori liners by contacting Silver Falls Nursery at

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Pivot Group to host New Member Social on April 5

New and longtime OAN members are encouraged to join the OAN staff for a meet-and-greet event from 4–6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5. Hosting the get-together is the Pivot Group (7405 SW Tech Center Dr. #140, Tigard), the marketing and advertising agency that serves the Oregon Association of Nurseries.

This is great opportunity for networking and finding out ways to improve your marketing efforts. There's no cost to attend; refreshments and light snacks will be provided. Further, there will be an optional but fun opportunity to participate in publicity efforts for the Farwest Show. (Watch for details!)

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Scotch broom symposium scheduled for May 23

Scotch broom is an invasive species that poses a serious threat to native prairies and forests. It prevents timber regeneration and displaces pasture forage for grazing animals. The plant is also toxic to livestock and is a fire hazard.

To address and mitigate impacts to the economy and natural resources, the Washington State Invasive Species Council and a consortium of researchers will hold a Scotch Broom Ecology and Management Symposium on May 23 in Snoqualmie, Washington. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required.

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Tee up for Duffers Classic Golf Tournament on June 8

The 28th annual Duffers Classic Golf Tournament will tee off at the Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City, Oregon, on Thursday, June 8. A benefit for the Oregon Nurseries' Political Action Committee, the event is a great way to reconnect with friends, have a lot of fun, and support a strong nursery industry voice in Salem and Washington D.C. Sign up before May 31 and save $10 off the regular registration fee of $119! Sponsorships available.

Register today!

Shipping with the Partial Loads Forum

Because shipping plants to customers across North America is so vital, the OAN has developed the Partial Loads Forum on Nurseries with smaller loads can use this forum to find other nurseries with loads going to the same place. By grouping their loads together on the same truck, they can dramatically reduce shipping costs for their customers around the nation.

Posting loads is easy. Log on at using your company's user name and password. Under the Forums tab (at the top of every page), select the Partial Loads - Members Only forum. Select the New Topic tab and in the subject box, include the City, State and Ship dates. In the body, include the following information: Zip code, City, State, Footage, Timing of the load, Palletized or Floorstacked, Container, B&B, etc.; Contact information: Name, Nursery, Email and/or Phone. Scroll down and select Save.

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 April 3 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 April 3 will remain on the website through March 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.

Renew your listings today

Important Dates


USDA Crop Insurance Application Deadline ♦ March 15 » More info

Fruit Propagation FairMarch 19, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Clackamas County
Fairgrounds. » More info

Youth Tractor Certification Course ♦ March 29–31, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Aurora,
Oregon. » More info

Tech-Friday/Tecno-Viernes ♦ March 31 and ongoing (last Friday of the month)
3–5 p.m., Aurora, Oregon. » More info

Spring GardenpaloozaApril 1, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. » More info

Nursery Guide Listings DeadlineApril 3 » More info

OAN New Member SocialApril 5, 4–6 p.m. at Pivot Group (note special location) » More info

Soil School 2017April 8, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. » More info

OAN Member Benefits FairMay 17, 4–6 p.m. » More info

OAN Sunset Chapter Golf and Southern BBQ Buffet ♦ May 25, 5 p.m.
Hillsboro, Oregon. Register online by April 25. » More info

Duffers Classic Golf Tournament June 8, 7 a.m.–1 p.m. » More info

International Master Gardener Conference July 10–14, Portland, Oregon. » More info

Farwest Show NEW DATES AND HOURS!August 23–25, Portland, Oregon. Wednesday, August 23 - Noon–5 p.m. | Thursday, August 24 - 10 a.m.–5 p.m. | Friday, August 25 - 10 a.m.–2 p.m. » More info

In case you missed it...

Agricultural pushback preserves beneficial tax provisions

New Digger spotlights retro gardening trends

Apply for Conservation Innovation Grant program

Pollinator health project proposals now being accepted

Oregon Nurseries' Hall of Fame inducts six into class of 2017

Administration rolling back Waters of the U.S. rule

Pest Alert: Ambrosia beetle

Administration casts wider net on immigration

Oregon water regulators propose another fee increase

OAN Resource Guide

OAN Member Resource Guide

For our valued members, we have put together the 2016 OAN Member Resource Guide — a free download for members only. This 20-page PDF will help you get more from your OAN membership investment. It includes the full list of current OAN board, staff, chapter and committee contacts for the 2016 membership year. In addition, it has information about the member benefits that are available to you.

Download the Guide


Ready to Grow Your Business with OAN Advertising and Sponsorships?

Our range of respected and engaging publications can strategically deliver your message to nursery industry decision-makers and help achieve your sales and marketing goals. From print to digital, all OAN publications offer advertisers the power to connect with a targeted industry audience and impact their buying decisions.

Our cost-effective opportunities include the monthly Digger magazine, the Nursery Guide website and annual print version, the weekly Member Update e-newsletter, the annual Retail Nurseries & Garden Centers Guide, the Farwest Show and more. And all OAN members receive exclusive advertising rate discounts so download our Media Kit for all the details and contact Blair Thompson at 503-582-2012 or to learn more about how we can help your business grow.

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