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Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
March 22, 2017    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

OAN works to refine water management and supply bills

The House Committee on Energy and Environment will hold a hearing this afternoon on three bills related to water management and supply development.

House Bill 2705 pertains to in-stream measurement, House Bill 2706 deals with management fees, and House Bill 2707 funds ground water studies and investigations.

The OAN is working directly with Rep. Ken Helm (D-Beaverton), author of the three bills and chair of the House committee where they were assigned.

"Although the OAN respects Rep. Helm and shares his goal of effective water supply management, we can't support these bills as they are currently written," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "Water is the lifeblood of the nursery industry and we have to be at the table. We are committed to working with Rep. Helm and all water stakeholders to find approaches to water management and supply development that are fair and equitable and will lead to positive outcomes."

You can read the OAN's testimony here.

Digger published a special issue on water and its importance to nurseries back in November. You can read it at

Administration proposes $4.7 billion in cuts to USDA

President Donald Trump released his preliminary budget for fiscal year 2018 last week, and according to the Washington Post, it includes a 21 percent cut in USDA's discretionary spending, from $22.6 billion down to $17.9 billion. The cuts would not affect $130 billion in mandatory USDA spending, which includes food stamps and crop subsidies.

According to an article in the Capital Press, the details regarding the cuts haven't been completely released, but it is known that the targets would include the National Agricultural Statistics Service, the Economic Research Service, and the USDA Service Center Agencies (Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources and Conservation Service, and Rural Development).

According to R.J. Karney, a lobbyist with American Farm Bureau, the budget was harmed by the fact that the administration's nominee for Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, hasn't been confirmed and wasn't at the table for budget discussions.

OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said that industry groups will work with Congress to achieve positive outcomes on the USDA budget.

"It was a major accomplishment when we first secured and then expanded specialty crop funding provisions in the Farm Bill," he said. "Science and research are critical for solving problems as an industry that individuals can't solve on their own. We're concerned at this level of cuts to USDA but we know the budget will change as it works its way through Congress."

Bill would eliminate pesticide loss reporting requirement

The Oregon Association of Nurseries has taken a position in opposition to Senate Bill 500. The bill would eliminate an existing requirement that landowners submit a timely Report of Loss form to the Oregon Department of Agriculture, prior to filing a complaint in court regarding an illegal pesticide application. Currently, such reports must be submitted within 60 days.

According to OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone, the bill would muddy the waters in pesticide application disputes, and would not promote the safe and responsible use of pesticides as allowed by law.

"[The Report of Loss] is an important step for establishing facts for both parties, and should remain a requirement," he stated in written testimony submitted to the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.

The existing process gives ODA the opportunity to investigate the incident to see the extent and nature of the alleged damage. It also gives applicators an opportunity to do their own investigation in anticipation of litigation.

"It is important that ODA investigators are able to collect samples in a timely manner to help determine whether an illegal pesticide application took place," Stone stated in his testimony. "Without a Report of Loss, claims may devolve into 'he said/she said' disputes, often with conflicting weak evidence. This does not benefit either party, and creates more complicated litigation."

Additional bills regarding pesticides are scheduled for hearings next week. The OAN is monitoring those as well.

ODA director to visit with OAN Government Relations Committee on March 28

Alexis Taylor, new director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and Jason Miner, natural resource advisor to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, will visit with the OAN Government Relations Committee at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 28. The meeting will take place at the OAN office in Wilsonville. Updates will also be provided on important developments in the Oregon Legislature that are sure to affect nurseries. All members are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to

Celebrating National Ag Week — March 20–26

National Agriculture Week is taking place this week, March 20–26. Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Alexis Taylor provided daily themes and messages throughout the special week. Wednesday, for instance, is a day for recognizing the importance of agriculture to the state's economy: "Every county is tied to Oregon agriculture. It's important to take a step back and think about all the jobs that wouldn't be there if we didn't have such a strong and thriving ag economy," Taylor said.

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Bilingual forum on agricultural labor laws to be held March 23 in Woodburn

An agricultural labor laws training forum for growers, farm labor contractors, ag supervisors and crew leaders will be held on Thursday, March 23 at the Chemeketa Community College – Woodburn Campus (120 E. Lincoln St., Woodburn, Oregon). The forum will inform and educate agricultural employers and their supervisory personnel on the various federal and state requirements concerning agricultural labor requirements.

Two sessions will be held, one in English from 8:30 a.m.–noon and one in Spanish from 1:30–4:30 p.m. Each session will cover federal and state agricultural labor and safety requirements, including wage and hour requirements, safety in transportation and housing, field sanitation, discrimination and more. For more information, call Daniel Quiñones at 503-316-3274.

Register today: English | Spanish

'Taking Advantage of Beneficial Insects' workshop to take place on March 30

The Clackamas Soil & Water Conservation District will host a workshop, "Taking Advantage of Beneficial Insects to Control Crop Pests," from 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. on Thursday, March 30 at the Clackamas County Event Center (694 NE Fourth Ave., Canby, Oregon). There is no cost to attend; pre-registration is required. To reserve your spot, call 503-210-6000 or email

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Ag Fest and OAN Willamette Chapter Plant Sale set for April 29–30

Celebrating its 30th year, Ag Fest gives attendees an appreciation of where their food, fiber and flora come from. The two-day ag-stravaganza takes place at the Oregon State Fairgrounds (2330 17th St. NE, Salem). Log on to for more information. Ag Fest also features the OAN Willamette Chapter's annual plant sale, which raises money for the chapter's educational fund. Plant donations and volunteers are welcomed! For more information, contact co-chairs Bruce Colman (503-840-7156 or or Dave Malcolm (503-805-9587 or

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, the marketing and advertising agency that serves the Oregon Association of Nurseries. Please note the event will be held at Pivot's office in Tigard, which is located at 7405 SW Tech Center Drive, #140 — not the OAN office.

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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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.

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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


Oregon Forest Pest Detector Program ♦ March 23 (Corvallis), April 6 (Milwaukie), April 15 (Portland),» 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. Register online by April 25. » More info

Scotch broom symposium ♦ May 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

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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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