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Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
March 29, 2017    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

ODA director visits with Government Relations Committee

Alexis Taylor, the new director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, had her first visit with the OAN Government Relations Committee on Tuesday. She started work back in January, after having worked for the past 12 years in Washington D.C. on farm policy issues in various positions.

Taylor told OAN members she was there to listen and hear their concerns. "We have a really great relationship," she said.

"From my staff's perspective, it's been very collaborative, and I hope that continues."

Members shared with her various concerns about the cost of nursery licensing, the possibility of bills that take regulatory decisions out of the hands of the ODA, the difficulty of finding labor, the availability of water supplies and more.

Taylor noted that she grew up on an Iowa farm and knows the lifestyle, and appreciated hearing from people.

"We may not always agree, but you will always be heard," she said.

All members are invited to join the OAN Government Relations Committee or attend the meetings if interested. It's a great way to be more involved in defending and advancing the nursery industry at the state and federal levels. There are frequent opportunities to meet with decision makers face to face and let them hear your concerns.

The next GR Committee meeting will be held by teleconference on April 25, followed by a meeting at the Oregon State Capitol on June 13. Watch your Member Update for details.

OAN submits testimony regarding neonicotinoids

Earlier this week, OAN leaders gave testimony before the Oregon Senate Environmental and Natural Resources Committee regarding proposed bills that would further restrict the use of neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides.

Senate Bill 928 would require the labeling of products containing neonicotinoids, including plants that were treated with the chemicals at any point in their production. Senate Bill 929 would require the Oregon Department of Agriculture to classify the chemicals as restricted use pesticides. This would limit the purchase and use of the chemicals to certified pesticide applicators, with an exception for farmers.

OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone testified against both bills. He said that a number of member nurseries promote their products as pesticide-free, and that such voluntary measures are a better way to deal with the issue.

"The emergence of SB 928 and SB 929 will not serve to inform, but rather to frighten consumers by suggesting these products will harm bees," he said. "Adding labeling requirements adds an unnecessary cost for nurseries and retailers, which will have no other choice to be added to the consumer's price for the goods, therefore making Oregon less competitive on the national and global market."

He suggested that the Legislature should instead allow more time for the Pollinator Task Force recommendations to be implemented and evaluated.

OAN Past President Leigh Geschwill, co-owner of F & B Farms, also testified against both bills.

OAN Workforce Page: Visa system suffers from huge backlog

The OAN knows members, nursery owners and workers are concerned about recent developments with immigration enforcement. We have created a special, members-only page at to keep folks updated with helpful information and recent news. This page is updated regularly, if not daily. Recent items added include the following:

If you have questions, suggestions or feedback for this page, please contact Curt Kipp ( or Jeff Stone (

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REMINDER: Renew your Nursery Guide listings by April 3

Just a few days remian to get in the book! 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.

Renew your listings today

Complete ban of field-use neonics proposed for Europe

The European commission is considering a proposal that would completely ban neonicotinoid pesticides from all fields across Europe, according to a report published by The Guardian. The ban could be in place this year if approved by a majority of European Union member states. The proposal would provide an exception for plants entirely grown in greenhouses.

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Lean practices nearly double productivity for Salem tree grower

The Oregon Nursery Lean Consortium recently assisted JLPN Inc., a deciduous ornamental tree liner grower in Salem, Oregon, apply Lean practices to its grading process.

The "rapid improvement activity" resulted in a 20-percent reduction of crew size while nearly tripling the number of units graded per hour on one seedling variety. In all, a 182-precent productivity gain was recorded.

"Implementing Lean practices at JLPN has become an entirely new skill set — just as crucial as the skills required to grow tree liners — that creates value for our customers," John Lewis, JLPN president, said. "The Oregon Nursery Lean Consortium has been our educational driving force."

Members of the Oregon Nursery Lean Consortium have committed to learning and applying Lean principles for one year. Top practitioners in each company meet for one-day rapid improvement sessions at a hosting nursery each month. Seven companies are involved in the consortium this year: Eshraghi Nurseries, JLPN, Marion Ag Service, PRT Oregon, Robinson Nursery, Smith Gardens Aurora, and Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas.

Companies interested in participating can contact Elizabeth Peters at 503-250-2235 or

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Pest alerts: White pine weevil and honeylocust pod gall midge

Now is a good time to be on the lookout for adult white pine weevils, according to OSU entomologist Robin Rosetta. The pests are beginning to emerge from their overwintering sites in the duff at the base of spruce trees. They will climb to the tops of the trees to lay their eggs in the terminal shoots.

"Many growers with predictable losses to this pest begin to protect those terminals during this time of the year," Rosetta said.

Rosetta also warned that an adult honeylocust pod gall midge has been spotted already this season.

"One key timing for management is to target the eggs deposited on the emerging honeylocust buds with oil sprays," Rosetta said. "We have conducted trials to assess the efficacy of such sprays and found nearly 70-percent reduction in podding with well-timed oil applications."

Keep track of these and other seasonal pests by logging on regularly to the OSU Pacific Northwest Nursery Integrated Pest Management website.

'Beneficial Insects' workshop to take place this Thursday in Canby

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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Stone to address forum on immigration this Friday in Eugene

This Friday, March 31, the City Club of Eugene will host a forum entitled The Economy and Immigration — Show Me the Numbers, which will look at the Oregon economy and the role of immigrants in it.

Speaking will be Jeff Stone, executive director of the Oregon Association of Nurseries; Kevin Chambers, a fifth-generation Oregon farmer; and Joel Iboa, coalition coordinator with Causa, an immigrant rights organization in Oregon.

The forum will take place from noon–1 p.m. at the University of Oregon Downtown Baker Center in Eugene. For those who cannot attend, the program will be broadcast at 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 3 on KLCC radio station.

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Donations and volunteers needed for Plant Sale

The OAN Willamette Chapter will hold its annual Plant Sale at the Oregon Ag Fest on Saturday and Sunday, April 29–30, at the Oregon State Fairgrounds (2330 17th St. NE, Salem, Oregon). Your generous donation of plant materials helps raise money for the chapter's educational fund. Blooming plants are the best, although all plants are needed and welcome. Please label all plants, and include an invoice with your donation.

To make a donation or volunteer, download this form and return it by April 24. For more information, contact co-chairs Bruce Colman (503-840-7156 or or Dave Malcolm (503-805-9587 or

Download the Plant Sale form

Last chance to submit plants for Farwest's New Varieties Showcase

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 2017 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. 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 this Friday, March 31, 2017. Contact Ali Pennell with questions at 503-682-5089 or

Submit your plant

Deadline extended for Nursery Program Student Internships

Oregon State University has extended the application deadline for its Nursery Program Student Internships. Applications are now due April 2, 2017. These paid internships provide opportunities to learn about horticultural research at the North Willamette Research & Extension Center in Aurora, Oregon. Students are involved in and learn about a wide range of research and Extension activities for nursery and Christmas tree production.

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Terra Nova to display new varieties at 2017 California Spring Trials

Terra Nova Nurseries, a plant breeder based in Canby, Oregon, announced plans for their display at this year's California Spring Trials. The display will be stationed at the Windmill Nursery trials location in Buellton, California, from April 2–5.

The display will showcase varieties included in Terra Nova Nurseries' Pro Liner™ program, which enables growers to place orders for 100-cell liners, thereby reducing total shipping costs and increasing inventories at a more rapid pace.

Terra Nova will also spotlight several new plant introductions, including Heuchera Forever™ 'Red'; Heuchera Northern Exposure™ 'Silver'; Heucherella 'Onyx'; Echinacea Kismet™ 'Red'; Echinacea Kismet™ 'Yellow'; Scrophularia Cardinale™ 'Red'; Tanacetum Radiant™ 'Deep Pink'; and Lewisia Constant™ 'Fuchsia'.

"We have some stunning new plant varieties in store for the growers, brokers and retailers who will visit the Windmill Nursery trials exhibit this year," said Nathan Lamkey, director of sales and marketing/assistant general manager.

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Register for agricultural labor laws forum in Hood River on April 11

The Columbia Gorge Fruit Growers Association will host an agricultural labor laws forum for growers and farm labor contractors on Tuesday, April 11 in Hood River. The forum will cover federal and state agricultural labor and safety requirements, including wage and hour requirements, safety in transportation and housing, field sanitation, discrimination and harassment, and more. The forum will be conducted in English from 8 a.m.–2:45 p.m. and take place at 2835 Van Horn Dr., Hood River, Oregon. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required. If you have questions, call Mike Doke at 541-387-4769.

Register today!

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 a 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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Important Dates


  • 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


  • Oregon Forest Pest Detector ProgramApril 6 (Milwaukie), April 15 (Portland) » More info


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


  • Ag Fest and OAN Willamette Chapter Plant SaleApril 29–30 » More info


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


  • Scotch broom symposium ♦ May 23 » More info


  • OAN Sunset Chapter Golf and Southern BBQ Buffet ♦ May 25, 5 p.m. 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


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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.

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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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