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OAN Member Update: April 1, 2015
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
April 1, 2015    |      EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Portland to vote to ban neonics on city property; legislators propose statewide ban

According to an report, the city of Portland is considering banning neonicotinoids from use on city-owned property. The ban would not apply to private property within the city.

Meanwhile, some state legislators are pushing for a full statewide ban on four types of neonicotinoids — dinotefuran, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam and clothianidin — this year.

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New study concludes 'bee revival' already underway

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced last week that honey production is up 19 percent since 2013, and the number of bee colonies producing honey has also increased — up 8 percent since 2014.

These statistics arrive at the same time as the White House is set to announce a "bee revival plan" to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators. Last summer, President Obama asked the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate conflicting reports that pesticides, neonicotinoids in particular, were the probable cause of mysterious bee deaths and declining numbers of beehives.

According to the Genetic Literacy Project website, several recent studies have cast doubt that neonics are the primary driver of bee health problems over the past decade.

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Op-ed highlights the economic benefits of immigration

Contrary to common perception, immigrants tend to complement — rather than compete against — the existing work force, according to a recent New York Times op-ed. In "Debunking the Myth of the Job-Stealing Immigrant," the author, Adam Davidson of NPR's "Planet Money," cited findings by several economists which conclude that "Immigrants bring long-term benefits at no measurable short-term cost."

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Bill would clear the way for Oregon Convention Center hotel

The Oregon Senate last week passed a bill that would confirm Metro's authority to subsidize construction of a "headquarters hotel" that the Oregon Convention Center has long lacked. Metro wants to provide $60 million in revenue bonds to support the $212 million, 600-room Hyatt Regency hotel. Opponents of the hotel have challenged the proposal in court and threatened to force a referendum. The bill would clear the way for Metro to proceed. The OAN supports the hotel proposal and believes it would help attract more visitors to the Farwest Show.

"Without an adjacent hotel, the Oregon Convention Center is like a plant with great-looking foliage, but no roots," said Rod Park, who is a past OAN president as well as a past Metro Councilor. "A hotel is the missing element the OCC needs to help Farwest and other shows attract more buyers and visitors. Users and prospective users have said for years that they need a hotel next to OCC, and it's time for us to listen to our customers."

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Echinaceas are hot, hot, hot!

A new generation of ornamental Echinacea has burst onto the horticultural scene with exciting potential — and new popularity — as a garden perennial. Learn about the varieties growers have found success with in the cover story — "Echinacea explosion" — featured on the hot-off-the-press April 2015 issue of Digger magazine.

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

Registration goes live for 2015 Farwest Show

Registration is now available for the largest green industry trade show in the West. The 2015 Farwest Show takes place Aug. 27–29 at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland.

By attending, you will find far more to see, make far more connections with thousands of top industry professionals, and gain far more ideas. Bundle your Expo Pass with tours, seminars, pesticide classes or the Equipment Innovation Day, and save. Register now and grab the early bird discount to save even more.

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Meet the new OSU dean and Extension ag leader this Wednesday, April 1

Meet and greet Dan Edge, OSU's new College of Ag Sciences Associate Dean, as well as the new Extension Ag Program Leader, Sam Angima. The meeting will take place at 4:30 p.m. this Wednesday, April 1, at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (15210 NE Miley Road, Aurora). This is a great opportunity to share your interests and concerns with the OSU's leadership.

Dan Edge


Sam Angima

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Merkley and Bonamici to host joint town halls this week

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) and U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-1st) will hold joint town halls in Yamhill, Clatsop and Columbia counties this week. Locations and times are as follows:

At each town hall, Merkley and Bonamici will update constituents on their work in Washington, D.C., and answer questions and invite suggestions about how to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and America.

"There are huge issues facing Oregonians and the best way for me to effectively advocate for Oregon's families and businesses is by getting out on the road and holding a town hall in every county, every year to hear directly from Oregonians," Merkley said.

"Town hall meetings provide the opportunity for me to hear about the issues facing this diverse district and learn how I can help," Bonamici said. "Constituents always provide valuable feedback that informs the work I do when I'm back in Washington, D.C."

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Soil School is this Saturday, and more Soil Health workshops announced

Soil School will take place from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, at the PCC Rock Creek Event Center (17705 NW Springville Road, Portland). Cost is $30 per person, or $50 for two people, and includes breakfast snacks and lunch. The day will be packed full of information for small farmers, landscapers, gardeners, grounds managers and anyone else who wants to improve their soil. Attendees will learn about soil structure, texture and composition, as well as using beneficial insects and how to improve your soil through cover crops. Other topics will include organic weed control, control of slugs and snails, efficient irrigation and lawn replacement with low-maintenance native ground covers and grasses. Register online at For more information, call 503-238-4775, ext. 105 or email

If you can't make it this Saturday, two Agricultural Soil Health workshops will take place later this month. "Focus on Larger Farms, Conventional Systems, and Perennial Crops" will take place from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. on Monday, April 13 at Behrman Farm (32755 SW Johnson School Road, Cornelius), and "Focus on Small Farms, Organic Operations and Annual Crops" will take place from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. on Monday, April 20 at Swallowtail School & Farm (332 NE Sixth Avenue, Hillsboro). The workshops are free, but registration is required. Register online at For more information, call 503-648-3174, ext. 121 or email

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Retail-Greenhouse chapters to meet on April 22

The Retail and Greenhouse chapters will host their first meeting of the year on Wednesday, April 22 at McMenamins Old Church & Pub, 30340 S.W. Boones Ferry Road, Wilsonville. Join your friends and colleagues for dinner followed by a round-robin presentation detailing the newest plant introductions on the market for 2015 and what's coming down the pike. Presenters include Terra Nova Nurseries, Fisher Farms, Van Essen Nursery and more!

Social hour begins at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the presentation and an EXTRA BIG raffle you don't want to miss. Cost is $25. For more information contact Lisa Barnett, 503-509-8755,

Register online » | Download the flyer »

Willamette Chapter Plant Sale at AgFest

The Willamette Chapter will hold its annual Plant Sale at the Oregon Ag Fest on Saturday and Sunday, April 25–26, at the Oregon State Fairgrounds (2330 17th St. NE, Salem). 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. Please complete the Annual Plant Sale form and email to Val Tancredi at We would appreciate your response by April 14.

Renew your OAN Nursery Guide listings

It's time to renew your OAN 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 renewed 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.

Renew your listings today »

Apply for ONF scholarships

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 15.

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In case you missed it

Rep. Walden, Government Relations Committee discuss immigration issue

Gov. Brown declares drought in Malheur and Lake counties

Neonicotinoid pesticide not sole cause of bee die-off, according to new study

Prohibition of H-2B processing temporarily lifted

USDA declares two drought-stricken Oregon counties as natural disaster areas

OAN supports updated state nursery license bill

City of Portland surveying growers on availability

HRI funds pollinator research projects

ODA prohibits use of four neonicotinoids on linden trees

OAN offers health, dental coverage through Leonard Adams Insurance

Farwest debuts fresh website

ALERT: Farwest exhibitor hotel booking

Energy Trust posts updated rebate forms for 2015

Scholarships offered to Clackamas County students — Applications due April 3

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

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