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Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
April 5, 2017    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Oregonian: Labor shortage collides with immigration crackdown

The change of immigration enforcement priorities with the new administration hasn't led to site-based raids so far — but it has resulted in broader and more numerous enforcement actions, a greater feeling of fear in the immigrant community, and heightened press interest.

The Oregonian was one of the most recent press outlets to run a story, Oregon farmers scrambling as labor shortage collides with Trump immigration crackdown.

The Oregon Association of Nurseries has worked with press outlets to ensure that the coverage is balanced. Jeff Stone has granted several interviews to talk about the importance of immigrant labor, the need for comprehensive immigration reform, and OAN's role in finding solutions to a broken system.

You can find recent stories on immigration enforcement and reform, as well as other workforce-related issues, on the OAN's Workforce page, This page is provided for members only as a benefit of your dues investment.

Additionally, an Immigration Forum will be held from 1–3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20 at the Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan St., Newberg, Oregon. Co-sponsoring the event are OAN, the Oregon Farm Bureau and the Oregon Winegrowers Association. Those attending will include officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, along with a panel of immigration attorneys. Leaders from OAN, OFB and OWA will offer perspective as well.

Immigration Forum: details and registration (use "continue as guest" option)

Oregon pesticide fines quadruple in 2016 as Legislature considers tighter rules

Pesticide-related fines issued by the Oregon Department of Agriculture quadrupled between 2015 and 2016, according to a recently released report from the department. The numbers? Some 37 fines totaling $85,938 were levied in 2016, compared to 23 fines totaling $18,748 in 2015.

The report comes as the Oregon Legislature is considering four bills that would tighten pesticide regulations, reported. Two of the bills relate to pesticides in general, while the other two relate specifically to neonicotinoids. The OAN is opposing all four of the bills.

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'Come as you are' to today's New Member Social

New and longtime OAN members are encouraged to join the OAN staff for a meet-and-greet event from 4–6 p.m. today — 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.

There will also be an opportunity to participate in publicity efforts for the Farwest Show. Part of this year's marketing campaign will directly target more newcomers with a photo series highlighting the strength of our OAN members. Similar to a promotion by the Portland Timbers, our Farwest photo campaign will feature members holding tools of the trade and wearing regular work wear. The goal is to showcase the strength of our community and invite the industry to take advantage of the opportunities only found at Farwest.

If you can't make it today but would still like to participate, two more photo sessions will be scheduled. For more information, contact Kristen Urban at the OAN, or 503-582-2011.

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New Varieties Showcase submission deadline extended through April 15

The submission deadline for the New Varieties Showcase at the 2017 Farwest Show has been extended through April 15. If you have an exciting new plant introduction, the New Varieties Showcase is the place to show it off to garden centers, growers, landscape designers and architects, trade publications and garden writers.

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.

Contact Ali Pennell with questions at 503-682-5089 or

Submit your plant

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Anderson Pots

Leonard Adams


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New report shows the economic and lifestyle benefits of plants

Horticulture positively affects people's lives where they live, work, shop and play, according to a new report from the National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture.

According to #PlantsDoThat, Horticulture: The Art, Science, & Business of Plants, consumer horticulture contributes $196 billion to the U.S. economy and creates more than 2 million jobs. Other statistics stated in the report include:

  • Plants in the workplace reduce employee sick time by 14 percent.
  • Well-landscaped homes are more valuable.
  • 25 percent of all Americans grow berries, veggies or fruit trees.
  • Shaded roadways save 60 percent of repaving costs.
  • America's public gardens generate $2.3 billion in tourism spending.

An infographic from the report showcases the power of plants to improve life. It uses data gathered by Dr. Charlie Hall, the Ellison Endowed Chair in International Floriculture at Texas A&M University, and is available for use in outreach to horticulture industry and non-industry members.

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Japanese beetle eradication project gets underway in Washington County

The Oregon Department of Agriculture will begin a Japanese beetle eradication project this month. The project will target a 1000-acre, largely residential area of Washington County that includes the Cedar Mill and Bonny Slope communities. A record-breaking 369 Japanese beetles were trapped in the area last year, and numerous live beetles were found feeding on roses and other plants.

Japanese beetle is an invasive insect pest that can be destructive in urban and agricultural environments. An ODA risk analysis determined the economic impact to all crops, commodities and other related businesses could be as much as $45.5 million if the pest becomes established in Oregon and generally dispersed throughout the state.

To eradicate the pests, all turf in areas where beetles were trapped last year will be treated with granular applications of the insecticide Acelepryn, which targets Japanese beetle grubs. Acelepryn is safe to humans and domesticated animals. The project hopes to completely eradicate Japanese beetles over the next five years.

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A is for April — and annuals!

This month's edition of Digger magazine shines a spotlight on annual flowers. With their eye-catching color and ease of care, annuals remain popular among all generations of gardeners. You can read this month's flipbook edition of Digger. Please send your comments on the issue to editor Curt Kipp at

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Sign up for crop insurance by May 1

Growers in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington have until May 1 to apply for crop insurance coverage or make changes to their existing coverage. Crop insurance provides protection against a loss in production due to natural perils such as storms and freezing weather.

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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

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 for Duffers Classic Today!

Register today!

Important Dates


  • 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


  • Agricultural Labor Laws Forum April 11 » 8 a.m.–2:45 p.m. 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


In case you missed it...

ODA director visits with Government Relations Committee

OAN submits testimony regarding neonicotinoids

Pest alerts: White pine weevil and honeylocust pod gall midge

OAN works to refine water management and supply bills

Administration proposes $4.7 billion in cuts to USDA

Bill would eliminate pesticide loss reporting requirement

Latino community rattled by ICE actions near Woodburn

Researchers look at thermal weed control

Know your import/export regulations with these online resources

Agricultural pushback preserves beneficial tax provisions

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

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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