Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Sign In   |   Join
Community Search
Member Update: 04_15_15
Share |
OAN Member Update: April 15, 2015
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
April 15, 2015    |      EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

OAN members testify against minimum wage bills

Several members of the OAN testified on Monday night against a slate of bills that would increase Oregon's minimum wage well beyond the annual increases that are mandated in Ballot Measure 25, which voters approved in 2002.

Testifying were Matt Gold of Gold Hill Nursery and Midas Nursery Solutions, Angelo Spada of A & R Spada Farms, John Coulter of Fisher Farms and Angi Hale Bailey of Verna Jean Nursery.

"Our nursery, like the rest of the industry in Oregon, depends very heavily on exporting our plants out of state, mostly to the East Coast, where our competition already has a huge advantage getting their product to our competing customers on freight," Gold said. "Some of our competition is paying 28 percent less in wages due to the difference in minimum wage. We are now contemplating more than doubling our competition's minimum wage. This could be devastating to our nursery, when our non-office labor accounts for 30 percent of our cost to produce plants."

OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone also testified; you can download his testimony here.

The testimony from Gold, Spada, Coulter and Bailey was quickly organized through an OAN action alert once word came down that the hearing would be held.

Oregon already has the third-highest minimum wage in the nation, behind only Washington and the District of Columbia. The bills, if approved, are likely to increase production costs in Oregon at a time when many competing states are still paying just the federal minimum wage. The OAN has pledged to fight for an increase in the federal minimum wage because it would level the playing field amongst producers in different states.

"The OAN is on the front lines trying to protect and defend the Oregon nursery industry," Stone said. "It's what your membership dues pay for."

Help us promote gardening at the Spring Garden Fair in Canby

We need your help! The Oregon Association of Nurseries will have a Plant Something booth at the upcoming Canby Spring Garden Fair on Saturday and Sunday, May 2–3, at the Clackamas County Event Center (aka the fairgrounds) in Canby.

This gardening event featuring some 170 vendors will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Volunteers will receive free admission to the event. Shifts will last about three hours. We will be giving out copies of the Retail Nurseries and Garden Centers Guide and various other doodads designed to excite the gardening public.

To sign up to help, please click here and you will be taken to VolunteerSpot to complete the sign-up process. You'll receive a reminder a few days before the event. For details or questions, contact Crystal Cady or Curt Kipp at 503-682-5089, or

Sign up today!

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes baseball team to honor the Oregon nursery industry

Please save the date for Oregon Nursery Industry Night on Friday, June 26, as the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, Class A Affiliate of the world champion San Francisco Giants, take on the Spokane Indians at 6:35 p.m. at Keizer Stadium. All members are encouraged to attend.

The game will include a first pitch from OAN President Mike Coleman, as well as between-innings presentations that will help the public understand the positive impact the nursery industry has on Oregon's economy. There will also be a post-game fireworks display afterwards.

This special night will be part of the team's new five-night Tribute to Oregon Agriculture June 26–30, but nurseries will have the prime spot — and the only game with fireworks! There will be a seating block for OAN members. Ticket details will be announced soon. In the meantime, please save the date for June 26 and plan to join us.

Lowe's to stop selling all neonicotinoid and neonic-treated products by 2019

In its just-published "2014 Social Responsibility Report," home improvement chain Lowe's announced plans to phase out all neonicotinoid and neonic-treated plant material over the next four years, following similar actions by other retailers.

In response, AmericanHort issued a press release stating, "Lowe's position is surprising, considering the most recent and positive reports on the state of honeybee health (NASS honey report) and recent peer reviewed research. This is an issue for which sound science must take priority."

Read more »

Wilbur Ellis

Lane Forest Products

Looking for work in the Green Industry?

Jordan Ramis

Leonard Adams


Advertise here!

SBA offers drought disaster assistance

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has declared drought emergencies in Crook, Harney, Klamath, Malheur and Lake counties. As a result, the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is making federal low-interest loans available to help small non-farm businesses, including nurseries, with working capital needs caused by the drought.

Disaster loan information and application forms are available by calling 800-659-2955 or emailing Individuals who are hearing-impaired may call 800-877-8339.

Read more »

UDSA reminds nursery growers of May 1 crop insurance deadline

The USDA's Risk Management Agency would like to remind nursery growers of the May 1 deadline to purchase crop insurance. Nursery growers who already have coverage under the federal crop insurance program need to renew or modify their crop insurance policies before the sales closing date has passed. Growers applying for coverage for the first time may purchase a crop insurance policy at any time.

Read more »

Spring weather brings downy mildew, rusts, pear blister mites and galls

Robin Rosetta of the OSU Extension warned this past week that downy mildew has been spotted on a wide range of ornamental plants. In addition, Gymnosporangium spp. rusts have been spotted on various hosts, including serviceberry, quince, mountain ash and pears.

Pears are also susceptible this time of year to pear leaf blister mites. The mites move out from under the bud scales so they can feed on the developing leaves. Their feeding causes the blisters, which serve as protective homes to the eriophyids and their eggs during the growing season.

Lastly, Rosetta advised azalea growers to be on the lookout for leaf and flower gall.

Take the IR-4 Ornamental Horticulture Survey

The IR-4 Project's Ornamental Horticulture Program at Rutgers University helps provide pest management solutions for greenhouse, nursery, landscape, Christmas tree and forestry producers. Since 1963, the project has been a major developer of research data to support new EPA tolerances and labeled product uses. The project works to place new diseases, insects, weeds, as well as new crops on already registered ornamental horticulture product labels.

Every other year, the project prioritizes the next two-year research plan. You can help focus the project's research by answering a few questions about the diseases, insects, and weeds which impact your business.

Take the Survey »

SAVE THE DATE: 2015 ANLD Designers Garden Tour — June 20

The Association of Northwest Landscape Designers (ANLD) will present its 11th annual tour from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Saturday, June 20. Eight professionally designed private gardens on Portland's west side will be featured. Designers will be on hand to discuss their creative approach to landscape design, and homeowners will share their experience of working with a designer and how their new garden has enhanced their lifestyle. Tickets are $20 if purchased by May 1; $25 thereafter.

Read more »

Today is the last day to apply for ONF Scholarships

Tell your employees, kids, grandkids and friends! April 15 is the last day to apply for one of the 18 Oregon Nurseries Foundation scholarships. Each scholarship is designed to support students studying horticulture or a related field. Awards range from $500 to $1,500. Find out more information online at

Read more »

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.

Register today »

Get more from your OAN membership

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

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. Last year the site had more than 126,000 visits and 652,000 pageviews.

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 »

In case you missed it

Be on the lookout for these pests

SAVE THE DATE: AgChat Foundation Conference — April 27–28

Op-ed highlights the economic benefits of immigration

Echinaceas are hot, hot, hot!

Be on the lookout for spittlebugs

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

Advertise with the OAN

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

The 2015 OAN Media Kit is now available
Download the OAN Media Kit
Follow OAN on Facebook Are your Co-Workers missing out on the Member Update

© Copyright 2015 Oregon Association of Nurseries
29751 SW Town Center Loop W., Wilsonville, OR 97070
Ph: 503.682.5089 ♦ 888-283-7219 ♦ F: 503.682.5099 ♦ ♦

Send your story ideas, tips and comments to publications and communications manager Curt Kipp via e-mail, or call him at 503-582-2008.

View Archive Editions.

Sign In/Renew Membership


Worker Protection Standard training

Worker Protection Standard training

Worker Protection Standard training

OAN Membership Day

Worker Protection Standard training

Follow us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter Email Us

Copyright © 2018 Oregon Association of Nurseries All Rights Reserved.
29751 SW Town Center Loop W. Wilsonville, OR 97070 • Get Directions
Phone: 888-283-7219 • 503-682-5089 • Fax: 503-682-5099 • E-mail us