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SCOTUS begins deliberation on Obama's immigration plan; Willamette Chapter Plant Sale at Oregon Ag Fest; PEST ALERT: Viburnum leaf beetle; more
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APRIL 20, 2016    |     IMPORTANT DATES     |     ADVERTISE

BOLI rolls out draft minimum wage rulemaking

The state Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) has released its draft rulemaking (PDF) spelling out implementation of the new, three-tiered minimum wage law that was approved by the Oregon Legislature.

A hearing on these draft rules will be held from 2–4 p.m. next Monday, April 25, at BOLI headquarters (800 NE Oregon St. Room 1B, Portland). Written comments are due no later than 5 p.m. May 23, and may be directed to

The new law mandates different minimum wages depending on region of the state, with employers in the Portland area having to pay more than those in other regions. The new draft BOLI rules spell out wage and record-keeping requirements that kick in when an employee works in multiple wage regions for longer than an incidental period of time (4 hours per week). It also imposes new record-keeping requirements on all employers regardless of whether the workers cross regional boundaries.

The majority of Oregon nurseries are located near Portland, and several have multiple farms — including possibly some inside the highest wage tier and others outside of it. The proposal has prompted concern that it will force agricultural employers with locations in multiple regions to either pay a higher wage and/or take on a far greater degree of recordkeeping.

"Rulemaking should not go beyond the legislative intent of the law that was passed," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "The Legislature said that employer location would be based on where the worker reports to work, period. The new wage law is going to make things difficult enough for farmers as it is, without these additional hoops to jump through."

SCOTUS begins deliberation on Obama's immigration plan

A short-handed U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday over a challenge to President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration, which would prevent the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants in the country.

According to The New York Times, the justices "seemed sharply divided" on the question of whether a president can defer deportation without congressional authority. Justices Sotomayor and Breyer voiced favorable opinions of such an action, but Justice Kennedy and Chief Justice Roberts were skeptical.

The case, United States v. Texas, concerns a program intended to allow more than four million unauthorized immigrants who are the parents of citizens or of lawful permanent residents to apply for a program sparing them from deportation and providing them work permits. The program, announced in November 2014, was called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA.

A ruling is due by the end of June. With the court down a justice due to the death this past February of Justice Antonin Scalia, a 4–4 verdict is a distinct possibility. A tie vote would leave in place an appeals court ruling that blocks the plan, but it would set no precedent and therefore would allow a renewed challenge to the plan once the court is back at full strength.

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Willamette Chapter Plant Sale at Oregon Ag Fest is this weekend

Help support the next generation of green industry professionals by attending the OAN Willamette Chapter's annual Plant Sale. It takes place this weekend, April 23–24, at the Oregon State Fairgrounds (2330 17th St. N.E., Salem). Held in conjunction with the Oregon Ag Fest, the plant sale raises money for the chapter's educational fund.

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Online video highlights importance of farm shop safety

There's lots you can do to lower your risk of workplace injuries. This entertaining, yet educational video, produced by SAIF Corporation in conjunction with the OAN, highlights the seven most common problem areas found around the farm shop and what you can do to improve safety for you and your employees. Topics include the safe use of grinders and compressed air, arc welding, energy control and more. For more safety and health resources, visit the SAIF website.

PEST ALERT: Viburnum leaf beetle

Viburnum leaf beetle is now active in Washington state, according to OSU entomologist Robin Rosetta. The pest has not been detected in Oregon, but now is a good time to monitor for beetle larvae.

Larvae hatch in spring and begin to feed on the new viburnum leaves. Larvae are pale yellow to pale green with black dots and are about ¼-inch long when mature. Larvae crawl down the stems of the bushes to pupate in the soil in June. Adults emerge in July and feed again on the foliage. Adults are bronze-colored beetles about ¼-inch long.

Both the larvae and adults eat holes in leaves, leaving only the leaf veins. High populations can defoliate bushes twice in one year. Multiple years of feeding can kill some bushes.

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Wanted: Spruce spider mites

Oregon State University is currently looking for spruce spider mite-infested plants in containers, so that researchers may study the pest. Oligonychus ununguis is one of the most common spider mites occurring in nursery production. It is the predominant spider mite affecting conifers in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere. To donate plant material, email

OSU Extension Service hires new associate director

Lindsey Shirley has been named associate director of Oregon State University Extension Service. She will also serve as associate provost. She succeeds Deborah Maddy, who retired.

Shirley moves over to OSU from Utah State, where she was an associate professor with expertise in textiles and apparel design. She has a bachelor's degree and Ph.D. from Iowa State University and a master's in education from the University of Minnesota.

Renew your listings in OAN Nursery Guide by May 2

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 May 2 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 May 1 will remain on the website through April 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 or 1-888-283-7219.

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REMINDER: Purchase crop insurance by May 1

May 1 is the deadline to purchase crop insurance coverage. Crop insurance provides protection against a loss in production due to natural perils such as wind, storms and freezes. Nursery growers who already have coverage under the federal crop insurance program can renew or modify their 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.

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OSU offering free 'Introduction to Permaculture' online course this spring

Oregon State University is offering a free online course on sustainable landscape design. The four-week course, "Introduction to Permaculture," will run from May 2–27; registration is open now.

Teaching the course is Andrew Millison, an instructor in OSU's Horticulture Department and founder of Permaculture Design International (PDI). Millison has been involved in permaculture practice, design and education for 20 years.

"I've seen exponential growth in permaculture in recent years because it directly addresses many of the issues that are on people's minds, such as climate change, food security and the alleviation of poverty," Millison said. "Permaculture offers solutions to these issues, and this course gives people a way to make a positive impact."

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Important Dates

Willamette Chapter Plant Sale at Ag Fest
APRIL 23-24 - The Willamette Chapter will hold its annual Plant Sale at the Oregon Ag Fest on April 23-24. Your generous donation of plant materials helps raise money for the chapter's educational fund. More Info »

Clackamas County student scholarships due
APRIL 29 - Applications are due for the two $2,000 scholarships being offered by the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District for the 2016–17 school year. For questions, contact Lisa Kilders at 503-210-6002. More Info »

AFE scholarship applications due
MAY 1 - The American Floral Endowment (AFE) is offering more than 20 scholarships to floriculture and horticulture students. The deadline to submit applications is May 1. More Info »

Nursery Guide listings due
MAY 2 - It's now time to renew your Nursery Guide listings! Each OAN member gets a free profile and one free listing. Listings that are renewed by May 2 will appear in the printed book and remain on the website through April 30 of the following year. Renew your listings today.

Nursery Guide display advertising due
MAY 2 - Reserve your ad space in the OAN Nursery Guide book by May 2, or get a banner ad on (call anytime for availability; space is limited). Contact Blair Thompson ( or 503-582-2012) or download our ad kit for details.

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