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Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
April 27, 2017    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

OAN, others host Immigration Forum in Newberg

Organizations representing a broad spectrum of Oregon agriculture, including the Oregon Association of Nurseries, held an Immigration Forum for their members last Thursday (April 20) in Newberg.

Members of the OAN, the Oregon Winegrowers Association, the Oregon Farm Bureau, the Oregon Dairy Farmers Association and the Oregon Cattlemen's Association packed a gymnasium-sized room at the Chehalem Cultural Center.

It was a rare opportunity to hear directly from officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which conducts removal operations, as well as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, which processes applications for temporary or permanent status.

Quinn Andrus, community relations officer with USCIS, noted that immigration laws have not changed, but the enforcement priorities do change with each president. The prior administration focused on removing criminals and those who recently entered the country illegally. The current one is focused on removing criminals, as well, but not exclusively.

"We are no longer directed to ignore any class of undocumented immigrants," said Melissa Nitsch, community relations officer with ICE.

Also speaking were attorney Tim Bernasek of Dunn Carney, and Susan Felstiner, professor of law at Lewis & Clark College. They gave information on what to do if ICE agents come to their place of business.

Watch for a recap soon at

Coverage in the Capital Press

Horticulture represented at White House farmers' roundtable

On Tuesday (April 25), President Donald Trump held a farmers' roundtable at the White House with 14 diverse representatives of agriculture invited to take part. There to represent nurseries was Tom Demaline, the incoming chairman of the board at AmericanHort and president/CEO of Willoway Nurseries in Avon, Ohio.

In addition to the president, Vice President Mike Pence and new USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue also took part. The group had a discussion on several pressing issues for American agriculture, including trade, labor, regulatory reform and rural infrastructure.

At the gathering, the president signed an Executive Order on Promoting Ag and Rural Prosperity. It establishes an interagency task force, chaired by Secretary Purdue, which will identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes to enhance American agriculture, rural economic development, job growth, infrastructure improvements, technological innovation, energy security and quality of life in rural America. The task force is to report back within 180 days.

Craig Regelbrugge, vice president of government relations at AmericanHort, noted that the topic of labor did come up at the roundtable. The executive order specifically directs the task force to look at ways to "ensure access to a reliable workforce and increase employment opportunities in agriculture-related and rural-focused businesses."

"Foreign-born labor comprises the majority of the on-farm workforce, and when we are producing here, we are creating jobs in the farm-dependent economy," Regelbrugge stated in an update issued by AmericanHort.

AmericanHort and the OAN will monitor the task force's progress and provide input as appropriate.

Early-bird registration now open for 2017 Farwest Show

Registration for the 2017 Farwest Show in Portland, Oregon, is now open for attendees and exhibitors. Early registration comes with discount pricing on hotels, show passes, tours and education.

This year's attendance is expected to increase with a new and improved schedule for show days and hours. Farwest 2017 will take place Wednesday, August 23 through Friday, August 25, with the show opening later, at noon on Wednesday, to offer more flexibility for attendees and exhibitors to visit nurseries.

"We're looking forward to another great year for Farwest," said Allan Niemi, OAN director of events. "Participation has been on the upswing in recent years and will continue in 2017. The mood of the industry is upbeat and that will be reflected in the excitement and enthusiasm of our attendees and exhibitors."

Registration is now available online. Details on host hotels can be found on the hotel and travel page. Complete details on events, daily schedules, speakers and education for Farwest 2017 will be posted at in the coming days and weeks.

For more information, contact Allan Niemi at 503-582-2005, Interested in Sponsorships or an Exhibit Booth? New Farwest Sponsorship packages are now available. See new opportunities here.

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Willamette Chapter Plant Sale takes place this weekend at Oregon Ag Fest

Help support the next generation of green industry professionals by attending the OAN Willamette Chapter's annual Plant Sale, which takes place this weekend, April 29–30, 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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Court blocks executive order on sanctuary cities

A U.S. District Court judge in California on Tuesday (April 25) blocked President Trump's executive order on sanctuary cities, which sought to withhold funds from cities that limit cooperation with immigration enforcement. Judge William H. Orrick stated in his ruling that only Congress could place such conditions on the dispersal of federal funding. President Trump on Wednesday vowed to challenge the order.

Immigration crackdowns causing concern across agriculture industry

President Donald Trump's hard line against immigrants in the U.S. illegally has sent a chill through the nation's agricultural industry, according to an article by the Associated Press. The story is accompanied by a video that includes comments from OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone.

ICE agents have arrested hundreds of immigrants since Trump took office. Field hands have been among those targeted.

Immigrants working illegally in this country accounted for about 46 percent of America's roughly 800,000 crop farmworkers in recent years, according to an Associated Press analysis of data from the U.S. Departments of Labor and Agriculture.

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Senate confirms Perdue as agriculture secretary

After months of delay, the U.S. Senate confirmed former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue as U.S. secretary of agriculture. Perdue is the son of a farmer and has owned several agricultural companies, but isn't related to or affiliated with the food company Perdue or the poultry producer Perdue Farms.

President-elect Trump nominated him just two days before his inauguration, but the nomination was delayed as the administration prepared ethics paperwork. Perdue eventually said he would step down from several companies bearing his name to avoid conflicts of interest.

Perdue's main task over the coming year will be working with Congress on the next five-year Farm Bill. Current farm policy expires next year. Lawmakers on the House and Senate agriculture committees will have to find a way to push it through Congress amid heightened partisan tensions and concerns over spending.

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USDA releases annual report on plant protection and quarantine

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service released its 2016 Annual Report on Plant Protection and Quarantine (PDF).

The report documents the program's accomplishments, including efforts to strengthen pest exclusion, make agricultural trade safe and support U.S. exports. Last year, the program issued more than 650,000 plant health certificates, facilitating the export of U.S. commodities valued at $134.8 billion.

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Arbor Day video available for online promotion

A special Plant Something video has been created to help retailers, growers and others promote Arbor Day, which will be celebrated nationwide this Friday, April 28.

The Arbor Day video is available here and can be embedded on websites and linked to from email newsletters.

The Oregon Association of Nurseries is an affiliate and licensee of the nationwide Plant Something program. That means that all members have access to the special Plant Something marketing materials that have been created. Simply log on to to view and download these items.

Tee up for Duffers Classic Golf Tournament on June 8

The 28th annual Duffers Classic Golf Tournament, presented by Country Financial and Jordan Ramis PC, 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.

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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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Important Dates


  • Agricultural pesticides collection eventApril 28, Estacada, Oregon » More info


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


  • Deadline to sign up for crop insuranceMay 1 » More info


  • Seminar: 'Stop the Invasion'May 6 » More info


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


  • Scotch broom symposium ♦ May 23 Snoqualmie, Washington »  More info


  • OAN Sunset Chapter Golf and Southern BBQ Buffet ♦ May 25, 5 p.m., Hillsboro, Oregon. » More info


  • Duffers Classic Golf Tournament June 8, 7 a.m.–1 p.m., Oregon City, Oregon » More info


  • 2017 OSU Field DayJune 15 — Details to come!


  • 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 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.

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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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