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Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
May 4, 2017    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Recap of Immigration Forum now online

Organizations representing a broad spectrum of Oregon agriculture, including the Oregon Association of Nurseries, held an Immigration Forum for their members on Thursday, April 20, 2017 in Newberg, Oregon.

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.

Attendees heard directly from officials with the 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.

Tim Bernasek of the law firm Dunn Carney and Susan Felstiner of Lewis and Clark Law School provided legal perspective on recent developments with immigration.

Recaps of these discussions are now available on the Workforce resource webpage — OAN created the webpage to address the recent enforcement activity by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The webpage will continue to be updated with current news and information as well as helpful downloads. The webpage is created and maintained just for members. To access it, you will need to log in as an OAN member. If you don't know your OAN website login information, please call the OAN office at 503-682-5089.

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Be a part of the new Farwest marketing campaign

The Farwest Show is creating a new "I'll Be There" marketing campaign highlighting our exhibitors and attendees. We are looking for members to participate in our next promotional photo shoot at the OAN office from 3:30–5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 24.

"We want members because they are the real deal," show director Allan Niemi said. "Part of our Farwest marketing campaign this year is to directly target more newcomers with this photo campaign highlighting the strength of our OAN members who are at the show. By creating this promotion including themed pictures of all of YOU, we want to attract more people and companies in our industry to the show so they can connect with you."

The campaign is similar to a recent Portland Timbers campaign with photos of everyday fans. But instead of holding axes, members are holding tools of the nursery trade, such as shovels, and wearing their 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," Niemi said. "The more of you who participate in this photo shoot, the stronger the campaign."

Participants will enjoy beer, wine and snacks at this fun event, while connecting with friends in the association and getting photos taken for a good cause.

Questions? Please contact Kristen at the OAN at or 503-582-2011.

Legislature, governor look to balance budget

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and legislators have announced a series of proposed cost-cutting and revenue-raising measures intended to address a $1.6-billion gap in the state budget. These are expected to be just the opening salvo as the parties negotiate and attempt to balance the budget:

  • The Ways and Means Committee issued a cost containment memo last Friday that includes a hiring freeze, plus recommendations to curtail the long-term growth in state expenses.
  • This week, Gov. Brown announced several executive branch moves to cut costs including leveraging real estate assets, collecting debt owed to the state, and directing agencies to pay down their debt to avoid interest charges.
  • Legislative leaders convened a Joint Tax Reform Committee to consider all revenue raising and tax credit legislation.

Still expected is a transportation package, which many around the capitol consider a must this session. The lack of such a package was considered one of the most notable failures in the prior session.

The pace of legislative action shifted this week. The House met for extended floor sessions to process the huge volume of bills that squeaked out of committee just before the April deadlines. Committees focused on conducting public hearings on legislation that has passed the chamber of origin. The Ways and Means Subcommittees are beginning their second round of budget hearings on each of the agency budgets, and the Capital Construction Subcommittee has begun meeting regularly on Fridays.

The OAN continues to monitor bills addressing employer mandates, water supplies, pest and disease control, immigration, and other issues affecting the nursery industry.

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Trump's tough talk appears to be deterring border crossings

The number of migrants crossing illegally and legally into the United States has dropped markedly since President Trump took office, according to a story in the New York Times.

Trump's tough talk is cited as a main reason for the decline. "Our border is no longer open to illegal immigration," President Trump said during a recent speech. "If they try to break in you'll be caught and you'll be returned to your home. You're not staying any longer."

Trump's rhetoric appears to be having an effect at the southern border with Mexico. The number of apprehensions made there has plummeted from more than 40,000 per month at the end of 2016 to just 12,193 in March, according to federal data.

Worth noting: there is no direct indicator of illegal immigration — it is estimated based on apprehensions, which already had been declining prior to the current administration.

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Digger explores issues affecting the future of horticulture

The nursery industry is on the cusp of major changes brought on by demographics, technology and market forces. The May 2017 issue of Digger magazine looks at the ways the industry is trying to attract young people into the industry, as well as how business size and technology may affect future growth.

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


2017 OSU Ornamental Plant Breeding Field Day set for June 15

Come see what the Ornamental Plant Breeding Program at Oregon State University has been developing over the last few years. Highlights include reblooming lilacs, new sterile althea, mockorange with amazing fragrance, disease-resistant cotoneasters and large populations of triploid maples that will be tested over the coming years for fertility. Take a look at the diversity OSU is creating in more than a dozen genera and help provide valuable industry input!

The event will take place from 1–5 p.m. Thursday, June 15 at Lewis-Brown Horticulture Research Farm (33329 SE Peoria Rd., Corvallis, Oregon). For more information, contact Ryan Contreras, Ph.D., associate professor of ornamental plant breeding, at 541-737-5462 or

OSU unveils new logo

Oregon State University recently unveiled a new logo. Like a coat of arms, it visually represents the university's focus on agriculture, forestry, natural resources, engineering and other work that benefits Oregonians.

Standing atop the crest is a beaver, the state animal and school mascot. It reflects the personality of the university, according to Steve Clark, OSU's vice president for University Relations and Marketing.

"We work hard, we get things done. We don't just talk, we do," Clark said.

A tree and an open book represent knowledge, according to an OSU news release. Three stars represent the OSU campuses in Corvallis, Bend and Newport, and the date 1868 is when the university was founded.

Other items on the crest include a reference to the state seal, with a sun setting over the ocean, plus mountain peaks under the stars. Together, the symbols speak to OSU's status as a land, sea, sun and space grant university.

The logo change is accompanied by a new motto, "Out there," which expresses OSU's network of statewide Extension and research stations and its Willamette Valley, Cascades and coastal campuses.

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Researchers test landscape plants for tolerance to air pollution

Landscape plants can help reduce air pollution and beautify city environments — but which specific trees and shrubs are most resilient when planted in green belts along heavily trafficked roadsides?

To answer that question, Chinese researchers studied 47 plant species to find the ones that exhibited the healthiest long-term growth in environments exposed to atmospheric pollution. They gathered leaves from plants at various urban and suburban sites, and tested them using an "air pollution tolerance index." The index measured four parameters, including relative water content, total chlorophyll content, leaf-extract pH and ascorbic acid.

The researchers identified Yulan magnolia (Magnolia denudata), Japanese persimmon (Diospyros kaki), Chinese sumac (Alianthus altissima), Chinese ash (Fraxinus chinensis) and Chinese rose (Rose chinensis) as the plants most tolerant of air pollution. The results were published in the October 2016 issue of Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety.

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Orora Visual launches specialized horticultural division

Launched in April, Orora Visual is the name of a new company that unites four print and point-of-purchase businesses, including IntegraColor (Dallas), The Register Print Group (New Jersey), Graphic Tech (Los Angeles) and The Garvey Group (Chicago and Los Angeles).

The announcement also introduced Orora Visual Horticultural, which replaces IntegraColor's former Horticultural Marketing & Printing division.

Jack Davis, vice president of sales and marketing, said the new venture would provide an enhanced collection of new packaging, point-of-purchase and technology solutions specifically directed at the nursery, lawn and garden industry.

"Orora Visual Horticultural is uniquely positioned to partner with customers to develop high-impact, cost-effective campaigns that resonate with consumers and drive sales," Davis said.

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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.

New Farwest sponsorship packages are now available. See new opportunities to connect with thousands of industry professionals here.

For more information, contact Allan Niemi at 503-582-2005,

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Farwest sponsorships – Expand Your Brand

Farwest, the largest green industry trade show in the West, offers the complete show experience. Connect with over 6,000 industry professionals and over 400 exhibitors. In addition, over 50 percent of attendees only attend Farwest. No other show offers nearly everything the industry has to offer under one roof and located at the gateway to Nursery Country.

Why sponsor? Farwest sponsorship places your brand directly in the line of sight of nursery, landscape and retail garden center industry decision makers from 18 different countries and 50 states. Farwest is your connection to the West.

Interested in sponsorships or an exhibit booth? New Farwest sponsorship packages are now available. See new opportunities here.

For more information, contact Allan Niemi at 503-582-2005,

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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Important Dates


  • 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 Ornamental Plant Breeding Field DayJune 15 — Lewis-Brown Horticulture Research Farm (33329 SE Peoria Rd., Corvallis, Oregon).


  • International Master Gardener Conference July 10–14, Portland, Oregon » More info


  • Farwest Show NEW DAYS 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.

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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