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OAN Member Update: May 6, 2015
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
May 6, 2015

New H-2B regulations may present hurdles for small businesses

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Labor released new H-2B visa regulations last week after previous versions were struck down by a federal judge. The new rules go into effect this week.

While larger employers may be able to follow the rules, added requirements may make it more difficult for smaller employers to use the H-2B program, said Daniel Kowalski of the Fowler Law Firm in Austin, Texas.

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2015 Ag Fest sets new attendance record

The 28th annual Ag Fest saw record crowds, with 20,145 people — a 15 percent jump over last year — attending the two-day celebration of Oregon's agricultural community.

Held this past April 25–26 in Salem, the festival also raised record funds — more than $82,000 in cash donations and over $32,000 in-kind donations. Proceeds go to produce and grow the show, as well as some grants to FFA programs.

In addition, Ag Fest was the site of the annual OAN Willamette Chapter plant sale. Look for a recap in a future edition of Member Update.

Lawn-damaging beetle confirmed in Washington state

Washington state has a new turf pest, the European chafer (Rhizotrogus majalis), a beetle of the Scarabaeidae family. According to Todd Murray of the Washington State University Extension, a Seattle-area homeowner submitted a large, C-shaped grub in association with major lawn damage. The identification was later confirmed by the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

Right now, the European chafer is in the larval stage. Turf damage can appear similar to that of European crane fly. To scout for it, inspect areas with turf damage for C-shaped scarab larvae. Turf damaged by animals, such as raccoon and skunks, can also be a sign of infestation (as with crane flies). Adult beetles have been detected in other areas but no established infestations have been reported.

This is a good year to look for infestations in lawns as reports of crane fly damage have been the highest in many years. If you find other lawns infested with European chafer, email or call 360-303-2223.

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Ship and save with OAN Trucks to 2015 Summer Trade Shows

The OAN is coordinating trucks to three summer trade shows — Cultivate'15, IGC Chicago and IGC Baltimore. Space is limited and reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Trucks to Trade Shows

To make a reservation, fill out the order form here and send it to Kate Crawford ( or fax 503-682-5099). For questions, contact Kate at 503-582-2010.

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May Digger arrives in mailboxes

The May issue of Digger magazine features small shrubs with big impact, like cover model Pink Icing Blueberry from the BrazelBerries Collection by Fall Creek Farm and Nursery. These diminutive options offer many significant benefits, from berries and color, to beauty and easy care. Download a PDF of this article.

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

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Welcome to OAN's new members

Two new companies and individuals joined the Oregon Association of Nurseries in April. To these new members, welcome!

Chehalem Mountain Nursery Inc.
Steve Grace
Hillsboro, OR
Greenhouse Chapter

Ekstrom & Schmidt Nursery LLC
Brandon Schmidt
Troutdale, OR
Mt. Hood Chapter

Plan to attend today's meeting on NWREC nursery position

The Oregon Association of Nurseries is hosting a meeting today on the Professor of Nursery Production position at OSU's North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC). Bill Braunworth, department head at OSU's Horticulture School, and Mike Bondi, NWREC director, will lead the meeting and review last fall's unsuccessful search, as well as possible changes to the position description and announcement that will go out in the next round.

The meeting will take place from 4–5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6 at the OAN office in Wilsonville. Please RSVP to Mike Bondi, For any other questions, contact Jeff Stone,

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. Download the flyer for details and special ticket rates.

Register today for the 2015 International Trials Conference and save $50

Held in conjunction with the 2015 Farwest Show in Portland, Oregon, the prestigious 2015 International Trials Conference promises to be an incredible experience. Educational programming and tours will further the mission of encouraging the creation of universal evaluation criteria and collaboration among plant trial locations, resulting in more meaningful trial data.

Attendees who register before July 31 will save $50 off the regular price of $449. Student/teacher passes are also available for $199. For more information about the conference, visit

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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.

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Free agricultural pesticide waste collection for six area counties — May 22

Residents of Polk, Yamhill, Marion, Benton, Linn and Lincoln counties can register to drop off pesticide waste and containers from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Friday, May 22, at the Polk County Public Works, 820 S.W. Ash St., Dallas. Participants must pre-register by this Friday, May 8. To download the registration form, visit or For more information, contact Clare Sullivan at the OSU Extension Office at 541-730-3537 or email

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NRCS budgets nearly $4 million for watershed rehabilitation in Oregon

International Trials Conference speakers and tours announced

Get the most out of your membership with the 2015 OAN Member Resource Guide

Azalea lace bug nymphs spotted in Oregon

OAN members testify against minimum wage bills

Take the IR-4 Ornamental Horticulture Survey

2015 ANLD Designers Garden Tour — June 20

OAN supports updated state nursery license bill

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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

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