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Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
May 10, 2017    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

New version of gross receipts tax proposed

After months of backroom discussion on how to close the state budget gap, House Democrats have brought forth a proposal that would tax businesses' gross receipts rather than their profits.

Oregon businesses would pay a tax of 0.95 percent on annual sales greater than $5 million. In this respect it is similar to Measure 97, which voters defeated this past November after the most expensive ballot measure battle in state history. The chief difference is that Measure 97 would have set a 2.5 percent tax on sales over $25 million. In other words, the new measure would tax more businesses, but at a lower rate.

The measure, if approved, would raise a projected $2 billion in the upcoming biennium. Three-quarters of it would be earmarked for education. Measure 97 would have raised $6 billion per biennium.

"As with Measure 97, the main concern here is the unfairness to businesses that run on low margins, including nurseries," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "Not only would they be paying this tax, but so would their suppliers, putting an even tighter squeeze on growers at a time when labor costs are also rising. We understand there's a budget gap, but if new revenue is going to be part of the answer, then the state also must address its structural spending issues, including its pension obligations."

Although the OAN is open to some discussion of revenue options, funds from the state's nursery license fees must be considered untouchable.

"The license fees are there for one reason — to pay for programs nurseries use, primarily the inspections that assure Oregon's access to nationwide markets," Stone said. "We will protect these funds so they are used only as intended."

Legislators unveil ambitious tax plan to upgrade Oregon's transportation system

Legislators on Monday announced a sprawling proposal that would raise $8.2 billion over the next decade to address the state's stressed transportation infrastructure. According to, the funds would be generated by increased vehicle fees, payroll and gas taxes, and would be used to ease traffic bottlenecks and make seismic improvements.

The plan proposes adding lanes on Interstate 5 and Highway 217, as well as widening Interstate 205, in addition to several other projects throughout the state.

Tax hikes would be imposed over the next decade, including:

  • Increasing the gas tax by 14 cents, to 44 cents per gallon;
  • Increasing title fees by $40, to $117;
  • Increasing registration fees by $40, to $83, and adding a tiered structure;
  • 0.1 percent payroll tax;
  • 5 percent tax on new bicycle sales; and
  • 1 percent tax on new vehicle sales.

Tolls on I-5 and I-205 have also been considered to alleviate traffic in the Portland area, although some stretches might be toll-free to ease the burden on low-income Oregonians.

"Freight movement is important to all Oregon nurseries, whether they ship nationwide or just around the Northwest," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "It's vital that we catch up on what's been a neglected road system so goods can be moved to market efficiently. But we need to make sure that the burden is shared equally and fairly, and we'll be analyzing this proposal with that objective in mind."

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OAN to host meeting next Monday on economic impact of Japanese beetle

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon Association of Nurseries will co-host an outcome-based meeting on the agricultural impacts of Japanese beetle if the pest were to become established here. Currently, there are eradication efforts taking place in the Portland area, following last year's discovery of record numbers of the pest.

Michael Thomas, an agricultural economist with Florida A&M University, will speak about his work researching the costs associated with Japanese beetle control and mitigation. In turn, he would like to learn from members of Oregon's nursery, wine and berry industries who have specific knowledge of:

  • Current seasonal infield management practices necessary to maintain viable crops
  • Preventative treatment concerns
  • Costs of production increase — should management plans change, such as making additional passes with chemical pesticides each season?
  • Current market access, potential impact or implications
  • Organic production — what might this mean in these areas of production?

The meeting will take place from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. next Monday, May 15, at the OAN offices in Wilsonville (29751 SW Town Center Loop West, Wilsonville, Oregon). To RSVP, click here. For more information, contact Jeff Stone at

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OAN member benefits fair set for next Wednesday

The OAN will host an Open House and Member Benefits Fair from 4–6 p.m. next Wednesday, May 17 at the OAN office, 29751 SW Town Center Loop West, Wilsonville.

Members and non-members alike are invited to drop in anytime and learn more about the terrific programs and benefits that are available to OAN members, including Legal Access, health coverage, Trucks to Trade Shows, fuel discounts, credit card processing, discounted Farwest Show booths and OAN advertising, and much more. There will be refreshments and light snacks provided. Please RSVP to 503-682-5089 or just come on by.

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Willamette Chapter Plant Sale raises more than $5,000 for horticulture education

The OAN Willamette Chapter held its annual plant sale at the Oregon Ag Fest on April 29–30 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. The fundraiser netted more than $5,000, which will help further the education of local horticulture students.

Additionally, the plant sale provided valuable customer service and sales experience for area high school students who belong to local Future Farmers of America chapters. FFA students from Gervais and McKay high schools gained experience in assisting customers with their plant purchases.

Organizers thank the following plant donors who helped make this fundraiser possible: Alpha Nursery, AF Nursery, Al's Garden & Home, Bountiful Farms, Bailey Nurseries, Cam's Willamette Nursery, Carlton Plants, Heritage Seedlings, Holden Wholesale, Kraemer's Nursery, McKinnon Nursery, Schiedler Nursery, Tree Frog Nursery, Van's Nursery, Villarreal Nursery, Woodburn Nursery and Azaleas, and Youngblood Nursery.

Organizers also thank Alpha Nursery for serving as a drop site to stage plants for collection, as well as the FFA students and student advisors of Gervais and McKay high schools who were instrumental to the fundraiser's success.

The plant sale succeeded in large part due to repeat business from local families who have patronized the sale over the 15 years that the Willamette Chapter has participated in Ag Fest.

Survey helps identify issues for ornamental horticulture

The IR-4 Project 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. You can help focus the project's research by answering a few questions about the diseases, insects, and weeds which impact your business.

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Taking Root Scholarship Program now accepting applications

Arborjet is seeking applicants for its 2017 Taking Root Scholarship Program. Now in its fourth year, the scholarship program will award 10 graduating high school seniors with a $1,000 scholarship to pursue full-time studies in forestry, plant sciences, horticulture, entomology, environmental science or a related major at an accredited two-year or four-year college.

"We are thrilled to again be able to recognize students who are passionate about trees, plants and our environment," said Russ Davis, president and COO of Arborjet. "We ask counselors, educators, parents and members of the tree and plant care health community to come together and encourage any promising high school seniors you know to take advantage of Arborjet's scholarship program."

Interested students and educators can find out more about the scholarship program by visiting The application deadline is June 30, 2017.

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Pest alert: Spittlebugs & wooly beech aphid

The first froth of spittlebugs has recently been sighted, according to OSU entomologist Robin Rosetta. In 11 of the past 13 years, spittlebugs have been spotted between April 26 and May 15. They can be found on a wide variety of plants, particularly herbs and herbaceous perennials. Heavy feeding can stunt plant growth and commonly causes distortion of the new growth on which the pests feed.

Rosetta also noted sightings this week of nymphal stages of woolly beech aphid. "Now would be a good time to monitor for this tiny aphid pest," she said. "It is much more difficult to control when aphid numbers, leaf curling and aphid wax increases."

Keep track of these and other seasonal pests by logging on regularly to the OSU Pacific Northwest Nursery Integrated Pest Management website.

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Welcome to OAN's new members

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

Ball Horticultural Company
Therese LaTelle
West Chicago, IL
Chapter: At Large

Tom Harbolt
Gaston Nursery LLC
dba Fisher Farms
Gaston, OR
Central Oregon & Greenhouse Chapters

J.R. Simplot Company
Kathryn Brown
Boise, ID
Chapter: At Large

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.

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


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


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


  • Farwest Show Photo Shoot ♦ May 24, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wilsonville, Oregon »  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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