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OAN Member Update: May 13, 2015
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
May 13, 2015

OAN remains active on several fronts at the Oregon Legislature

The Oregon Association of Nurseries Government Relations team has been active on several fronts as the Oregon Legislature enters the last two months of its 2015 session. Updates are as follows:

  • The bill to update state nursery licensing requirements has advanced to the Ways and Means Committee. The Oregon Department of Agriculture requires funding for the nursery license and inspection program and is a national model to produce clean nursery stock.
  • The OAN has pushed for additional investment into the Oregon State University extension and statewide program ($16 million) as well the $50 million request for water supply funding (both lottery and constitutional funds).
  • Over the past several months, the OAN has been very active on shaping issues relating to pesticides, pollinators and a bevy of bad labor bills. While OAN have seen success in some areas (preventing cease and desist orders by BOLI on live goods if there is a complaint on wages; cost increases to workers comp and a bill banning neonics) – many of the labor and tax bills that would impact business reside in the Ways and Means or Rules Committees – which means they can stay alive through the end of the legislative session. The association has been working with both sides of the aisle on a sensible sick leave policy – which is expected to become law by July.

These are just a few of the bills active in Salem that the OAN has trained its sights on. If you have concerns about any legislative or regulatory matters, please contact Jeff Stone at with the details.

Second annual Equipment Innovation Day set for Farwest Show week

The second annual Equipment Innovation Day will take place on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. The event builds excitement for attendees and exhibitors leading up to the Farwest Show, which kicks off on Thursday, August 27 and runs through Saturday, August 29.

"Equipment Innovation Day is back by popular demand," announced Allan Niemi, director of events at the Oregon Association of Nurseries, producers of the Farwest Show. "Our first event was a big hit. This year promises to be even better with our participating hosts and the ensemble of equipment and manufacturers we have on tap."

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Terrill Collier of Collier Arbor Care passes away

The Oregon Association of Nurseries was saddened to learn of the death of longtime member Terrill Collier of Collier Arbor Care. He passed away Monday, May 11, at the age of 60.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. (Rosary at 10:30 a.m.) this coming Saturday, May 16, at Resurrection Catholic Parrish, 21060 S.W. Stafford Road, Tualatin.

A luncheon reception will follow. Interment will be private. A complete obituary can be viewed here.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Collier Arborist Training Trust, a fund established by Terrill and Janet to promote and support practical arboricultural training. To make a contribution, please visit and click on "Donate Now". reports another spike in traffic

Traffic to OAN's — the nursery plant and product search website and companion to the print Nursery Guide — continues to climb ever since the site relaunched two years ago.

"Nursery Guide continues to connect more and more buyers and sellers, and is giving our members excellent value," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said.

For the first four months of 2015, the site registered 273,272 pageviews, 41,103 users and 55,156 sessions. These figures are up nearly 50 percent from the same period in 2013, and up 8-22 percent from the same period in 2014. In the past year overall (May 1, 2014–April 30, 2015), the site has had 676,098 pageviews, 92,993 users and 137,580 sessions.

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Willamette Chapter plant sale raises more than $5,500 for horticulture education

The OAN Willamette Chapter's recent plant sale, held in conjunction with the Oregon Ag Fest, raised more than $5,650. The proceeds will enable the chapter to continue supporting horticultural education in the Willamette Valley.

Over the past several years, the Willamette Chapter has donated in excess of $20,000 to Chemeketa Community College's nursery and greenhouse management program. (Read more about Chemeketa's ag sciences program in the May issue of Digger magazine.)

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Invasive pest alert: Viburnum leaf beetle found in King County, Washington

Viburnum leaf beetle has been found in King County, Washington, according to an alert sent by the Washington State University Extension. The damage potential from the beetle is quite extensive, if not managed. It is a voracious eater that can defoliate viburnum shrubs entirely. Plants may die after two or three years of heavy infestation.

The beetle was first introduced from Europe to Ontario, Canada, in 1947, and has since spread across the Northeast from Maine to Ohio. It has been found previously in several other counties in Washington State and British Columbia.

Todd Murray, county director of WSU's Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Unit, is trying to assess its distribution and asks those of us in Oregon to keep an eye out for the beetle.

"If you are located in a county other than Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish or King and find viburnum leaf beetles, please collect a sample or take a picture and drop me a note," Murray said. "I won't be surprised if it has moved further south but we need to document the movement of the beetle."

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OSU researchers study biological controls for stinkbugs and other pests

The efforts of OSU researchers to find pesticide alternatives were highlighted in a recent Capital Press story. Using targeted biological controls — such as parasitic wasps against brown marmorated stinkbugs — is an emerging way to protect some of the state's most valuable agricultural crops from invasive pests.

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Oregon lily bulb producer wins California IPM Innovators award

The Easter Lily Research Foundation, headquartered in Harbor, Oregon, recently received an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Innovators Award from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. The awards encourage development and implementation of economically sound, reduced-risk pest management programs, and recognize groups that provide integrated pest management leadership.

The foundation received the award for its work controlling nematodes — the biggest challenge to young lily bulbs — with crab shells, mustard extracts, bacteria and fungi, instead of pesticides. Watch a short video about the foundation's research efforts.

HRI scholarship applications due May 31

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) is currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2015–2016 school year. Scholarships are available for students who are seeking a lifelong career in horticulture. Applications must be completed using the HRI online application form; the deadline to apply is May 31, 2015.

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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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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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OAN Events

Duffers Classic
June 11 - Join us at the Duffers Classic. Reconnect with friends and compete to be the top dog. You'll help us elect legislators from both sides of the aisle who support our nursery industry.

Pioneer Dinner
July 21 - Save the date for the Mt. Hood Chapter Annual Pioneer Dinner

International Trials Conference
August 24-27- If you conduct or use plant trials, register for this cutting-edge conference focusing on the latest research and techniques of trialing annual, perennial and woody plants.

Farwest Show
August 27-28 - Come to Farwest and find out why it's far better in the West

Farwest Equipment Innovation Day
August 25 - Field demos and product innovations in ACTION!

Farwest Tours
August 26 - Grow your success and competitive advantage. Discover new varieties. Meet new growers and suppliers. Explore new ideas. And meet other wonderful people and leaders in our industry.

Farwest Keynote Speaker: Ron Rosenberg
August 27- Award-winning marketing and customer service expert Ron Rosenberg will bring his brand of business and professional development to Farwest to help growers, retailers, landscapers, wholesale buyers and suppliers discover hidden opportunities and then take action for positive outcomes. Free to registered Farwest attendees.

Farwest Pub Crawl
August 27- Join our "beer sherpas" and explore the best that Portland's local craft brewers have to offer! This fun networking event is open to all Farwest participants.

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