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Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
May 17, 2017    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

OAN Member Benefits Fair is TODAY!

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

Members and non-members alike are invited to drop in anytime for refreshments, beverages and smiling faces. It's a chance to 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. We would love to see you this afternoon at the OAN office!

ICE arrests climb 37 percent under new administration

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on Wednesday that it has arrested 41,318 either known or suspected undocumented immigrants during President Trump's first 100 days in office, or approximately 400 per day nationwide. That marks a 37.6 percent increase over the same period a year ago, when 30,028 were arrested.

ICE officials noted that nearly 75 percent of those arrested were convicted criminals, but added that "ICE will no longer exempt any class of individuals from removal proceedings if they are found to be in the country illegally."

ICE and Department of Homeland Security officials met with members of agricultural groups including the OAN back in April, and you can read notes from these presentations at the OAN Workforce page (member login required).

Record rainfall eases drought across the Pacific Northwest

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, Oregon, Washington and Idaho are currently free of drought or "abnormally dry" designation for the first time since 2011. Kathie Dello, deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service, said reservoirs are full and the region has ample mountain snowpack due to record-setting rainfall this past winter and spring.

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Congress readies tough immigration bill

Two key GOP lawmakers are crafting a tough immigration bill that would punish sanctuary cities, including Portland and many other cities in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. The bill would also force parents of undocumented teens to wear electronic ankle monitors so their children don't skip deportation hearings, and establish five-year minimum prison sentences for immigrants who illegally re-enter the United States after having been deported, according to a Washington Post report.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) and Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.) are the bill's authors. Their wide-ranging proposal, which is being refined with input from the Trump administration's Department of Homeland Security, aims to boost border security and immigration enforcement in the interior of the United States.

Missing from the bill, however, are provisions for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, sanctions against businesses that employ illegal immigrants, and the employment-verification system E-Verify.

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Oregon Invasive Weed Awareness Week is this week

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown proclaimed May 14–20 as Oregon Invasive Weed Awareness Week. The observance provides an opportunity to educate Oregonians about the value of invasive weed detection and the need to support control efforts that protect the state's natural resources and economy.

In her proclamation, Brown stated, "Oregon farmers, ranchers, nursery growers, recreational groups, and public and private land managers clearly acknowledge the negative economic and environmental impacts posed by the presence and spread of invasive weeds." Studies indicate that the economic impact of just 25 noxious weeds in Oregon has been estimated to reduce Oregonian's personal income by $83.5 million per year, which is equivalent to 1,900 jobs lost to Oregon's economy.

Prevention remains the first line of defense in the war against weeds. Early detection and rapid response to eradicate or control invasive plants are key strategies for reducing the spread of invasive plants.

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Ship and save with OAN Trucks to Summer Trade Shows

The OAN is now accepting reservations for two summer trade shows – Cultivate'17 and IGC Chicago.

Trucks to Trade Shows

Reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Trucks may be subject to cancellation if participation rates are not met. To make a reservation, fill out the order form and send it to Kristen ( or fax it to 503-682-5099). For questions, contact Kristen at 503-582-2011.


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Pest alert: Azalea sawfly

Azalea sawfly activity has been spotted, according to OSU entomologist Robin Rosetta. "These caterpillar-like sawfly larvae blend into the green leaves," Rosetta said. "It is easier to search for their damage or their frass."

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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SBI Software announces new mobile app, Mobi Merchandiser™

SBI Software announced the release of Mobi Merchandiser™, a new management tool and mobile app for planning recurring store visits, recurring store tasks, picture requirements and automating buyer reporting.

Geared for big box growers, the mobile app allows merchandising reps to see daily store visits, execute store tasks and take pictures where needed. The app is entirely GPS driven with automated check-in once arriving at store locations. For more information, contact the SBI sales team at or 503-248-2159.

USDA to award $8.85 million in risk management education funding

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Risk Management Agency announced plans to award up to $8.85 million for cooperative agreements for risk management education and training programs. The funding will provide resources for organizations such as universities, county cooperative extension offices and nonprofit organizations to develop training and education tools to help farmers and ranchers learn how to effectively manage long-term risks and challenges.

Funding includes $4.85 million for the Crop Insurance in Targeted States Program, which seeks to improve federal crop insurance participation and availability. Additionally, $4 million is available for the Risk Management Education Partnerships Program, which provides funding for the development of general nationwide crop insurance education as well as other risk management training programs for producers. Training webinars on these two programs will be held this Thursday, May 18, and Thursday, June 1.

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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.

Take the survey today!

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,

Register today!

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.

Register for Duffers Classic Today!

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Thank you to our Duffers Classic sponsors:

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


In case you missed it...

New version of gross receipts tax proposed

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

Taking Root Scholarship Program now accepting applications

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Recap of Immigration Forum now online

Digger explores issues affecting the future of horticulture

Horticulture represented at White House farmers' roundtable

Court blocks executive order on sanctuary cities

Oregon jobless rate dips to 3.8 percent, lowest point ever recorded

Bills for neonic labeling fails to get out of committee

Legislature: Employer mandates remain in play

Grove of the States restoration project needs specific trees

Oregon pesticide fines quadruple in 2016 as Legislature considers tighter rules

New report shows the economic and lifestyle benefits of plants

Japanese beetle eradication project gets underway in Washington County

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Oregon Nurseries' Hall of Fame inducts six into class of 2017


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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