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OAN Member Update: May 22, 2014
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
May 22, 2014     |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

ONPAC-endorsed candidates prevail in primary election

State Rep. Vic Gilliam (R-Silverton) and Washington County Commissioner Bob Terry each fended off challengers in the May 20 primary election. Both candidates were endorsed by the Oregon Nurseries' Political Action Committee in what were identified as key races. The victories mean Terry will return to office for another four-year term. He is the owner of Fisher Farms, and a past president of OAN and ANLA. Meanwhile, Gilliam advances to the general election in November, where he will face Democratic challenger Scott A. Mills.

» Sign up for the Duffers Classic golf tournament, and support ONPAC's efforts to elect nursery-friendly candidates.

Register today for the Farwest Trade Show

Registration is now available for the largest green industry trade show in the West. The 2014 Farwest Trade Show takes place Aug. 21–23 at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland. By attending, you can renew connections, learn valuable new ideas, source new products, and discover new innovations for your business. Bundle your Expo Pass with tours, seminars, pesticide classes or the new Equipment Innovation Day, and save. Register now and grab the early bird discount to save more.

» Register Today!

OAN stops production of Yard, Garden & Patio Show

The Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN) announced last week that it will stop production of its annual consumer gardening event, the Yard, Garden & Patio Show. In the announcement, the organization's board of directors cited low member support and participation, and the high financial risk of producing the event, as reasons for discontinuing the event.

OAN remains committed to supporting Oregon's retail nurseries and garden centers in a variety of ways. The Plant Something™ campaign is encouraging more people to experience the joy of gardening, as well as the lifestyle benefits. Last fall, the OAN secured a proclamation from the governor that Fall is for Planting. The popular Random Acts of Gardening newsletter keeps local gardeners informed and inspired. Also, the Retail Nurseries and Garden Centers Guide will continue to point eager gardeners to OAN-member retail and landscaping businesses.

» If you have other suggestions on how the OAN can support the retail sector going forward, please feel free to contact OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone at or 971-235-3868.

Oregon Invasive Weed Awareness Week highlights protection of habitats and ecosystems

This week, May 18–24, marks the tenth annual Oregon Invasive Weed Awareness Week. The theme this year is SHARE, which stands for Saving Habitats and Restoring Ecosystems.

Invasive noxious weeds are not only a problem for agriculture, but they also threaten Oregon's natural environment. "Most of the 118 or so state listed noxious weeds have some impact on watershed health as a whole," Tim Butler, manager of the Oregon Department of Agriculture's Noxious Weed Control Program, said. "Many of those weeds specifically impact riparian areas and some are aquatic weeds that directly affect water. With many of these species, if we can get to them early and prevent them from getting established before they become significant, we can help restore watershed health in the state."

» For more information, visit the Oregon Department of Agriculture's website.

Minnesota legislature passes two bills for bees

Last Friday, the Minnesota House and Senate approved a bill designed to protect bees and other pollinators from neonicotinoids and other so-called "pollinator lethal insecticides" in garden plants. The legislation prohibits the labeling and advertisement of plant material as "beneficial to pollinators" if it has been treated with and has a detectable level of systemic insecticide.

This is the nation's second statewide legislation passed with the intent to better protect pollinators. In March of this year, Oregon passed the "Save Oregon's Pollinators Act" (H.B. 4139-A).

The Minnestoa lege also passed a beekeeper compensation law – part of an omnibus finance bill – that will create an emergency response team to respond to colony losses that are suspected to be pesticide-related, and compensate beekeepers if pesticides are implicated in the bee kill. Both bills are currently awaiting Gov. Mark Dayton's signature.

Wilco builds bigger store in Bend

Wilco, the Northwest's largest agricultural supply cooperative, has started construction of a new 35,000 sq. ft. store in Bend, Oregon, to replace its existing 3,000 sq. ft. store. The new store will be located at the intersection of Highway 20 and 27th Street, replacing the Regal Cinema Theatre. The store will feature a 5,000 sq. ft. covered greenhouse, 15,000 sq. ft. warehouse with full-service load out, and expanded offerings in all other departments: pet grooming and supplies, lawn and garden, livestock equipment and supplies, work wear and lifestyle clothing, and convenience hardware and paint. It will open later this year, adding 20 jobs.

» To learn more about Wilco and see a full listing of locations and services, visit their website.

Countdown to apply for HRI scholarship

Saturday, May 31 is the final day to apply for scholarships offered by the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI). More than $21,000 in scholarships for the 2014–2015 school year are currently available for students who are seeking a lifelong career in horticulture. Applications must be completed using the HRI online application form.

» For complete details, visit the HRI website.

Reminder: Register for New Products Showcase TIER 1 by June 6

Are you introducing a new product in 2014? Is it more reliable, easier to use, less expensive or just plain revolutionary? Would you like to show it off in an exclusive gallery where it can gain targeted exposure from thousands of attendees?

If you answered "Yes" to any of the above, then the New Products Showcase at the Farwest Trade Show is the place your product should be — and be seen. Non-plant products and services newly introduced to the U.S. market will be featured on 1,000 square feet of the show floor, and also gain exposure with a full-color ad in the Farwest Edition of Digger magazine and online at

» To register your product, download the submission form and email it to
» For more information, call Kate Crawford, programs and events coordinator, at 503-682-5089 (800-342-6401 toll-free).

Affordable Care Act Road Show set for June

Mark your calendar for the upcoming Affordable Care Act Road Show. This series of members-only meetings will feature a panel of experts in health insurance and employment law. The initial meetings back in the fall were well received, and these will provide additional information on navigating the health care law. All meetings are the same; members may attend the location and date most convenient for them.

Each meeting will last from 1–3 p.m. The first hour will focus on employers with less than 50 employees. The second hour will focus on those with 50 employees if seasonal workers are included. The third hour will be geared towards those with 100 employees or more.

Panelists will include Jeff Stone of OAN, Heidi Mason of Jordan Ramis PC, Randy Skinner of Leonard Adams Insurance, Marisa O'Brien of Cover Oregon and Michelle Van Dellen of Moss Adams LLP.

Dates and locations are as follows:

  • Wednesday, June 4 — Fisher Farms, Gaston, Oregon
  • Wednesday, June 11 — J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., Boring, Oregon
  • Wednesday, June 18 — OAN, Wilsonville, Oregon
  • Wednesday, June 25 — Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas, Woodburn, Oregon

» RSVP by contacting Ashley Wilsey at or 503-682-5089.

Ship and save with OAN Trucks to 2014 Summer Trade Shows

The OAN is coordinating trucks transporting plant material to four of this summer's larger industry trade shows — Cultivate'14 in Columbus, Ohio; PANTS in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; IGC Chicago; and IGC East in National Harbor, Maryland. Sign up by June 20 to receive preferred pricing (prices increase $50 per pallet beginning June 21).

Trucks to Trade Shows

If you are an OAN member exhibiting at any of these shows and would like to send plant material via the Trucks to 2014 Summer Trade Shows program, please complete this reservation form and fax or email it back to the OAN office. For more information, contact Kate Crawford, programs and events coordinator, at or 503-682-5089 (800-342-6401 toll-free).

Sign up by June 6 to get Duffers Classic discount

The 25th annual Duffers Classic Golf Tournament, sponsored by Jordan Ramis PC, is scheduled to take place at the Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City, Oregon. on Thursday, June 12. 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. And, if you sign up before June 6, you'll save $10 off the regular registration fee of $109!

Register for the Duffers Classic Golf Tournament

» Sign up now.
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Safety Tip: Know how to treat insect bites and stings

Most insect bites and bee stings have a temporary reaction — a bump and some itching — that can be easily relieved by applying a paste of baking soda and water. Some cases, however, are much more severe: Approximately 10 percent of the population can develop a hypersensitivity to stings and bites, causing difficult breathing, hives, nausea, dizziness and even shock.

This informative handout covers the ins and outs of what you should know to effectively treat an insect bite or sting, as well as precautions you can take to avoid being bitten or stung. This information is presented to you courtesy of SAIF, Oregon OSHA and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.

Welcome to OAN's new members

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

Harvest Automation
Kimberly Dorros
North Billerica, MA
Chapter: At Large

Pottery Paradise
Wyatt Ptak
Richmond, CA
Chapter: At Large

OAN Events

Affordable Care Act Road Show
 ♦ June 4 - A series of members-only meetings on how to navigate the health care law.

Affordable Care Act Road Show
 ♦ June 11 - A series of members-only meetings on how to navigate the health care law.

Duffers Classic
 ♦ June 12 - Annual Duffers Classic Golf Tournament at the Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City (Register by June 6th and save)

Affordable Care Act Road Show
 ♦ June 18 - A series of members-only meetings on how to navigate the health care law.

Affordable Care Act Road Show
 ♦ June 4 - A series of members-only meetings on how to navigate the health care law.

Farwest Trade Show
 ♦ August 21-23 - Find it all at Farwest. The largest green industry trade show in the West! Register today!
     ♦ August 19 - Equipment Innovation Day
     ♦ August 20 - Tours
     ♦ August 21-23 - Seminars
     ♦ August 21 - Keynote Speaker - John Stanley
     ♦ August 21 - Young Nursery Professionals
     ♦ August 21 - Pub Crawl
     ♦ August 22 - Women in Horticulture

In case you missed it...

US Chamber pressures GOP on immigration reform

Oregon launches loan program for young farmers

Save the date: Rooted in Food Garden Tour — June 7

Save with OAN's preferred insurance provider

OSU Extension publishes guide to Christmas tree pests and diseases

Hot Goods settlement thrown out

Travel firm organizing nursery tour of Brazil

Revised plant shipping rules lower regulatory burden

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OAN Exposure Channels: A great place to grow

Are you looking to stay visible and gain new customers? OAN events, publications and websites offer fantastic exposure at an excellent price. OAN members save the most, with discounted ad and sponsorship rates. Buy into multiple publications, or multiple issues of Digger, and save even more. To lock in your ads for 2014, contact advertising and sponsorship account manager Chris Sweet at 503-682-5089 or

» Download the OAN Media Kit

The 2014 OAN Media Kit is now available


  Wilbur Ellis

Lane Forest Products

Jordan Ramis

Leonard Adams


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