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Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
May 24, 2017    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Join us TODAY for the Farwest photo shoot

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 a promotional photo shoot from 3:30–5:30 p.m. TODAY, Wednesday, May 24, at the OAN office (29751 SW Town Center Loop West, Wilsonville).

"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.

New corporate tax almost ready for consideration

Democratic lawmakers in Salem continue working on a new corporate tax proposal to help close a state budget gap. According to a report from The Oregonian/OregonLive, they expect to have a plan by the end of the week that Legislators can vote on.

The Joint Tax Reform Committee has been working on different scenarios for almost a month. The latest proposal would eliminate the current corporate income tax, which is based on profits, and replace it with a four-tiered tax on businesses' annual sales.

Measure 97, which voters rejected in November, also would have taxed gross sales, but at a rate of 2.5 percent. Opponents of that measure called it unfair to high volume, low margin businesses. In evident response to that criticism, framers of this new proposal such as Sen. Mark Hass (D-Beaverton) have proposed a four-tiered structure with lower rates. Businesses engaged in wholesale and warehousing would pay 0.25 percent; those in retail would pay 0.35 percent; those who offer services such as legal, medical, accounting or grooming would pay 0.85 percent; and all others would pay 0.48 percent. The burden would be more broadly based, however, as it would apply to businesses with sales over $3 million, not over $25 million as called for in Measure 97.

Where Measure 97 would have raised an estimated $6 billion per biennium for state coffers, it's estimated that this latest proposal would generate a more modest $954 million in the next two year cycle. That's not enough to fill a projected $1.4 billion budget gap in that cycle, but the state is also looking at health care taxes, budget cuts and the possible sale of some of its assets and functions.

It was also projected that Measure 97 would reduce job creation by 20,500 by the year 2020, whereas this proposal is projected to boost it. Although Democrats hold the majority in both the House and Senate, they lack the three-fifths majority needed to pass any tax increase on their own. They will need at least one Republican vote in each chamber.

The OAN continues to monitor the development of these proposals and will continue to insist that the Legislature address the state's long term structural spending issues as part of any deal. "We are still quite skeptical of any proposal that taxes sales rather than profits because that is inherently unfair to low margin businesses with an extensive supply chain, which many nurseries are," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "We will be looking closely at all the details to make sure the goal of fairness is truly served."

OAN Government Relations Team visits Washington, DC

OAN President Mark Bigej and Government Relations Committee Chairwoman Leigh Geschwill are in Washington, DC this week to meet with all of Oregon's members of Congress and their staffs, members of the House and Senate agriculture committees, and other federal officials involved in issues important to nurseries. Accompanying them is OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone.

Bigej, Geschwill and Stone are there to promote federal priorities of the nursery industry on a diverse set of issues, including an adequate workforce, reduction in unhelpful federal regulations, positive steps on trade and transportation, constructive solutions on water infrastructure and policy, and funding for pest and disease issues. OAN is also seeking support for positive environmental initiatives such as pollinator support, funding for the intelligent sprayer project and reinstatement of the National Tree Planting Initiative.

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New host identified for emerald ash borer

A species of olive tree can serve as host for the invasive emerald ash borer pest as it develops from larvae to adulthood, according to a new study published online in the Journal of Economic Entomology.

During the study, 45 percent of the EAB (Agrilus planinpennis) eggs that hatched and entered the stems of European olive (Olea eurpea) trees were recovered as larvae, prepuce, pupae or adults. Researchers previously determined that the pest could attack white fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus).

According to Don Cipollini, Ph.D., professor at Wright State University and lead author of the study, the significance of the discovery is that it expands the potential avenues through which EAB could spread. "If EAB can detect and utilize olive trees in the field, it would take it from being primarily a forest and landscape pest to a potential crop tree pest," he said, according to a report published by Entomology Today.

The pest has devastated ash trees across the eastern United States since its first North American detection near Detroit in 2002. It has been detected as far west as Colorado, but not thus far in Oregon. Researchers believe it came from Asia by hitchhiking on wooden shipping crates.

Comment period on pyrethroids reopened

The Environmental Protection Agency reopened the comment period regarding the preliminary ecological risk assessment for the pyrethroid class of insecticides. EPA reopened the comment period in response to a number of Extension requests, which cited reasons including the difficulty of commenting due to the length, quantity and complexity of the assessments for these particular chemicals. Comments must be submitted by July 7, 2017.

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EPA delays pesticide handler rule

The Environmental Protection Agency announced the delay for its revised Certification and Training of Pesticide Applicators rule until May 2018.

Published in January, the revised rule was slated to go into effect March 6. Changes in the revised rule include:

  • Enhancing applicator competency standards to ensure the safe use of restricted use pesticides;
  • Establishing a nationwide minimum age of 18 for certified pesticide applicators and those working under their supervision; and
  • Introducing a maximum recertification interval of five years for commercial and private pesticide applicators.

"In order to achieve both environmental protection and economic prosperity, we must give the regulated community, which includes farmers and ranchers, adequate time to come into compliance with regulations," EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said in a May 11 press release. "Extending the timeline for implementation of this rule will enable EPA to consult with states, assist with education, training and guidance, and prevent unnecessary burdens from overshadowing the rule's intended benefits."

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Pest alert: Cabbage white butterfly

Cabbage white butterflies (Pieris rapae) have been out laying eggs recently, according to OSU entomologist Robin Rosetta. The pest can cause damage to several crops in the Willamette Valley, including broccoli, cauliflower and other cabbage family plants. Catch them now to avoid damage.

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

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Apply now for therapeutic garden grants

The National Garden Bureau and Sakata Seed America are partnering to offer $5,000 in grant money to be split among three therapeutic gardens in North America.

A therapeutic garden is a plant-dominated environment purposefully designed to facilitate interaction with the healing elements of nature. There are many sub-types of therapeutic gardens including healing gardens, enabling gardens, rehabilitation gardens and restorative gardens.

Applicants must meet the criteria outlined here then complete this application and submit it by July 1, 2017.

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New sales rep joins J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.

J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. named Jay Kelly as sales representative for Michigan, Ontario and Quebec. He succeeds Mike Fuhrig, who will retire May 31 after serving JFS customers in the territory since 1984. Kelly is a longtime nursery professional with prior work experience at Monrovia Nursery, Studebaker, Zelenka and J.C. Bakker nurseries. He formed his own company, Jay Kelly Inc. Horticulture Sales, in 2004. Contact him at 313-618-5126 or

Biological control workshop set for June 14–15

A pest management workshop, educational tour and demonstration will take place Wednesday and Thursday, June 14–15, 2017, at the Washington State University Extension Building in Mount Vernon, Washington. Sponsored by the USDA Risk Management Agency, the workshop will train field and greenhouse growers in methods of biological control and approaches to manage common pests on nursery plants. Cost for both days is $65. For more information and to register, log on to

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Oregon Garden to host IPPS meeting on June 21

The 2017 Oregon Area Meeting of the International Plant Propagators' Society will convene at The Oregon Garden from 8 a.m.–1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21. The meeting includes a tour of Conifer Kingdom, a retail outlet that specializes in Japanese maples and dwarf conifers from liners to specimen sizes. Costs is $50 for members; $55 for non-members. For more information and to register, visit

Guided garden and gastronomy tour of France scheduled for this September

Kelly and John Schroeder of Valleybrook Gardens and Heritage Perennials will lead a garden tour of Paris and the Loire Valley, a region renowned for its outstanding wines, charming villages and grand châteaux, from September 14–22. Tour stops include the Chaumont Garden Festival, Monet's garden and home in Giverny, and Le Potager du Roi – the 17th century kitchen garden of the Château de Versailles. Along the way, enjoy cuisine made with fruits and vegetables grown in local orchards and gardens.

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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. 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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Tee up for Duffers Classic Golf Tournament on June 8

The 28th annual Duffers Classic Golf Tournament, presented by Country Financial, Jordan Ramis PC and Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas, 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


  • 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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Pest alert: Spittlebugs & wooly beech aphid

Recap of Immigration Forum now online

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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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