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OAN Member Update: June 3, 2015
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June 3, 2015    |     MEMBER BENEFITS     |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

EU prohibits more than 160 plant species

Effective June 1, the European Union (EU) has prohibited the importation of more than 160 species of plants over fears they could host Xylella fastidiosa. The bacterium, which was recently found in southern Italy, causes leaf scorch and Pierce's disease in grapes and citrus, and also kills olive trees. We will work to provide additional information as it becomes available. If you have any questions or concerns about the ban, contact AmericanHort at 202-789-8111 or email OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone,

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Grumblings follow in the wake of final Clean Water Rule announcement

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released last week their long-awaited final rule defining the scope of "waters of the United States" subject to federal jurisdiction and oversight under the federal Clean Water Act.

Although characterized by the EPA as an effort to clarify the existing scope of the Clean Water Act, the new rule constitutes a significant expansion of regulatory authority. It asserts jurisdiction over streams that, according to the agencies' press release, "lacked clear protection before the Clean Water Rule" — namely, various ephemeral and headwater streams.

Reaction to the new rule, which takes effect in 60 days, has been negative. "The rule could subject numerous marginal waters to federal regulation and create confusion and liability for land and business owners," Craig Regelbrugge, senior vice president of AmericanHort, said.

House Speaker John Boehner called the rule "a raw and tyrannical power grab," while U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson (D–MN), the highest ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, was also critical. "I am disappointed but not surprised that the EPA has decided to move forward with a rule that would increase confusion and red tape," he said. "Farmers, ranchers, local communities and businesses all expressed concern with the negative impacts of this rule. Despite that, EPA either wasn't willing to listen, or simply just does not get it. I am committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to explore all available options to ensure these arbitrary and subjective regulations never go into effect."

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Comment on EPA's proposal to protect bees from toxic pesticides

To support President Obama's Federal Pollinator Strategy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed restrictions on the use of pesticides during times when bees are most likely to be present.

The proposal would restrict the applications of pesticides that are highly toxic to bees when crops are in bloom and bees are under contract for pollination services. These restrictions would prohibit application of most insecticides — including neonicotinoids — and some herbicides during bloom. While the proposed restrictions focus on managed bees, EPA believes these measures will also protect native bees and other pollinators that are in and around treatment areas.

OAN encourages its members to comment on EPA's "Proposal to Mitigate Bee Exposure to Acutely Toxic Pesticides".

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June Digger buzzes with bee-friendly plants

Discover the broad palette of plants that can benefit pollinators in the just-published June issue of Digger magazine. "Feeding the bees" is only fair, since farmers rely heavily on honeybees to pollinate approximately 70 out of the top 100 human food crops, which supply about 90 percent of the world's nutrition. You can also read this month's flipbook edition of Digger (Flash required; fast connection recommended). Please send your comments on the issue to editor Curt Kipp at

In Memoriam

Cherie Bouley passes away

The Oregon Association of Nurseries is saddened to report the passing of Cherie Bouley, 65, on May 4. A longtime industry sales professional, Bouley retired from Blooming Nursery in the fall of 2012 after being diagnosed with brain cancer. She was an avid reader, music lover, hiker and gardener who had a penchant for growing peppers, both sweet and hot. She is survived by her partner Richard Crerie and her sister Charlotte Bouley. The family has requested privacy and is not planning a memorial service at this time.

Wilbur Ellis

Lane Forest Products

Jordan Ramis

Leonard Adams


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Last chance to make birdie on Duffers Classic registration

Today, June 3, is the final day to save $10 off the regular registration price for the 26th annual Duffers Classic Golf Tournament. Sponsored by Jordan Ramis PC, the event is scheduled to take place at the Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City, Oregon, on Thursday, June 11. 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.

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Friday deadline to register for New Products Showcase

This Friday, June 5, is the final day to register your new product for the New Products Showcase at the 2015 Farwest Show.

If you are introducing a new product in 2015, the showcase is the perfect place to show it off in an exclusive gallery where it can gain targeted exposure from thousands of attendees. Non-plant products and services newly introduced to the U.S. market will be featured on the show floor, and also gain exposure in the Farwest Edition of Digger magazine and online at

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to meet with OAN members

Oregon's new governor, Kate Brown, will meet with OAN members at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 9 at the OAN Government Relations Committee meeting. The meeting will be held in Room 257 at the Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court Street, Salem.

Gov. Brown has been a friend of nurseries ever since she started her career in public service, first in the Oregon Legislature and then as Secretary of State. There will be discussion of current issues affecting the nursery industry, including labor supply, labor costs, water supply development, transportation and more.

All members are welcome to attend, but space is limited. Those wishing to attend must RSVP to Jeff Stone at

Integrated pest management workshops set for this June

Two three-day workshops on integrated pest management will take place this June:

  • June 8, 9 and 10 at the Oregon State University Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center
  • June 24, 25 and 26 at the Washington State University Whitman County Extension Center in Colfax

The workshops are designed for extension field faculty, master gardeners, agency professionals and crop consultants. They will include presentations on monitoring techniques, pest identification and pest management techniques.

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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 Mellissa Sumner ( or fax 503-682-5099). For questions, contact Mellissa at 503-582-2010.

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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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Register for the Farwest Show

Register today 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.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes present Oregon Nursery Industry Night
June 26 - The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, Class A Affiliate of the world champion San Francisco Giants, will take on the Spokane Indians at 6:35 p.m. at Keizer Stadium. All members are encouraged to attend. Download the flyer for details and special ticket rates.

Pioneer Dinner
July 21 - Join us in honoring OAN's nursery pioneers — members who are over the age of 60 with 20-plus years in the nursery industry. The event will take place at Persimmon Country Club, 500 S.E. Butler Road, Gresham, Oregon. The cost is $25 — free for pioneers — and includes a salmon or prime rib dinner served at 6:30 p.m. RSVP by July 14 to or 360-772-3082.

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 27-29 - The 2015 Farwest Show is far beyond what you've come to expect from a green industry show. At Farwest — the biggest show in the West — you'll find far more to see, make far more connections with thousands of top industry connections, and gain far more ideas. Farwest: Far From Ordinary.

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.

In case you missed it

Volunteer leaders serve as industry voice in Washington, D.C.

U.S. appeals court rules against Obama's action to shield millions from deportation

Drought declared in eight more Oregon counties

White House unveils National Strategy to Promote Pollinator Health

Eight tips to reduce landscape watering

Second annual Equipment Innovation Day set for Farwest Show week reports another spike in traffic

Get the most out of your membership with the 2015 OAN Member Resource Guide

2015 ANLD Designers Garden Tour — June 20

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OAN Publications and Events: Plant your brand and watch it grow

Looking to grow your business? Want to make the most of your marketing dollar? OAN offers a full portfolio of respected publications, events and electronic media that help you reach your targets, your way. As an OAN member, you get exclusive discounts on ads and sponsorships, and you can save even more by buying into multiple publications or issues. Download our 2015 Media Kit today for all the details. To schedule your ads for 2015, contact the OAN at 503-682-5089 or

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