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OAN Member Update: June 4, 2014
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
June 4, 2014     |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Affordable Care Act Road Show rolls out today

The Affordable Care Act Road Show makes its first stop today, June 4, at Fisher Farms in Gaston, Oregon. Over the following three weeks, this series of members-only meetings will feature a panel of experts in health insurance and employment law. All meetings are the same; members may attend the location and date most convenient for them.

Each meeting will last from 1–4 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

» This meeting is free. Please contact Ashley Wilsey at or 503-682-5089 to RSVP.

Kate Brown to visit OAN Government Relations Committee

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown will be the guest speaker at next week's meeting of the OAN Government Relations Committee. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. next Tuesday, June 10, in the conference room at OAN, 29751 SW Town Center Loop West, Wilsonville. All members are invited to attend and participate in this discussion of issues affecting the green industry.

In addition to the hour-long discussion with Brown, the committee will hear a presentation on the recent lobbying trip to Washington, D.C., updates on state and federal issues, and a discussion on the upcoming driver's card ballot measure.

On July 8, the committee's guest speaker will be Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. If you have questions, contact Jeff Stone at

Register by this Friday, June 6, for New Products Showcase Tier 1

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 write-up 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).

Early registration discount for Duffers Classic ends this Friday

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.
» View sponsorship opportunities.

Farwest Registration Guide arrives in mailboxes along with June Digger

Included in the June issue of Digger magazine is the handy Farwest Registration Guide. It has everything you need to start planning your schedule for this year's Farwest Trade Show, from show speakers and seminar topics to networking events and registration information.

This month's cover story, "Meet the Manzanitas," (PDF) highlights these sturdy native plants, which are well adapted to the garden.

Other articles in the issue include:

  • "An advocate for bamboo" (PDF) — A pioneer of the bamboo industry, Ned Jaquith left behind an enduring legacy.
  • "Meet the Leader" (PDF) — Member of OAN's executive committee, Jim Gilbert of Northwoods Nursery shares his joys — and challenges — of growing green.
  • "Nasty Nostoc" (PDF) — Researchers explore treatments for this slime-like bacterium, which causes headaches in nursery production.
  • "Protecting pollinators" (PDF) — Growers, scientists and government agencies are seeking ways to safeguard bees.
  • "Aspiring Americans" (PDF) — OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone issues a call for Congress to act on immigration reform.

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

Advertise in Digger: Farwest Edition by June 23

Display ad reservations for the 2014 Farwest Edition of Digger magazine are due by Monday, June 23. More than 11,500 copies of this extra-large special edition will be distributed to Digger subscribers, as well as exhibitors and guests of the Farwest Trade Show in August. To reserve your space, contact Chris Sweet, advertising and sponsorship account manager, at 503-582-2012, 800-342-6401 or

» Download the Insertion Order

Reminder: Your response needed for the 2014 OAN Convention

Last week, the OAN Convention Committee emailed a survey asking for your input to plan your 2014 Convention. If you haven't responded yet, please take 2 minutes of your time to provide us feedback, so that we may continue to improve the convention. Your participation is greatly appreciated!

» OAN Convention Survey

Save the date: June 24 — IPPS Nursery Tours

The Oregon-area meeting of the International Plant Propagators' Society (IPPS) will take place from 8 a.m.–1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24. The day includes a tour of four nurseries in the Hillsboro area: Farmington Gardens, Eshraghi Nursery, Blooming Nursery and Gold-Hill Nursery. Cost is $55 with lunch provided. Register by June 16.

» Download the registration form
» For more information, contact Laurie Rogers-Roach, IPPS Oregon area director, at 503-628-8685 ext. 18 or

Rooted in Food Garden Tour happening this weekend

The "Garden City" of Silverton, Oregon, will host the first annual Rooted in Food Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, June 7. The tour offers glimpses into eight local gardens. Tickets are $10, children 10 and under are free, and can be purchased online at A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Silverton Indoor Park.

» For more information, contact Melissa Wagoner at or 541-264-0081.

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!

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 (including booth number and number of pallets) 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).

In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Joshua Shepherd

The OAN is saddened to report the death of Joshua Shepherd of Kraemer's Nursery. He died at the age of 33 in an auto accident on Sunday, May 18.

Joshua is survived by his wife, Jennifer (Wagner) Shepherd; son, Liam; daughter, Penelope; parents, Jim and Eila Shepherd; sister, Janine Simms, and her children, Shayla and Blake.

A private service was held on May 31. A memorial service will be held in Silverton, Oregon, at a date to be determined.

Contributions in Joshua's memory may be made to an account that has been set up for his wife and children at U.S. Bank, account No. 153666352585. You can either drop it off at any U.S. Bank branch, or send it to LaFollette's Chapel, P.O. Box 488; Burns, OR 97720.

You can also leave your condolences to the family at

» Read the full obituary here.

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 25 - A series of members-only meetings on how to navigate the health care law.

Retail & Greenhouse Chapters
 ♦ June 26 - Season Finale Celebration

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...

Gold, Coulter return from successful trip to D.C.

Stone appointed to Task Force on Pollinator Health

Agri-Business Council puts a face on Oregon agriculture

OAN a leader in YES on Oregon Safe Roads campaign

Oregon launches loan program for young farmers

Save with OAN's preferred insurance provider

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
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