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Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
June 7, 2017    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Duffers Golf Tournament set to tee off this Thursday

The 28th annual Duffers Classic Golf Tournament, presented by Country Financial, Jordan Ramis PC and Woodburn Nursery, will tee off at the Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City, Oregon, this 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.

Register for Duffers Classic Today!

Registration for the tourney is now full. If you would like your name added to the wait list, please email Allan Niemi at

Thank you to our Duffers Classic sponsors:

OAN members to meet with Gov. Kate Brown

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown will meet with members of the OAN Government Relations Committee next Tuesday, June 13 in Salem. All members are invited to take part. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. in Room 350 in the Oregon State Capitol building, 900 Court Street.

"Gov. Brown has been a longtime friend of the industry, going back to when she was Secretary of State and prior to that, a legislator," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "Our positive relationship with her enables us to frankly and respectfully discuss the issues that are of concern to the nursery industry, and the challenges that nurseries and related businesses all face."

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Jeff Stone,, if you plan to attend.

House bill aims to shield information about immigrants

The Oregonian reported this week that a new bill in the Oregon House would prohibit schools, courts and other public bodies from disclosing personal information such as an address or workplace for the purposes of federal immigration enforcement, except when required by law.

Other information the bill would prohibit public bodies from sharing include the time and location of a person's public appointments, the identity of relatives and telephone numbers. The bill would also prohibit these institutions from requesting information about a person's immigration or citizenship status.

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Initiatives filed: corporate taxes, work-week scheduling, sanctuary state issue

With the 2017 Legislative Session proceeding slowly towards an end, several ballot measures have been filed that could impact nurseries either soon or down the line.

The Oregon Education Association has filed a corporate tax measure, based on gross sales, that could raise $1.75 billion annually, which would be dedicated specifically to K-12 and higher education. It's believed the OEA may proceed with this measure if the current Legislature does not act to raise revenue in its current session. As reported previously in Member Update, several approaches to that are being discussed and the OAN is attempting to minimize or eliminate the impact on nurseries.

Additionally, the OEA filed a second initiative to remove the current constitutional requirement of a three-fifths supermajority to increase taxes.

The United Food and Commercial Workers union has filed two initiatives advancing the concept of predictive scheduling, which would require employees be paid a minimum of four hours' wages if they are scheduled for work. There are two different versions of it, hence the two initiatives. This comes as legislative leaders negotiate a bill with the business community that would also require predictive scheduling, but at a much smaller group of businesses. The OAN is working to ensure that agricultural businesses and smaller businesses are not included. The initiatives are seen as the "stick" half of a "carrot and stick" approach by the union to extract more concessions in the negotiations.

And finally, three legislators have filed an initiative on behalf of the anti-immigration group Oregonians for Immigration Reform that would repeal Oregon's 30-year-old sanctuary state law. That law restricts local resources from being used for federal immigration enforcement.

Legislature considers cost containment proposals

A pair of cost-containment proposals have surfaced in the Oregon Legislature. One would save an estimated $270 million in annual state expenses by implementing cost-cutting ideas and new taxes and fees. The other would require public employees to share in their own pension costs by contributing 1 percent of their salary starting next July. Although both proposals would help the state's balance sheet, neither are considered complete solutions to the state's structural spending issues or its current $1.4 billion budget shortfall.

"State pension costs are of particular concern to nurseries because they impact the budget picture for natural resource agencies," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "That includes the inspection program that is funded by and for the nursery industry through the license fees that it pays. The courts have ruled against past attempts to scale back contracted pension benefits that guarantee a return for the employees, so our lane to address that issue is very narrow. However, we will keep working to protect natural resource and inspection budgets so that nurseries still get what they are paying for with their taxes and their fees."

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ODA makes progress on Japanese beetle eradication project

The Oregon Department of Agriculture reported this week on the progress made with its ongoing Japanese beetle eradication project. The project targets a 1,000-acre, largely residential area of Washington County that includes the Cedar Mill and Bonny Slope communities. A record-breaking 369 Japanese beetles were trapped in the area last year, and numerous live beetles were found feeding on roses and other plants.

Japanese beetle is an invasive insect pest that can be destructive in urban and agricultural environments. An ODA risk analysis determined the economic impact to all crops, commodities and other related businesses could be as much as $45.5 million if Japanese beetle becomes established in Oregon and generally dispersed throughout the state.

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Look for the 'Farwest Planning Guide' in June issue of Digger

The cover story in the June 2017 issue of Digger magazine features the plants that can help manage stormwater runoff.

Plus, bundled inside is a copy of the absolutely essential "Farwest Planning Guide," which outlines all the activities scheduled for the 2017 Farwest Show, taking place August 23–25 in Portland, Oregon.

You can read also this month's flipbook edition of Digger. Please send your comments on the issue to editor Curt Kipp at

Schreiner's Iris Gardens takes top honors at international iris competition

Spirit Rider, a white and purple bearded iris created by Schreiner's Iris Gardens, took top honors at the 2017 International Iris Competition, held May 8–13 in Florence, Italy.

Only tall bearded irises and border bearded irises can compete, and it takes three years for the competition to be completed. Anyone who hybridizes their own plants may participate. The bulbs are planted in October, followed for three years, and then, in the third year, are judged.

In all, Schreiner's Iris Gardens received four honors in the competition, with Spirit Rider also claiming the Louise Branch Prize for the Best Branched Variety; Care to Dance was awarded the Chamber of Commerce Prize for the Best Commercial Variety; and I Pink I Can received the Laura Tancredi Prize for the Best Pink Variety.

Pest alert: Roseslug, black cherry aphid

OSU entomologist Robin Rosetta noted this week that roseslugs have been spotted eating holes in rosebush leaves. With time, their feeding creates a distinctive windowpane effect.

Damage from black cherry aphid is also noticeable right now. Damage is often indicated by severely curled leaves, which house colonies of dark brown to shiny black aphids.

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

Learn about latest garden design trends on June 17

The Association of Northwest Landscape Designers will present its 13th annual Designers' Garden Tour from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Saturday, June 17. Seven professionally designed, private, residential gardens on Portland's west side will be featured.

Sponsored by Al's Garden & Home and HONL Tree Care, the tour offers valuable insight into consumer gardening trends, including low-maintenance yards, wetland plantings, pollinator-friendly gardens and innovative irrigation solutions.

Tickets are $25, with proceeds helping fund scholarships for landscape design students studying at Portland Community College and Clackamas Community College.

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Welcome to OAN's new members

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

2nd Sight BioScience
Monika Cetnarowski
Spokane, WA
Chapter: At Large

Patrick Peterson
Research Triangle Park, NC
Chapter: At Large

Western Native Plants LLC
Andrea (Annie) Sedlacek
Bonanza, OR
Central Oregon Chapter

Important Reminders

OAN Mt. Hood Chapter to host two gatherings of young growers

Scott Ekstrom and Anthony Kinen of the OAN Mt. Hood Chapter have organized two gatherings for young growers.

The first gathering will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 15 at Oregon City Brewing Company (1401 Washington St., Oregon City, Oregon).

The second will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18 at Pleasant Home Tavern (31637 SE Dodge Park Blvd., Gresham, Oregon).

All growers under the age of 40 are welcome. The meetings are designed to include members covering the chapter's vast region. The June meeting will pull together the Clackamas Valley growers, while the July meeting is for the east side growers, but if anyone wants to attend both they are more than welcome.

For more information, contact Anthony Kinen at, 503-866-3627; or Scott Ekstrom at, 503-926-4321.

Come 'Fiesta' at the Annual Pioneer Dinner on June 21

Join the Mt. Hood Chapter in honoring our OAN Pioneers — those over the age of 60 with more than 20 years in the industry. All ages and all chapters are welcome!

The event will take place at the Persimmon Country Club (500 SE Butler Rd., Gresham, Oregon). Social hour will begin at 6 p.m. with chips and salsa, followed by a Mexican buffet at 7 p.m.

Honored Pioneers and their spouses will enjoy a complimentary dinner courtesy of the Mt. Hood Chapter. Cost for all other adults is $25; free for kids under 18.

RSVP by June 13 to Rhonda at 360-772-3082 or or register online at

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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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Early-bird registration open for 2017 Farwest Show

Registration for the 2017 Farwest Show in Portland, Oregon, is 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."

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!

Important Dates


  • Biological Control WorkshopJune 14–15, Washington State University Extension Building, Mount Vernon, Washington » More info
  • Young Growers Gathering (Mt. Hood Chapter)June 15 — Oregon City, Oregon » More info
  • 2017 OSU Ornamental Plant Breeding Field DayJune 15 — Lewis-Brown Horticulture Research Farm (33329 SE Peoria Rd., Corvallis, Oregon). » RSVP
  • Association of Northwest Landscape Designers Garden TourJune 17, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. » More info
  • IPPS Oregon Area MeetingJune 21, 8 a.m.–1:30 p.m. — The Oregon Garden » More info
  • Pioneer Dinner (Mt. Hood Chapter)June 21, — Gresham, Oregon » More info
  • International Master Gardener Conference July 10–14, Portland, Oregon » More info
  • Young Growers Gathering (Mt. Hood Chapter) July 18 — Oregon City, 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...

OAN meets with governor's office on corporate tax

Oregon delegation returns from Washington, D.C.

OAN staff welcomes Stephanie Weihrauch

Recap of Immigration Forum now online


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