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Duffers Classic tomorrow, Skagit Gardens announces bankruptcy, Insect-dispensing drones, more.
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
June 8, 2016    |     IMPORTANT DATES     |     ADVERTISE

AmericanHort announces new president/CEO

AmericanHort announced on Tuesday (June 7) that Ken Fisher is the organization's new president and chief executive officer. He replaces former president and CEO Michael Geary, who left last September to accept a job with the Society for Marketing Professional Services. David Savoia had served as interim CEO and president of AmericanHort for the last several months.

According to a release, Fisher has 20 years of experience leading public and privately held companies, including The Coleman Company and Elmer's Products Inc. He will start work with AmericanHort immediately.

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Duffers Classic tees off tomorrow

It's almost here! The 27th annual Duffers Classic Golf Tournament, sponsored by Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas and Jordan Ramis PC, is scheduled to take place tomorrow (Thursday, June 9) at Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City.

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. It's going to be a big election year, and ONPAC needs your support. We hope to see you out there on the links.

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Skagit Gardens announces bankruptcy, looks to sell

Skagit Gardens has filed a Chapter 11 case in federal bankruptcy court and is currently looking for a buyer to purchase the company, according to a company press release.

Located in Mount Vernon, Washington, Skagit Gardens has two growing locations totaling more than 50 acres, with nearly 13 acres of covered greenhouses. The company sells a wide range of plant material to independent garden centers, retailers and landscapers across the country.

Skagit Gardens was purchased in 2008 by an affiliate of Aequitas Management, an investment firm which is currently being sued by the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly hiding its financial condition. Skagit's operations have been "uneven" since the purchase, president/CEO Mark Buchholz said in documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Seattle.

The Wall Street Journal reported that one potential buyer, from Ohio, has been identified, but that the company is still looking for other bidders.

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Sudden oak death poses 'catastrophic threat' to southwest Oregon

On May 25, the state's Joint Emergency Board approved $250,000 in funding to combat sudden oak death (SOD) in Oregon. Of that amount, $50,000 is a block grant for the establishment of a task force to develop a strategic plan to combat the disease and look at alternative treatment methods.

If the spread of SOD cannot be controlled, the disease could have a devastating impact on southwestern Oregon's agriculture industry, according to a story published by The World (Coos Bay, Oregon).

"I would arguably say it's the biggest economic issue that we have in southwest Oregon," said Curry County Commissioner David Brock Smith. "The potential devastation it could do to our economies is incredible."

With the county already under quarantine, Smith estimated 35–40 percent of the economy to be at risk if action is not taken. The timber industry and cranberry growers could be hampered substantially due to export concerns. The disease could also have a devastating impact on the ecosystem and public safety because of the loss of trees and an increased risk of forest fires and landslides.

Injections of phosphite and phosphonate into tree trunks have proven successful in slowing down the spread of SOD, but there is no known cure for the disease.

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Researchers creating insect-dispensing drones

Danish researchers are working on a device said to be able to disperse natural insect predators, including ladybugs, predatory mites and parasitic wasps, the U.K-based agricultural journal FG Insight reported.

This technology has the potential to place the insects where they are needed to take out crop-damaging pests. Initial tests will take place over fruit crops and Christmas tree plantations, which deliver high yields from relatively small areas. Researchers believe the technology has potential for use in other areas of agricultural production as well.

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Water resources to be discussed at open house events this month

The Water Resources Department and its partner agencies — the Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Department of Agriculture — will host seven open house events across Oregon this month. The public hearings will kick off in Pendleton on June 13 and wrap up in Beaverton on June 30.

The forums will provide an opportunity to share your ideas about Oregon's water future and learn about new initiatives and programs, including place-based planning, drought preparedness, in-stream projections, project funding, long-term water demands and pesticide stewardship partnerships.

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PEST ALERT: Be on the lookout for thrips

Sightings of thrips in maples have increased lately, according to OSU Extension entomologist Robin Rosetta.

Western flower thrips prefer to feed in the new, developing tissue. Moderate feeding can lead to leaf distortion. At higher levels of thrips, tissue turns necrotic and the blackened tissue becomes very obvious with some twig dieback.

For the latest information on the pests and diseases that are rearing their ugly heads in the Pacific Northwest, check in regularly at the "Looking for Trouble" section on the Pacific Northwest Nursery Integrated Pest Management homepage.

Energy Trust greenhouse rebate reminder

Have you upgraded your greenhouse by installing an under-bench heating system? If so, you may qualify for an energy rebate from the Energy Trust of Oregon.

Download and complete a rebate application (PDF), and submit it into Energy Trust to receive cash incentives. This is a simple way to save on greenhouse improvements, and keep saving over time. Rebates for qualifying energy efficiency improvements purchased since Jan. 1, 2016 are due by Dec. 31, 2016.

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Welcome to OAN's new members

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

Arbre Technologies LLC
Ben Meyers
Wauwatosa, WI
Chapter: At Large

Bottari & Co LLC
John Bottari
Battleground, WA
Chapter: At Large

Bridgetown Garden Tools
Brian Connelly
Beaverton, OR
Retail Chapter

Hopkins Evergreens
Kendall Hopkins
Marsing, ID
Chapter: At Large

Larsen Family Orchards
Juli Larsen
Monroe, OR
Greenhouse & Retail Chapters

MirorCore LLC
Jim Wright
Penn Valley, CA
Chapter: At Large

Oregon Pallet Repair Inc.
Bryce Taylor
Salem, OR
Willamette Chapter

Patsy Moss
Markham, ON Canada
Chapter: At Large

Paul Greenley
Los Angeles, CA
Central Oregon Chapter

Bill Doty
Boring, OR
Mt. Hood Chapter

Tell the OAN Research Committee about your research needs and priorities

The OAN Research Committee would like to gain a better understanding from the diverse community of OAN members about our industry's research needs and priorities, so we can get the best return on our investment in research. The survey only takes a few minutes. Please take a moment to provide your feedback.

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OAN Open House scheduled for June 29

The Oregon Association of Nurseries will hold an Open House for all members and interested members from 4–6 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 in the Dick Joyce Conference Room at the OAN offices (29751 SW Town Center Loop West, Wilsonville, Oregon).

Join us for snacks and light refreshments while networking with nursery industry leaders and learning more about the benefits of belonging to OAN. Please RSVP by Monday, June 27 to Allison Pennell at 503-682-5089 or

New Products Showcase deadline extended to June 17

Are you introducing a new product in 2016? 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 Show is the place your product should be — and be seen. Tier 1 is FULL, but we do have space in Tier 2. Submissions for Tier 2 will be accepted through Friday, June 17. Please contact Ali Pennell if you have any questions.

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Ship and save with OAN Trucks to 2016 Summer Trade Shows

The OAN is coordinating trucks to two summer trade shows — Cultivate'16 and IGC Chicago — and we are forming a waitlist for a third, IGC Baltimore.

Trucks to Trade Shows

Space is limited and reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis. To make a reservation, fill out the order form and send it to Ali Pennell ( or fax it to 503-682-5099). For questions, contact Ali at 503-582-2010.

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Important Dates

Duffers Classic Golf Tournament - TOMORROW
JUNE 9 - The 27th annual Duffers Classic Golf Tournament is scheduled to take place at the Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City, Oregon, on Thursday, June 9. 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 today! More Info »

Biological pest management workshop
JUNE 15 - "Jump on the Biocontrol Bus: Introductory Biological Pest Management for Nurseries & Greenhouses" will train field and greenhouse growers in beginning methods of biological control. The workshop and educational tour/demonstration will be offered in English and Spanish, and will take place at the OSU North Willamette Research & Extension Center (NWREC), located at 15210 NE Miley Rd., Aurora, Oregon. Although all spots on the afternoon tour are taken at this time, there is still space in the morning seminar. Pre-registration is required. More Info »

♦ JUNE 16 — "Going Further on the Biocontrol Bus: Advanced Biological Pest Management for Nurseries and Greenhouses" will cover techniques for more challenging pests. This day is intended for a grower audience with experience. A morning workshop will take place the OSU North Willamette Research & Extension Center (NWREC), located at 15210 NE Miley Rd., Aurora, Oregon, followed by afternoon tours at two area nurseries. Pre-registration is required. The deadline is June 7. More Info »

Pioneer Dinner
JUNE 28 - The Mt. Hood Chapter will pay tribute to our nursery pioneers — those men and women over the age of 60 with more than 20 years in the nursery and greenhouse industry — at its annual Pioneer Dinner on Tuesday, June 28. This year's theme is "Luau Party," so put on your most colorful Hawaiian shirt and dig into the dinner buffet featuring tropical fruit, Kalua pork, chicken teriyaki and sweet rolls! Dinner is complimentary for nursery pioneers and kids under 18; the cost is $25 for all other attendees. OAN members from all chapters are invited. Festivities kick off at 5:30 p.m. at Persimmon Country Club (500 SE Butler Rd., Gresham). Please RSVP by June 13 to Rhonda Boni-Burden at 360-772-3082 or or register online. More Info »

OAN Open House
JUNE 29 - The Oregon Association of Nurseries will hold an Open House for all members and interested members from 4–6 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 in the Dick Joyce Conference Room at the OAN offices (29751 SW Town Center Loop West, Wilsonville, Oregon). Join us for snacks and light refreshments while networking with nursery industry leaders and learning more about the benefits of belonging to OAN. Please RSVP by Monday, June 27 to Allison Pennell at 503-682-5089 or

Farwest Show
AUGUST 25-27 - Register now for the Farwest Show, taking place Thursday–Saturday, August 25–27, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The show is growing; last year's attendees met over 400 exhibitors from across the globe and connected with over 6,000 industry professionals. This year is on track to be even better.

Registration offers range from a $5 admission for OAN members on up to combination tickets that help you save big. All include an early bird discount if you register now. More Info »

Farwest Nursery Tours
AUGUST 24 - 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. These are just a few reasons to join one of the Farwest tours. More Info »

FREE Farwest Keynote Speaker: Dr. Charlie Hall
AUGUST 25 - His speech, "Factors Affecting Short and Long-Term Demand in the Future," will share vital information that will guide the green industry as it formulates strategic marketing plans for the post-Great Recession economy. More Info »

Farwest Pub Crawl
AUGUST 25 - With names like Vlad the Imp Aler, Organic Green Elephant and Survival Seven Grain Stout, you know you're in a town devoted to microbrews and that is appropriately nicknamed Beervana. Farwest is celebrating the city's beer culture with its 5th Annual Pub Crawl. Explore the best that Portland's local craft brewers has to offer! More Info »

In case you missed it...

Geschwill, Zielinski deliver message to elected officials in D.C.

Parasitic wasps deployed against emerald ash borer

Article highlights nursery industry's recession recovery

Gross receipts tax would harm employment, according to state analysis

Transportation committee kicks off nine-city tour in Salem

Administration to increase threshold for overtime exemption

Judge overturns Josephine County ban on GMOs

Lawmakers seek support for expanded H-2B visa program

National Garden Bureau supports the healing power of plants

More scientific data needed about neonicotinoids

OSU publishes updated guide on hazelnut pests

Video outlines Oregon's mandatory sick leave law

Oregon horticultural sales hit $932 million for 2014

OAN Resource Guide

OAN Resource Guide

For our valued members, we have put together the 2016 OAN Resource Guide — a free download for members only.

This 20-page PDF will help you get more from your OAN membership investment. It includes the full list of current OAN board, staff, chapter and committee contacts for the 2016 membership year. In addition, it has information about the member benefits that are available to you.

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Ready to grow your business with OAN Publications and Events?

Our range of respected publications and engaging events provide valuable opportunities to strategically deliver your message and help achieve your sales and marketing goals. From print to digital to in person at the Farwest Show, we can help you find the best way to reach key nursery industry decision-makers through advertising and sponsorship. And as an OAN member you receive exclusive discounts and can save even more with our frequency discount for multiple ads. Download our Media Kit for all the details and contact Blair Thompson at 503-582-2012 or to discuss how OAN advertising and sponsorship can help your business grow.

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