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June 10, 2015    |     MEMBER BENEFITS     |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Gov. Kate Brown meets with OAN members

Oregon's new governor, Kate Brown, met with a strong turnout of OAN members for 30 minutes on Tuesday at the State Capitol. She praised the association's constructive involvement in state issues, and also provided updates on issues of importance to the nursery industry. "The OAN has done an outstanding job of being collaborative and willing to come to the table," she said.

Brown said that the Legislature is working on improved funding for Oregon State University research and Extension programs, and that there is strong consensus in favor of a $50 million bonding package for water infrastructure projects. Transportation, vocational education and affordable housing are also priorities, she said.

Brown said there is a push to increase the minimum wage, but the Legislature does not have a consensus on the amount or the timing. She predicted that voters are likely to decide the issue via ballot measure in 2016 instead. Several members told the governor that a rapid jump in Oregon's minimum wage would exacerbate the worker shortage they are currently facing, and also harm our nurseries' ability to compete against growers from states that have lower minimum wages and are closer to East Coast markets. Brown said one of her goals is to avoid a $15 blanket minimum wage across Oregon, but instead make allowances based on regional differences.

OAN Government Relations team provides a reasoned voice in Salem

With about a month remaining in the session, the 2015 Oregon Legislature is staying busy, and the OAN Government Relations team continues to provide a strong and active voice for the industry. "You are viewed as reasoned, and when you say, 'We don't like this,' it does have an impact," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone told members of the Government Relations Committee on Tuesday.

Lawmakers are moving toward final passage of a revised nursery license bill that is supported by the OAN. It would raise the caps on nursery license fees so that, if necessary at a later date, more funding can be generated for inspections and enforcement efforts that result in fewer pest and disease incidences, and cleaner plant shipments. A portion of the license funds is dedicated to supporting industry-needed research.

The bill passed the Senate 23-5 and is expected to pass in the House and be signed. As part of a broad push from the labor community, lawmakers are still considering a minimum wage increase, as well as a bill to require employers of 10 or more to provide paid sick leave to employees. Although the minimum wage bill is not expected to go anywhere for now, the sick leave bill is expected to pass.

Meanwhile, legislators have rejected a statewide ban on neonicotinoids, and with strong OAN input, they also killed a bill that would have allowed "hot goods" impoundment at the state level. The state Constitution requires that the Legislature conclude its business by July 11. The OAN Government Relations team will continue to monitor all developments and provide appropriate input.

A few player spots still available for the Duffers Classic

The 26th annual Duffers Classic Golf Tournament, sponsored by Jordan Ramis PC, tees off this Thursday, June 11, at the Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon City, Oregon. 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. Online registration is now closed, but there are a few player spots still available for onsite walk-up registration.

Reminder: Keep neonics away from bees and linden trees

In February 2015, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) enacted a permanent rule prohibiting the use of any product containing the neonicotinoid insecticides dinotefuran, clothianidin, imidacloprid or thiamethoxam — regardless of application method— on linden trees, basswood trees or other Tilia species.

The rule supersedes label language. This means that even if a pesticide label provides directions for use on linden trees, the product can not be used on linden, basswood or other Tilia species in Oregon.

These restrictions stem from a bee kill incident that took place about this time two years ago. In June 2013, more than 50,000 bees were killed after a foliar application of a neonic-based insecticide on blooming linden trees. When in bloom, linden trees are very attractive to wild native bees and also European honey bees.

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Trade mission coming to Oregon in search of Christmas trees

Buyers from the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore will be visiting Oregon July 22–24. This trade mission, organized by the Oregon Department of Agriculture, will provide an opportunity for buyers to learn about Oregon's agriculture industry, visit farms and meet the growers. Buyers are interested in a variety of products, including Christmas trees, wreaths, decorative stems and leaves, evergreen bows, and decorative pumpkins and gourds.

For more information or to host a tour of your farm/facilities, contact Theresa Yoshioka, ODA international trade manager, at 503-872-6626 or

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Energy Trust offers cash incentives for greenhouse upgrades

Greenhouses are built to withstand the elements, so upgrading their efficiency is essential to keeping operating costs down. Energy Trust of Oregon, an independent nonprofit organization that helps utility customers benefit from efficient energy use and renewable energy, offers incentives to keep greenhouses operating at peak efficiency throughout the year.

An Energy Trust trade ally contractor can help you apply for custom incentives on: Greenhouse reglazing, heating system upgrades, irrigation system improvements and solar water heating. Businesses have six months from the date of purchase to apply for a rebate from Energy Trust.

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Chemeketa Community College announces fall schedule of hort classes

Chemeketa Community College's 2015 fall term is scheduled to run from Sept. 28 through Dec. 12. CCC offers a wide range of horticulture and related courses for degree-seeking students as well as those persons interested in simply continuing their education. Returning students can register now on the web at; online registration starts August 4 for new and non-credit students.

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Mellissa Sumner joins OAN staff

Mellissa Sumner has joined the Oregon Association of Nurseries staff as the new event and program manager, replacing Kate Crawford. She will work on the Farwest Show and other OAN programs and events. She is also taking over as the main member contact for the Trucks to Trade Shows program. "I am really excited about OAN and getting to know more about the members and the industry!" she said.

A passionate home gardener, Sumner brings a strong background in event production, sales and customer service. Prior to joining OAN, she served as festival manager at the Tigard Festival of Balloons for eight years, and special events manager at Dave & Buster's. When she isn't planning corporate events, Sumner enjoys spending time with her family and exploring Oregon. Mellissa can be reached at 503-582-2010 or

Welcome to OAN's new members

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

Clarity Connect Inc.
Timothy Howard
Holly Springs, NC
Chapter: At Large

Davis Wright Tremaine
Jesse Lyon
Portland, OR
Chapter: At Large

Ferris Nursery
Rennie Ferris
South Beach, OR
Chapter: At Large

Twin Oaks Nursery
Linda Rowe
Hillsboro, OR
Greenhouse, Retail, Sunset Chapters

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes baseball team to honor the Oregon nursery industry

Please save the date for Oregon Nursery Industry Night on Friday, June 26, as the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, Class A Affiliate of the world champion San Francisco Giants, take on the Spokane Indians at 6:35 p.m. at Keizer Stadium. All members are encouraged to attend.

The game will include a first pitch from OAN President Mike Coleman, as well as between-innings presentations that will help the public understand the positive impact the nursery industry has on Oregon's economy. There will also be a post-game fireworks display afterwards.

This special night will be part of the team's new five-night Tribute to Oregon Agriculture June 26–30, but nurseries will have the prime spot — and the only game with fireworks! There will be a seating block for OAN members. Download the flyer for details and special ticket rates.

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.

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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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