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Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
June 22, 2016    |     IMPORTANT DATES     |     ADVERTISE

Oregon minimum wage goes up 25-50 cents on July 1

Oregon employers, wherever they are located, will be paying a higher minimum wage on July 1, when Senate Bill 1532, approved by the 2016 Legislature, takes initial effect.

The current minimum wage is $9.25 per hour. For businesses in the Portland Metro area and standard counties, that will go up to $9.75 per hour on July 1. Employers in the rural part of Oregon will have a lower minimum of $9.50. The wage will continue to go up annually every July 1 until 2022 (see table below). From 2023 onward, it will be adjusted based on the Consumer Price Index.

Last week, BOLI issued rulemaking to address several points, including what to do for workers, such as delivery drivers, who cross between different wage zones over the course of their working day. The rules state to pay the applicable rate based on where the worker spends at least half their time. This is a preferable outcome to having to track workers by location at all times.

"We worked really hard to get the rules so that delivery of goods is not as affected by where the worker is at all times," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said.

The OAN continues to advocate for members on several regulatory issues affecting employers, including the federal worker protection standards for application of pesticides, the state paid sick leave law, and continuing developments on the minimum wage.

"We will be engaged in these issues and we will be providing meaningful and timely advice to members," Stone said.



Portland Metro

Nonurban counties

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July 1, 2019




July 1, 2020




July 1, 2021




July 1, 2022




July 1, 2023

Adjusted annually based on the increase, if any, to the US City average Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers

$1.25 over the standard minimum wage

$1 less than the standard minimum wage

ODA orders plant cleaner products removed from sale

The Oregon Department of Agriculture announced it has issued a notice of statewide detainment and a stop sale and removal order for Green Planet Nutrients Mega Wash and NPK Industries Mighty Wash, two plant cleaner products that are used in hydroponics and horticulture, including cannabis production.

ODA found that the products contain pyrethrins, a pesticide active ingredient not listed on the product labels. The order calls for the companies to immediately cease all sales, offers of sale, or other distribution of the products in Oregon.

According to the Oregon Health Authority, pyrethrins pose a low risk to humans unless exposures are at very high concentrations. Inhalation of very high levels can cause respiratory irritation symptoms similar to asthma, although it is unlikely that residual levels left behind on cannabis would be high enough to cause these symptoms.

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Clackamas Chapter plans family-friendly golf outing

Spend a fun day on the links with OAN's Clackamas Chapter. The golf outing will take place at the Frontier Golf Course (2965 N Holly St., Canby), a par three course that is extremely family friendly. Lunch and kids activities will be provided. Festivities tee off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 9. Watch for more details online and via email soon.

Retail and Greenhouse chapter meeting to highlight new plant selections

On Wednesday, July 27, the Retail and Greenhouse chapters will meet at The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton, Oregon. Tours of new plants — presented by Ball FloraPlant, EuroAmerican, PanAmerican Seed and Selecta — will be given at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Social hour begins at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and presentations from Ron Newble of EuroAmerican on the new selections. Also, Ty Boland and Mark Hunter of The Oregon Garden will give updates on the current garden plantings and the future direction of the botanical attraction. Cost is $30. For more information and to RSVP, contact Mark Leichty at or 503-522-9678.

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Agriculture helps power Pacific Northwest economy, study finds

A new study released last week determined that more than 12 cents of every dollar generated in the Pacific Northwest, as well as one in 10 jobs, are directly related to agriculture, forestry or fishing. The economic footprint of those three staple industries is more than 885,900 jobs and nearly $176.1 billion in sales. Of that total income, about 68.2 percent comes from agriculture, which leads the pack with 7.5 percent of all jobs in the region and 8.3 percent of total sales.

The study, which looked at the combined economies of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, was commissioned by Northwest Farm Credit Services and conducted by Oregon State University Extension Service Rural Studies Program and the University of Idaho Extension Service.

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Celebrating Pollinator Week — June 20–26

Pollinator Week is an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. Taking place this year from June 20–26, Pollinator Week is a great opportunity for garden centers to educate customers about how to attract these vital creatures to their yards. Businesses that are planning educational events can list themselves on the Pollinator Week website, which will be featured on a map with other events taking place around the world.

In addition, dozens of conservation and gardening organizations are actively promoting a nationwide campaign — the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge — that seeks to grow one million new pollinator gardens by the end of 2016.

And here's a reminder that pollinator-friendly plants will be the focus of the Growers Showcase at the 2016 Farwest Show. All Farwest exhibitors are invited to participate at no additional cost by providing plant material and products that fall under the "Pollinators" theme. Plants and products will be tagged with exhibitor's booth numbers as part of an artfully designed display featuring the beauty and benefit of pollinator-friendly gardens.

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Farms becoming 'smarter,' more like factories, The Economist reports

Irrigation controlled wirelessly by moisture sensors. GPS-equipped tractors. Drones that inspect fields for plant diseases and pests. These and other technological changes in hardware, software and "liveware" are propelling a new era in "smart farming," according to a story published recently by The Economist.

"[T]hese improvements will boost farmers' profits, by cutting costs and increasing yields, and should also benefit consumers ... in the form of lower prices," the story reports.

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NPR profiles the 'greenhouse superpower' to the north

Canada has the biggest concentration of greenhouses in North America and exports more tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers to the U.S. than it receives from all the vegetable fields of California and Florida, according to a National Public Radio report. Central to Canada's edibles industry are the humongous heated greenhouses that grow vegetables indoors for most of the year. They make it possible to harvest 10 or 20 times more tomatoes from an acre of land in a greenhouse than from an acre of open field.

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Save the date: June 29 — 2016 Invasive Plant Workshop

The Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council will present a workshop from 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. on Wed., June 29 at the Portland Metro building (600 NE Grand Ave., Portland). Speakers will present research on many of the region's most significant emergent and aquatic invasive species, such as reed canarygrass. Cost is $50.

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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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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

Water Resources Open House Events
JUNE 13-30 - 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 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.

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 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 W., 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...

Golfers tee off for the industry at Duffers Classic

Business associations meet with OAN leaders

Maryland becomes first state to ban consumer use of neonicotinoids

Parasitic wasps deployed against emerald ash borer

Administration to increase threshold for overtime exemption

Judge overturns Josephine County ban on GMOs

Lawmakers seek support for expanded H-2B visa program

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.

Download the Guide


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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