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Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
June 24, 2015    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Prepare for extended heat wave forecasted for the Pacific Northwest

It's about to get hot, hot, hot, forecasters say, with temperatures in the Portland area predicted to possibly exceed the triple-digit mark on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of next week — on both sides of the Cascades. "At this point, forecast models are showing upper 90s all the way into Thursday of next week,'' said Andy Bryant, a weather service forecaster.

Outdoor workers are especially at risk of heat exhaustion as temperatures rise. "Water, rest and shade are the three things to remember," said Penny Wolf-McCormick, health enforcement manager for Oregon OSHA. Pets and plants also wilt quickly in the heat, so be ready and be safe.

Tips to beat the heat

PEST ALERT: Spotted wing drosophila and rose stem girdler

Growers of soft fruits — blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, cherries and figs — should be on the lookout for spotted wing drosophila (SWD). Female flies lay their eggs in ripening fruit while it is still on a tree or berry bush. When the eggs hatch in a few days, the larvae feed on the inside of the fruit, causing the fruit to rapidly soften and turn mushy in your hand when you pick it. If SWD are in your landscape or around your fruit crops, there are a few pesticide sprays that can control them. Research is currently being conducted at Oregon State University with insect predators for SWD.

Rose stem girdler (Agrilus cuprescens) is a potential new pest. It was recently detected in southwest Washington state, the farthest south it has been detected on the west side of the Cascades. The larvae of this borer can be a pest of cane plants, such as raspberries, blackberries, currants, gooseberries and roses.

Incredible edibles to star at Farwest Growers Showcase

This year's Growers Showcase at the 2015 Farwest Show will highlight all of the "Edible Delights" that are making waves in today's garden industry — from patio fruit trees and shrubs, to hops, herbs, vegetables, edible flowers and more. Edibles growers who are Farwest exhibitors can showcase their edible offerings in the creatively designed Growers Showcase. Each edible plant will be displayed with your company name and booth number to drive more traffic to your booth. Best of all, it's at NO additional cost to you! For more information, contact Mellissa Sumner at or 503-582-2010.

Reminder: Take the IR-4 Ornamental Horticulture Survey

The IR-4 Project's Ornamental Horticulture Program at Rutgers University helps provide pest management solutions for greenhouse, nursery, landscape, Christmas tree and forestry producers. Since 1963, the project has been a major developer of research data to support new EPA tolerances and labeled product uses. The project works to place new diseases, insects, weeds, as well as new crops on already registered ornamental horticulture product labels.

Every other year, the project prioritizes the next two-year research plan. You can help focus the project's research by answering a few questions about the diseases, insects, and weeds which impact your business.

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Save the dates: July 24–26 — Pollinator Passion Weekend in Snohomish County

Washington State University will host an educational weekend all about pollinators and ways to increase their numbers. "Pollinator Passion Weekend" will take place July 24–26 at WSU Snohomish County Extension, 600 128th St SE, Everett, Washington, inside McCollum Park. Attendees can come for one, two or all three days' worth of events.

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Forestry carbon crediting applications due by July 17

Private woodland owners in northwest Oregon and western Washington can participate in a carbon crediting program offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Almost $2 million in funding is available as part of a new five-year project called "Unlocking Carbon Markets for Non Industrial Private Forest Landowners in the Pacific Northwest."

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Apply by July 31 for wetland restoration funds

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced the availability of $17.5 million in financial and technical assistance nationwide to help restore wetlands on private and tribal agricultural lands. The NRCS Oregon state office is currently seeking proposals from local governments, non-profits, conservation organizations and tribes who are interested in obtaining a portion of this funding, provided through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership. Interested parties should submit proposals to NRCS Oregon by July 31 to be considered for this funding.

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Salem-Keizer Volcanoes present Oregon Nursery Industry Night this Friday

Where else can you see OAN President Mike Coleman throw out the first pitch AND have a night at the ballpark? This Friday, June 26 is Oregon Nursery Night, presented by the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, Class A Affiliate of the world champion San Francisco Giants. The game starts at 6:35 p.m. at Keizer Stadium, and there will be between-innings presentations that will help the public understand the positive impact the nursery industry has on Oregon's economy as well as a post-game fireworks display afterwards. All members are encouraged to attend.

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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

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.

In case you missed it

Legislature to consider $13 minimum wage proposal

Duffers Classic raises over $18,000 for ONPAC

Armitage to deliver keynote address at 2015 International Trials Conference

ODA publishes lists of alternatives to neonicotinoid insecticides

Reminder: Keep neonics away from bees and linden trees

Trade mission coming to Oregon in search of Christmas trees

Energy Trust offers cash incentives for greenhouse upgrades

Chemeketa Community College announces fall schedule of hort classes

Mellissa Sumner joins OAN staff

EU prohibits more than 160 plant species

Grumblings follow in the wake of final Clean Water Rule announcement

Second annual Equipment Innovation Day set for Farwest Show week

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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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