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National call on SCOTUS ruling July 5, OAN Open House is tonight, Oregon minimum wage hike takes effect this Friday, more
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June 29, 2016    |     IMPORTANT DATES     |     ADVERTISE

Supreme Court deadlocks on Obama's executive order

The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a split decision on the U.S. v. Texas case. The 4-4 tie means the lower court's decision will stand. That decision was to block implementation of President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration, which would have shielded as many as five million undocumented immigrants from deportation and allowed them to legally work in the United States.

"The president only took this action after it became clear that Republican House leadership wasn't going to allow a bipartisan comprehensive reform package to proceed to a vote," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "It only highlights the need to elect members of Congress who will stand up for comprehensive reform. Such reform needs to address border security, legal status for those already here, and a future labor supply."

The outcome of the upcoming presidential election will likely determine what happens next.

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National call on SCOTUS ruling set for July 5

ImmigrationWorks USA will convene a national call at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5. Immigration lawyers, court watchers and legislative veterans will discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the U.S. v. Texas case and its implications for immigration reform.

To listen in, call 1-800-559-9370 and enter passcode: 8208783#. To RSVP or for more information, contact Emily Luft at or 202-506-4541.

OAN Open House is tonight

The Oregon Association of Nurseries will hold an Open House for all 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. For more information, contact Ali Pennell, OAN event and program coordinator, at 503-682-5089 or

Mt. Hood Chapter holds its annual Pioneer Dinner

Longtime industry members gathered Tuesday night at Persimmon Country Club in Gresham for the annual Pioneer Dinner, presented by Mt. Hood Chapter. This year's event had a luau theme, including flower leis, aloha shirts and kahlua pork. Some photographs from the evening are posted to the OAN page on Facebook.

Reminder: Oregon minimum wage hike takes effect this Friday

Oregon employers, wherever they are located, will be paying a higher minimum wage beginning this Friday, 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.

Questions? Jordan Ramis P.C., OAN's legal counsel, offered an explanation of how the rules define "employer location" and other issues related to implementation of the new law. As a reminder, OAN Regular and Associate members receive 30 minutes per calendar month of FREE legal advice from attorney Steve Shropshire. Call 503-598-5583 (888-598-7070 toll-free) and have your organization name and OAN membership number ready.

Rising wages cause farmers and workers to adapt their outlook

Oregon's minimum wage hike is changing the future perspective among agricultural employers and employees, as documented in a story published by

For farm owners, there's greater economic uncertainty due to tighter profit margins, and worry about the effect of raising prices to offset rising labor costs. Some farmers are shifting to less labor-intensive crops such as grass seed, while others simply go out of business. According to the Oregon Department of Agriculture, the state lost 400 farms and ranches between 2013 and 2014 — a trend experts predict will continue.

From the farmworker's perspective, the wage hike has boosted their confidence and pride in the work they do.

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Labor shortage points to decline in immigration

The number of people immigrating from Mexico, whether legally or not, has been in decline across the U.S., according to data from the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, D.C. From 2009 to 2014, there has been a net loss of 140,000 immigrants, resulting in a shortage of farmworkers. The slow recovery of the U.S. economy and stricter immigration law enforcement are among the reasons people are choosing to stay in Mexico or leave the states, according to the report.

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Cannabis could become, unofficially, Oregon's most valuable crop

According to some estimates, Oregon's cannabis crop could be worth $1 billion, superseding the value of cattle and calves as the state's top agricultural product, at $922 million. Greenhouse and nursery plants were second at $829 million, and hay was third, at $703 million, according to 2014 figures.

Since the legalization last year of recreational marijuana sales in Oregon, state agencies have been collecting sales and tax figures, which may make marijuana the state's most valuable crop. As of May 30, the state had collected $14.9 million in marijuana sales taxes, according to a Capital Press report.

Yet even if its value is substantiated, marijuana will not appear in annual crop statistics due to federal policy. Although it's now legal in several states, the federal government still classifies marijuana as an illegal drug.

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Western states receive $48 million in drought relief

The Obama administration announced $48 million in grants in 13 states to help farmers and others conserve water and energy amid drought and climate change. The money will go toward improvements to irrigation and water delivery systems as well as technical assistance for planning and engineering conservation measures. The projects are in California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

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OAN office will be closed Monday, July 4

The OAN office will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. We hope you get to enjoy a safe, fun and relaxing day filled with food, family, festivities and fireworks (in whatever order you prefer). The OAN office will be open again and ready to serve you on Tuesday, July 5.

Water Resources Open House event to be held in Beaverton this Thursday

Over the past month, the Water Resources Department and its partner agencies — the Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Department of Agriculture — have hosted a series of open house events across Oregon. Input received at these meetings will help shape Oregon's 2017 Integrated Water Resources Strategy.

These public hearings will wrap up in Beaverton this Thursday, June 30. Attendees can share their 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.

For those who are not able to attend, an online comment form is available.

Create buzz about your pollinator-friendly plants at the 2016 Farwest Show Growers Showcase

This year's Growers Showcase at the 2016 Farwest Show will highlight "Plants with a Purpose: Pollinators." Growers who are Farwest exhibitors can showcase their pollinator-friendly plants in the creatively designed Growers Showcase. Each 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!

Fill out your plant submission form online or download the submission form and send to the OAN by June 30, 2016. For more information, contact Crystal Cady at or 503-582-2006.

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

Clackamas Chapter
JULY 9 - 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 Chapters
JULY 27 - 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.

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...

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

ODA orders plant cleaner products removed from sale

Agriculture helps power Pacific Northwest economy, study finds

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

NPR profiles the 'greenhouse superpower' to the north

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.

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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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