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Oregon Legislature makes preparations to adjourn; Heat wave shows no signs of letting up; Farwest Seminars Announced; OAN office closed July 3; more
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July 1, 2015    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Grower-friendly pollinator protection strategy advances

Oregon legislators are poised to pass House Bill 3362, which would create an outreach and education strategy on pollinator health, including best management practices. The OAN supports the bill, which was passed by the state House of Representatives on a 57-2 vote. The bill came out of last fall's Task Force on Pollinator Health. OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone was appointed to that task force and helped shape the recommendations.

The bill calls for Oregon State University and the Oregon Department of Agriculture to develop a pesticide safety plan. It would allocate pesticide registration fees toward education and training. It directs ODA to develop a bee incident reporting system. And, it would dedicate a small bee colony registration fee toward honeybee and native bee research.

"Overall, this bill will help protect bee health while also retaining the use of effective pest control chemistries," Stone said. "Those two goals are not mutually exclusive."

The bill will be considered next by the full Senate. Supporters are hopeful it will pass before the Legislature adjourns, which may happen as early as this week. A separate bill, House Bill 5024, would fund a diagnostic center for pollinator health.

Oregon Legislature makes preparations to adjourn

The Oregon Legislature is constitutionally required to adjourn by Saturday, July 11, but there are fairly strong indications that the legislators are trying to wrap up business early — perhaps even prior to the Independence Day weekend.

The OAN continues to monitor the progress of proposed legislation, while advocating for policy that is beneficial, or at least not harmful, to nurseries and agriculture. Although the Legislature considered bills that would raise the state minimum wage to $13 or $15 per hour, it appears none will pass. Additionally the Legislature has rejected anti-immigration bills and those that would require employers to use the E-Verify system. Both topics are likely to appear, however, on the 2016 General Election ballot.

There are a few positive bills for the industry that are being considered this week. They include a compromise pesticides bill to address aerial spraying, and three bills (Senate Bill 266 and House Bills 5005 and 5030) that would provide funding for water supply development.

One bill that is unlikely to move is a statewide transportation package to fund much-needed capital investments to enhance freight movement and other objectives. Legislators and the governor have been unable to settle differences over a proposed gas tax increase and the already-passed clean fuels bill.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes celebrate Nursery Industry Night

More than three dozen industry members and thousands of other fans turned out last Friday for the first-ever Nursery Industry Night, when the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes of baseball's Northwest League took on the Spokane Indians. OAN President Mike Coleman threw out the ceremonial first pitch for a perfect strike. Alexandra Geschwill, daughter of OAN President-Elect Leigh Geschwill, did the ceremonial run around the bases before the game. The Indians won the game by a score of 4-1.

The event provided publicity for the economic significance of the nursery industry, and also promoted the benefits of gardening. Copies of the Retail Nurseries and Garden Centers Guide were distributed, and a Plant Something video was shown. High quality plant material from Kraemer's Nursery and Youngblood Nursery was displayed, and eight children from the audience participated in a Plant Something race. Materials for the race were donated by OBC Northwest, Phillips' Soil Products and F & B Farm and Nursery. Thank you to all five of these companies. The OAN also thanks the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes for their hospitality and for providing a platform for promotion of the nursery industry.

Heat wave shows no signs of letting up

A high-pressure system has taken hold across much of Oregon, pushing temperatures to nearly 25 degrees above average for the past week and continuing into this week. Weather forecasters are predicting another slew of 90-degree days, surging past the triple-digit point as the Fourth of July weekend approaches.

When temperatures soar, outdoor workers are especially at risk of heat exhaustion. "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.

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Farwest unveils full slate of educational seminars and speakers

Organizers of the 2015 Farwest Show announced the full slate of top-notch, forward-looking educational speakers and seminars. The nursery education track, delivered by some of horticulture's most celebrated veterans and rising stars, will give growers a comprehensive menu of topics and provide ideas and knowledge to take home from the show and raise the bar for their companies.

"This year's nursery education will be outstanding," said Allan Niemi, director of events at the Oregon Association of Nurseries, producers of the Farwest Show. "We've assembled the best and brightest of the industry. They're on the cutting edge of research, issues and trends that have great importance for nursery growers in all regions of the country."

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Grow Wise, Bee Smart™ website launches

The Horticultural Research Institute, the research affiliate of AmericanHort, announced version 2.0 of its pollinator health website — The go-to website for retail and landscape firms includes information on the importance of bees and pollinators, threats to their health, and steps everyone can take to improve habitat and forage. Links to the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge and Pollinator Partnership further guide green industry professionals and their customers on how to plant and register new gardens and habitats for pollinators.

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July Digger previews New Varieties Showcase at Farwest Show

The new issue of Digger magazine is jam-packed with distinctive plants — from those that thrive between the cracks in crevice gardens, to the smorgasbord of fresh-to-the-market selections that will be featured at this year's New Varieties Showcase at the fast-approaching 2015 Farwest Show. You can also read this month's flipbook edition of Digger (Flash required; fast connection recommended). Please send your comments on the issue to editor Curt Kipp at

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OAN office will be closed Friday, July 3

The OAN office will be closed on Friday, July 3, 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 Monday, July 6.

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

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

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, 360-772-3082 or register online.

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

PEST ALERT: Spotted wing drosophila and rose stem girdler

Incredible edibles to star at Farwest Growers Showcase

Reminder: Take the IR-4 Ornamental Horticulture Survey

Pollinator Passion Weekend in Snohomish County: July 24–26

Forestry carbon crediting applications due by July 17

Apply by July 31 for wetland restoration funds

Armitage to deliver keynote address at 2015 International Trials Conference

ODA publishes lists of alternatives to neonicotinoid insecticides

Energy Trust offers cash incentives for greenhouse upgrades

Chemeketa Community College announces fall schedule of hort classes

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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