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Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
July 5, 2017    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Nurseries dodge bullet on predictive scheduling

The Oregon Legislature is "well on its way to approving a predictive scheduling" mandate for certain employers — but nurseries, independent retail garden centers and farms are not among those that would have to comply.

The OAN Government Relations team successfully made the case that nurseries and garden centers need flexibility as employers because they are affected by many factors they can't control, particularly the weather. Weather dictates when growers can complete certain tasks out in the field, and it certainly determines whether garden centers will be busy or quiet.

Senate Bill 828 passed on a 46–13 vote in the House, with all Democrats in support and some Republicans joining them. The Senate passed it previously, and Gov. Kate Brown has said she will sign it. It would require retail, hospitality and food service employers with at least 500 employees worldwide to provide employees of seven days' notice of their work schedule. That would increase to 14 days' notice in 2020. Employees not needed for a scheduled shift would need to be partially paid for it.

The OAN opposed the bill when it would have covered nurseries and supported it after it was amendedwith language that excludes them.

Water supply bills stall in Legislature

In news that is disappointing for nurseries and agriculture, three bills dealing with water supplies and in particular aquifers appear stalled in the final days of the 2017 Oregon Legislature.

"Water is a critical issue for nurseries and farmers in general," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said for Member Update. "These bills are the product of long hours of discussion, collaboration and negotiation between the various interests in Oregon that use water." Other comments from Stone are in the linked article.

Water needs are growing, but the supply obviously isn't. The bills address measurement of water usage, studies of underground aquifers, and additional funding for the Oregon Water Resources Department. They had bipartisan support, led by Rep. Ken Helm (D-Beaverton) and Rep. David Brock Smith (R-Port Orford).

Backers, including the OAN, said the work done so far is a solid beginning and they are hopeful it will result in passage of bills in the shorter 2018 session.

OAN adds new dental program

The Oregon Association of Nurseries announced a new member benefit program and partnership with Willamette Dental Group. This dental program is an addition to the popular LifeMap, "see any dentist" dental program.

Willamette Dental Group is the largest multi-specialty group dental practice in the Pacific Northwest with 54 convenient office locations throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The new dental program offers no annual maximum and no deductible. Out-of-pocket costs for covered dental services, including orthodontia for all ages, are set through predictable, low copays. Combined with the low premium, the Willamette Dental Group plan is a valuable OAN member option for you and your family's dental care. For more information, contact Randy Skinner at 503-296-0077 or

Parties agree on highway bill, but details vague

Gov. Kate Brown told the Oregonian last week that there is an agreement on an infrastructure bill to fund highway and transit improvements statewide.

The bill has bipartisan support and includes several funding measures, Sen. Brian Boquist (R-Dallas) told the newspaper. They include a higher gas tax, higher vehicle registration fees, new taxes on bicycle and car sales, and a payroll tax to fund expanded transit. The new version of the bill does not, however, include region-specific taxes or fees that would have provided additional funding for big-ticket improvements in the Portland area.

The details on the bill are expected to emerge soon, which would shed more light on which projects the package would and would not include. Some of the asked-for projects have included widening Highway 217, Interstate 5 through the Rose Quarter and Interstate 205 from Stafford to Oregon City (including the Abernethy Bridge).

July Digger arrives in mailboxes

Adorning the cover are beautiful blooming trees from the genus Prunus. Flowering cherry and plum trees are one of the premier crops to come out of Oregon's Nursery Country. Download a PDF of this article.

Also, see the 2017 Farwest Show New Varieties Showcase preview inserted into this issue.

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Washington nurseries join together to get Lean

The Peters Company, a Lean consultancy based in Wilsonville, Oregon, announced the launch of a new consortium of Washington nurseries. Four horticulture businesses based primarily in the Puget Sound area are currently in the consortium: Skagit Horticulture, T&L Nursery, Botanical Designs and Skagit Farmers Supply.

The Washington consortium has committed to learning and applying the principles of Lean together for one year. Lean is an effective method for eliminating waste, resulting in more value to customers delivered at a lower cost, in a shorter time, with fewer defects and less human effort.

"Lean has had a big impact on our company," said Mollie Hoare, operations manager at Skagit Horticulture. "Not only have we seen significant productivity gains, but our employee engagement is much stronger than ever before."

In addition to the new Washington group, The Peters Company also leads the Oregon Nursery Lean Consortium. Seven companies are involved in the consortium this year, including Eshraghi Nurseries, JLPN, Marion Ag Service, PRT Oregon, Robinson Nursery, Smith Gardens Aurora, and Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas. Companies interested in participating can contact Elizabeth Peters, 503-250-2235 or for information and an application form.

Farwest News: Hottest new plants set to debut at New Varieties Showcase

The 2017 Farwest Show New Varieties Showcase, sponsored by Macore Company, will feature the hottest new plants on the market. The showcase will be on display from August 23–25 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. This year's stellar selection — more than 40 plants, including 7 new tree varieties — has been bred for increased disease resistance, improved color and bloom time, and better performing habit. Preview the full list of plants in the July issue of Digger magazine.

Come to the 2017 Farwest Show to see these plants on display. Take-it-with-you tags from Macore Company will provide specific plant information such as height, width, color and unique characteristics, as well as a list of growers or representatives at the show where you can place orders for these new varieties.

On Wednesday, awards will be given to the top picks as selected by a panel of distinguished industry judges. Show attendees will also get the chance to weigh in by voting for their top three favorites for the People's Choice awards when they visit the showcase. On Friday, the votes will be tallied and winners will be announced.

Your Trade Show Pass includes access to all showcases and events. Early bird rates are valid through July 31.

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Oregon Water Law Conference: Early bird registration due July 12

Taking place Nov. 2–3 in Portland, the 26th annual Oregon Water Law Conference will continue its coverage of legislative, administrative and judicial water law and policy developments, featuring experts from all levels of government, tribes, nonprofits and private practice. Those attendees who register by July 12 can save $75.

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Ship and save with OAN Summer Trucks to Trade Shows

The OAN is now accepting reservations for IGC Chicago. The deadline to reserve space is July 20. Reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Trucks may be subject to cancellation if participation rates are not met.

Trucks to Trade Shows

To make a reservation, fill out the order form and send it to Kristen ( For questions, contact Kristen at 503-582-2011.

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Energy Trust greenhouse rebate reminder

Have you installed an under-bench heating system in your greenhouse, or other energy-efficient upgrade? If so, you may qualify for an energy rebate from the Energy Trust of Oregon. Rebates are due within 6 months of purchase. Download and complete a rebate application, and submit it into Energy Trust to receive cash incentives. This is a simple way to save on greenhouse improvements, and keep saving over time.

Survey helps identify issues for ornamental horticulture

The IR-4 Project 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. 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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Important Dates


  • International Master Gardener ConferenceJuly 10–14, Portland, Oregon » More info
  • National Children and Youth Garden SymposiumJuly 12–15, Vancouver, Washington, and the greater Portland area » More info
  • Young Growers Gathering (Mt. Hood Chapter) July 18 — Oregon City, Oregon » More info
  • Farwest Show NEW DAYS AND HOURS!August 23–25, Portland, Oregon. Wednesday, August 23 – Noon–5 p.m. | Thursday, August 24 – 10 a.m.–5 p.m. | Friday, August 25 – 10 a.m.–2 p.m. » More info
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