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E-Verify mandate would be bad for businesses, workers; Farwest Show volunteers needed; New OAN Members; more
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
July 8, 2015    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

2015 Oregon Legislature supports nursery priorities

The 2015 session of the Oregon Legislature adjourned on Monday evening — and for nurseries, the things that didn't happen were just as significant as the things that did.

"The OAN was successful this session, with over 90 percent of the issues we pushed becoming law," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "The OAN agenda in Salem received strong bipartisan support and demonstrates the respect and voice the industry has in our state capital. We were able to prevent a minimum wage increase, while working successfully to protect plant health and get more funding for water supply, agricultural research and pollinator health."

Bills that would have raised the minimum wage to either $13 or $15 failed to gain support. The OAN argued that such bills would further harm Oregon's ability to compete against growers in other states who already pay less than Oregon's current minimum wage of $9.25 per hour. There are, however, several good bills awaiting the governor's signature.

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Analysis: E-Verify mandate would be bad for businesses, workers

A new policy analysis by the Cato Institute concludes that a national mandate requiring all employers to use the Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify eligibility verification system would have unintended negative consequences for American businesses, as well as eligible American workers. Further, it would likely result in more businesses hiring employees under the table.

"E-Verify is an expensive, intrusive, and ineffective means of combating unauthorized immigration. The experiences of states that have mandated E-Verify reveal its high costs and ineffectiveness at suppressing unlawful immigration — results that should give pause to E-Verify supporters," the analysis states.

A requirement to use E-Verify has been contemplated as part of various national immigration reform efforts. The analysis notes that in the small handful of states that have required E-Verify so far, compliance has been very low because businesses find the system unworkable.

Click here to read the executive summary, or click here to download the full, 24-page analysis (PDF).

An initiative measure that would require Oregon businesses to use E-Verify has been submitted for signature gathering. Supporters want to put it on the 2016 ballot. The OAN is working with the broader business community and agriculture to challenge the ballot title and description put out by the state attorney general.

Farwest Show volunteers needed!

The OAN event team is looking for volunteers to help make some of Farwest's features even more fun and memorable. Want to spend the day in Nursery Country? Attend some of the stellar seminars lined up for this year? Or how about compete against your fellow retailers to win some prizes in our container and merchandising competitions?

Participation opportunities include Tour Bus Captains, Seminar Moderators and Retail Competitors. To sign up and for more information, contact Crystal Cady at or 503-582-2006.

RSVP by next Tuesday for Pioneer Dinner on July 21

The annual Pioneer Dinner honors 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 Tuesday, July 21 at Persimmon Country Club, 500 S.E. Butler Road, Gresham, Oregon. The cost is $25 — free for pioneers — and includes a fried chicken and barbecue dinner served at 6:30 p.m. RSVP by Tuesday, July 14 by contacting or 360-772-3082. You can also register and pay online at

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'Rural Living Field Day' to be held August 22

Learn how to improve countryside property at the Rural Living Field Day, taking place on Saturday, August 22, at Howell Territorial Park on Sauvie Island. Topics will include dealing with invasive weeds, improving crops and soil health, attracting birds and pollinators, meadowscaping, septic systems, healthy forests, orchard management, riparian area improvements and rainwater management. Cost is $15 per person or $20 per family, and includes a boxed lunch. For more information, log on to and click "Events."

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Hortica joins Sentry Insurance Group

Sentry Insurance Group and Hortica Insurance (Florists' Mutual Insurance Company) finalized their affiliation, according to a July 1 press release. Hortica, based in Edwardsville, Illinois, will maintain its name and brand, and will continue doing business from its current headquarters.

"Sentry's immense resources and technology, coupled with its strong commitment to growing in our niche, will enhance our mission of being the floral and horticultural industry's leading insurance expert," said Mona Haberer, president and CEO of Hortica. Founded in 1887, Hortica is an insurance company that guides and provides solutions for retail florists, garden centers, nurseries, landscape contractors, greenhouse growers, wholesale floral distributors and interior plantscapers.

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Welcome to OAN's new members

Ten new companies joined the Oregon Association of Nurseries in June. To these new members, welcome!

Clearwater Irrigation Supply
Andrey Kaya
Forest Grove, OR
Clackamas Chapter

For the Sake of the Trees
Jill Rodriguez
Salem, OR
Willamette Chapter

Frog Eyes Wasabi
Jennifer Bloeser
Portland, OR
Retail Chapter

GrowTech Solutions LLC
Sam Burks
Rogersville, MO
Chapter: At Large

Harmony Road
John Neeway
Sheridan, OR
Willamette Chapter

iCoir Products Group
David Shoup
Canby, OR
Clackamas Chapter

Riceland Foods Inc.
Scott Johnson
Stuttgart, AR
Chapter: At Large

Starkey's Corner Farm & Garden LLC
Angela Finegan
Hillsboro, OR
Retail Chapter

Steven Biles
McMinnville, TN
Chapter: At Large

W.S. Yoe Nurseries Inc.
William Yoe
Madison, OH
Mt. Hood Chapter

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 biggest 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 fried chicken and barbecue 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.

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Reminder: Take the IR-4 Ornamental Horticulture Survey

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

Get the most out of your membership with the 2015 OAN Member Resource Guide

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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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