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Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
July 13, 2017    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

In memoriam: Evelyn Schmidt

The Oregon Association of Nurseries is saddened to report the passing of Evelyn Schmidt, the cofounder of J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., a wholesale tree nursery based in Boring, Oregon. She died July 6, 2017 at the age of 96, with her children by her side.

Evelyn was born August 18, 1920 in Swisuvale, Pennsylvania. As newlyweds, she and her husband, J. Frank Schmidt Jr., founded the nursery in 1946 following their honeymoon. It eventually expanded to 2,500 acres across multiple sites near Boring, in the Willamette Valley, and in Eastern Oregon. The company is well known throughout the industry for its signature tree introductions.

She was laid to rest in a private ceremony July 7, 2017 at Douglass Pioneer Cemetery in Troutdale, Oregon, next to her husband, who died in 2004, and their eldest daughter, Joyce, who died in 1965. She is survived by daughters Jean Webster of Fresno, California and Jan Barkley of Boring, son J. Frank Schmidt II of Boring, nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Evelyn's 97th birthday, Friday, August 18, 2017, from 3–6 p.m. at the J. Frank Schmidt Jr. Arboretum, 9500 S.E. 327th Ave., Boring, Oregon. A 4 p.m. presentation will include stories, blessings and birthday cake. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests remembrances to Mt. Hood Hospice, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, or a favorite charity.

Read her full obituary, courtesy of J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.

OAN meets legislative goals in 2017 legislative session

The 2017 session of the Oregon Legislature officially adjourned last Friday, July 7. The OAN had four main goals for the session — pass a transportation package, secure continued funding for water supply development, get a fix passed for the state's paid sick leave law, and prevent the passage of onerous taxes on the industry — and according to OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone, "All four goals were accomplished."

The OAN supported a $5.3 billion roads and transit package that will relieve congestion, secured $22 million in water infrastructure funding and helped stop the passage of a gross receipts tax. The OAN also successfully prevented several other bills that would have damaged agriculture and nurseries, but it took considerable effort and vigilance, and will require more of both in the future.

"We have a long way to go to explain to the majority how agriculture is impacted by state policy and regulations," Stone said. "That will be the focus for our Government Relations team the rest of the year."

Although the state did manage to balance its budget, for now, without a new gross receipts tax, such taxes are still a threat. "The state did not solve its structural spending issues," Stone said. "That should be of concern to everyone."

ODA flags two pesticides made by PBI/Gordon Corp.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture ordered the stoppage of sales and distribution of two pesticide products — Azatrol HydroBotanical Insecticide and Azatrol EC Insecticide — after finding the presence of several pesticide active ingredients not listed on the product label. Both products are manufactured by PBI/Gordon Corporation and are labeled for use on ornamental, food and feed crops as an insecticide, insect growth regulator and repellent. These products may also be used in the production of cannabis.

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Applications due by 7/31 for state boards and commissions

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's Executive Appointments Office is now accepting applications for board and commission service with the Natural Resources Office. The governor is looking for well-qualified, thoughtful, collaborative Oregonians who have a statewide perspective and who reflect the diversity of Oregon, including rural communities, geographic diversity, gender, race and ethnic diversity, and diversity of knowledge and experience. Applicants must also demonstrate commitment to attend and productively participate in all meetings. Some boards and commissions have specific statutory requirements.

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Superthrive launches new website

Superthrive announced the launch of a new dynamic website — — that offers visitors insight into the company's 78-year history. As detailed on the "Legacy" webpage, Dr. John A. A. Thomson started the company in 1939 and grew it into an international brand. His daughter, Patrisha Diane Thomson, helms the company today.

The website also lists the many uses of the company's namesake plant vitamin solution, from preparing soil to transplanting and general maintenance. A comprehensive dosage chart gives detailed measurement information for most plants. Other sections range from updated company news and events, to informative blog posts and educational sections on hydroponics and pollinators.

A new testimonial section lets Superthrive users share their success stories and pictures. It connects to social media outlets, giving visitors the chance see what people from around the world are doing with Superthrive.

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Farwest room block filling fast

It's better to book in the Farwest Show Official Room Block. As a Farwest attendee or exhibitor, you receive special discounted room rates at our eight host hotels.

In addition, we have pre-negotiated exclusive perks for you like free Wi-Fi and discounted parking. To ensure you receive our preferred rates, use the custom link to book your stay.

We have secured discounted rates for Farwest participants over the duration of the show. Rates are valid until the cutoff date of July 22, and blocks are filling fast, so be sure you are getting the best rate and availability by booking today.

Beware of housing pirates! Please be aware that there are companies contacting exhibitors directly claiming to have room blocks on behalf of the Farwest Show. They are not associated with the Farwest Show or Travel Portland. We have no control over booking and cancellation fees associated with their service. Travel Portland is the only housing agency for the Farwest Show; they will not make outbound calls to solicit reservations.

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Mt. Hood Chapter to host gathering of young growers on July 18

The OAN Mt. Hood Chapter will host a social and networking event for growers under the age of 40 at 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday, July 18. The gathering will take place at Pleasant Home Tavern (31637 SE Dodge Park Blvd., Gresham, Oregon). For more information or to RSVP, contact Anthony Kinen at, 503-866-3627; or Scott Ekstrom at, 503-926-4321.

New Ideas Tour set for September 21

The OAN Sunset Chapter will present a tour of nurseries to see how they are innovating to help with the current labor crunches. All chapters are invited. More details to come. For questions, contact Matt Gold at or 503-628-3059.

Welcome to OAN's new members

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

Cerati G
Davide Marchetti
Brescello, Reggio Emilia Italia
Chapter: At Large

Andriya Glessner
Bend, OR
Chapters: Central Oregon, Christmas Tree, Greenhouse

Noname Nursery
Robb Sloan
Cornelius, OR
Chapter: Sunset

United Phosphorus Inc.
Dustin Patman
King of Prussia, PA
Chapter: At Large

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
  • Trucks to Trade Shows - IGC Chicago reservation deadlineJuly 20 » 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
  • New Ideas Tour (Sunset Chapter) September 21 — Save the date. Details coming soon.
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