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July 16, 2015    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Tour details announced for 2015 International Trials Conference

The International Trials Conference, held this year in Portland, Oregon, in conjunction with the 2015 Farwest Show, announced its schedule of tour stops encompassing area sites that play vital roles in plant research, testing and production.

The day-long excursion will take place on Wednesday, August 26, and includes visits to the International Rose Test Garden, OSU North Willamette Research and Extension Center, Fessler Nursery, Terra Nova Nurseries and Swan Island Dahlias.

"Visiting trial sites is a very important part of continuing education for all horticulturists," said Diane Blazek, executive director of All-America Selections (National Plant Trials Database). "As much as we'd like to think we know about current market varieties, there are always new introductions, and seeing them side-by-side in trials is the only way to really judge which one is best for you or your business' purpose."

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Lawsuit: Texas denying birth certificates to U.S.-born children

The U.S. Constitution — specifically, the Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment — guarantees that any person born in the United States of America will be considered a United States citizen. However, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Austin, Texas, the state of Texas has an unofficial policy of refusing to issue birth certificates for the U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants. Six mothers — all undocumented immigrants from Mexico — have joined in the lawsuit.

"It's a settled issue and the Constitution is very clear — if you are born in the United States, you are a citizen. Period," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "Our country is not lacking for real problems. Leaders both nationally and in each state should be trying to solve the immigration issue and build a stronger economy. But instead, down in Texas, they are trying to deny natural born citizens their rights. It's not just wrong, but a waste of time. This is why it is important that we, as an industry and an association, stay active and vigilant on the immigration issue."

Disposal of blighted boxwoods is important

The Oregon Association of Nurseries office has had questions from some members about how to properly dispose of plants that have been infested with boxwood blight. According to Karl Puls, horticulturist with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, there are three methods growers have used effectively:

  • Bury the plants at least two meters deep (six feet)
  • Double-bag the plants and dispose of them at a landfill
  • Burn the plants

Although burning is effective, and can be less expensive than the other two options, burn bans are in effect for much of the state. Therefore, one of the other two options may be preferable at this time.

The main symptoms of the disease are brown or black lesions on the leaves. The disease is often fatal to young plants, so disposal is important to prevent its spread. The disease is caused by a fungus, Cylindrocladium buxicola. The spores can easily be spread by wind, animals or foot traffic, and they can survive on dead leaves for up to five years.

Immigrants are not here to cause trouble

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has recently attracted attention — and more than his share of critics — for claiming that people who immigrate from Mexico are predominantly criminal. Such comments have propelled him to frontrunner status.

However, according to an article published by The Economist, a respected news and business journal based in London, statistics and trends clearly demonstrate that there is no correlation between immigration and an increase in crime.

"It makes sense that people with the gumption to uproot their lives to build better ones in a strange new land will be inclined to work hard and play by the rules," the article stated. "Undocumented immigrants have even more at stake; the lightest brush with the law can get them deported."

The Oregon Association of Nurseries has spent years working with elected leaders — both Republicans and Democrats — to bring about comprehensive immigration reform that addresses border security, an adequate labor supply, and a pathway to earned legal status for undocumented immigrants currently in the United States. "We will continue to pursue these efforts while setting the record straight about the positive impact immigrants have on the nursery industry and the state and national economy," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said.

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Final week to apply for forestry carbon credits

Friday, July 17 is the final day for private woodland owners in northwest Oregon and western Washington to participate in a carbon crediting program offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Almost $2 million in funding is available as part of a new five-year project called "Unlocking Carbon Markets for Non Industrial Private Forest Landowners in the Pacific Northwest."

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Pest alert: South American palm weevil detected in Arizona

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the detection of a dead South American palm weevil (Rhynchophorus palmarum) in Yuma, Arizona, on May 20, 2015. This is the first detection of the weevil in Arizona.

The weevil is native to Central and South America and is an important pest of palms, specifically date and coconut palms. Sugarcane is also a host for this pest. The weevil also is a vector for a nematode Bursaphelenchus cocophilus, which can cause red-ring disease in coconut and oil palms.

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Bruce Usrey

The Oregon Association of Nurseries is saddened to report the passing of Bruce Usrey, former CEO of Monrovia. The company has shared the following statement:

For nearly 50 years Bruce guided the growth and expansion of Monrovia, the largest grower of premium container plants in the United States. After serving in the United States Air Force, he joined Monrovia in 1968 and managed plant production. From 1986 to 1998, he was chief operating officer, overseeing the company's expansion of new growing locations in Dayton, Oregon, and Visalia, California.

In 1998, Bruce was named president and later, in 2002, chief executive officer. Under his leadership Monrovia saw another surge in growth with its merger with Wight and Berryhill Nurseries, adding three East Coast growing fields to Monrovia's production. In recent years, Bruce served as a managing director of the company, and was based in Dayton, Oregon.

"Bruce was a true horticultural craftsman," said Miles Rosedale, CEO of Monrovia. "He will be greatly missed."

Bruce is survived by his wife, Susie, who has also worked for Monrovia for nearly 40 years. Condolences can be mailed to: Susie Usrey, PO Box 280, Dayton, OR 97114.

Firm information regarding services is not immediately available. The service is expected to happen August 2 in Oregon. We will provide information about the time and place as it is received.

In Memoriam: Herbert (Craig) Eby

The Oregon Association of Nurseries is also saddened to report the passing of Herbert (Craig) Eby on June 15, 2015. He was 80. The nurseryman and owner of Eby Nursery in Wilsonville, Oregon, was born July 26, 1934, in Redmond, Washington. He graduated from Redmond High School and received a Bachelor of Science from Oregon State University. A memorial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 18, 2015, at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church.

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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

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.

Ship and save with OAN Trucks to 2015 Summer Trade Shows

The OAN is coordinating trucks to summer trade shows — 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 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 17 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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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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