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Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
July 20, 2016    |     IMPORTANT DATES     |     ADVERTISE

OAN to host New Member Social Gathering — TODAY!

New OAN members are invited to an Open House where they can meet the association staff, other new members and OAN volunteer leaders.

The Open House will be held from 4–6 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 in the Dick Joyce Conference Room at OAN, 29751 SW Town Center Loop West, Wilsonville, Oregon. Drop in anytime. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided. This event is a great opportunity for networking and finding out how you can get more from your OAN membership. For more information, contact Allison Pennell at 503-682-5089 or

Plant donations and volunteers needed for scholarship fundraiser

The OAN Clackamas Chapter's annual plant sale at the Clackamas County Fair is a fundraiser for scholarship funds and the Small Grant Award Program. This year, the sale is scheduled to take place Friday–Sunday, August 19–21.

Proceeds from the sale will help fund three scholarships offered through the Oregon Nurseries Foundation: the Clackamas Chapter Award, and the Ed Wood and Larry Fitzgerald Memorial Awards. The chapter also sponsors the Small Grant Program Award, which funds requests for horticultural supplies from area community colleges and high schools.

Plant donations can be dropped off the week of August 8 at these locations:

  • Simnitt Nursery, 138 NE 22nd Ave., Canby, 503-266-9640
  • Willamette Nurseries, 25571 S Barlow Rd., Canby, 503-263-6405

Alternatively, plant material can be taken directly to the Clackamas County Fairgrounds (694 NE 4th Ave., Canby), on Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13. Volunteers are also needed for the sale setup on August 13. For more information, contact Adam Farley at 503-678-0511 or Brian Raab at 503-422-6135.

Obama administration asks Supreme Court to rehear immigration case

The Obama administration on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider its immigration decision once a full nine-member court can hear the case, according to a New York Times report.

Last month, the short-handed court deadlocked 4–4 in the case, a challenge to President Obama's plan to spare millions of unauthorized immigrants from deportation and to allow them to work lawfully in the United States. That left in place an appeals court ruling that had blocked the program.

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Vancouver, B.C. bans neonicotinoids

Vancouver, British Columbia's city council voted unanimously last week to ban neonicotinoids, the class of pesticides that have been implicated in bee deaths. The ban will take effect on July 26, 2016.

Unlike most city bans that have been implemented in the United States and elsewhere, the ban applies not just to city property, but private property as well.

A city report recommended the ban due to a surge in the use of neonicotinoids to combat chafer beetles, a pest that has infested turf lawns throughout Metro Vancouver since 2001. The city is encouraging organic alternatives, such as nematode worms, to kill chafer beetles.

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PEST ALERT: Sequoia pitch moth & cabbage whitefly

OSU entomologist Robin Rosetta reported that sequoia pitch moths have been spotted in the area. One of the most common pine pests, sequoia pitch moth (Synanthedon sequoiae) mainly causes aesthetic damage to trees.

Signs of infestation are large quantities of milky pitch, a raised mound of sap and sawdust on the side of a trunk, often near a branch. The pitch masses can be gray, pink, red or yellow and protrude from infested trunks and limbs.

Rosetta also advised to keep an eye out for eggs of the overwintering cabbage whitefly, which have been hatching and their numbers increasing on favored brassica plants such as kale.

For the latest information on the pests and diseases that are rearing their ugly heads in the Pacific Northwest, check in regularly at the "Looking for Trouble" section on the Pacific Northwest Nursery Integrated Pest Management homepage.

OSU hires new Seed Laboratory manager

Oregon State University's College of Agricultural Sciences named David Stimpson as its new Seed Laboratory manager. He replaces Adriel Garay, who retired last year after 19 years as the lab's manager. Stimpson spent the past 20 years working in seed science and technology for Dow AgroSciences. In his new role, he will oversee the official seed-testing laboratory of the State of Oregon.

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Need help with your safety program?

A great safety program is crucial to ensure your workplace is safe. OAN members have access to our online library of 150 safety- and health-related handouts and posters.

Downloads include attitude and awareness, confined spaces, fire safety and emergency response, hazard communication, lifting and moving material, safety posters, and personal protection. Each document is offered in both English and Spanish. Visit the safety page to browse the safety handouts (members only).

Register for Farwest by July 31 and SAVE!

Register today for the largest green industry trade show in the West. The 2016 Farwest Show takes place Aug. 25–27 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, or pesticide classes, and save 15–50 percent. Register before July 31 and grab the early bird discounts to save even more.

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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. Would you like to spend the day in Nursery Country or attend the stellar seminars lined up for this year? Or how would you like competing 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 2016 Summer Trade Shows

The OAN is coordinating trucks to IGC Chicago. Space is limited and reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis. To make a reservation, fill out the order form and send it to Ali Pennell ( or fax it to 503-682-5099). For questions, contact Ali at 503-582-2010.

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Important Dates

Retail and Greenhouse Chapters
JULY 27 - On Wednesday, July 27, the Retail and Greenhouse chapters will meet at The Oregon Garden, 879 W Main St., Silverton, Oregon. Tours of new plants — presented by Ball FloraPlant, EuroAmerican, PanAmerican Seed and Selecta — will be given at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Social hour begins at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and presentations from Ron Newble of EuroAmerican on the new selections. Also, Ty Boland and Mark Hunter of The Oregon Garden will give updates on the current garden plantings and the future direction of the botanical attraction. Cost is $30. For more information and to RSVP, contact Mark Leichty at or 503-522-9678. Register online »

Farwest Show
AUGUST 25-27 - Register now for the Farwest Show, taking place Thursday–Saturday, August 25–27, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The show is growing; last year's attendees met over 400 exhibitors from across the globe and connected with over 6,000 industry professionals. This year is on track to be even better.

Registration offers range from a $5 admission for OAN members on up to combination tickets that help you save big. All include an early bird discount if you register now. More Info »

Farwest Nursery Tours
AUGUST 24 - 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. These are just a few reasons to join one of the Farwest tours. More Info »

FREE Farwest Keynote Speaker: Dr. Charlie Hall
AUGUST 25 - His speech, "Factors Affecting Short and Long-Term Demand in the Future," will share vital information that will guide the green industry as it formulates strategic marketing plans for the post-Great Recession economy. More Info »

Farwest Pub Crawl
AUGUST 25 - With names like Vlad the Imp Aler, Organic Green Elephant and Survival Seven Grain Stout, you know you're in a town devoted to microbrews and that is appropriately nicknamed Beervana. Farwest is celebrating the city's beer culture with its 5th Annual Pub Crawl. Explore the best that Portland's local craft brewers has to offer! More Info »

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OAN Resource Guide

OAN Resource Guide

For our valued members, we have put together the 2016 OAN Resource Guide — a free download for members only.

This 20-page PDF will help you get more from your OAN membership investment. It includes the full list of current OAN board, staff, chapter and committee contacts for the 2016 membership year. In addition, it has information about the member benefits that are available to you.

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Ready to grow your business with OAN Publications and Events?

Our range of respected publications and engaging events provide valuable opportunities to strategically deliver your message and help achieve your sales and marketing goals. From print to digital to in person at the Farwest Show, we can help you find the best way to reach key nursery industry decision-makers through advertising and sponsorship. And as an OAN member you receive exclusive discounts and can save even more with our frequency discount for multiple ads. Download our Media Kit for all the details and contact Blair Thompson at 503-582-2012 or to discuss how OAN advertising and sponsorship can help your business grow.

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