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Farwest Early registration deadline, Rich Regan retires, ONPAC interviews candidates, more
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
July 27, 2016    |     IMPORTANT DATES     |     ADVERTISE

Undeclared pesticides prompt ODA to order 14 products off the market

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) announced the statewide detainment and stop sale and removal orders for 14 horticultural products that contain pesticide active ingredients not listed on the label.

The products affected by ODA's orders include Vita Grow Thunder Boom, OG Rapid Flower + Hardener, Humboldt Roots, Safergro Mildew Cure for Powdery Mildew Control, Olivia's Cloning Gel, The Hammer, Frost Protection Plus, Rock Resinator Heavy Yields, SNS 217C All Natural Spider Mite Control, Root 66 1-1-1, Optic Foliar AT-AK, Optic Foliar Overgrow, Optic Foliar Switch and Pyyro K 0-3-7.

These products are commonly used in horticulture and hydroponics, including cannabis production. Use of these products could cause growers to experience a loss of marketability and for cannabis to fail Oregon Health Authority (OHA) pesticide testing requirements. ODA is working with the Oregon Health Authority to determine any potential human health concerns associated with the use of products treated with these undeclared pesticide active ingredients.

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Early bird registration for Farwest ends this week

Register by Sunday, July 31 to take advantage of early bird discounts for the 2016 Farwest Show. By bundling your Expo Pass with tours, seminars or pesticide classes, you can save 15–50 percent!

Register for the Farwest Trade Show

The largest green industry trade show in the West takes place Aug. 25–27 at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland. By attending the 2016 Farwest Show, you will find far more to see, make far more connections with thousands of top industry professionals, and gain far more ideas.

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Rich Regan retires after 32 years helping the nursery industry

The retirement of longtime OSU faculty member Rich Regan was announced last week.

Regan joined the faculty of Oregon State University in 1984, starting as an Extension educator in Marion County. He later relocated to the North Willamette Research and Extension Center, where he provided regional Extension education and conducted nursery research on key issues in production, such as tip dieback, lygus bugs, Phytophthora syringae and Verticillium.

Regan also provided service to the industry in a variety of roles, including president of the Western Region of the International Society of Plant Propagators, OSU liaison to the Shade Tree Growers Association, and Farwest Show moderator.

Regan's recent work has focused on student training including some of the most important courses a horticulture student takes during their collegiate career, such as plant propagation and plant nutrition.

"[H]is impact on Oregon agriculture will be felt for years as the students from his courses go on to be leaders in Oregon agriculture and beyond," the press released stated.

OAN welcomes new members to open house

The OAN held the most recent in a series of open houses last Wednesday afternoon in the Dick Joyce Conference Room at the OAN offices. This one was geared to new members, but all were welcome. Several members turned out to meet the staff and network with each other.

"We enjoyed the opportunity to meet members face to face, hear their stories, and learn about the challenges and opportunities they are facing in the nursery industry, whether as a grower, supplier or service provider," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said.

Watch this space for additional opportunities to learn more about what your association has to offer.

Last call for OAN Trucks to 2016 Summer Trade Shows

If you need to ship any plant material or other goods to IGC Chicago, today (Wed., July 27) is the final day to sign up for the OAN Trucks to Summer Trade Shows program.

Trucks to Trade Shows

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

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ONPAC interviews candidates for statewide office

On Monday and Tuesday, members of the Oregon Nurseries' Political Action Committee (ONPAC) interviewed various candidates for the Oregon Legislature and other statewide offices.

Based on these two all-day sessions, ONPAC will consider endorsements and campaign contributions for nursery friendly candidates, as well as for or against selected ballot measures, as appropriate. "The process of deciding is bipartisan and done by consensus," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "It is always focused on the issues that matter most to the nursery industry."

The 2016 general election is proving to be critical for the nursery industry. Issues such as wages, taxation, regulation, immigration, water supplies and many others hang in the balance. Relationships are the strongest component in maintaining ONPAC's influence, but contributions also matter.

The recent Duffers Classic golf tournament put ONPAC partway towards its fundraising goal, but more work remains to be done. Those interested in standing with the industry by making a contribution may contact Jeff Stone at or 503-582-2003.

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Reminder: Retail and Greenhouse Chapters to meet today

OAN's Retail and Greenhouse Chapters will meet today (Wed., July 27) 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. For more information, contact Mark Leichty at or 503-522-9678.

PEST ALERT: Ash whitefly

Ash whitefly activity is on the rise, OSU entomologist Robin Rosetta reported.

"One can definitely find them as adults and the immature stages with a little looking on familiar hosts such as Oregon ash," she said, while noting that help is already on the way. "By last fall, both the parasitic wasp and a specialist lady beetle for this whitefly had been detected in Oregon. Hopefully we'll see what other states with the whitefly and natural enemies have seen — a disappearing act on the part of the whitefly."

To control this pest right now, Rosetta suggested to try and avoid killing populations of beneficial natural enemies and to tolerate the whitefly if possible. For those who might be shipping possible hosts right now, inspect closely and spot apply as needed to ensure clean shipments.

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Oregon experiencing a hazelnut 'renaissance'

Oregon produces 99 percent of U.S. hazelnuts and 4 percent of the world's supply — and production is showing no signs of slowing. Between 3,000–4,000 acres of hazelnuts have been planted in the Willamette Valley each year since 2014, bringing the state's total hazelnut acreage to 46,000 acres.

According to a story published this week by Capital Press, growers are having a hard time keeping up with demand for new hazelnut trees.

"A lot of things have come together at the same time that have really pushed the hazelnut industry forward," said Rich Birkemeier of Birkemeier Nursery in Canby, Oregon. "There's a gaining realization in the agricultural community that hazelnuts are the things to grow in Oregon."

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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.

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?

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

Display set up and tear down:
We are looking for enthusiastic, able-bodied volunteers to help with Farwest Show display setup and teardown. Get an insider behind-the-scenes look at the industry. Bring your own shovel and gloves.

Setup Shifts:
Monday, August 22, 1-4pm (5-6 people)
Tuesday, August 23, 9am-noon (5-6 people)
Wednesday, August 24, 10am-3pm (3-4 people)

Teardown Shift:
Saturday, August 27, 2-5pm (3-4 people)

Contact Ali Pennell at or 503-582-2010 to sign up for a shift.

It's a great way to meet members and show attendees. Plus, you will receive access to the show floor for FREE, and have the satisfaction of helping your trade association help the industry!

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, contact Mark Leichty at or 503-522-9678.

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 »

In case you missed it...

Obama administration asks Supreme Court to rehear immigration case

Vancouver, B.C. bans neonicotinoids

PEST ALERT: Sequoia pitch moth & cabbage whitefly

OSU hires new Seed Laboratory manager

Farwest adds full-day retail garden center tour

Stone: 'Be thankful America welcomes immigrants'

New administration could herald immigration reform

Corporate tax proposal headed to November ballot

Farwest unveils full slate of educational seminars and speakers

'Women in Horticulture' to feature Jenny Peterson at the 2016 Farwest Show

July Digger previews the 2016 Farwest Show New Varieties Showcase

Judy Sharpton to give featured presentations at Farwest

Oregon horticultural sales hit $932 million for 2014

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.

Download the Guide


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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