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Coalition lobbying to raise minimum wage to $13.50, Pioneer Dinner photos; Energy Trust increases greenhouse rebate amounts, more
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
July 30, 2015    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

New coalition lobbying to raise Oregon minimum wage to $13.50

A new coalition of more than two dozen groups announced it will campaign to raise Oregon's minimum wage to $13.50 statewide and allow local communities to pass higher local minimum wages. In a report published by, a representative of Raise the Wage Oregon said the coalition will push for legislation in the February 2016 session of the Oregon Legislature. If lawmakers fail to act, the coalition will work to take a ballot measure to voters in November 2016.

Labor groups in the coalition include the Oregon AFL-CIO, SEIU, Oregon Education Association, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555, AFSCME and the Oregon Nurses Association. Other groups include Causa, Family Forward Oregon, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Basic Rights Oregon, Oregon Bus Project, Urban League of Portland and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon.

The Oregon Association of Nurseries opposes the effort. "Oregon already has a wage disadvantage against other nursery producing states," Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "Although our growers pay their workers more than a minimum, raising the minimum wage in Oregon even further than already required would put more upward pressure on nursery wages, and would damage an important traded sector that contributes to Oregon's economy. We need a higher federal minimum wage to create a level playing field between the states."

OAN is part of a work group led by Sen Mike Dembrow (D-Portland), Rep Bill Kennemer (R-Oregon City) and Rep Paul Holvey (D-Eugene) to discuss issues surrounding the minimum wage, poverty and economic growth in Oregon. We hope to work with the legislators, business and labor on a positive resolution to this issue when lawmakers convene in February.

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Photos from Pioneer Dinner are now online

Photos from last week's Pioneer Dinner, organized by the OAN Mt. Hood Chapter, are now online and can be viewed on Facebook. Dozens of people attended this celebration of the people who made our industry what it is today. Presiding was Mt. Hood Chapter president Scott Ekstrom. Click through to see who was there, and please feel free to tag people you recognize in photos.

Deporting criminals priority of new immigration enforcement programs

According to a report published last week by the Migration Policy Institute, about 13 percent of an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, or about 1.4 million people, either have criminal records or recently crossed the border illegally, making them priorities for deportation under guidelines the administration announced in November and put into effect July 1.

The other 87 percent of unauthorized immigrants would not be the focus of deportation operations and would have a "degree of protection" to remain in the United States, the report stated.

The immigration reforms President Barack Obama announced via executive order last November would have given deportation deferrals and work permits to as many as five million unauthorized immigrants, but they were challenged by 26 states and have been halted by federal courts.

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Early bird registration for the 2015 International Trials Conference ends Friday

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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Energy Trust increases greenhouse rebate amounts

Energy Trust of Oregon has increased three greenhouse rebates — in two cases, more than tripling the rebate! The increases include:

  • Thermal curtains are now $.30 per square foot, up from $.09.
  • Greenhouse controllers are now $.10 per square foot, up from $.03.
  • Condensing unit heaters are now a prescriptive/rebate at $5.00 per kbtu/hr in.

To apply for a rebate: Fill out a rebate form, attach invoices or receipts, and submit within six months of purchase (or by the end of the year). For more information, log on to or call Ulrike Mengelberg at 971-244-8193.

All-America Selections taps three edibles for 2016 garden season

Bunching Onion Warrior, Mizuna Red Kingdom F1 and Radish Sweet Baby F1 were awarded by All-America Selections as outstanding selections for next year's gardening season.

Warrior (bred by Seeds By Design) is the first bunching or green onion to win an AAS award. Extremely hardy, Warrior held up in the garden longer than similar varieties that were grown as trial comparisons.

Mizuna Red (bred by Asia Seed Co. Ltd) is the first crimson-colored Japanese mustard to earn AAS honors. Judges noted how the color was vibrant all through the growing season and suggested that this edible can also be used as an ornamental in containers or in the landscape.

Sweet Baby radish (bred by Asia Seed Co. Ltd) proved itself to be quick-growing, maturing in just 40 to 45 days, which means many home gardeners can have successive sowings for season-long radishes.

With this announcement, these varieties become available for immediate sale to the commercial market. Brokers and growers can purchase these varieties immediately. Retailers and consumers will find these AAS Winners for sale for the 2016 gardening season as supply gradually becomes available throughout the chain of distribution. Additional winners will be announced this fall and winter as the 2015 trials conclude and the breeders meet specified criteria.

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Farwest Seminar Spotlight: Landscape expert offers strategies to grow your business

Landscape garden designer Jerry Fritz will present a seminar entitled "Good Design, Better Business" during the Landscape Education Track at the 2015 Farwest Show. Fritz will share his expert tips and proven strategies for running a successful design, build and installation company. His tried-and-true methods for marketing and innovative practices maximize profitability for designers and landscapers. Key topics, such as the landscape design process and retainer fees, will provide practical information to increase business.

"Landscape, from design to build to installation, is as vital to our industry as growing and retail," said Allan Niemi, director of events at the Oregon Association of Nurseries, producers of the Farwest Show. "Our speakers, from all facets of landscape, will share their expertise, tactics and strategies in ways that will make a positive difference for the landscaper's business."

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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 21–23.

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 Award Program, which funds requests for horticultural supplies from area community colleges and high schools. Download the flyer for details. For more information, contact Tom Brewer at 503-686-8448 ( or Alex Cooper at 503-710-0539.

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Ship and save with OAN Trucks to 2015 Summer Trade Shows

The OAN is coordinating trucks to IGC Chicago. 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) by August 7th. For questions, contact Mellissa at 503-582-2010.

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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. 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.

Early bird registration rates for the Farwest Show ends Friday

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

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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Energy Trust offers cash incentives for greenhouse upgrades

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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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