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Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
AUGUST 4, 2016    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Bipartisan group calls for comprehensive immigration reform

A bipartisan group of Oregon civic leaders held an immigration reform Day of Action on Wednesday, calling on Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform.

"We may not agree on everything, but we can agree that all people should be treated with dignity and respect. We can embrace people from all walks of life, and value their contributions to our communities and our economy," said Oregon Speaker of the House Tina Kotek (D-Portland). "So, today, I urge Oregon's federal delegation and elected leaders across the country to keep pushing for sensible, comprehensive immigration reform."

Accompanying the event was the release of a new report, The Contributions of New Americans in Oregon, which shows how immigrants help to keep the American economy strong and vital, both as workers and as entrepreneurs.

"When we're looking for top of mind issues for most members of our association, the first thing most of them will tell you is labor," said OAN President Leigh Geschwill, owner of F & B Farms & Nursery. "We have members who would grow 20 percent (in the current market), but due to the labor issue they can only grow 2 percent."

Similar events were held in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Oregon's event was coordinated by the Partnership for a New American Economy (NAE) and the Oregon Association of Nurseries. Those represented at the event elected officials from both sides of the aisle, as well as the business, labor, faith and education communities.

Other speakers included OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone, OAN President Leigh Geschwill, State Sen. Michael Dembrow (D-NE and SE Portland), Rep. John Davis (R-Wilsonville), and Andrea Williams, executive director of Causa.

Supporters are urged to log on to and show their support for immigration reform, so that elected officials know reform is wanted and needed.

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Leigh Geschwill, F & B Farms & Nursery was joined at the event by House Speaker Tina Kotek, State Rep. John Davis and others.

Digger: Farwest Edition arrives in mailboxes

The triple-sized August issue of Digger contains everything you need to know about the 2016 Farwest Show, including the special Show Guide section (PDF), listings of Exhibitors by Product (PDF) and Exhibitors by Name (PDF), as well as a preview of the New Products Showcase (PDF).

You can also read this month's flipbook edition of Digger (Flash required; fast connection recommended). Please send your comments on the issue to editor Curt Kipp at

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OAN Nursery Guide book offers the plants, services and supplies you may be missing

The brand-new 2016–17 OAN Nursery Guide book is arriving in mailboxes all over the country. It's the industry's leading solution for finding what you need. This year's volume includes 21,604 plant, service and supply listings, and includes information on 809 green industry companies that are OAN members, including 498 growers. Some 5,057 different plants can be found within the book's 360 pages.

Extra copies of the book can be picked up at the OAN office. All plants, products, services and companies are searchable online at

Did you miss the May 1 deadline to get your listings in? Or perhaps you'd like to update your free company profile or add photos? Simply log on to with your username and password to get started.

If you need assistance with your username, password, profile or listings, please call the OAN office at 503-682-5089 or 1-888-283-7219, or email us at We're here to assist you 8–5 Monday–Friday.

Angela Bailey joins agriculture advocacy group

Angela Bailey, owner of Verna Jean Nursery in Gresham, Oregon, was recently named grass roots coordinator for Oregonians for Food and Shelter (OFS), a lobbying group that represents the agriculture and timber industries. Bailey replaces Paulette Pyle, who retired in 2015.

Previously, Bailey served as vice president of the Oregon Farm Bureau. She's also been active with the Oregon Association of Nurseries, serving on the Board of Directors and Government Relations Committee, and she is a past-president of the OAN Mt. Hood Chapter.

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J. Frank Schmidt introduces new trees in print and online

J. Frank Schmidt, the shade and ornamental tree grower in Boring, Oregon, announced the introduction of several new trees for 2017.

Rising Fire™ American Hornbeam is a colorful and columnar selection of Carpinus caroliniana, found in the production fields of Uxbridge Nurseries Ltd. of Ontario, Canada. Streetside™ Maple is a narrowly upright selection of Acer campestre, discovered by Schichtel's Nursery Inc. of New York. Mercury™ Magnolia, co-introduced with North Carolina State University, was developed by Dr. Tom Ranney of NCSU's Mountain Crop Improvement Lab in collaboration with the late Dr. August Kehr.

Bloomerang® Dark Purple Lilac, Ruby Falls Redbud, Great Wall™ Tree Lilac, Wichita Osage Orange and Pawpaw round out new offerings presented in the 70th Anniversary Edition of the JFS Price Guide.

You can also preview the new trees in this six-minute YouTube video .

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Parasitic wasps begin purge of stinkbugs

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) announced that one of its entomologists discovered a cluster of stinkbug eggs in Portland that had been obliterated by a tiny, parasitic wasp (Trissolcus japonicas). The female wasp lays its eggs inside the eggs of stinkbugs. The developing wasp larvae essentially eat their way out as they grow, destroying the host.

According to a Capital Press report, the finding may signal a crackdown on populations of the dreaded pest. Brown marmorated stinkbugs are considered a major threat to fruit, berry, vegetable and nut crops. ODA hopes that this method of biocontrol, also known as bug-on-bug predation, will prove effective while not harming beneficial insects.

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Save the date: Soil Health Workshop — August 17

West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District will host a Soil Health Workshop for school and community garden volunteers from 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m. on August 17 at Forest Park Elementary School (9935 NW Durrett St., Portland). The workshop will cover the basics of soil health, how to protect it in the school garden, and how to teach it in the classroom. Download the event flyer for more information. To register, email

Pendleton to host 'Drone Rodeo' August 18–19

Northwest farmers, crop consultants and agronomists are invited to attend a free, two-day agricultural drone and data demonstration on August 18–19 at the Pendleton UAS Test Range (2016 Airport Rd., Pendleton).

On day one, drone manufacturers will demonstrate unmanned aircraft systems, featuring advanced crop sensors and precision spot-spraying technologies. Day two will feature analysis of crop data collected from the farm site. Data session attendees will also have the chance to see how drone-gathered imagery can be combined with additional layers of collected data from soil moisture sensors, manned aircraft and satellite, and give new advanced insights into crop conditions. Pre-registration is required.

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Welcome to OAN's new members

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

Advancing Alternatives
Dave Stoltzfus
Lancaster, PA
Chapter: At Large

Boring Hemp Company
Barry Cook
Boring, OR
Mt. Hood Chapter

Creative AG Products Inc./Pacific Gro
Warren Shoemaker
Bellevue, WA
Chapter: At Large

Fiberlane LLC
Saskia Reimann & Manuela Muller
Bangor, PA
Chapter: At Large

Magnation Water Technologies
Mike Jenzeh
Oakland, CA
Chapter: At Large

NIP Group/Grow Pro
Thomas Doherty
Woodbridge, NJ
Chapter: At Large

Peterson Cat
Daniel Williams
Portland, OR
Willamette Chapter

Plant Revolution Inc.
Ben Thompson
Santa Ana, CA
Chapter: At Large

Katherine Wolper
Charlotte, NC
Central Oregon, Clackamas, Emerald Empire, Greenhouse, Mt. Hood, Sunset and Willamette Chapters

Energy Trust greenhouse rebate reminder

Have you upgraded your greenhouse by installing an under-bench heating system? If so, you may qualify for an energy rebate from the Energy Trust of Oregon.

Download and complete a rebate application, and submit it into Energy Trust to receive cash incentives. This is a simple way to save on greenhouse improvements, and keep saving over time. Rebates for qualifying energy efficiency improvements purchased since Jan. 1, 2016 are due by Dec. 31, 2016.

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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 setup and teardown:
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, 1-4 p.m. (5-6 people)
Tuesday, August 23, 9 a.m.-noon (5-6 people)
Wednesday, August 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (3-4 people)

Teardown Shift:
Saturday, August 27, 2-5 p.m. (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

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. 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...

Undeclared pesticides prompt ODA to order 14 products off the market

Rich Regan retires after 32 years helping the nursery industry

OAN welcomes new members to open house

ONPAC interviews candidates for statewide office

PEST ALERT: Ash whitefly

Oregon experiencing a hazelnut 'renaissance'

Farwest adds full-day retail garden center tour

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

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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