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AUGUST 10, 2016    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE


With only two weeks until the 2016 Farwest Show kicks off, excitement is building for this year's show, taking place August 25–27 at the Oregon Convention Center (777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Portland).

Here's the latest information to help you make far more connections, gain far more ideas and see far more on the whopping five-acre exhibition floor.

Farwest: Far From Ordinary.

Retailers' Choice Awards to recognize best new products

The 2016 Farwest Show, in conjunction with the Garden Center Group's Retailers' Choice Awards, will search the show floor for the top 10 new and innovative plants, hard goods and services that can make a positive impact on operations and bottom-line performance for independent garden centers.

The awards process will take place on Thursday, August 25 and Friday, August 26, and be led by Sid Raisch, Garden Center Group service provider and owner of Horticultural Advantage. All garden retailers are welcome to participate in the product search at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, gathering at the Idea Center for Retailers for instruction and survey forms.

After searching the floor and gathering entries, the team will regroup to compare notes and choose top picks. Winners will be presented at the Idea Center for Retailers at 3 p.m. on Friday.

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Pollinators to star at Growers Showcase

"Plants with a Purpose: Pollinators" is the theme of the Growers Showcase at this year's Farwest Show. Reports of decline in the number of pollinators have taken central stage in recent years, making consumers more aware of ecological and environmental issues than ever before.

All exhibitors are invited to contribute plant material and products that benefit pollinators. Plants and products in the Growers Showcase will be tagged with exhibitors' booth numbers and displayed to feature the beauty and benefit of pollinator gardens.

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New Products Showcase to spotlight green industry trends

The newest innovations in the green industry will be on display at the New Products Showcase. New products introduced to the marketplace in 2015 and 2016 will shine on the Farwest Show floor, Thursday, August 25 through Saturday, August 27. Retail hard goods, innovative grower applications and landscape products will be presented, with new ways to enhance growing production practices, expand retail product offerings and increase workplace efficiency.

For further questions about the New Products Showcase, or to submit a product into the showcase before the August 12 deadline, contact Allison Pennell, event and program coordinator, at 503-582-2010 or

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55 new plants to be displayed at this year's New Varieties Showcase

To see the latest, greatest plant introductions, look no further than the New Varieties Showcase, taking place on the Farwest Show floor Thursday, August 25 to Saturday, August 27. More than 55 new plant introductions featuring unique or improved characteristics will be previewed for 2017, including perennials, shrubs, evergreens, shade and flowering trees, vines, ground covers and edibles.

Selections must be available for current or future sales by at least one Farwest exhibitor. Also, these plants must be in large-scale production and readily available. Take-it-with-you tags from sponsor Macore Company will provide specific plant information such as height, width, color and unique characteristics, as well as a list of growers or representatives at the show where you can place orders for these new varieties.

A team of distinguished judges will evaluate the varieties and award the top picks on Thursday, August 25. In addition, visitors to the showcase will select their top three favorites for the People's Choice Awards, to be announced on Saturday, August 27.

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The Farwest mobile app for iPhone and Android is an invaluable planning tool for exhibitors and attendees, providing information such as exhibitor listings, speaker sessions and biographies, floor map and much more. Show attendees can use the app to connect with others, track connections, receive real-time notifications about show happenings, rate speakers, share photos and insights on social media, and join the virtual community at #FarwestShow.

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Reason for Reform campaign receives press coverage

The Reason for Reform campaign, launched last week by the Partnership for a New American Economy and several coalition partners including the OAN, is picking up steam. The launch event received coverage in Capital Press and the Statesman Journal.

The centerpiece of the campaign launch was the release of a report, The Contributions of New Americans in Oregon. It stated many facts, including that in 2014, undocumented immigrants earned an estimated $1.6 billion in wages and paid $61 million in state and local taxes and $104 million in federal taxes. Similar reports were issued in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Pest alert: Black cherry aphid & crazy snake worm

Be on the lookout for black cherry aphid (Myzus ceranus), a pest that can show up on cherry trees grown in nurseries. Cherry trees are the primary host on which the aphids overwinter as eggs. The egg hatch is timed for bud break. The young nymphs migrate to new growth to feed. Colonies can increase rapidly. Most of the aphids move to alternate hosts by mid-summer. The secondary summer hosts are plants in the mustard family. Winged adults return to the cherry trees in the fall where they mate and lay overwintering eggs near buds.

Also, a new exotic pest, the crazy snake worm (Amynthas agrestis), has been detected in Oregon, including Clackamas and Josephine counties. It likely spreads into new areas through horticultural activities; for instance, mulching, adding organic amendments, composting or moving ornamental plants. The primary ecological effects of this pest are the depletion of forest understory and the loss of native plant species.

Also known as the Asian jumping worm, it has a fast flipping and jumping reaction when it is touched. Please see this video link for a good visual representation of this behavior.

Oregon Zoo releases rare pollinators

Conservationists from the Oregon Zoo released hundreds of Oregon silverspot butterflies last week in an attempt to boost the declining population of this imperiled Northwest pollinator.

Listed as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, the Oregon silverspot was once common in coastal grasslands from northern California up into British Columbia, but has since vanished from all but five sites due to habitat loss and the disappearance of its host plant, the early blue violet.

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Now's the time to apply for 2017 crop insurance coverage

The deadlines to apply for 2017 crop insurance coverage are nearing. Crop insurance provides protection against crop production losses due to natural perils such as drought, hail and excessive moisture.

August 31 is the sales closing date for fall-planted canola and rapeseed in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, as well as fall-planted onions in Umatilla, Oregon and Walla Walla, Washington.

September 30 is the sales closing date for fall-planted barley with winter coverage in select counties in Idaho, Oregon and Washington; fall-planted dry peas and lentils with winter coverage in select counties in Idaho and Washington; forage (alfalfa) seed and mint with winter coverage in Idaho, Oregon and Washington; and wheat in Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

Crop insurance is sold and delivered solely through private crop insurance agents. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers and online at the RMA Agent Locator. Producers can use the RMA Cost Estimator to get a premium amount estimate of their insurance needs online.

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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

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. To register, email More Info »

Pendleton 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. More Info »

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...

Bipartisan group calls for comprehensive immigration reform

Angela Bailey joins agriculture advocacy group

Parasitic wasps begin purge of stinkbugs

OAN welcomes new members to open house

ONPAC interviews candidates for statewide office

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


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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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