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AUGUST 17, 2016    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Oregon nurseries approach $900 million in annual sales

Oregon nurseries and greenhouses sold $894 million worth of plant material in 2015, according to a new estimate by the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

This was good enough to make nursery and greenhouse products Oregon's number two agricultural commodity, behind cattle and calves at $914 million. It represents an 11 percent increase in sales from $830 million in 2014, but is still short of Oregon's peak of $988 million in nursery and greenhouse sales in 2007.

The ODA estimate differs from the most recent USDA estimate of last December, which placed Oregon's annual nursery sales at $932 million. Still, both estimates show that Oregon has recovered from the 2008 recession, which caused sales to fall for three years to a low of $667 million in 2010.

"Oregon growers have worked hard to successfully emerge from the recession," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "Demand for Oregon products is strong and getting stronger. We continue to have an ideal environment for growing a wide range of nursery products, and growers with the knowledge and ingenuity to produce the high quality that customers demand."

Oregon is the number three nursery state in the country, behind Florida and California, and is tops in deciduous shade trees, deciduous flowering trees and coniferous evergreens. Oregon is also tops in the nation in Christmas trees, which are not counted in the sales totals for nursery and greenhouse products. Oregon's agriculture industry is extremely diverse, producing more than 220 commodities. The top 10 list ranked by production value includes the following:

  1. Cattle and calves, $914 million
  2. Greenhouse and nursery products, $894 million
  3. Hay, $604 million
  4. Milk, $474 million
  5. Grass seed, $383 million
  6. Wheat, $217 million
  7. Potatoes, $176 million
  8. Pears, $152 million
  9. Wine grapes, $147 million
  10. Onions, $125 million

Onions returned to the list while hazelnuts dropped out. Christmas trees barely missed the top 10, with a value of almost $124 million.

The numbers indicate that Oregon agriculture continues to be a major economic contributor to the state. The overall estimate for total production value in 2015 is about $5.4 billion, which is roughly unchanged over the past three years.

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Pennsylvania declares boxwood quarantine

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has determined that Calonectria pseudonaviculatum, a pathogen that causes boxwood blight, poses a great threat to the state of Pennsylvania. In an effort to protect consumers, residents and gardens, the agency has implemented an intrastate and interstate quarantine for boxwood blight.

The quarantine applies to all producers and shippers shipping Buxus sp. within and into Pennsylvania. The quarantine requires each shipment of Buxus sp. entering Pennsylvania to be accompanied by a certificate. For shipments originating with Oregon growers, the certificate is to be issued by the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Those nurseries already participating in the ODA's Boxwood Blight Cleanliness Program may ship into Pennsylvania as long as a certificate issued by the ODA accompanies the shipment. Those shippers not participating in the ODA's Boxwood Blight Cleanliness Program must have each shipment of boxwood plants inspected and a phytosanitary certificate must accompany the shipment.

Click here to download the official notice for Pennsylvania's Boxwood Blight Quarantine. For more information, contact Gary McAninch, manager of ODA's Nursery and Christmas Tree Program, at 503-986-4644 or, or contact any ODA horticulturalist.

New NWREC nursery/greenhouse crop production faculty hired

Dr. Lloyd Nackley was recently hired as the new nursery and greenhouse crops production and management faculty member at Oregon State University's North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC). He will begin work on September 16. The appointment culminates a five-year vacancy in this key position at NWREC, following the resignation of Jim Owen.

Nackley has a Ph.D. from the University of Washington (2012) in plant physiological ecology and a bachelor's degree in environmental horticultural science from California Polytechnic State University (2003). He has researched bioenergy crops for the National Science Foundation, developed garlic growing practices for the Korean Department of Agriculture, investigated how climate change and invasive species were threatening citrus growers in South Africa, and provided research-based solutions for specialty crop growers challenged with water shortages, pollutants and pathogens in the California Central Valley.

Oregon Garden Resort offers special rate for OAN members

One of the benefits of OAN membership is access to discounted lodging at the Oregon Garden Resort in Silverton, Oregon. It's a chance to experience a true showcase of Oregon's nursery industry, and the full diversity of all the plant material the state offers.

Lodging will include complimentary admission for two to the 80-acre Oregon Garden, plus breakfast buffet. The special rate is $99/night for the summer season (June 1–Sept. 30) or $69/night for the rest of the year, subject to availability.

Blackout dates are excluded and prevailing taxes and fees are extra. All room rates reflect double occupancy; there's a $15 charge for each additional person except kids under 7, which are free with an adult. For cancellation, 24 hours' notice is required.

To get the special rate, call the Oregon Garden Resort at 503-874-2500, ext. 0, say you are part of the OAN, and request the OAN rate. The special also can be reserved on the web at The group ID and password is OAN.

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$36.5 million in grants awarded for specialty crop research and extension investments

Nineteen grants totaling $36.5 million were recently awarded for research to support American farmers growing fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops. The grants are funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Research Initiative, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Oregon State University was among the grant recipients and will receive $3.1 million for research on hazelnut production.

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Time to inspect trees for Asian longhorned beetle

August is the peak time of year when the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) can be found, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Anyone who spots this invasive pest should contact APHIS and local agricultural departments so the beetles can be quickly contained to keep them from spreading.

ALB has the potential to destroy millions of acres of America's hardwoods, including maple, birch, elm, willow, ash and poplar trees. The beetle is slow to spread on its own during the early stages of an infestation, so early detection and reporting is critical to containing it. People can also help by not moving firewood, which can transport the beetle hidden inside to new areas.

For information about ways to keep ALB from spreading and eradication program activities, visit and If you spot ALB, contact Christopher Deegan, Oregon State Plant Health Director, at or 503-326-2969.

Save the date: OAN Annual Convention — November 4–6

Save the date for the Oregon Association of Nurseries' Annual Convention, which will again take place over a long weekend, Friday–Sunday, November 4–6, 2016, at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon.

The convention kicks off on Friday evening with the hospitality suites reception. The Annual Membership Business Meeting and General Session will take place on Saturday, and the President's Awards Banquet on Saturday evening.

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Get in the Farwest Zone

With only one week 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.

Claim your 10 free expo passes

All OAN members receive 10 free expo passes for the Farwest Show. You can redeem your tickets by registering online here.

Codes for the complimentary show passes were emailed in March and begin with the number 6. If you don't know your code, please contact Ali Pennell at 503-582-2010 or You may also arrive at the Farwest Show and let us know your company name to register on-site.

We look forward to seeing you at the show!

Order the Farwest Show attendee mailing list

The Oregon Association of Nurseries is your ONLY source for purchasing the Farwest Show mailing list. See this order form (PDF) for details. You must be a 2015 or 2016 exhibitor to purchase the list. For more information, please contact Ali Pennell at 503-582-2010 or

Download the Farwest mobile app for free

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.

Download the app: Android | iPhone

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 attend the stellar seminars lined up for this year? Or how would you like to compete against your fellow retailers to win some prizes in our container and merchandising competitions?

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

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...

Retailers' Choice Awards to recognize best new products

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New Products Showcase to spotlight green industry trends

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

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

Bipartisan group calls for comprehensive immigration reform

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

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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