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Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
AUGUST 24, 2016    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

2016 Farwest Show opens tomorrow!

The doors will open tomorrow for the 2016 Farwest Show at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland! With pre-registration up over 10 percent from last year and an expo floor featuring more than 400 exhibitors from across the globe, including 52 newcomers, expectations are high for a great turnout.

Don't miss out! There's still time to register for the 2016 Farwest Show! You'll find far more opportunities to learn and grow at Farwest than ever before from the trade show floor to seminars to fun networking events.

Build your business's bottom line by finding new suppliers, new products and new plant varieties. Write your orders at the show to be ready for next season.

You can keep up with all the "far from ordinary" happenings in multiple ways:

  1. Download the Farwest Show app from iTunes or Google Play and turn on push notifications.
  2. Follow @FarwestShow and @DiggerMag on Twitter, and post using the hashtag #FarwestShow.
  3. Like the Farwest Show on Facebook.
  4. Pick up your copy of Digger: Farwest Edition or read online for great articles, as well as details on exhibitors, seminars and special events (Pub Crawl, Women in Horticulture, Young Nursery Professionals and more).
  5. Log on to

Sen. Wyden to address Government Relations Committee on Thursday, August 25

The OAN Government Relations Committee will meet at 8 a.m. Thursday, August 25, in Room A-107 at the Oregon Convention Center. Speakers include Oregon Senator Ron Wyden; Lauri Aunan, Oregon Governor Kate Brown's Natural Resource Advisor; and Craig Regelbrugge from AmericanHort. All OAN members are invited to attend. Please RSVP to or 503-582-2003.

China's new shipping requirements affect American shipments

The People's Republic of China has adopted new requirements for shipments from countries, including the United States, that have reported Zika-virus infections.

The requirements specify that the shipments must come with proof of disinsection, which is not to be confused with disinfection. In this case, that means that all mosquitoes, larvae and eggs must be killed. This can be accomplished via physical means (such as trapping, air curtains or integrated pest management techniques) or via chemical treatment. Shipments found on arrival to contain mosquito adults, eggs or larvae will be subject to disinsection by Chinese authorities, and the shipper will be charged.

Of note, certificates of treatment to accompany shipments need not be issued by government authorities. The USDA has published a bulletin (PDF) with detailed information.

Garden Writers Day set for Friday, August 26

In appreciation of the key role garden writers play in promoting the industry and educating the public, Farwest Show organizers have designated Friday, August 26, as Garden Writers Day. Members of GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators will have special access to the expo trade show, education sessions and other valuable networking events taking place that day.

GWA will be in Booth 22048 on the expo floor to facilitate connections with growers, garden centers and others who can benefit from GWA services.

GWA will present a free seminar — "Social Media and Digital Communication Learning Exchange" — from 1:30–2:30 p.m. in Room B115-116. A panel of experts will guide attendees on how to start connecting with customers digitally through e-newsletters and post-worthy pictures, and they will touch on key components of social media marketing including blogging, photography and writing.

Also, GWA Connect will meet from 5–6 p.m. Friday at Gather Food & Drink in the Doubletree Hotel Portland, 1000 NE Multnomah St., a few blocks from the Oregon Convention Center. Registration is free, and non-members and visitors are welcome to attend.

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Save BIG on orders placed at Farwest

Here's yet another reason to attend the nursery industry show of the year — money-saving show specials from select exhibitors! You can save up to 10 percent on orders placed at the biggest trade show in the West. Check out the show specials here.

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!

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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

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. More Info »

OAN Annual Convention
NOVEMBER 4-6 - The Oregon Association of Nurseries' Annual Convention will take place at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon. Festivities kick off 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.

Reserve your room now! Special rates begin at $129/night. Call Sunriver at 800-547-3922 for reservations in this limited room block. Mention Oregon Association of Nurseries 2016 Convention for special rates. Special rates discount deadline is October 5 or when room block is full.

In case you missed it...

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Pennsylvania declares boxwood quarantine

New NWREC nursery/greenhouse crop production faculty hired

Oregon Garden Resort offers special rate for OAN members

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

Time to inspect trees for Asian longhorned beetle

Retailers' Choice Awards to recognize best new products

Pollinators to star at Growers Showcase

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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