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OAN Member Update: August 27, 2014
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August 27, 2014     |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Farwest Trade Show continues positive momentum

The 2014 Farwest Trade Show concluded its three-day run (August 21–23, 2014) with exhibitors and attendees in an upbeat mood. While attendance did not meet our raised expectations, falling just shy of last year, the mood of the exhibitors was upbeat, the quality of attendees was high, and the show added 50 new exhibitors.

"We had a great show," said Pete Brentano, owner of Brentano's Tree Farm LLC in St. Paul, Oregon. "Traffic was really good. We felt the quality of the attendees was very high. I think people are out looking again. I never got out of my booth, hardly. That's a nice problem to have."

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» Read coverage of Farwest seminars, tours and more on Daily Digger

Four win round-trip airline tickets at Farwest

Four people or companies attending or exhibiting at the Farwest Trade Show won a free round-trip ticket to any destination in the United States, courtesy of Southwest Airlines Cargo. The winners were as follows:

Exhibitor drawing (randomly selected at the Chairman's Reception) — Chuck Canham, Cascade Minerals, Madras, Oregon.

Attendee drawing (randomly selected from entry blanks on the show floor) — Ken Forster, Dearness Gardens Nursery & Landscaping, Huntersville, North Carolina.

Exhibitor with most free passes redeemed — Youngblood Nursery, Salem, Oregon.

Exhibitor with highest percentage of free passes redeemed — Brentano's Tree Farm LLC, St. Paul, Oregon.

One additional round-trip ticket winner will be announced in early October. That winner will be chosen from among those exhibitors that have paid their 2015 booth in full by September 30.

Two plants win top honors at New Varieties Showcase

The 2014 New Varieties Showcase at the Farwest Trade Show featured 52 different trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals with interesting attributes, but two in particular stood out in the eyes of judges and attendees.

Spring Fleecing Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginicus 'Spring Fleecing') won Best in Show honors from the judges, while attendees voted Lemon Lace™ Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa 'SMNSRD4' PPAF, CBRAF) the winner of the People's Choice award.

"This was one of the most outstanding collections of plants we've ever featured," OAN Director of Marketing Ann Murphy said. "It's the quantity as well as the quality. Our judges and attendees were truly impressed with the plants that were submitted."

» Read the full press release.

OAN office closed on Friday and Monday

The executive director has made the decision to close the OAN office on Friday, August 29, and give employees a paid day off, in recognition of their hard work before, during and after the Farwest Trade Show. The office will also be closed on Monday, Sept. 1, in recognition of the Labor Day holiday. We wish you a fun, relaxing and safe Labor Day weekend. The OAN office will be back, open and ready to serve you on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden visits with members at Farwest

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden visited with members of the OAN Government Relations Committee last week at the Farwest Trade Show.

The recently-ascended chairman of the Senate Finance Committee gave updates on several issues, including confirmation that nothing is likely to happen with immigration reform anytime soon. "The Wall Street Journal says the challenge is the 'deportation caucus' in the House (of Representatives)," he said. "That's their characterization, not mine."

Dan Nelson of Hans Nelson & Sons Nursery mentioned that the Smart Sprayer was on display at the Farwest Trade Show. He added that the USDA is looking for $500,000 to continue needed research into the machine, which promises to reduce chemical use and costs by eliminating spray where it is not needed. Wyden said he would see to it that the request gets funded.

"The Finance Committee has not done a whole lot for nurseries, but we are going to change that on our watch," Wyden said.

Kitzhaber nominates Stone to SAIF Board

Gov. John Kitzhaber announced the nomination of OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone to the board of SAIF Corp., the state-owned workers compensation insurer. "I am honored to be nominated by the governor and hope to bring a collaborative voice to the five-person board," Stone said.

Other nominees include Jenny Ulum, a Eugene public relations executive, and Maurice Rahming, the co-owner of O'Neill Electric, a Portland contractor to the board. The State Senate is expected to vote on the slate of appointments made by Gov. Kitzhaber on Wednesday, September 17.

PSU research team seeks to improve Portland's urban forest

A new study conducted by the Healthy Trees, Healthy People program at Portland State University (PSU) confirmed that trees planted in the city's urban centers are doing a good job of reducing nitrogen dioxide (NO2). The brown noxious gas is an EPA-regulated major air pollutant that can exacerbate respiratory health problems such as asthma. Portland's NO2 levels are well below federal EPA standards.

However, certain tree species emit compounds that react with NO2, potentially increasing ozone and particulate matter pollution. The PSU research team is working to determine which species provide the most benefit, to help homeowners, neighborhood groups and city planners make decisions in augmenting Portland's urban forest.

Clackamas Chapter plant sale raises $3,200 for education

OAN's Clackamas Chapter raised $3,200 — an impressive 30 percent increase from last year — at their annual plant sale, which took place August 15–17 at the Clackamas County Fair. The money will go toward funding two scholarships through the Oregon Nurseries Foundation: the Clackamas Chapter Award and the Clackamas Ed Wood Memorial Award, as well as the Small Grant Program Award, which funds requests for horticultural supplies from community colleges and high schools in our area.

The chapter wishes to thank the chapter members who donated more than 400 excellent quality plants, shrubs and trees; with special thanks to Alex Cooper of Willamette Nursery, Tom and Heidi Brewer, Dan Inglish, Dave Malcome, Mollie Thorneily, Elan and Russ Langridge, Terri Cummings, and the Canby High School Future Farmers of America.

USDA narrows field of conservation partnership efforts in Oregon

After reviewing more than 600 pre-proposals submitted nationwide, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced the selection of 16 projects in Oregon to be considered for funding under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Projects ranged in scope from water quality improvements to wildlife habitat restoration.

RCPP encourages farmers, ranchers and forestry owners in conservation efforts to increase the restoration and sustainable use of soil, water, wildlife and related natural resources on regional or watershed scales.

» Click here to see facts on where NRCS received pre-proposals.

In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Larry Fitzgerald

The Oregon Association of Nurseries is saddened to report the passing of Larry Fitzgerald, a longtime manager for several nurseries and a past president of the Clackamas Chapter of OAN.

Mr. Fitzgerald passed away August 10, 2014, at his home in Canby. He was 63 years old. He had worked most recently for Yule Tree Farm, and previously for Wichita Nursery and Oki Nursery (both in California and in Oregon).

A Celebration of Life service was held August 17. The family requests that those who wish to honor his memory contribute to a horticulture scholarship being established in Mr. Fitzgerald's name. Donations may be directed to the Chase Bank branch in Canby.

» Click here to read the full obituary.

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