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Fundraiser for Rep. Mark Johnson; Mobile-friendly guide on boxwood blight; Marion Ag opens new fertilizer plant; more.
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
September 7, 2016    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

ONPAC issues 2016 election endorsements

The Oregon Nurseries' Political Action Committee has issued endorsements in 34 Oregon House races and 10 Oregon Senate races.

"ONPAC has endorsed these candidates because they have shown themselves to be nursery friendly," ONPAC chairman Josh Zielinski said. "The endorsement process is bipartisan and member driven, and based on interviews as well as the candidate's record. We have endorsed 26 Republican candidates and 20 Democratic candidates, including two races in which we issued a dual endorsement."

The committee also recommended against Ballot Measure 97, a proposed gross receipts tax on businesses with income greater than $25 million.

"The tax applies to income and not profits, so it's effectively a backdoor sales tax that hits low-margin, high-quantity businesses the hardest," Zielinski said. "Coming on the heels of paid sick leave, higher minimum wages and other new mandates that have been imposed on businesses lately, we're very concerned about the impact this new, $3 billion tax would have on Oregon's overall business climate."

OAN members are invited to participate in ONPAC and also to donate to the campaign fund to help elect nursery friendly candidates. For more information, contact Jeff Stone at

Click here for the complete list of ONPAC endorsements.

Attend tonight's fundraiser for Rep. Mark Johnson

Tonight the OAN and its members Dan Nelson and J. Frank Schmidt III will host a re-election fundraiser for Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River), a long-time champion of the nursery industry. All members are invited to attend and show their support. The event will take place from 5:30–7 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 7 at J. Frank Schmidt and Son Nursery (9500 SE 327th Ave., Boring). Please RSVP to Cassie Hayt at 716-799-3969 or

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What did you think of this year's Farwest Show?

If you attended or exhibited in the 2016 Farwest Show, the OAN wants to hear from you.

You can share your thoughts by taking a short online survey. Once completed, you'll be entered for a chance to win one of five all-access show passes including seminars to the 2017 Farwest Show!

Next year's show will take place August 24–26, 2017 in Portland, Oregon.

Take the Attendee Survey | Take the Exhibitor Survey

OSU publishes mobile-friendly guide on boxwood blight

Now that fall is settling in with cooler temps and rain returning to the forecast, it's time to start scouting for boxwood blight, a fungal disease that can infect members of the boxwood family including Buxus spp. and their cultivars, as well as Pachysandra and Sarcococca. The disease has devastated boxwood for many years in Europe and New Zealand, but is new to North America. It was first discovered in Oregon in 2011.

Learn how to spot the disease by downloading the new, mobile-friendly version of the publication "Boxwood Blight in commercial nurseries." Written by Luisa Santamaria, OSU Extension plant pathologist for nursery crops, the guide is free to download and covers host plants, transmission of the disease and management, with photos and descriptions of symptoms of boxwood blight and damage to plants. A Spanish version and bilingual poster are also available.

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Marion Ag Service to open new fertilizer plant

OAN member Marion Ag Service is expanding its operation by building a 150,000-square-foot fertilizer facility about five miles west of its current headquarters in St. Paul, Oregon. The new facility is scheduled to open in December.

Currently, the company stores 1,000 tons of fertilizer in St. Paul and 3,000 tons at its plant north of Salem, Oregon. The new operation will be able to store 29,000 tons.

In addition to increased capacity, the new facility will utilize an automated system capable of blending 50 tons of fertilizer in 9 minutes, compared to the current rate of 6 tons in 15 minutes.

Despite the increased mechanization, the firm plans to grow its workforce from 90 to 110 employees.

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Pest alert: Armyworms attacking grass seed fields

According a Capital Press report, armyworms have been spotted in large numbers in Willamette Valley grass seed crops. The pest can damage new growth by feeding on leaves and stems, leaving notched leaves and jagged leaf edges. Armyworms feed so voraciously that mass migrations can occur very quickly, causing extension defoliation of plants over broad areas.

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New survey looks at land accessibility

According to a new study, almost half of America's cropland is rented, making it difficult for new and/or young farmers to get started.

"Farmland ownership, tenure and transfer have important implications for land accessibility, particularly for young and beginning farmers," the USDA's Economic Research Service stated in the report summary. "Given that the vast majority of farm-sector asset value is in real estate, the decision to rent or own farmland has a significant bearing on the ability of farmers to invest in production capital, meet debt obligations, and adapt to market and environmental conditions," the researchers concluded.

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BOLI taking input on mandatory sick leave rules

The state Bureau of Labor and Industries is accepting comments on the state agency's newest proposed rulemaking implementing the 2015 mandatory sick leave law.

The Oregon Association of Nurseries was among the stakeholder groups the agency consulted as it drafted the rules. "We were looking for clarity as well as fairness in terms of how the rules apply to nurseries, and in which situations," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said.

Comments on the draft rules can be directed to Paloma Sparks, Legislative Director, at, or Marcia Ohlemiller, BOLI Rules Coordinator, c/o BOLI, 800 NE Oregon Street, Ste. 1045, Portland, OR 97232 or The deadline is 5 p.m. on September 26. The OAN will be submitting comments on behalf of the nursery industry. If you have questions, comments or concerns, please contact Jeff Stone at

Tee up for golf tournament to benefit homeless

On Thursday, September 15, Dennis' 7 Dees will present its annual Charity Golf Tournament benefiting Human Solutions, an Oregon-based nonprofit assisting homeless and low-income youth and their families. The fundraiser will be held at Langdon Farms Golf Club (24377 Aurora Road, Aurora, Oregon). Cost is $150 per person and includes 18 holes of golf with cart, breakfast, lunch, prizes and more.

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Welcome to OAN's new members

Two new companies joined the Oregon Association of Nurseries in August. To these new members, welcome!

Portland, OR
Chapter: At Large

Chris' Forest Products
Joseph, OR
Chapter: At Large

Important Dates

Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District Conservation Tour and BBQ
SEPTEMBER 17 — The Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District will host its eleventh annual Conservation Tour and BBQ from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. on Saturday, September 17. The event will be held this year at Hoffman Farms (22242 SW Scholls Ferry Rd., Beaverton). The farm features a drip irrigation system and a wetland project. There will also be a tour of a neighboring farm's streamside restoration project along the Tualatin River. These conservation projects protect water quality, reduce erosion, attract wildlife and support pollinators. To RSVP, log on to

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.

National Conference for Women in Sustainable Agriculture
NOVEMBER 30–DECEMBER 2 — The fifth National Conference for Women in Sustainable Agriculture will bring together farmers, educators and activists who are engaged in healthy food and farming. The goal is to share educational and organization strategies, build technical and business skills, and address policy issues aimed at expanding the success of women farmers and ranchers. This year, organization of the conference is being led by Oregon State University Small Farms Programs. The conference will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland (1000 NE Multnomah St., Portland). Cost is $200. » More info

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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

Bipartisan group calls for comprehensive immigration reform

Corporate tax proposal headed to November ballot

OAN Resource Guide

OAN Member Resource Guide

For our valued members, we have put together the 2016 OAN Member 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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