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Water Supply Development applications, Energy Incentives Program, more
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
September 16, 2015    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Take a minute to nominate someone today

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for making the nursery industry better? Our industry is made up of an incredible group of hardworking people constantly driven to improve their business, help their neighbors and contribute to our shared success. The OAN awards process is designed to recognize these people in a variety of categories, but we need your help to identify them!

The official OAN awards nomination form is available here: (Online | PDF). Completed forms must be returned no later than October 9, 2015. Your OAN Awards committee will review every nomination as a critical aspect of the selection process.

Please join us when we honor these recipients at the 2015 OAN Convention/President's Awards Banquet on Saturday, November 14. More details will be announced soon. We hope to see you there!

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Water Resources Department now accepting Water Supply Development applications

In 2013, the OAN pushed through landmark legislation, Senate Bill 839, to create a water development fund that provides economic, environmental and community benefits. In 2015, the Oregon Legislature authorized $50 million toward water — a priority for the association.

On August 28, the Water Resources Department began accepting applications for grant and loan funding to plan, evaluate and develop water resources projects that address in-stream and out-of-stream water needs. Prior to applying, it is strongly recommended that applicants participate in a pre-application conference. Click for details.

The water supply issue is just one of many where the OAN fights on behalf of the nursery industry. Your continued membership allows the OAN Government Relations Team to perform this important work. If you have industry colleagues or contacts who are not OAN members, please encourage them to join and support our industry. For more information, log on to

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Energy Incentives Program offers $1 million in tax credits

Small upgrades, such as installing high-efficiency unit heaters and boilers or environmental controls, can result in big energy savings. To spark more energy conservation initiatives, the Oregon Department of Energy announced its Energy Incentives Program for Small Premium Projects — and the application filing fee was reduced from $100 to $75. Projects must have qualified costs of less than $20,000 and meet certain requirements. The maximum tax credit per project is $7,000, and the filing deadline is June 30, 2017.

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Federal court voids approval of sulfoxaflor

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled last week that federal regulators erred in approving sulfoxaflor, a neonicontoid insecticide developed by Dow AgroSciences. The lawsuit was filed in 2013 against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by organizations representing the honey and beekeeping industries. The groups challenged the EPA approval of insecticides containing sulfoxaflor, saying studies have shown they are highly toxic to honeybees.

In its ruling, the court found that the EPA relied on "flawed and limited data" to approve the unconditional registration of sulfoxaflor, and that approval was not supported by 'substantial evidence'."

Dow AgroSciences first sought approval for sulfoxaflor in 2010 for use in three different products. Brand names include Transform and Closer. Dow said in a statement that it "respectfully disagrees" with the ruling and will "work with EPA to implement the order and to promptly complete additional regulatory work to support the registration of the products."

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Clatsop County added to drought list

On September 2, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack declared Clatsop County an "agricultural disaster" due to drought conditions. As a result, small, nonfarm businesses in Clatsop and three neighboring Oregon counties (Columbia, Tillamook and Washington) and two neighboring counties in Washington (Pacific and Wahkiakum) are now eligible to apply for low interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the drought.

Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance; however, nurseries are eligible for SBA disaster assistance in drought disasters. Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Services Agency about the U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance made available by the secretary's declaration.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure website at Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA's Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955 or emailing The deadline to apply for these loans is May 2, 2016.

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SAIF board declares $120 million dividend

At last week's meeting of SAIF Corporation's Board of Directors, the board reviewed SAIF's financial results and declared a dividend to be paid during October to more than 47,000 eligible policyholders with policy expiration dates in 2014. The $120 million dividend amounts to a return of approximately 23 to 27 percent of premiums paid. This is the sixth year in a row in which SAIF has returned a substantial dividend to its customers.

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September Digger arrives in mailboxes

The new issue of Digger magazine takes a look back at the "Far From Ordinary" experience delivered by the 2015 Farwest Show, which took place this past August 27–29 in Portland, Oregon. Among the highlights, the show recorded a 10 percent jump in attendance over last year! Click here to read more about the biggest show in the West; you can also download a PDF of this article.

You can also read this month's flipbook edition of Digger (Flash required; fast connection recommended). Please send your comments on the issue to editor Curt Kipp at

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Welcome to OAN's new members

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

Bali Home Furnishings -Importer's Warehouse
Matthew Worley
Tualatin, OR
Sunset Chapter

Cryan, Elizabeth
Vancouver, WA
Clackamas Chapter

MultiOne USA
Alessandro De Luca
Republic, MO
Chapter: At Large

Native Roots LLC
Steven Paulsen
Kimberly, ID
Chapter: At Large

Third River Marketing
Tim Fahndrich
Salem, OR
Willamette Chapter

OAN Events

Tee up for golf tournament to benefit homeless

On Thursday, September 17, 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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French Prairie's 5K run to benefit cancer victims

On Sunday, September 27, OAN members French Prairie Gardens & Family Farm and the Pohlschneider family will host the Fight for Your Life 5K, in memory of Emily Pohlschneider-Edwards.

Emily, daughter and sister of the nursery owners, passed away in 2011 following a tough battle against gestational trophoblastic disease, a rare form of cancer that begins in the uterus. She was a former collegiate track and field athlete with Western Oregon University, who went to nationals four times. Proceeds of the race will benefit Em's Fight, a nonprofit foundation that was founded in Emily's honor, to help women with cancer pay for treatments, daily needs and special experiences.

The entry fee for the race is $30 if registered by Sept. 19, $35 if registered later, and $40 the day of the race. Participants receive a race T-shirt, race packet, a beer if 21 and older, and 12 activity tickets to use in the pumpkin patch at French Prairie Gardens & Family Farm.

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Get the 'wet and wild' winter forecast at OAN Willamette Chapter meeting

Meteorologist Phil Volker of ERF Company will share his insights into the upcoming weather season at a luncheon meeting of the OAN Willamette Chapter. Attendees will congregate at 10:30 a.m. on October 20 at the Days Inn Black Bear Conference Center (1600 Motor Court NE, Salem, Oregon).

According to some weather forecasters, this upcoming winter could bring the "Godzilla" of El Niños. That means much-needed rain could drench California and the Pacific Northwest, while Australia could suffer from drought, and other parts of the world might experience other highly disruptive weather events. The last truly massive El Niño appeared in 1997–98 and caused an estimated $35 billion in destruction and more than 23,000 deaths around the world.

Other topics to be discussed include three new laws that are expected to have a big impact on Oregon: the "ban the box" law regarding asking applicants about their criminal record, the new sick time requirements and legalized recreational marijuana.

Cost to attend the meeting is $25. You can register online or mail your meeting fee to Dave Malcolm, 1511 SW Skyline Blvd., Portland, OR 97221. Please make checks payable to Willamette Chapter. For questions, contact Denece Messenger at 503-510-4029.

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Register today for First Aid and Adult CPR training classes

The OAN Safety and Insurance Committee is presenting First Aid and Adult CPR training classes in October, as a service to members and the industry.

Successful completion results in certification that is good for two years. Each class runs from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Classes are offered in Hillsboro, Boring and Wilsonville. Some are taught in English and others in Spanish. Check the OAN website for specific dates and locations. The cost is $42 for first-time or expired certifications and $32 for renewals. Register and pay at, or call Debbie Hopkins at 503-682-5089.

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Save the dates for the two-day 2015 OAN Annual Convention — Nov. 13–14

The Oregon Association of Nurseries' Annual Convention is expanding to a two-day format this year, taking place Friday and Saturday, November 13–14 at Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond, Oregon. The agenda starts with the return of the hospitality suites reception on Friday evening, the Annual Membership Business Meeting and General Session on Saturday, and concludes with the President's Awards Banquet on Saturday evening. Watch and your mailbox for more information on the schedule, registration and room reservations.

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APLD CEU credits now available at no cost to chapters

Get the 2016 Garden Trends Report

Farwest offers a 'Far From Ordinary' experience

Clackamas Community College releases fall schedule of horticulture classes

Reminder: Make sure P. ramorum paperwork is in order

OAN hires Blair Thompson as new advertising and sponsorship account manager

Annual meeting of International Plant Propagators' Society, Western Region to take place Sept. 23–26

Thanks to new state funds, OSU stepping up recruitment of several research positions

Little known about Pacific Northwestern native pollinators

Energy Trust increases greenhouse rebate amounts

New studies suggest bee health has improved globally

Disposal of blighted boxwoods is important

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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 2015 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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