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Pest alert: Ash whitefly , OAN Annual Convention, Myers appointed to Oregon Board of Agriculture, more
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September 23, 2015    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Oregon minimum wage will not increase in 2016

Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian announced that the minimum wage will remain unchanged next year because the consumer price index (CPI), a measure of inflation and a key economic indicator, was almost unchanged. By law, Oregon's minimum wage is tied to the CPI.

The CPI rose .02 percent, according to annual economic numbers released by the federal government, but a .025 percent increase was needed to raise Oregon's minimum wage by 5 cents. Oregon's minimum wage will remain at $9.25. It is the second highest in the nation, after Washington state, and $2 higher than the federal minimum.

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Pest alert: Ash whitefly

OSU Extension entomologist Robin Rosetta confirmed that ash whitefly, a pest of numerous ornamental and fruit crops, is the likely culprit in the insect swarms seen in the area last Friday morning.

Ash whitefly was first detected in Oregon in 2014. Late summer/fall flights of whiteflies have been noticed in both 2014 and 2015 in the Willamette Valley. It is not known yet whether this pest will reach damaging status on their deciduous host plants. References suggest they may be moving onto evergreen hosts on which to overwinter.

"[Ash whitefly] could be a shipment contaminant pest and directly damaging pest on different plants," Rosetta said. "Growers should look at host lists and expand from there to monitor."

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

The annual OAN Convention will expand to a two-day format this year and will take place Friday–Saturday, Nov. 13–14, at Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond, Oregon. This year's theme will be "Friends in Growin' Places," a reference to nurseries as well as the current economic rebound.

The agenda includes the return of the hospitality suites reception on Friday evening, the Annual Membership Business Meeting and General Session on Saturday, and the President's Awards Banquet on Saturday evening. There will be optional golf on Sunday as well.

For more information, watch and your mailbox for details on the schedule, registration and room reservations. If interested in becoming a convention sponsor, contact Jeff Stone at 503-682-5089 or

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Myers appointed to Oregon Board of Agriculture

Marty Myers, general manager of Threemile Canyon Farms in Boardman, Oregon, was appointed last week to the Oregon Board of Agriculture by Governor Kate Brown, according to a report published by Capital Press. The board makes policy recommendations for the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Myers said he received the post due to his past experience working with task forces on dairy air quality and biotechnology, as well as his involvement in international trade programs.

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OSU's Plant Disease Diagnosis online short course begins Oct. 6

OSU's Plant Disease Diagnosis Certificate is a self-paced, online course that equips landscape professionals, gardeners and farmers with a framework to diagnose and promptly treat plant problems. You'll receive personalized feedback from OSU horticulturalist Neil Bell, who continually refreshes this nine-week course to address current issues in plant management. Continuing education credits are available for professional landscapers.

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Register today for conference on wetland restoration — Oct. 6–8

Learn about the latest research on wetland restoration, mitigation, hydrology, soils, invasive species, and amphibians and invertebrates during three days of seminars and workshops presented by the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists. Attendees will discuss policy, regulation and industry standards.

The conference will take place at the Red Lion Conference Center in Olympia, Washington.

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Take this survey to find out if nursery marketing works

Have you ever wondered if all the time you spend on marketing initiatives is worth the effort? Here's an opportunity for you to provide some answers by participating in a research project with investigators at Kansas State University. Questions in the survey will focus on marketing practices, their effectiveness and their economic impact. Results of the survey (available to participants who submit their email address) will benefit nurseries and garden centers across the country by learning how to reach customers more effectively.

In addition to helping our industry, there are personal incentives, including two chances to win a $50 gift certificate!

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Sign up now through December 3 for Winter Trucks to Trade Shows program

The 2016 winter trade shows are fast approaching! To help get you there, the Oregon Association of Nurseries is continuing its Trucks to Trade Shows program for members as an optional benefit.

Trucks to Trade Shows

OAN members can ship plant material to the key nursery events held in January and February across the country — MANTS, The Western, CENTS and others — at economical, less-than-load rates. This form has the per pallet prices for shipping to each of the seven shows the OAN will ship to. You must pay in advance and in full for the pallet(s) you wish to send. The deadline to sign up for is December 3. Questions? Contact Mellissa Sumner at 503-582-2010 or

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OAN Events

Run to raise funds for cancer victims this weekend

This 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 $35, 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. The classes teach adult CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators (AED). The First Aid portion covers medical, injury and environmental emergencies as well as how to handle minor situations. 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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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 2016 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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