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October 4, 2017    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE


ICE announces 498 arrests in nationwide sweep

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 498 people for alleged immigration violations during a four-day nationwide sweep ending last Wednesday (September 27), according to an ICE announcement.

Dubbed "Operation Safe City," the operation focused on what are commonly called sanctuary jurisdictions, which limit cooperation with federal immigration agents. ICE agents said they prioritized apprehending individuals with criminal convictions or pending charges, as well as known gang members and affiliates, immigration fugitives and those who re-entered the country after having been deported. Not targeted were active participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

According to Newsweek, the most arrests took place in Philadelphia with 107, followed by Los Angeles with 101. Other targeted jurisdictions included Seattle, Baltimore, Denver, New York, Cook County in Illinois, Santa Clara County in California, and the District of Columbia.

According to Willamette Week, the agency initially reported that it arrested 33 in Portland, but later changed the announcement to say those arrests took place in Seattle. The same article reports that according to an ICE spokeswoman, the 33 arrests actually took place in the Northwest Region, which is headquartered in Seattle and which includes Oregon, Washington and Alaska. The 33 arrests included seven in Oregon, four of which were in Portland, and none in Seattle, an ICE spokeswoman told the newspaper.

The ICE announcement reported that 317 of those arrested overall had criminal convictions, 68 were immigration fugitives, 104 were previously deported and 18 were gang members or affiliates. Some of those arrested will be removed from the country, while others will face federal prosecution for illegal entry and illegal re-entry after removal.


Trump talks immigration with GOP lawmakers

President Donald Trump met with top Republican lawmakers Monday night to discuss what to include in a possible immigration bill, including border security as well as other reform measures.

The meeting came weeks after Trump announced he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but shortly afterward urged Congress to pass legislation allowing undocumented people who were brought to the United States as children — known as "Dreamers" — to stay. According to an article from Reuters, Trump has also met recently with Sen. Chuck Schmumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the top two Democrats in Congress, to discuss the topic of immigration.

"The OAN will continue to monitor the discussion over immigration reform with the hope of all the parties finding common ground," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "The need that our nurseries have for a willing workforce will not go away. We will keep pursuing all avenues to secure it, together with our national partners at AmericanHort and the other state associations."

Stone is in Tucson this week meeting with other nursery association executives, with an immigration update as one of the items on the agenda.

In Memoriam: Florence Hardesty

The OAN is saddened to report the passing of Florence Hardesty of Holden Wholesale Nursery in Silverton, Oregon. She died Friday, September 29 at the age of 90.

A registered nurse, nurse practitioner and medical school professor as well as a nurserywoman, Florence was one of the rare individuals to be active in both the Oregon Association of Nurseries and the Oregon Association of Nurses.

After moving to Oregon in 1976 to teach psychiatric and mental health nursing at Oregon Health Sciences University, she married nursery owner Verl Holden in 1979 and moved to the nursery in Silverton. There she became a strong supporter of the nursery industry and certified Oregon nurserywoman, while still continuing her nursing and teaching careers until she retired in 1989.

After retirement, she became the author of four books, including Down on the Tree Farm and The Trees and Me, which were about life at the nursery. She also contributed to the book Get Oregonized, a text that teaches children grades 3–5 about Oregon's history and agriculture.

Visitation will be held from 4–8 p.m. Wednesday, October 4 at Unger Funeral Home, 229 Mill St., Silverton. Services will be held Friday, October 6 in New Castle, Pennsylvania. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. December 3 at the Northwest Wine Studies Center, 215 Doaks Ferry Road N.W., Salem.

Read the full obituary

President's Awards nominations due Friday, October 6

Who has inspired you? Do you know someone who deserves recognition for making the nursery industry better? The OAN Member Awards, to be presented at the OAN Convention, are designed to recognize these people in a variety of categories. But we need your help to identify the hardworking people who are constantly driven to improve their business, help their neighbors and contribute to our shared success. Please consider submitting a nomination.

Nominate someone today!

Wilbur Ellis

Lane Forest Products

Anderson Pots

Jordan Ramis

Leonard Adams


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Winter Trucks to Trade Shows Member Benefit Program

Sign up now through December! OAN Members can ship plant material to the green industry trade shows held in January and February across the country — MANTS, The Western, MGIX, NorCal and several others.

Trucks to Trade Shows

Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis; payment is required to reserve space. To sign up, contact Kristen Urban at

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IPPS to meet October 17–20 in Wilsonville

The Western Region of the International Plant Propagators' Society will hold its 58th Annual Meeting Tuesday–Friday, October 17–20, at the Holiday Inn in Wilsonville, Oregon. This year's conference theme will be "Growing in Diversity."

The conference will include tours of Oregon nurseries and speakers from throughout the region. Those attending will likely include plant propagators, nursery owners and plant production workers from throughout the western United States, but all are welcome.

To register or for more information, log on to or by calling 503-580-2960.

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First Oktoberpest class set for Thursday, October 5

OSU's month-long series of pest management workshops for greenhouse and nursery operators kicks off this week with Name That Bug! Recognition of Key Insect Orders of Ornamental Plant Pests. The session will be taught in Spanish and will be led by Luisa Santamaria, professor of botany and plant pathology, and Robin Rosetta, professor of horticulture.

Workshops will be held each Thursday in October at NWREC, 15210 Miley Road N.E., Aurora, Oregon. Pesticide recertification credit hours have been applied for on each session. To register, contact Jan Egli at 971-373-5912 or

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ODA to present briefing on Japanese beetle

The Oregon Department of Agriculture will hold a briefing on efforts to eradicate Japanese beetles from the Cedar Mill area near Portland.

The gathering will be held from 1–3 p.m. Thursday, October 26 at the Oregon State University Extension Service Center in Washington County, 1815 N.W. 169th Place, Building 1, Suite 100, Beaverton, Oregon.

The agenda will include an update on 2017 treatment, a report on 2017 detection results, and what that means for treatment in 2018. Officials will gather feedback on their communications and response plan for 2018. There will be light refreshments.

Those attending are asked to RSVP online. For questions, contact Clint Burfitt at

J. Frank Schmidt and Son Co. names new sales manager

Rich Bailey has joined J. Frank Schmidt and Son Co. as sales manager for the wholesale tree grower based in Boring, Oregon that is known for its strong portfolio of shade tree introductions.

Bailey graduated from Purdue University with a degree in landscape horticulture and design. He brings 24 years of professional green industry experience to his new job. He worked most recently as business development manager for Mariani Plants, which is based in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

"We are very grateful to have someone with a great depth of varied experience, diverse background, and proven customer service skills to lead the sales department," said Art Anderson, general manager and chief operating officer at the nursery. "Rich's personality, values and strong work ethic will greatly benefit our customers and strengthen our team."

At J. Frank Schmidt, Bailey will lead the sales team, which includes in-house customer representatives as well as 10 regional sales representatives. He will replace Dave Sheline, who is transitioning into retirement. Sheline will remain on board for a time so he can assist Bailey.

Register for First Aid and CPR classes

The OAN First Aid and Adult CPR training classes will be held over the next five months. Successful completion results in certification that is good for two years. Classes are offered in Hillsboro, Boring, Wilsonville, and McMinnville. Some are taught in English and others in Spanish. Check for specific dates and locations.

Register today!

OAN members to vote on bylaw revisions

At the 2017 OAN Convention, members will have the opportunity to vote on bylaw revisions that are intended to modernize the association's governance structure. The most significant change would call for representation on the OAN Board of Directors based on industry segments, rather than geographic regions. Learn more about the proposed changes at A mailing will arrive in member mailboxes next week with further details, and a webinar will be announced soon.

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Register for OAN Annual Convention

Come to the beach to celebrate a great year at the OAN Convention, Friday–Saturday, November 3–4 at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort in Gleneden Beach, Oregon.

This year's theme is "Feelin' Good Vibrations." Join your fellow OAN members for a beach party blast. Enjoy social time with old and new friends, talk about the issues that are vital to Oregon nurseries, vote on revisions to the OAN bylaws, and honor the industry's achievers at the annual President's Awards Banquet. Bring your family – complimentary (and fun!) child care will be provided.

Register today!

Important Dates

  • Awards Nominations DueOctober 6 » More info
  • Listening session to shape funding for soil erosion projectsOctober 11 — Boring, Oregon » More info  (note new location at Multnomah Grange)
  • Field Day will feature on the ground erosion product demonstrationOctober 18 — Gresham, Oregon » More info
  • OktoberPest 2017October 5, 12, 19, 26 — Aurora, Oregon » More info
  • Oregon Water Law ConferenceNovember 2–3 – Portland, Oregon » More info
  • OAN Annual ConventionNovember 3–4 — Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, Gleneden Beach, Oregon. » More info
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Our cost-effective opportunities include the monthly Digger magazine, the Nursery Guide website and annual print version, the weekly Member Update e-newsletter, the annual Retail Nurseries & Garden Centers Guide, the Farwest Show and more. And all OAN members receive exclusive advertising rate discounts so download our new 2018 Media Kit for all the details and contact Blair Thompson at 503-582-2012 or to learn more about how we can help your business grow.

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