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Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
October 5, 2016    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

President's Awards nominations due Friday, October 7

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for making the nursery industry better? The 2016 OAN President's 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. Recipients will be honored at the President's Awards Banquet on Saturday, November 5 in Sunriver, Oregon.

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Report describes the aging out of agriculture

A new study has found that a majority of Oregon farmers are nearing retirement age, and many don't know who will take their place.

"The Future of Oregon's Agricultural Land" was produced by Oregon State University, Portland State University and Rogue Farm Corps. Among the study's findings:

  • The average age of Oregon farmers is 60 — up from 50 years in 2002.
  • Almost two-thirds of Oregon's farmland may be transferred over the next 20 years as the Baby Boomer generation of farmers retires, and many of these farmers may not have succession plans in place.
  • Fewer young people are entering the farming profession in Oregon, because of limited access to land and the rising cost of real estate.

For those farmers and ranchers who don't have a farm succession plan yet, "Leaving a Legacy: Succession Planning Workshop" will be held from 4:30–8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30 at the Forest Grove United Church of Christ in Forest Grove. Estate attorneyJoe Hobson and Sherri Noxel from the Austin Family Business Program will give presentations, and a panel of farmers will talk about their experiences planning for succession. To RSVP, contact Nellie McAdams at 971-409-6806 or

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Convention room block deadline extended to October 14

The 2016 OAN Convention will be held Friday–Sunday, November 4–6 at Sunriver Resort near Bend, and rooms start at a special discounted rate of just $129 per night. To reserve yours, call Sunriver at 800-547-3922 and ask for the "OAN Convention" special rate.

Convention festivities kick off the evening of Friday, November 4 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. Families are encouraged to attend, and free child care will be offered.

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Government Relations Committee to hear pest updates

Members of the OAN Government Relations Committee will hear updates on three nursery pests next Tuesday, October 11. The meeting will take place at 1 p.m. in the Dick Joyce Conference Room at the OAN offices, 29751 SW Town Center Loop West, Wilsonville, Oregon.

Officials from the Oregon Department of Agriculture will discuss boxwood blight, light brown apple moth and Japanese beetle. All members are welcome to attend. Those planning to come should RSVP to Jeff Stone at

Wyden fundraiser scheduled for October 14

A fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden's campaign will be held from 7:30–8:30 a.m. Friday, October 14 at the Oregon Association of Nurseries, 29751 SW Town Center Loop West, Wilsonville, Oregon. A light breakfast will be served, and there is a suggested contribution of $100 per person.

Checks can be made payable to Wyden for Senate, PO Box 3498, Portland, OR 97208. Contributions for this event are also being accepted online at Contributions and gifts to Wyden for Senate are not tax deductible.

Sen. Wyden is considered a friend of the industry and has been a guest speaker several times at OAN Government Relations Committee meetings, including most recently in August. Those attending the event should RSVP to Jeff Stone at

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Portland's growth is jeopardizing farmland

Modern Farmer magazine recently published a story, "Portland's Urban Growth Boundary Plots City Versus Country," which highlights the dilemma whether to preserve or develop farmland as the city's population surges.

Quoted in the article is OAN member Rod Park of Park's Nursery. Park said he's frequently approached by real estate developers who would like to purchase some or all of the 40 acres he owns in Gresham, 12 miles east of downtown Portland. Standing in the way, however, is the urban growth boundary, the line surrounding the metropolitan area that determines where, precisely, land can be developed.

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First gathering of Young Nursery Professionals set for next Tuesday

The OAN Mt. Hood Chapter will host the first of two get-togethers for nursery professionals 40 and younger at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 11 at Oregon City Brewing Co. (note location change) in Oregon City, Oregon; another will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 15 at Pleasant Home Saloon in Gresham, Oregon. The events are open to growers as well as suppliers and allied professionals.

If planning to attend, please RSVP to Anthony Kinen at or 503-866-3627. For more information, contact Scott Ekstrom at or 503-926-4321.

Bees native to Hawaii placed on endangered species list

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service assigned endangered status to seven species of yellow-faced bees native to Hawaii, making them the first bees in the country to be protected under the Endangered Species Act.

The seven endangered species are impacted by a wide variety of threats, including habitat destruction because of urbanization or nonnative animals, the introduction of nonnative plant species, wildfires, nonnative predators and natural events such as hurricanes, tsunamis and drought.

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Are bigger farms better for the environment?

The New York Times recently published an article that makes the case for industrial farms, calling them "the most progressive, technologically savvy growers on the planet. Their technology has helped make them far gentler on the environment than at any time in history."

The scale of these farms — some more than 5,000 acres — affords greater investment in technologies such as GPS, drones and variable rate applicators, which help farmers manage large swathes of land with surprising precision, resulting in greater efficiency and less environmental stress.

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Save the date: Oct. 19 — Agricultural Labor Laws Forum for the H-2A Employer

The State of Oregon Employment Department will host a free agricultural labor laws training forum for growers and contractors using the H-2A temporary agricultural workers program on Wed., October 19 at the Embassy Suites in Tigard, Oregon. The forum will inform and educate agricultural employers, farm labor contractors and supervisory employees on the various federal requirements concerning agricultural labor issues, with principal focus on H-2A requirements.

There will be two sessions available, one conducted in Spanish and the other in English. The forum in Spanish will be held from 9 a.m.–noon, while the forum in English will be held from 1:30–4:30 p.m.

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OktoberPest kicks off this Thursday

OSU's month-long series of pest management workshops for greenhouse and nursery operators kicks off this week with a program titled "Going Soft: Designing Target-Focused IPM Programs" (PDF). This workshop will help growers judge how to apply pesticides with minimal impact to pollinators, while reducing off-target movement of pesticides to protect our waterways.

Workshops will be held each Thursday in October at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (15210 NE Miley Rd., Aurora, Oregon). For more information, contact Jan Egli at 971-373-5912 or Pesticide recertification credits are available.

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Celebrate "Oregon's Bounty" at Oregon State Capitol — Oct. 8

To raise awareness of agriculture, the Oregon Capitol Foundation is hosting "Oregon's Bounty: A Celebration of the Harvest" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem. This will be a fun learning event for kids and adults with lots of hands-on activities and displays. The event is free and open to the public.

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In Memoriam

Ernie Schuster

The OAN is saddened to report the passing of longtime industry member Ernst "Ernie" Johann Schuster, who died September 25, 2016 in Kirkland, Washington. He was 84.

Mr. Schuster was born in Wilhelmshaven, Germany where he lost his parents, Paul and Kathe Schuster, as a young teen during World War II. He was then apprenticed into the nursery industry and subsequently migrated to Sweden, then onto Canada and eventually to his adopted country of the United States.

Nine months later he was drafted into the U.S. Army and was made a photographer of captured military gear. After his honorable discharge, he met and married the love of his life, Ann Berger, and began their 57-year marriage raising a family. They built Vibert Nursery (now Vibrant Plants) in Woodinville, Washington. Ernie and Ann retired in 1995 after selling the business to their son, Mark.

A world traveler, adventurer, dedicated father and business owner, Ernie felt blessed to have landed in America and been given the opportunities to build a solid life for himself and family. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Ernie is survived by his wife Ann; his sons Paul (Tracy) and Mark (Amanda); and his two grandchildren.

Dick Harnden

The OAN is saddened to report the passing of longtime industry member Carl Richard "Dick" Harnden, the owner of Harnden's Tree Nursery, who died September 16, 2016. He was 80.

Mr. Harnden was born in Wenatchee, Washington on June 15, 1936 to Carl and Myrle Harnden. He was raised in the nearby community of Cashmere. He attended the University of Washington, where he met his wife, Pat. He graduated in 1958 with a degree in logging engineering and he and Pat married in 1959. They had three children.

After graduation, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service and as a smokejumper. He also served in the Army Reserve. In 1963, he and his brother, Ron, started a landscape business. They eventually divided the company in two, with Ron starting an irrigation business and Dick continuing in the landscape trade.

In 1975, Dick purchased the Clearview tree nursery. He later purchased a second nursery in Everett and a third in Snohomish. These became the basis of Harnden's Tree Nursery. He eventually was able to quit the landscaping trade and focus on growing trees. Over the years Dick was pleased to have family members, cousins and friends working on the nursery. In the end, he turned over management of the nursery to his son, Mike.

Dick is survived by his wife Pat, at home; sons Mike and Dave; daughter Sheryl; and seven grandchildren. A celebration of life was held October 1 at the nursery.

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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 others. Reservations taken on first-come, first-served basis; payment is required to reserve space. To sign up, contact Ali Pennell at

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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 over the next five months, 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.-noon. Classes are offered in Hillsboro, Boring and Wilsonville. Some are taught in English and others in Spanish. This course does not cover blood-borne pathogen certification. Check the OAN website for specific dates and locations. The cost is $40 for new and renewing certifications. Register and pay at, or call Debbie Hopkins at 503-682-5089.

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Important Dates

OktoberPest workshops
THURSDAYS IN OCTOBER - Starting Oct. 6, Oregon State University and the North Willamette Research and Extension Center will present pest management workshops each Thursday during the month. All workshops will be held at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (15210 NE Miley Rd., Aurora, Oregon). Pesticide recertification credits hours will be available for each session. For a full schedule of workshops and to register, visit the OktoberPest webpage.

Young Nursery Professionals Social Gatherings
OCTOBER 11 and NOVEMBER 15 - The OAN Mt. Hood Chapter will host two get-togethers for nursery professionals 40 and younger. The first social gathering will take at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 11 at Oregon City Brewing Co. (note location change) in Oregon City, Oregon; another will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 15 at Pleasant Home Saloon in Gresham, Oregon. The events are open to growers as well as suppliers and allied professionals. RSVP to Anthony Kinen at or 503-866-3627. For more information, email or 503-926-4321.

OAN Annual Convention — Here Comes the Sun
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. Details available at

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

International Master Gardener Conference
JULY 10–14, 2017 — Join Master Gardeners from around the globe at the 2017 International Master Gardener Conference (IMGC), hosted by the Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener Program. The conference will take place at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland. Keynote speakers include Renee Shepherd, a seed developer, gardener, entrepreneur and author; plantsman Dan Hinkley; and wildlife biologist John Marzluff. Early bird, discounted registration will open on October 10, 2016. » More info

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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.

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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 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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