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Convention Registration is Live, New OAN Members, Nursery Marketing Survey, more
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
October 7, 2015    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Brown marmorated stink bug activity heats up in Oregon

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is receiving numerous calls about brown marmorated stink bug populations. The invasive insect species, which was first detected in Oregon in 2004, has established itself in several urban areas of the state and is now spreading to suburban and rural communities. Similar to the box elder bug, which is native to Oregon, the brown marmorated stink bug is currently looking for places to overwinter.

While brown marmorated stink bug is not a structural pest and is not a human health concern, it releases an unpleasant odor when disturbed and can cause damage to agricultural crops as well as home gardens.

The bugs are expected to disappear from view over the next few weeks as the weather turns colder at night. The best long-term hope for pest management is biological control. ODA is the lead regional agency for conducting research involving Trissolcus japonicus, a tiny imported wasp that acts as a parasite of the brown marmorated stink bug.

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Registration is live for the two-day 2015 OAN Annual Convention — Nov. 13–14

Registration is now live for the annual OAN Convention, which 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.

Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, convention is a great value. All sessions are free (including Saturday continental breakfast and lunch), except the banquet ($59 per person). People can choose to attend any or all sessions. Registration is required. Go to to sign up by October 30. Child care will be available. There will be optional golf on Sunday as well.

Discounted rooms are available at Eagle Crest. Just call the resort at 1-866-806-4921 and mention OAN. The deadline is October 23.

Thank you to these sponsors: Allstate Benefits, Alpha Nursery Inc., Al's Garden Center, Arrowhead Ornamentals LLC, Brooks Tree Farm, Columbia Bank, Dayton Bag & Burlap, F & B Farms & Nursery, Harrell's LLC, J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., Jordan Ramis PC, Kraemer's Nursery Inc., Leonard Adams Insurance Inc., LifeMap, Marion Ag, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Nursery Connection LLC, OAN Central Oregon Chapter, OAN Clackamas Chapter, OAN Emerald Empire Chapter, OAN Sunset Chapter, OAN Willamette Chapter, Park's Nursery, Pivot Group, Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co., Simnitt Nursery, Supervised Fuels, The H C Companies, ProCal, Wilbur-Ellis Company, Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas Inc.

If you are interested in sponsoring the convention, contact Jeff Stone at 503-682-5089 or

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October Digger arrives in mailboxes

Restoration efforts of Willamette Valley oak savannas have made native plants and seeds hot commodities. Download a PDF of the cover story, "Repairing the prairie," as featured in the just-published October issue of Digger magazine. Please send your comments on the issue to editor Curt Kipp at

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Deadline extended to take nursery marketing survey

Researchers at Kansas State University have extended the deadline to Oct. 15 to participate in an online survey. Questions 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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Wilbur Ellis

Lane Forest Products

Jordan Ramis

Leonard Adams


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Welcome to OAN's new members

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

DR Construction and Landscape
Devon Rose
Medford, OR
Chapter: At Large

Helios Nursery
Tye Fleming
McMinnville, OR
Greenhouse, Willamette Chapters

Kisler Farms
Tony Kisler
Corvallis, OR
Willamette Chapter

Western Green Growers
Charles Stanley
Meridian, ID
Chapter: At Large

OAN Events

OktoberPest 2015 kicks off with ash whitefly information session on Oct. 8

Ash whitefly, a pest of numerous ornamental and fruit crops that has been seen swarming around the Willamette Valley lately, will be the focus of the first of four OktoberPest workshops, taking place this Thursday, Oct. 8. Other workshops will take place, every Thursday thereafter in October. Classes will be held at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (15210 NE Miley Rd., Aurora).

"[Ash whitefly] could be a shipment contaminant pest and directly damaging pest on different hosts," OSU Extension entomologist Robin Rosetta said. "Growers should look at host lists and expand from there to monitor." There is no cost to attend the session on ash whitefly. To register, contact Jan Egli at 503-678-1264 or

Following this session, topics will range from optimizing sanitation (Oct. 15); advanced insect biological control for nurseries (Oct. 22); and strategies to protect pollinators (Oct. 29).

More information about the OktoberPest Workshops

Sign up by Oct. 8 for private pesticide applicator exam preparation course in Spanish

This Spanish-language course is designed to help those interested in passing the Oregon private pesticide applicator exam. Classes will be held from Oct. 26–Nov. 21 at the North Willamette Research & Extension Center, and additional teaching and learning will take place online. Topics will include pesticide math, label interpretation, and laws and regulations. Cost is $40. Registration closes on Oct. 8 and space is limited, so register soon! For more information and to register, click here.

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Rules and regulations for cannabis farming to be discussed at Oct. 14 meeting

The Oregon Farm Bureau and the Oregon Association of Nurseries will present two informational sessions on cannabis production for farmers. The first session will run from 9 a.m.–noon on Wednesday, Oct. 14, and a second will be held from 1–4 p.m. that day. Both sessions will be at the Salem Armory (2320 17th St., NE, Salem).

Attendees will learn about the current regulatory environment for growing cannabis in Oregon, including pesticides, lab regulation, water rights, ag water quality, land use, ag waste management and agribusiness energy framework.

Reservations and inquiries must be directed to Jenny Dresler at Oregon Farm Bureau,, by Oct. 12.

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Invasive Species Conference coming to Vancouver, Canada on Oct. 19–22

The North American Invasive Species Management Association will hold its annual conference October 19–22 in Vancouver, Canada. In addition to a great lineup of speakers and topics, the association will host on the final day a session on biocontrol, including information on agents currently being researched for a variety of weed species. The full agenda and registration information can be found at

Anger management classes offered in Spanish this fall — Taller de ESPERE en Beaverton comienza el Lunes 19

This coming October and November, Adelante Mujeres, a local firm working with the Hispanic community, is hosting a series of free ESPERE training workshops.

ESPERE (Escuela de Perdón y Reconciliación—School of Forgiveness and Reconciliation) helps participants identify the ways in which they express anger and identify the emotional pain behind hostile emotions. The classes will take place at the Beaverton Activities Center (12500 SW Allen Blvd.) from 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. on Mondays from Oct. 19–Nov. 23. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. For more information, contact Leocadia Montero-Hainley at or call 503-537-8562.

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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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 is December 3. Questions? Contact Mellissa Sumner at 503-582-2010 or

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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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