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Ash whitefly enemies found, Last call to register for Convention, more
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October 28, 2015    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Town hall meeting discusses pros, cons of raising Oregon's minimum wage

At last night's town hall meeting, held on the campus of Portland State University, discussion centered around whether Oregon should raise its $9.25 hourly minimum wage and what impact it would have on workers and businesses. Panelists included Jeff Stone, executive director of the Oregon Association of Nurseries; Rep. Rob Nosse (D-Portland); and Dr. Tom Potiowsky, chair of PSU's Economics Department and former Oregon state economist.

Debate was lively, with questions posed by journalists from The Oregonian, Portland Business Journal and the PSU Vanguard. Moderator Steve Dunn of KATU also encouraged questions and comments from the 200-member live audience.

An edited, half-hour version of the meeting will air on KATU-Channel 2 at 9 a.m. this Sunday as the "Your Voice, Your Vote" public affairs show that runs with ABC's block of Sunday morning news and public affairs programming.

Watch the full program

Two natural enemies of ash whitefly found in Oregon

Two natural enemies of the ash whitefly have been found here in Oregon, according to a new report by the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Entomologists hope tiny wasps and lady beetles will control populations of the invasive pest within the next year or two.

The tiny wasp, Encarsia inaron, parasitizes the ash whitefly by developing entirely inside the pest's body. The wasp emerges from the whitefly, killing the host. The lady beetle, known as the whitefly predator, feeds directly on the pest.

Despite the good news of identifying the two species of good insects, reports of ash whitefly populations continue to come into ODA from Portland and its suburbs, as well as Salem, Corvallis, and even as far away as Klamath Falls. It is normal for predators to lag behind populations of the prey. The ash whitefly in Oregon has a head start, but the two natural enemies are expected to catch up.

"[G]iven the level of parasitization we are seeing with the wasp and the fact that we are finding the lady beetles fairly easily, we expect the whitefly numbers will be quite a bit less next year," ODA entomologist Jim LaBonte said.

In the meantime, pesticides are not the answer to controlling populations of ash whitefly. The natural enemies are even more vulnerable to pesticides than the pests, according to LaBonte, who asked Oregonians to be patient and let nature take its course.

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Last call to register for the two-day 2015 OAN Annual Convention — Nov. 13–14

Registration for the annual OAN Convention is due this Friday, October 30. Go to to sign up. The convention will take place Friday–Saturday, November 13–14, at Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond, Oregon. To reserve a room, call the resort at 1-866-806-4921.

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. Child care will be available. There will be optional golf on Sunday as well.

Thank you to these sponsors:

Allstate Benefits
Alpha Nursery Inc.
Al's Garden Center
Arrowhead Ornamentals LLC
Brooks Tree Farm
F & B Farms & Nursery
Heritage Seedlings & Liners
J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.
Kraemer's Nursery Inc.
OAN - Central Oregon Chapter

OAN - Clackamas Chapter
OAN - Emerald Empire Chapter
OAN - Retail/Greenhouse Chapter
OAN - Sunset Chapter
OAN - Willamette Chapter
Park's Nursery
Simnitt Nursery
The H C Companies, ProCal
Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas Inc.
Youngblood Nursery

Wilbur Ellis

Lane Forest Products

Jordan Ramis

Leonard Adams


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Nursery tours provide policymakers a behind-the-scenes look at today's green industry

Representatives from the Oregon Legislature and Oregon Department of Agriculture attended a series of nursery tours organized by the Oregon Association of Nurseries over the past month. Owners and general managers at several area operations led field and greenhouse tours, providing policymakers a behind-the-scenes look at the industry and an opportunity to discuss important issues such as labor, workplace safety and water resources.

The OAN wishes to thank the nursery tour hosts — Eshraghi Nurseries/Farmington Gardens, McPheeters Turf, Alpha Nursery, J. Frank Schmidt & Son, and Fall Creek Farm & Nursery.

OAN Events

Learn to 'Bee Aware' at free workshop this Thursday

This year's OktoberPest, the month-long series of integrated pest management workshops presented by Oregon State University (OSU), wraps up this week with a seminar on risks to pollinators in agricultural settings and strategies to protect pollinators. "Bee Aware" will take place from 9 a.m.–noon this Thursday, October 29 at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center.

Instructors include Sujaya Rao of OSU's Crop Science Department; Ramesh Sagili, Wei Yang and Robin Rosetta of OSU's Horticulture Department. The speakers will present information to enhance an understanding of bee species and their ecology to reduce risks to pollinators in landscapes. There will be a discussion of specific tactics to mitigate harm and improve bee health. Pollination requirements in blueberries will be discussed. Three pesticide license education credit hours will be available.

There is no charge for this workshop but registration is appreciated. To sign up, contact Jan Egli at 503-678-1264 or

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Bonamici to meet with OAN Government Relations Committee on Nov. 10

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Oregon) will be the guest speaker at the November 10 meeting of the OAN Government Relations Committee. The committee helps shape public policies that benefit OAN members and protect member interests with legislators and regulators in Salem and Washington, D.C.

Bonamici is regarded as a good friend and supporter of the nursery industry. She represents the First Congressional District of Oregon, which comprises the Northwest portion of the state. She won a special election to fill a vacancy in early 2012 and was re-elected last November.

The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. in the conference room at the OAN offices, 29751 S.W. Town Center Loop West, Wilsonville, Oregon. All members are invited to attend and ask questions. Those attending are asked to RSVP to Jeff Stone at

Protecting water quality the focus of 'Science to Policy' Summit on Nov. 19

Farmers, builders, nursery owners and others interested in clean water are invited to join together for a day of peer-to-peer workshops focusing on reducing toxics and health risks, improving farm yields, and protecting water quality. The "Science to Policy Summit" will take place from 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 19 at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. 6th St. Cost for all-day attendance is $45 and includes a buffet-style lunch; you can also register for just the morning or afternoon session for $12 each.

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Meet Santa Claus at the OAN Christmas Party, Dec. 9

Join the OAN Clackamas Chapter at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9 for an evening filled with holiday spirit and a visit from Santa Claus! The Willamette Valley Country Club (900 Country Club Place, Canby) will serve some of their delicious appetizers and a superb buffet. Santa Claus will have toys for the kids, and door prizes for the adults. The Canby High School Cantalinas will entertain everyone with their festive holiday carols.

Cost is $25 for adults; $15 for children age 7–12; free for kids age 6 or less. Register online and pay by credit card at — or mail this reply form with your check to: Clackamas Chapter OAN c/o Alex Cooper, Chapter President, P.O. Box 3, Canby, OR 97013.

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Hot topics of employment law to be discussed on Nov. 3

The Oregon Employer Council–Clackamas County is presenting "Employment Law Essentials & 2015 Legal Updates," a seminar covering the topics every manager, supervisor and HR professional needs to know in order to be fair, objective and most importantly, legal when working with employees.

Topics include discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims; employee performance and discipline process; employment termination process; leave law, including Portland Sick Pay; Americans with Disability Act and "Reasonable Accommodations"; marijuana laws and company drug policy; and social media in the workplace.

The seminar will be held from 8 a.m.–noon on Tuesday, November 3 at the Monarch Hotel, 12566 SE 93rd Ave., Clackamas. Cost is $49.

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Sprayer workshop set for Nov. 12

Save the date for this free workshop on sprayer maintenance, setup and calibration. Topics to be discussed include sprayer operation and care; how to determine the fitness for use of boom and air blast sprayers; how to use spray equipment for efficacious, cost-effective pesticide applications; and techniques to accurately determine sprayer output and speed. You can also bring in your pressure gauge for a free checkup.

The class will take place from 8 a.m.–noon on Thursday, November 12 at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (15210 NE Miley Rd., Aurora). Four core pesticide license recertification credit hours are available to workshop participants. To register, email Peter Sturman at

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Symposium to explore connection between beneficial bacteria, soil and plant health on Nov. 16

Beneficial bacteria — such as probiotics found in yogurt — can aid the digestive systems of humans and animals. In nature there exist microbes that may have a similar effect on the soil and plants, enhancing soil and water sustainability as well as their response to extreme drought and high temperatures.

"The 'phytobiome' includes the environment (e.g., soil) and all of the living organisms in, on and around plants," according to Jan Leach, a professor at Colorado State University. "This entire system influences plant and soil health."

"Connecting Phytobiomes with Soil and Plant Health," a symposium held in conjunction with the Synergy in Science 2015 meeting, will address this topic on Monday, November 16, 2015, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The symposium will focus on the importance of the microbiome in the interactions between plants and soils as they relate to crops, agronomy and entomology. The meeting is sponsored by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America.

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Two-part seminars on 'Family Agricultural Enterprise Succession' scheduled for this fall

The transition of farms and ranches to a new generation is one of the greatest challenges facing the agricultural industry. To address this issue, OSU's Extension Service and Austin Family Business Program is presenting seminars on agricultural enterprise transition and succession planning. People can attend in Medford on Friday, November 6, or in Klamath Falls on Saturday, November 7. A second, follow-up session will take place in Klamath Falls on Friday, December 11 and in Medford on Saturday, December 12. All seminars will run from 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

The seminars are open to family farm, ranch, agribusiness and small woodlot owners, and their successors, in both Southern Oregon and Northern California. At least one person from the current (owning) generation and one person from the next generation must attend both workshops. Cost is $40 per person.

For more information and to register, call 800-859-7609 or click here.

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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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In case you missed it

Employment law changes coming in 2016

Volker predicts warm, wet winter

Economic injury disaster loans now available

Ash whitefly becomes a major nuisance

Court puts new 'waters of the U.S.' rule on hold

National hydrangea test garden to open in 2016

Pacific Northwest Weed Management Handbook receives 2015 revision

New ODA strategic plan hopes to address current challenges

Oregon minimum wage will not increase in 2016

Water Resources Department now accepting Water Supply Development applications

Energy Incentives Program offers $1 million in tax credits

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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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