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Light brown apple moth detected in Polk County, Federal court blocks Obama's executive orders on immigration, more
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
NOVEMBER 11, 2015    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici holds wide-ranging discussion with OAN members

OAN members met with U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Oregon District 1) on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a variety of issues. Among them were immigration reform, transportation funding, federal budgeting, vocational education, international trade, and the Waters of the U.S. rule.

Bonamici said she found it encouraging that Congress under outgoing speaker John Boehner recently averted a government shutdown related to debt limit. Additionally, the U.S. House of Representatives under new Speaker Paul Ryan passed a six-year transportation bill. An amendment to remove green infrastructure from that bill was defeated. All five House members from Oregon voted against the amendment.

On the negative side, Bonamici does not expect immigration reform to move forward anytime soon. "The speaker has said it's not something he's willing to bring up," she said. A member asked for an update on the EPA's new Waters of the U.S. rule, which is tied up in court currently. The OAN and other agricultural groups oppose the rule on the grounds that it extends jurisdiction too far.

"My sense in talking with the EPA is they were not intending to overreach," Bonamici said. "They were intending to clarify the rule and make it easier. I'm not saying they were successful." The discussion took place as part of the monthly OAN Government Relations Committee meeting at the OAN offices in Wilsonville. These meetings are open to all members. The next one will be held starting at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8. For details, contact Jeff Stone at

Light brown apple moth detected in Polk County

Officials with the Oregon Department of Agriculture have detected at least two light brown apple moths (LBAM) at a nursery and orchard in Polk County.

LBAM is a federally regulated quarantine pest detected in several California counties since 2007. It can kill seedlings and affect the appearance of ornamental plants. Several nursery, orchard and food crops are considered hosts, including alfalfa, apple, blackberry, blueberry, cherry, clover, cottonwood, currant, grape, hops, kiwi, peach, pear, poplar, potato, raspberry, strawberry, willow, and even young conifers such as pines. Read the ODA pest alert for more information.

These are the first detections of LBAM in Oregon in the last five years. In 2010, one of the moths was detected, but after further trapping, no additional moths were found and the pest was considered gone from the area.

Federal officials currently consider this a one-time detection. As such, it would not result in a quarantine. ODA officials will try to determine how LBAM made its way to Oregon this time. They will also do further trapping to track and hopefully eradicate the pest. Farmers and growers are urged not to interfere with any traps, as it impairs their pest control efforts. That in turn could cause a federal quarantine and great economic harm to all Oregon growers.

2015 OAN Annual Convention is this weekend!

OAN members from far and wide will converge this Friday–Saturday, Nov. 13–14, at Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond, Oregon for the 2015 Annual Convention. Outgoing president Mike Coleman will pass the reins to incoming president Leigh Geschwill. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

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.

Watch next week's Member Update, and the OAN Facebook page, for the award winners, as well as photos from the event.

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Federal court blocks Obama's executive orders on immigration

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Monday that President Obama's executive order deferring immigration enforcement against certain undocumented immigrants must remain blocked.

The order, issued last November, established a process whereby 4.3 million undocumented immigrants could apply for work authorization and to remain in the country. It did the same for non-citizens brought here as children. Finally, it established that enforcement efforts should be prioritized against those recently arrived and those who are criminals. A coalition of 26 states led by Texas challenged the order as unconstitutional. The Fifth Circuit found the 26 states likely to prevail.

The Obama Administration immediately said it will appeal the circuit court's ruling directly to the U.S. Supreme Court. It's yet to be seen whether the high court will take the case, let alone rule in time for the order to take effect before the president's term is up in January 2017.

"This continued court battle only speaks to the need for Congress and the president to come together on comprehensive federal immigration reform," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "Such reform must assure an adequate and willing workforce to meet the needs of our economy, address proper enforcement for the sake of national security, and provide a path to earned status for those already in the country who are willing to meet stringent requirements. It must also provide earned status for those born elsewhere and brought here young, who have never known any other country but America."

Immigrants sue to reinstate driver's card program

A group of five immigrants from Mexico have sued the State of Oregon in an attempt to resurrect the driver's card program that was passed by the 2013 Oregon Legislature without ever taking effect.

The bipartisan bill, which OAN supported, created a four-year driver identification card for those who do not provide the proof of legal residency required for an eight-year license. Immigration opponents referred the bill to the ballot in 2014, whereupon voters rejected it. The immigrant group contends in its lawsuit that the referendum was an attempt to regulate immigration at the state level, and therefore should be struck down.

The OAN was not advised of the lawsuit until just before it was filed, but supports the objective of giving undocumented workers a legal driving privilege so they can safely make it to work, school, church and other obligations.

ODA officials urge participation in voluntary boxwood program

Oregon Department of Agriculture officials are urging boxwood growers to participate in a voluntary cleanliness program designed to prevent the spread of boxwood blight, a fungal infection that causes branch dieback.

"It's difficult to detect and very difficult to eradicate once you have it," said Gary McAninch, manager of the ODA Plant Program. "Because it is unregulated (by the federal government), we don't feel we can go in and force some kind of program."

The blight is nonetheless a serious concern. It could prompt individual states to establish quarantines if not kept under control. In such an event, a voluntary program could then become mandatory, and at greater expense to growers.

Click here for more information on boxwood blight. For information on the voluntary boxwood cleanliness program, download this informational flyer (PDF). Those with questions are urged to call the ODA Plant Division at 503-986-4644.

Got snowpack?

An article published this week by the Seattle Times took a look back at the severe drought conditions of the previous 12-month water year and chronicled the dire aftereffects of last year's record-setting low levels of snowpack. What will happen this water year is a worrisome question on many people's minds, whether they manage fire, timber, cattle, hydropower or fish.

The forecast this winter is for a strong El Niño, bringing with it a 50 percent chance of above-normal temperatures, which again would push the snow line upslope. Long-term predictions currently are for 75 to 80 percent of normal snowpack this year — far better than the 20 to 30 percent that came last year.

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Sprayer workshop to take place this Thursday, Nov. 12

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

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Call for presentations on urban forestry

Oregon Community Trees has issued a call for presentation proposals for the 2016 Oregon Urban & Community Forestry Conference to be held Thursday, June 2, 2016 at the World Forestry Center in Portland. The theme of this year's conference is "Maintaining Magnificence: Tree Preservation in Urban Areas." Trees provide myriad benefits, but how do we value and care for existing mature trees, stands of trees and forested corridors? As urban areas face development pressures, what are some strategies we can use both in planning and implementation to protect these resources? The conference committee is seeking presentation proposals that reflect the best thinking on these issues, informed by theory, research, and practice. Proposals should focus on sharing results, lessons learned, or information about opportunities and resources including topics such as management/maintenance of old trees; maintaining diversity, seed banks and selecting for genetics; working with ordinances and regulations to preserve trees.

To submit an application, please complete this online form by Friday, November 20. Applications will be selected before the end of the year. Please direct any questions to

Be seen in the 2016 Retail Nurseries & Garden Centers Guide

The quest for a perfect garden begins with the bold, colorful and authoritative Retail Nurseries & Garden Centers Guide. OAN distributes 30,000 copies via garden retailers, the Yard, Garden & Patio Show, and area visitor centers. Eager gardeners will discover retail nurseries all over Oregon and Southwest Washington who are OAN members, as well as landscapers, mail order nurseries and public gardens.

If you are an OAN member serving the gardening public, your contact information will appear in the guide automatically (unless, of course, you tell us otherwise). Your company information is also posted on OAN's consumer website (

If you have location changes or additions, changed the services you offer, or haven't been on the map before, please complete this Response Form and return it to us by December 11.

The guide also offers exciting four-color advertising opportunities, separate from your free listing. Advertising space is limited, however, so contact Blair Thompson at 503-682-5089 or as soon as possible.

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Grow your business in 2016 with Digger advertising

Take advantage of discounted OAN member rates and achieve your sales and marketing goals with Digger advertising. OAN members can get 2016 Digger magazine ads at lower 2015 rates by reserving six or more ads before November 20. In addition, advertisers can receive the quantity discount of 4 percent off of a six-ad placement in Digger or 6 percent off of a 12-ad placement.

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November 20 is the deadline to secure 2016 Digger advertising at the lower 2015 rates. To strategically deliver your message to valuable customers and take advantage of these special rates, contact Blair Thompson at 503-582-2012 or

OAN Events

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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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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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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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

Reps threaten to remove green offsets from transportation bill

New House Speaker pledges no immigration reform while Obama is president

November Digger spotlights smaller trees

Tips for optimizing energy-efficient greenhouses

USDA grants fund growth of cider apple orchards and other specialty crops

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

Two natural enemies of ash whitefly found in Oregon

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

Employment law changes coming in 2016

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

Energy Incentives Program offers $1 million in tax credits

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Ready to grow your business with OAN Publications and Events?

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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