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Paid sick leave law, Friends of Nurseries awards, changes to EPA Agricultural Worker Protection Standard, more
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
NOVEMBER 23, 2015    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Members discuss the future of horticulture and cannabis

Oregon voters legalized recreational cannabis in the 2014 election. Because cannabis production involves the growing of plants, it is now legally a form of horticulture.

What does that mean for Oregon nurseries? And how must cannabis producers adapt to the fact that they are becoming a part of Oregon's agricultural community, with all the requirements and obligations that that entails?

An expert panel of presenters shared information and perspective with OAN members at the recent OAN Convention on Nov. 14 at Eagle Crest Resort.

State Rep. Ann Lininger co-chairs the Oregon Legislature's Marijuana Legalization Committee, which unanimously approved five bills to regulate cannabis now that it is legalized. She said it is a good opportunity for Oregon farmers. She added that the gate value of Oregon marijuana production could soon exceed $1 billion. "It's shocking to think the cannabis sector could be almost on par with nurseries," she said.

Other presenters included Steve Marks, who serves as executive director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission; Steve Shropshire, who is the legal counsel for OAN; and nursery operators Matt Gold and Doug Hart.

Following these presentations, members discussed the issue in small groups before finally taking an informal, nonbinding straw poll to see what the OAN's stance on cannabis should be.

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Paid sick leave law to take effect January 1

Peter Hicks, an attorney with Jordan Ramis PC, gave a presentation on Oregon's new paid sick leave law at the OAN Convention on Nov. 14. This presentation was free for all members.

The law requires that all Oregon employers with 10 or more employees (or six or more employees in cities with a population of more than 500,000 – i.e. Portland) provide all employees up to 40 hours of paid sick leave each year. Under the new law, employees earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, and are potentially eligible to earn up to a total of 40 hours per year. Employees may carry over up to 40 hours of unused sick time into the next year, but total accrued sick time cannot exceed 80 hours.

Employers can avoid carrying over unused sick time if they adopt a policy that pays out any unused sick time at year end and then "frontloads" or immediately provides all employees with 40 hours of leave on January 1st of each new year. Employers with less than 10 employees (or less than six employees in cities with a population of more than 500,000) are also required to provide sick leave, but the leave is unpaid.

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OAN Friends of Nurseries awards announced

The Oregon Association of Nurseries announced at Convention the names of four legislators and one state official who were selected to receive Friends of Nurseries awards for 2015. These awards are given for officials who have acted to support the nursery industry and help foster a better business environment for growers.

Recipients have traditionally included members of both major political parties, and that was the case again this year. They are State Sen. Ginny Burdick (D-Portland), State Rep. Mike McLane (R-Bend), State Rep. Andy Olson (R-Albany), State Rep. Jeff Reardon (D- Happy Valley), and the governor's natural resources policy director, Richard Whitman. All five officials will receive a framed Friend of Nurseries award, which consists of a framed cover of Digger magazine with their picture (download PDF). These covers use the forthcoming new design of Digger, which will launch with the January issue.

If these officials represent your district, or you otherwise come into contact with them, please be sure to thank them for their support of the nursery industry. For more information, contact Jeff Stone at or 503-682-5089.

OAN office honors Thanksgiving holiday

There's a lot to be thankful for this year. Shipments are up and sales are improving. As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, let all of us be thankful for the blessings of friendship, family, prosperity and good health. The OAN offices will be closed beginning at noon Wednesday and continuing all day Thursday and Friday, so that employees may spend the Thanksgiving holiday with their families. The OAN will be back, open and ready to serve you from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. weekdays, beginning Monday, Nov. 30.

OAN office honors Thanksgiving holiday

Water quality linked to healthy bug populations

Researchers with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon State University said analyzing insect populations is often the best way to assess water quality, and the data can create opportunities for agricultural land owners.

According to the report by Capital Press, healthy streams are rich in desirable aquatic insects such as caddisflies, mayflies and stoneflies. As an incentive to stimulate more research in this area, funding opportunities are often available for agricultural landowners willing to partake in water-quality projects.

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ICYMI: Notes from AmericanHort webinar on changes to EPA Agricultural Worker Protection Standard now available

In case you missed the recent webinar on "EPA's Worker Protection Standard Update — How It Will Impact Your Business," AmericanHort has posted a video of the online presentation. The webinar looked at how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has changed the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard, affecting provisions on mandatory training of farmworkers, pesticide exposure, recordkeeping and other requirements.

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Renew your OAN membership for 2016 — and save!

By renewing before December 31, you can skip the dues increase that's coming after the first of the year. Plus, OAN membership also comes with these benefits:

Discover how much membership can save you!

Renew online at, or call 503-682-5089 and pay with a credit card. We appreciate your continued support!

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OAN Events

Celebrate the season of giving at Mt. Hood Chapter Christmas Dinner, Dec. 8

On Tuesday, December 8, the OAN Mt. Hood Chapter will hold its annual Christmas Dinner at Persimmon Country Club, 500 S.E. Butler Road, Gresham, Oregon. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner, a program and raffle. Cost is $20 per person; kids under 18 are free. All chapters are invited. Food, winter coats, blankets and toy donations will be accepted for the Boring Fire Department Snow Cap Program. Register online by Dec. 1 or contact Rhonda Boni-Burden at 360-693-5131 or

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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 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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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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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.

» Download the Response Form (PDF)
» Download the Advertising Details (PDF)
» Download the Insertion Order (PDF)

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Oregon Flora Project takes first comprehensive look at state's plants in a half century

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

ODA officials urge participation in voluntary boxwood program

Reps threaten to remove green offsets from transportation bill

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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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