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Honeybee colonies hit 20-year high, Supreme Court rejects request to delay immigration case, Best Practices for Christmas Tree Export, more
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
December 2, 2015    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Quarantine alert: Xylella fastidiosa detected in Oregon

For the first time, Xylella fastidiosa, a serious plant pathogen, has been detected in Oregon, according to an alert sent by the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA). The bacterium infects xylem vessels in a number of woods, broadleaf and annual grass plants. It can cause leaf scorch, dieback and death; however, some plants host the bacterium without showing symptoms.

The disease was found on pear trees in the Corvallis area. The detection resulted in Oregon losing its designation as a X. fastidiosa Pest Free Area (PFA) by the European Union (EU). This means X. fastidiosa host plants from Oregon are prohibited into EU countries until it is determined which counties in Oregon do not have the disease and the EU officially recognizes these counties as PFAs.

One of the conditions for establishing counties as PFAs is the adoption of a quarantine for the disease. ODA Director Katy Coba has signed a 180-day emergency quarantine. The quarantine prohibits the movement of pear trees out of nine counties including Benton, Hood River, Jackson, Lane, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Washington and Yamhill. Movement of pear trees out of these counties to other areas in Oregon is prohibited until the counties can be designated as PFAs.

A second condition for establishing a PFA is a survey of the affected counties to determine if the disease is present or absent. ODA hopes to complete the surveys by mid-December. After surveys are done, ODA will petition the USDA and EU to accept counties where the disease is not found as PFAs.

For more information about X. fastidiosa, download the plant disease alert brochure.

Thanks to beekeepers, U.S. honeybee colonies hit 20-year high

According to a story by the Washington Post, the diligence and hard work of beekeepers to keep hives alive and healthy is outpacing bee die-offs. In fact, data tracked by the USDA has shown that the number of managed honeybee colonies is the highest it's been in 20 years.

Seasonal die-offs have always been a part of beekeeping, but when those numbers rose alarmingly around 2006, the phenomenon became known as "Colony Collapse Disorder." To counteract the trend, beekeepers began splitting healthy hives into separate colonies and replenishing colonies that had died off.

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Supreme Court rejects request to delay immigration case

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a request by the state of Texas for more time to answer the Obama administration's immigration appeal, Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday.

The court gave Texas eight more days but not the 30 that had been requested. If the full delay had been granted, it would likely have prevented the court from hearing the case in its 2016 session. That in turn would have prevented President Obama's plan to shield millions of immigrants from deportation from taking effect during his presidency. Instead, it's now very possible the high court will hear and decide the case in 2016.

The case, State of Texas et al. v. United States, concerns a November 2014 executive action by President Obama that allowed parents of citizens or lawful permanent residents to apply for a program sparing them from deportation and allowing them to work. Texas and 25 other states, almost all led by Republicans, sued in federal court to challenge the immigration plan roughly two weeks after it was unveiled. The states have won every round in court so far, including a Nov. 5 ruling from the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Best Practices for Christmas Tree Export available online

A timely reminder that OSU's Extension Service has published online the English and Spanish versions of Best Management Practices for Christmas Tree Export/Buenas Prácticas de Manejo para la Exportación de Árboles de Navidad.

The guide features best management practices to reduce the presence of pests at harvest and describes how to identify these problems. It includes management calendars, pest quarantine information, legal considerations for exporting, and options for monitoring and trapping.

Get the Guide: English | Spanish

Oregon's water demand projected to grow 15 percent by 2050

Earlier this year, the Oregon legislature authorized roughly $55 million in water supply development loans and grants — and none too soon! Water regulators say by 2050, Oregon's annual demand for water will increase by about 15 percent.

Oregon's agricultural industry uses about 85 percent of the state's water, and is expected to need 6–9 percent more water over the next 35 years because growing seasons are expected to become longer and warmer, according to the Oregon Water Resources Department. A full report on Oregon's anticipated water needs in 2050 is undergoing final editing and will soon be made public.

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December Digger arrives in mailboxes

Digger's final issue for 2015 takes a look ahead at the future of hydrangeas. The next wave of these traditional favorites promises an ever-expanding field of consistent rebloomers in exciting new colors and petal shapes.

You can also read this month's flipbook edition of Digger (Flash required; fast connection recommended). Please send your comments on the issue to editor Curt Kipp at

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Welcome to OAN's new members

Six new companies joined the Oregon Association of Nurseries in November. To these new members, welcome!

Compost Concepts Inc.
Del McGill
Redmond, OR
Central Oregon Chapter

Intrinsic Resources
Gary Whiteaker
Redmond, OR
Central Oregon Chapter

Michiel van der Waal
Kennesaw, GA
Chapter: At Large

Marine Lumber Company
Gene Cloud
Tualatin, OR
Sunset Chapter

Reimer's Nurseries Ltd.
Paul Reimer
Chilliwack, BC Canada
Chapter: At Large

Wallowa County Nursery
Irene Bates
Enterprise, OR
Central Oregon Chapter

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Limited space available for Winter Trucks to Trade Shows program

Many OAN members have already made preparations to 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 with the OAN's Winter Trucks to Trade Shows program. The registration deadline has ended and trucks have been confirmed, however there are still limited spaces available on the trucks headed to most shows.

Trucks to Trade Shows

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. Questions? Contact Mellissa Sumner or Crystal Cady at 503-682-5089.

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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)

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 or contact Rhonda Boni-Burden at 360-693-5131 or

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

Registration Deadline Extended: Register online by December 7

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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Officials propose spraying for Asian gypsy moth

Petitioners collecting signatures to put minimum wage increase on next ballot

Ballot measures may include gross receipts tax on business

Legislative Alert: Ask legislators to support changes to H-2B program

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

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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 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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