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Christmas trees in short supply, Oregon ag poised for growth, Energy Trust of Oregon rebate applications due, more
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
December 9, 2015    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Weather brings hazards to Oregon growers

The rain and wind are not done with Western Oregon and Washington — not according to forecasters. On Monday, the Portland area recorded a near-record 2.67 inches of rain, just short of the all-time one-day record of 2.69 inches. More fell Tuesday, and yet more was expected Wednesday into Thursday.

All the precipitation resulted in localized flooding, landslides and numerous road closures in both rural and urban areas. Forecasters said that systems due to arrive Wednesday and Thursday were expected to add high winds, and possible downed trees and limbs and power outages, to the equation. The Thursday system was expected to provide welcome cooling for mountainous areas, putting an end to snowmelt that can boost stream volumes — and adding to snowpack that will be much needed come spring.

Current warnings and advisories from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Portland are posted here.

The OAN is in contact with state officials and the governor's office regarding conditions. If your business or nursery operation is suffering adverse effects, please contact Jeff Stone at 503-682-5089 or

Live Christmas trees in short supply this year

In previous years, there were too many Christmas trees on the market. But those days of oversupply are over. According to a CNBC report, due to fewer tree farms growing for the market, Christmas trees this holiday season are in shorter supply than in recent years. Across the U.S., tree retailers have been on alert and securing inventory as soon as possible this season.

"Most people [tree growers] that I know are sold out, or close to sold out. Phones are really ringing as people are looking to get Christmas trees," Mark Arkills, production manager at Holiday Tree Farms in Corvallis, said. Holiday Tree Farms is an OAN member and one of the largest tree farms in the country, with roughly 6,500 acres.

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Oregon agriculture poised for growth, according to new OSU report

A new report from Oregon State University and the Oregon Department of Agriculture calculated that food, fiber and other aspects of state agriculture are linked to $50 billion in Oregon sales and account for 326,617 jobs. These figures take into account the agriculture industry's total economic reach, which extends from the farm or ranch into warehousing, transportation, wholesale and retail sales, and processing operations.

The report also noted opportunities for continued industry growth. For example, Oregon grows and processes the ingredients for 31 percent of the food and beverages created and served in the state. Increasing that to 50 percent would contribute an additional $350 million to annual ag sales, according to the report.

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Energy Trust of Oregon rebate applications due Dec. 31

The Energy Trust of Oregon reminds growers that rebate applications for qualifying energy efficiency improvements purchased in the last six months of 2015 are due Dec. 31, 2015. Rebates are available for irrigation, greenhouses, insulation, natural gas and compressed air. Complete a rebate application and submit it into Energy Trust to receive cash incentives.

Download the rebate application

Seasonal plant disease watch: Holly-Phytophthora leaf and twig blight

Phytophthora ilicis is a fungus-like microorganism that develops during the cool, rainy weather of fall and winter and subsides in warm, dry summer months. It may be very severe in dense orchards where air circulation is poor. In some orchards on the Oregon coast, the disease has caused almost complete defoliation and severe twig blighting, particularly on lower limbs.

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Register today for OAN Seminar Series at the Northwest Ag Show

Sign up for the OAN Seminar Series at the Northwest Ag Show and prepare to learn all about herbicide resistance, combination fungicides, bee-friendly noxious weed control, and what kind of weather to expect during this El Niño season. These topics will be discussed from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26 at the Portland Expo Center (2060 N. Marine Drive, Portland). Recertification credits will be available.

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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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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:

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Friday deadline to confirm info for 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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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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