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December 27, 2011:
PDF OAN letter to Prakash Hebbar, USDA APHIS PPQ
We are taking this opportunity to write to you and express our strong support of PPQ's proposed changes in the Phytophthora ramorum regulatory framework presented at this year's National Plant Board meeting.  [Read more]

December 27, 2011:
PDF OAN letter to Mr. William Aley, FOIA
Thank you for this opportunity to comment on the proposed rule to implement a new permitting process for prohibited and restricted plant material termed the Controlled Import Permit (CIP) Docket No. APHIS–2008–0055. In reading the Federal Register Vol. 76, No. 206 we understand that both Departmental permits and Postentry quarantine permits are proposed to be rolled into this new CIP process.  [Read more]

November 21, 2011:
PDF OAN letter to Dr. Arnold Tschanz, RPM, PPQ, APHIS
Thank you for this opportunity to comment on the recently published list of taxa that are proposed to be regulated under the new NAPPRA rule (not authorized pending a pest risk analysis) Docket No. APHIS–2011–0072.  [Read more]

October 17, 2011:
PDF OAN letter to Tonya Woods, FOIA
We are making an official request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, from USDA APHIS. We understand that a fee may be issued and the Oregon Association of Nurseries authorizes charges up to $250 to fulfill this request.  [Read more]

June 17, 2011:
PDF Protecting American Workers Through a Stable and Reliable Seasonal Workforce As representatives of tens of thousands of seasonal employers throughout the country, the H-2B Workforce Coalition urges you to protect and support the H-2B temporary worker program.

The H-2B program is essential to employers who cannot find local temporary workers to fill jobs during their peak seasons. It should also be emphasized that the program is critical in providing the opportunity for those employers to operate at a greater capacity and retain their full-time workers.   [Read more]

June 3, 2011:
PDF HR 872 Senate Support Letter We are writing this letter as a follow-up to conversations with you or your staff over the past several weeks to ask for your leadership and support of H.R. 872. While Agriculture has many needs, we are asking our U.S. Senators in all fifty states to take special interest in this issue and step forward to support us in bringing clarity to the National Cotton Council vs. EPA (6th Cir. 2009) case.   [Read more]

May 17, 2011:
PDF RIN 1205-AB58 – Temporary Non-Agricultural Employment of H-2B Aliens in the United States On behalf of the H-2B Workforce Coalition (“the coalition”) we submit the following comments on the Proposed Rule (“rule”) cited above. The coalition is a consortium of various industry associations throughout the United States that have joined together to ensure American small and seasonal employers have access to legal short-term temporary workers during peak business periods.   [Read more]

March 13, 2011:
PDF Comments regarding the Mexican trucking situation and its tariff impact on Oregon’s Christmas Tree industryThe following comments are in response to the US Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) notice and invitation for public comment regarding the Pilot Program on NAFTA Long-Haul Trucking Provisions. On behalf of the undersigned associations, thank you for your consideration.   [Read more]

March 2, 2011:
PDF 1099 Repeal Coalition Support On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we are writing in support of H.R. 4, the "Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act of 2011," a bill that would repeal the expensive and burdensome new tax paperwork requirement included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).    [Read more]

February 16, 2011:
PDF H2B Workforce Coalition letter to the President
The H-2B Workforce Coalition is comprised of seasonal employers and their representatives from the lodging, landscaping, seafood, restaurant, tourism, and other industries. Our members are predominately comprised of small seasonal businesses that have been struggling during the recession. For this reason, we appreciate your January 18, 2011 presidential memorandum which expressed the administration’s commitment to eliminating excessive and unjustified regulatory burdens on small businesses.    [Read more]

February 16, 2011:
PDF 1099 Repeal Coalition Support Letter
On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we urge you to take immediate action to repeal the expensive and burdensome new tax paperwork requirement included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).   [Read more]

February 10, 2011:
PDF ACIR Statement to House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement regarding E-Verify program
As the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration considers worksite immigration enforcement including mandatory use of the E-Verify program, the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform (ACIR) respectfully urges members of the Subcommittee to carefully consider the unique challenges confronting the agricultural sector. If done piecemeal, stepped-up worksite enforcement, including mandatory E-Verify, will bring about unintended and likely irreversible structural changes to American agricultural sectors that require significant labor.    [Read more]

January 25, 2011:
Thank you for meeting with us during our recent visit to Washington and for the openness and hospitality you have continued to provide to leaders and staff of the Oregon nursery industry. Of course, we were disappointed to learn that APHIS still plans to proceed with a prenotification rule that will require Oregon shippers and shippers in regulated states to notify state departments of agriculture before they ship plant materials across state lines. We strongly believe that you are acting with the best and purest of intentions, but we remain hopeful that APHIS can devise a less burdensome, science-based solution to the trace-forward protocol for positive P. ramorum nurseries.  [Read more]

January 2011:
PDF Alliance to Keep U.S. Jobs letter to the President
The undersigned organizations, members of the Alliance to Keep U.S. Jobs (, applaud your recent proposal to bring the trucking dispute with Mexico to a mutually acceptable conclusion. The Alliance is a coalition of U.S. agriculture and industry interests for whom sales to Mexico contribute substantially to employment and the bottom line. Many of us are producers of goods that have been hit by Mexico’s retaliatory tariffs. We have been waiting and hoping for this step for over 18 months, while seeing our sales to Mexico replaced by products from competitor countries. It is hard to calculate how many U.S. jobs have been lost during this time.   [Read more]


March 2010:
PDFH.R. 4509, the Small Business Environmental Stewardship Assistance Act endorsement letter.


December 2009:
PDFSection-by-Section Summary of CIR ASAP

October 2009:
PDFANLA comments on the H2A proposed rule

September 28, 2009:
PDFLetter to Senator Ron Wyden
Regarding comprehensive immigration reform on the federal level

May 18, 2009:
PDFEndorsement of H.R. 2222 Green Communities Act

March 12, 2009:
PDFLetter from Congressman Wu to President Obama
asking for resolution on the Mexico agriculture tariffs

ImmigrationWorks Talking Points
PDFEconomic Arguments For Immigration

ImmigrationWorks Talking Points
PDFWhy We need immigrants even in a recession

March 26, 2009:
PDFOAN letter to OR Congressional Delegation regarding Christmas Tree industry trade issue with Mexico
(Individual letter went to each member of the Oregon congressional delegation)
by Jeff Stone, Director of Government Relations

March 26, 2009:
PDFOAN comments on proposed rule on H2A
by Jeff Stone, Director of Government Relations

March 25, 2009:
PDFOAN comments to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on Confirmed Nursery Protocol
by John A. Griesbach, Ph.D.

March 23, 2009:
PDFLetter to US Dept of Agriculture
REAP program coalition letter

February 27, 2009:
PDFOAN letter to Deputy Administrator Rebecca Bech, Plant Protection Quarantine
USDA Plant Protection Quarantine
by John Aguirre

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