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Advocacy: We Are Stronger Together
Nurseries and greenhouses are the number one segment in Oregon agriculture, producing an estimated $947 million worth of products annually (2017, Oregon Department of Agriculture). About 75 percent of those products are shipped out of state, bringing traded sector dollars back to Oregon. (Details here.) And as research demonstrates, those products have enormous personal and societal benefits. They improve the environment, provide ecosystem services, raise property values, reduce heating and cooling costs, improve people's health and well-being, and much more.
We are advocates for the nursery industry. To us, that means a number of things:
We need your support. Elected officials hear it best when they hear it from you, the nursery or greenhouse owner or manager, or industry supplier. We hope you will join the Oregon Association of Nurseries and get involved in our member-driven advocacy efforts.
A skilled workforce is the lifeblood of our businesses. OAN works at the state and federal levels to ensure an adequate legal and willing workforce for nurseries so they can produce sufficient product quantities and grow in accordance with what the market demands. We also support education efforts to provide the future skilled workers and leaders essential to the nursery industry and its growth.
Plants need water to grow. OAN supports sound state and federal water supply policy to allow for sensible protection, development and access, both now and long term.
Pests and Diseases
The health of our plants is the health of our businesses. OAN supports research to control pests and diseases. This means critical stage inspections to detect and destroy infested material, while protecting and ensuring continued market access for responsible growers.
We are business people. OAN engages state and federal decision makers on issues affecting employers and the business community, including proposed or needed legislation, to minimize regulatory expense and allow for profitability.
Transportation and Infrastructure
Selling plants means moving them. Plants move from propagator to grower, from grower to retailer, and from retailer to their forever homes. OAN encourages development of state and federal transportation systems by land, sea and rail to facilitate efficient product movement to local, national and global markets.