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OAN Member Update: January 30, 2014
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
January 30, 2014     |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE


U.S. House approves Farm Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a new five-year Farm Bill on a 251-166 vote. Leaders of the House and Senate agriculture committees announced Monday that they had agreed on a bipartisan bill and would move it forward this week. The compromise bill includes $800 million in cuts from the Supplemental Nutritition Assistance Program (SNAP), representing about 1 percent of the program budget. Last year the Senate voted to cut $400 million, but the House wanted far steeper cuts representing about 5 percent of the SNAP budget.

The OAN thanks the Oregon delegation for their support of the farm bill, as well as their consistent support of nursery issues. Reps. Greg Walden, Kurt Schrader and Suzanne Bonamici voted yes on the final bill.

The Senate is also expected to approve the bill. The OAN will monitor the bill to make sure it still includes specialty crop funding for pest and disease prevention, and other programs benefiting the nursery and greenhouse trade.

GOP may back legal status for immigrants

According to a story published Tuesday by the New York Times, the House Republican leadership's broad framework for overhauling the nation's immigration laws will call this week for a path to legal status — but not citizenship — for many of the 11 million adult immigrants who are in the country illegally. For immigrants brought to the United States illegally as young children, the Republicans would offer a path to citizenship.

Immigration reform is still largely uncertain, however, since some of the GOP's leading strategists and conservative voices are urging that the immigration push be abandoned, or delayed until next year, to avoid an internal party rupture before the midterm elections.

» Read the full story

Farwest Trade Show

Insect genetics the target of new, pest management research

Scientists and biotechnology companies led by Monsanto are developing what could become a powerful weapon in the war on pests — one that kills insects and pathogens by disabling their genes. According to a report published Tuesday by the New York Times, entomologists at the University of Kentucky are zeroing in on a genetic sequence unique to one species. The technique, called "RNA interference," has the potential to kill a pest without harming beneficial insects. That would be a big advance over chemical pesticides. Bee advocates and other specialists are raising cautionary flags, however; they fear that releasing gene-silencing agents into fields could harm beneficial insects — and possibly even human health.

» Read the full story

12 consumer garden trends for 2014

Following up on its "2014 Garden Trends Report," Garden Media Group has released the sequel, entitled "2014 Garden Trends Whitepaper." The publication details the 12 consumer garden trends that are motivating customers, according to Garden Media Group, a marketing agency that creates public relations campaigns specializing in home, garden, horticulture, outdoor living, lawn and landscape industries. Free to download, the document is meant to help retailers plan for the upcoming gardening season.

» Download the "2014 Garden Trends Whitepaper"

February Digger busts myths about crape myrtles

Crape myrtles have been slow to catch on in the Pacific Northwest for a variety of reasons. They're thought to be unsuitable for our wet climate, and not cold hardy enough to survive here. But that's not true, according to garden writer Kim Pokorny. Her cover story in the fresh-off-the-press February issue of Digger gives a myriad of reasons to love crape myrtles(PDF).

Other articles in the new issue include:

Digger Magazine February 2014 Issue

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

Grocery stores raising the stakes with rooftop greenhouses

Will supermarkets soon be growing produce on their very roofs? It could be the future of the food commerce industry, according to a story published by The Star Online. Whole Foods, for instance, is testing out the concept at its first Brooklyn, N.Y., location, which features a 20,000-square-foot greenhouse on the roof. The greenhouse is projected to produce more than 200 tons of fresh produce, including leafy greens and tomatoes, per year, and recirculating irrigation systems will capture water for re-use.

» Read the full story

Reserve your Booth at the Yard, Garden & Patio Show

Manage your Nursery Guide listings online

It's easier than ever to make changes to your Nursery Guide listings, including changing, deleting and adding listings. Log on to and click on "My Listings" at the top of the page. All your listings are on one page in an easy-to-read format and ready for you to review and edit. Purchase additional listings online and add new plants or service and supply categories; just follow the prompts on your "My Listings" page.

Remember, you can change or update your listings at any time during the year; however, to take advantage of the free listing promotion, listing renewals and payments must occur by March 31, 2014. If you have questions, please contact the OAN office at 503-682-5089 or 800-342-6401.

» User Guide and Video Tutorials

Plan to attend these two upcoming pesticide meetings

Do you use pesticides in your nursery operation? If so, mark your calendar for these two informational events.

Willamette Chapter pesticide meeting — Feb. 18
Presented by OAN's Willamette Chapter, the evening will feature a trio of presenters. Janet Poncelet of Simplot Partners will address the Japanese beetle; Tim Lichatowich of Natural Industries will discuss the difference between biofungicide and biofertility; and Robin Rosetta of OSU's Department of Horticulture will focus on the azalea lace bug. The meeting will take place at the Woodburn Health Center's Wellspring Conference Center in Woodburn, Ore. Cost is $25 and includes a catered dinner.

» Register online

Pesticide efficiency workshop — Feb. 20
This all-new workshop on better pesticide use will help you reduce waste, save money, and protect the environment. The workshop, "Maximizing Pesticide Use Efficiency in Nurseries," will take place from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. at J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. in Boring, Ore. Three ODA recertification credits have been requested. There is no cost to attend, and lunch will be provided if you register by Monday, Feb. 10.

» Register today

New fact sheet on azalea lace bug in Spanish

A new pest management resource for Spanish speakers — "Chinche de encaje de la azalea: Una nueva plaga de las azaleas y los rhododendros" — has just been published. Prepared by Robin Rosetta and Luisa Santamaria of OSU's Department of Horticulture, the fact sheet includes color images to help readers identify various stages of the azalea lace bug and its damage.

» Download the PDF

OAN Media Kit

Crop insurance closing dates fast-approaching

January 31 is the last day to buy or change adjusted gross revenue (AGR) crop insurance in select counties in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. It's also the last day to submit required documents to continue or change 2014 AGR-Lite insurance for existing policyholders.

February 3 is the last day to buy or change crop insurance coverage for 2014 spring planted onions in Idaho, Oregon and Washington and cabbage in Oregon and Washington.

March 17 is the last day to buy or change all other spring seeded multiple peril crop insurance (excluding wheat in counties with fall and spring planted types). It's also the last day to buy 2014 AGR-Lite insurance for new application/enrollment policies.

» Contact your local multi-peril crop insurance agent for more information.

Apply by April 4 for two Clackamas County scholarships

The Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District is offering two $2,000 scholarships to students studying agriculture or a natural resources or a related field. Students must have graduated from a Clackamas County high school or be a current resident of Clackamas County. Only sophomore and higher division level (including graduate) students are eligible. Applications must be received by April 4.

»  Information Sheet
»  Checklist
»  Application

Reserve your booth at the 2014 Yard, Garden & Patio Show

Have you reserved your booth for the 2014 Yard, Garden & Patio Show, Presented by Dennis' 7 Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers? This three-day consumer extravaganza — co-sponsored by Lithia Subaru of Oregon City, Meta, Mutual Materials and The Oregonian — will happen Feb. 28–March 2, 2014 at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland.

Yard, Garden and Patio Show

The YGP Show is a great way to build new relationships with passionate gardening enthusiasts, and help them get to know your business. There are booth spaces available from 10 by 10 up to islands. The Remarkable Green Market is another opportunity to sell your goods and plant material on the show floor.

» Download the brochure and exhibitor application(PDF)
» Reserve your booth today!

Ship and save with OAN Trucks to Trade Shows

The OAN Trucks to Trade Shows program has space remaining on its trucks to the NorCal (San Mateo, Calif.) and ProGreen (Denver) shows. Both shows are taking place in Febraury.

Trucks to Trade Shows

If you are an OAN member exhibiting at either of these shows and would like to send plant material, please complete this reservation form (including booth number and number of pallets) and fax/ or 503-682-5089 (800-342-6401 toll-free).

» Reservation Form

OAN Events

Emerald Empire Chapter Meeting
 ♦ February 5 - Compost Happens...Everything you wanted to know about compost and more

High Desert Green Industry Conference
 ♦ February 12 - 13 - High Desert Green Industry Conference Feb. 12–13 in Redmond, Ore.

Willamette Chapter Meeting
 ♦ February 18 - Willamette Chapter Pesticide Meeting

Pesticide efficiency workshop
 ♦ February 20 - Maximizing Pesticide Use Efficiency in Nurseries

Yard, Garden & Patio Show
 ♦ February 28 - March 2 - 2014 Yard, Garden & Patio Show

Willamette Chapter Meeting
 ♦ March 19 - Save the date for the Willamette Chapter Social Event.

Willamette Chapter Meeting
 ♦ April 15 - Save the date for Arbor Day Celebration and Ag Fest Planning Meeting.

Willamette Chapter Meeting
 ♦ April 26 - 27 - Willamette Chapter Plant Sale at Oregon AgFest.

In case you missed it...

Record-low precipitation levels reported across Oregon

Oregon gets a B- in invasive species management

Save the date: Free disposal of old pesticides — Feb. 8

USDA revises P. ramorum regulations

OLCA call for presentations due by Feb. 11

USDA extends deadline for conservation stewardship applications

CCC offers conifer grafting course

OAN member briefing on ACA now available online

Farm energy audits can help save energy costs

SNA's updated 'Best Management Practices Guide' is now online

Register for agricultural safety seminars in English and Spanish

Dirr, Armitage and Stanley to speak at 2014 Farwest Trade Show

Xiaoshan Plant Show offers exhibitor travel and booth packages

Advertise in the OAN Member Update

OAN Exposure Channels: A great place to grow

Are you looking to stay visible and gain new customers? OAN events, publications and websites offer fantastic exposure at an excellent price. OAN members save the most, with discounted ad and sponsorship rates. Buy into multiple publications, or multiple issues of Digger, and save even more. To lock in your ads for 2014, contact advertising and sponsorship account manager Chris Sweet at 503-582-2012 or

» Download the OAN Media Kit

The 2014 OAN Media Kit is now available



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