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Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
March 2, 2016    |     IMPORTANT DATES     |     ADVERTISE

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Legislature punts minimum wage supports to 2017

With a three-tiered increase in Oregon's minimum wage already a done deal, a bipartisan group of legislators turned their attention to crafting a bill that would provide relief, in the form of credits or subsidies, for certain businesses least able to afford the hike — including farms and nurseries.

But that effort appears to be on hold for now. Among the objections? That the most recent version of the ever-evolving effort would fall far short of providing relief for all who would need it.

The proposal would have provided a maximum of $15 million in tax credits for employers engaged in animal production, aquaculture, crop production, fishing, hunting, trapping and food manufacturing.

"The amount they were talking about would barely make a dent in the new wage burdens being imposed on agriculture, resource industries and small business," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "We would have all been left fighting each other for scraps. That's not the foundation upon which different industries can come together and support something that is good for the whole."

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Portland considers changes to approved plant list

The city of Portland is considering administrative action to remove 16 plant species from its Native Plants List. Many people use the lists when determining what plants to use in projects, including city staff, developers, local natural resource and watershed agencies and organizations, and residents throughout the metropolitan region.

The plants to be delisted as natives include Boykinia major and Juncus bolanderi, both because they are believed not to be native to the Portland area.

"If we have members that would be adversely affected, the association would like to know," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said.

Additionally, the bureau is considering adding several plants to their Nuisance Plants List or updating their rank. The information is contained in the city's staff report, which can be viewed here.

Comments on the additions and deletions are due no later than March 17. They can be directed to Jeff Caudill at the Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability,

2016 Farwest Show announces keynote speaker

Dr. Charlie Hall will deliver the keynote address at this year's Farwest Show. His speech, "Factors Affecting Short and Long-Term Demand in the Future," will share vital information that will guide the green industry as it formulates strategic marketing plans for the post-Great Recession economy. Hall is a professor at Texas A&M and holds the Ellison Chair in international floriculture.

"We're thrilled to have Dr. Hall speak to us this year," said Allan Niemi, director of events with the Oregon Association of Nurseries, producers of the Farwest Show. "His insight and expertise are renowned in every circle of our industry. Attendees will take away knowledge that will help them better understand the drivers of demand and the implications."

The 2016 Farwest Show will take place August 25–27 in Portland, Oregon. For more information, visit or call 503-682-5089.

Rep. Kurt Schrader to meet with OAN Government Relations Committee

U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Oregon District 5) will be a guest when the OAN Government Relations Committee meets next Tuesday, March 8. The meeting will start at 1 p.m. and take place at the Dick Joyce Conference Room, OAN office, 29751 S.W. Town Center Loop West, Wilsonville.

All members are encouraged to attend this meeting and participate in discussion of the issues affecting the nursery industry. They'll hear updates on the minimum wage, a proposed new gross receipts tax, other issues addressed by the Oregon legislature, and potential ballot measures on the 2017 ballot. Schrader will provide an update on federal matters.

Those attending are encouraged to RSVP to Jeff Stone at

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March Digger arrives in mailboxes

Market-tested plants — such as the Knock Out® Roses featured on the March cover of Digger magazine — are finding renewed life through varietal improvement. From repeat-blooming hydrangeas to hardier, more colorful echinaceas, improved versions of tried-and-true garden classics are re-exciting interest — and sales — among retailers, landscapers and home gardeners. Download a PDF of this article.

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

Growers: Take this survey to help migrant and seasonal Head Start planning

The Oregon Child Development Coalition (OCDC), which provides the Head Start programs for the State of Oregon, is currently asking growers to take a short, 10-question survey to make sure it is serving the children and families of migrant and seasonal agricultural workers. All information will be kept confidential; it will only be used as aggregate data to support program planning to see if there's a need to expand services, move a center or adjust program schedules in any particular communities.

Click here to take the survey. For more information, contact Brian Schmedinghoff, director of resource development, Oregon Child Development Coalition, at 971-224-1017 or

PEST ALERT: Pear blight beetle

Pear blight beetle, also known as European shot hole borer, has been spotted recently tunneling into one of its favored hosts, Styrax, according to an alert sent by OSU Extension's Robin Rosetta. This beetle overwinters as an adult in trees, and it is not uncommon to see its tail end protruding from entrance holes in trees it is attacking.

Now is the time of the year to monitor for this pest, one of the most common borers in nursery stock. This beetle becomes active on bright, sunny days over 50 F. Many growers find the use of funnel traps baited with ethanol to be helpful for monitoring local activity.

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Speed limits going up on some Oregon highways this week

Starting Tuesday, March 1, the speed limit increased to 65 mph in some areas of Oregon and to 70 mph on some major highways in Eastern Oregon.

The speed limit on I-84 from the Idaho border to The Dalles — and Interstate 82, connecting I-84 to Washington state — will rise from 65 to 70 mph, and from 60 to 65 mph for trucks. A stretch of the two-lane U.S. 95 connecting Nevada and Idaho will get the same treatment to match speeds in those states.

Eight other highways will see speeds rise from 55 to 65 mph, and to 60 mph for trucks. They include U.S. 20, U.S. 26, U.S. 97, U.S. 197, U.S. 395, Oregon 31, Oregon 78 and Oregon 205. None of the changes affect the Portland metro area or the Interstate 5 corridor.

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Now on the OAN / Digger jobs board: horticulture faculty position

If you're looking for work in the green industry, the Digger employment classifieds and the online OAN Jobs Board are great places to find out who is hiring. Both carry the same announcements; the jobs board is updated daily and Digger is published monthly.

Among the jobs currently listed is an opening for a horticulture instructor at Clackamas Community College.

For employers listing positions, you get an ad in Digger and on the jobs board for one price. To place an ad, contact Blair Thompson, OAN advertising and sponsorship account manager, at 503-582-2012 or

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Welcome to OAN's new members

Three new companies and individuals joined the Oregon Association of Nurseries in February. To these new members, welcome!

Association of NW Landscape Designers
Helena Wagner
Clackamas, OR
Chapter: At Large

Garden Right
Dan Neville
North Salt Lake, UT
Chapter: At Large

The Peters Company
Elizabeth Peters
Wilsonville, OR
Willamette Chapter

Membership includes opportunities to market your business and save money. Our member savings calculator helps you quantify your membership return on investment. If you're an existing member and haven't renewed your membership for 2016, renew today and stay part of the action!

Renew today »

Energy Trust offers cash incentives for greenhouse controllers

The Energy Trust of Oregon is currently offering rebates and cash incentives to nursery operations that install greenhouse controllers.

Greenhouse controllers can save money on fuel costs, improve crop production and provide a healthier, more comfortable environment. By maintaining consistent conditions within set parameters, greenhouse staff is freed up to do more than adjust temperatures and ventilation. Many controllers now offer Internet connectivity, too.

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Important Dates

Free pesticide collection coming to Southwest Oregon
MARCH 4-5 - The Medford Water Commission and the Pesticide Stewardship Partnership are sponsoring a FREE Pesticide Collection Event for agricultural, commercial and industrial users. Events will take place in Grants Pass March 4 and in Medford March 5. More Info »

Deadline to apply for USDA crop insurance
MARCH 15 - Last day to apply for Whole-Farm Revenue Protection and insurance coverage on spring crops. Crop insurance provides protection against a loss in production due to natural perils, such as drought or excessive moisture. More Info »

Farwest New Varieties Showcase submission deadline
MARCH 31 - Do you have one or more exciting new plant introductions? The New Varieties Showcase is the place to show them off to garden centers, growers, landscape designers and architects, trade publications and garden writers. More Info »

OAN membership renewal deadline
APRIL 1 - Membership includes opportunities to market your business, provide the industry with a strong voice, keep your industry knowledge current, and save money. Our member savings calculator helps you quantify your membership return on investment. If you're an existing member and haven't paid your 2016 dues, renew today and stay part of the action!

ONF scholarship applications due
APRIL 15 - Applications must be postmarked for the Oregon Nurseries Foundation (ONF) scholarships. Ranging from $500 to $1,500, the awards are sponsored by individuals and OAN chapters as a way to support the next generation of green industry professionals. More Info »

Clackamas County student scholarships due
APRIL 29 - Applications are due for the two $2,000 scholarships being offered by the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District for the 2016–17 school year. For questions, contact Lisa Kilders at 503-210-6002. More Info »

Nursery Guide listings due
MAY 2 - It's now time to renew your Nursery Guide listings! Each OAN member gets a free profile and one free listing. Listings that are renewed by May 1 will appear in the printed book and remain on the website through April 30 of the following year. Renew your listings today.

Nursery Guide display advertising due
MAY 2 - Reserve your ad space in the OAN Nursery Guide book by May 2, or get a banner ad on (call anytime for availability; space is limited). Contact Blair Thompson ( or 503-582-2012) or download our ad kit for details.

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ODA orders stoppage of use and sale of Guardian pesticide

Oregon horticultural sales hit $932 million for 2014

Spraying for Asian gypsy moth to begin this spring in Portland

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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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