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Plan to phase out neonics, Scholarship applications due Friday, Briefing on SCOTUS immigration case, more
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APRIL 13, 2016    |     IMPORTANT DATES     |     ADVERTISE

Farwest Show registration goes live

Early bird registration has gone live for the 2016 Farwest Show, taking place Thursday–Saturday, August 25–27, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

The show is growing; last year's attendees met over 400 exhibitors from across the globe and connected with over 6,000 industry professionals. This year is on track to be even better. All registrations include the opening keynote presentation by Dr. Charlie Hall. This year's show also offers:

  • Over 40 educational seminars featuring renowned speakers.
  • More than 45 free mini-seminars in addition to the regular seminars. These will take place right on the show floor, at the Idea Center for Retailers and the Solution Center for Growers.
  • Special displays including the New Varieties Showcase, the New Products Showcase and the Growers Showcase (featuring a 2016 theme of pollinators).
  • Nursery tours highlighting Oregon's top retail and wholesale operations.

Registration offers range from a $5 admission for OAN members on up to combination tickets that help you save big. All include an early bird discount if you register now.

Register Today!

Ortho announces plan to phase out neonics

Ortho will immediately begin phasing neonicotinoids out of its outdoor garden care products, the company announced on Tuesday.

"This decision comes after careful consideration regarding the range of possible threats to honey bees and other pollinators," said Tim Martin, general manager of the Ortho brand, which is owned by Scotts Miracle-Gro. "While agencies in the United States are still evaluating the overall impact of neonics on pollinator populations, it's time for Ortho to move on. As the category leader, it is our responsibility to provide consumers with effective solutions that they know are safe for their family and the environment when used as directed."

CBS News quoted Martin as saying that neonics will be removed from three Ortho products used on roses, flowers, trees and shrubs by 2017, and from other products later.

Ortho also announced a partnership with the Pollinator Stewardship Council to help educate homeowners on the safe and appropriate use of pesticides.

Friday deadline to submit ONF scholarship applications!

Do you know any high school, college or graduate students who are considering a career as a nursery or landscape professional? If so, tell them April 15 is the last day to apply for one of the 18 different Oregon Nurseries Foundation scholarships.

Awards range from $500 to $1,500, and are sponsored by individuals and OAN chapters. Each scholarship is designed to support the next generation of green industry professionals who are studying horticulture or a related field.

Questions? Contact Ali Pennell, OAN event and program coordinator, at 503-582-2010 or

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SAVE THE DATE: Telephone briefing on SCOTUS immigration case — April 20

A telephone briefing will take place at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, April 20. The topic will be the U.S. v. Texas case, which is scheduled for oral argument in the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on April 18.

At issue is the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans program announced by President Barack Obama in November 2014. If implemented, the program will grant legal status and work permits to millions of immigrants living in the country illegally.

The case has been working its way up through the courts since early 2015, when 26 states challenged the president's action. A U.S. district court judge and the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals have ruled against the administration.

To register for the briefing, email or call 202-506-4541. To call into in the briefing, dial 1-800-559-9370: the passcode is 6264247#.

Maryland passes bill banning the use of neonics, but only by consumers

Maryland will become the first U.S. state to ban consumers from using neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides advocates have blamed for the mass die-offs of honey bees.

Under the bill, consumers will not be allowed to buy pesticides containing neonicotinoids starting in 2018. Farmers, veterinarians and certified pesticide applicators will still be allowed to use neonicotinoids.

Last year, the Oregon Department of Agriculture made it illegal for anyone in the state to spray neonicotinoids on lindens, basswood trees and their relatives. In addition, the cities of Portland and Eugene have banned the use of neonicotinoids on all city property.

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Aerial pesticide spraying to target gypsy moths in greater Portland area

The Oregon Department of Agriculture announced plans to spray an organic insecticide across thousands of acres of North Portland and Vancouver, Washington, over the next month to eradicate invasive gypsy moths.

The state found three Asian gypsy moths and two European gypsy moths in traps last year in North Portland and across the Columbia River in Vancouver. According to ODA spokesman Bruce Pokarney, the moths pose serious risks to trees and forests, and so far the state has managed to prevent them from taking hold.

To kill the moths in their larval stage, the ODA will spray a bacteria-based pesticide called Btk (Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki) from helicopters over an area that covers part of Forest Park, the St. Johns neighborhood and West Hayden Island, as well as some land around the Port of Vancouver. The first of three applications is scheduled for early in the morning Saturday, April 16. The agency plans to complete the eradication effort by the end of May.

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PEST ALERT: Spittlebugs

It's time to monitor for spittlebugs, according to OSU entomologist Robin Rosetta. "We've been running just a little behind last year in heat unit accumulation," Rosetta noted, "but these last few days heated things up and might get these early pests out and feeding."

Spittlebugs can damage a variety of ornamental plants, particularly herbaceous perennials. Heavy feeding by spittlebugs can stunt plant growth and commonly causes distortion of the new growth on which they feed.

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Nine Oregon research projects awarded grants

The Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has awarded grants to nine Oregon research projects, including several that will take place at Oregon State University (OSU). Nearly $2.9 million in grants were awarded for projects in 11 western states and territories, with Oregon proposals awarded $754,721.

The Oregon projects include:

  • Extending the winter squash season: OSU, $49,958
  • Evaluating hazelnut orchard cover crops: OSU, $49,997
  • Restoring rangeland soil health: Crooked River Weed Management, $44,450
  • The impact of wheat chaff collection on weed control: OSU, $250,000
  • Soil solarization for weed control: OSU, $247,329
  • Building Integrated Pest Management networks: OSU, $67,802
  • Sustainable grazing in wetland pastures: Coos County Soil and Water Conservation District, $15,237
  • On-farm production costs: Farmer Sarah Brown, $9,400
  • Improving water-saving techniques in vineyards and orchards: A to Z Wine Works, $20,548

Western SARE is funded by USDA and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and is hosted by Utah State University.

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Terra Nova Nurseries to display new varieties at 2016 California Spring Trials

If you're attending the 2016 California Spring Trials this week, make plans to stop by Terra Nova Nurseries' new varieties display at the Windmill Nursery trials location.

Based in Canby, Oregon, Terra Nova will feature varieties included in its Pro Liner™ program, which helps customers reduce total shipping costs and increase inventories at a more rapid pace. In addition, Terra Nova will show off many of its new plant introductions, ranging a wide selection of genera, from Begonia to Coleus, Coreopsis, Echinacea, Heuchera and many more.

Time to renew your listings in OAN Nursery Guide

It's now time to renew your Nursery Guide listings! Each OAN member gets a free profile and one free listing.

On, you can add, drop and update listings at will throughout the year. All listings that are submitted and paid by May 1 will appear in the annual OAN Nursery Guide book that is mailed to members and subscribers and distributed at the Farwest Show and other industry events. Listings that are renewed by May 1 will remain on the website through April 30 of the following year.

To update your listings, go to and log in. Once logged in, click on the "My Listings" link at the top of the page. If you need help recovering your user name and password, or would like to pay for your listings over the phone, please call the OAN at 503-682-5089 or 1-888-283-7219.

Renew your listings today

REMINDER: Purchase crop insurance by May 1

May 1 is the deadline to purchase crop insurance coverage. Crop insurance provides protection against a loss in production due to natural perils such as wind, storms and freezes. Nursery growers who already have coverage under the federal crop insurance program can renew or modify their policies before the sales closing date has passed. Growers applying for coverage for the first time may purchase a crop insurance policy at any time.

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OSU offering free 'Introduction to Permaculture' online course this spring

Oregon State University is offering a free online course on sustainable landscape design. The four-week course, "Introduction to Permaculture," will run from May 2–27; registration is open now.

Teaching the course is Andrew Millison, an instructor in OSU's Horticulture Department and founder of Permaculture Design International (PDI). Millison has been involved in permaculture practice, design and education for 20 years.

"I've seen exponential growth in permaculture in recent years because it directly addresses many of the issues that are on people's minds, such as climate change, food security and the alleviation of poverty," Millison said. "Permaculture offers solutions to these issues, and this course gives people a way to make a positive impact."

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Donations and volunteers needed for Plant Sale

The OAN Willamette Chapter will hold its annual Plant Sale at the Oregon Ag Fest on Saturday and Sunday, April 23–24, at the Oregon State Fairgrounds (2330 17th St. NE, Salem, Oregon). Your generous donation of plant materials helps raise money for the chapter's educational fund. Blooming plants are the best, although all plants are needed and welcome. Please label all plants, and include an invoice with your donation.

To make a donation or volunteer, download this form and return it by April 14. For more information, contact Val Tancredi at

Important Dates

Willamette Chapter Plant Sale at Ag Fest
APRIL 23-24 - The Willamette Chapter will hold its annual Plant Sale at the Oregon Ag Fest on April 23-24. Your generous donation of plant materials helps raise money for the chapter's educational fund. 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 »

AFE scholarship applications due
MAY 1 - The American Floral Endowment (AFE) is offering more than 20 scholarships to floriculture and horticulture students. The deadline to submit applications is May 1. More Info »

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HRI now accepting scholarship applications

Oregon is the top grower of several deciduous shade trees

State revises proposal to increase nursery license fees

EPA approves new Syngenta insecticide

2016 Farwest Show announces keynote speaker

Oregon horticultural sales hit $932 million for 2014

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