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Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
May 4, 2016    |     IMPORTANT DATES     |     ADVERTISE

Special Labor Issue arrives in mailboxes

In this special edition of Digger magazine, we look at the challenging set of factors growers face today for finding and retaining employees, managing costs, and organizing production for maximum effectiveness.

  • Battling a labor shortage: Oregon growers use various strategies to find and keep the workers that are essential to running a successful nursery.

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

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Stone elected as NLAE president

OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone was elected to serve a two-year term as president of the Nursery & Landscape Association of North America (NLAE). Stone follows Ohio Landscape Association exec Sandy Munley and becomes the third Oregonian (first since 1990) to be elected.

NLAE is a professional society dedicated to supporting the professional needs of the chief staff executives (and their staff) of North America's green industry organizations. Its members include the chief staff executive of regional, state, provincial, multi-state or national organizations that support the greater horticulture industry. The purpose of this organization is to foster the cooperative effort of its members in problem solving; the development and improvement of services to its members and their respective associations; the dissemination of information to its members; and educational enlightenment relative to association management.

NLAE was founded in 1947 as Nursery Association Secretaries. The first meeting was called by the American Association of Nurserymen (AAN) and was held at the AAN convention in Boston. John D. Siebenthaler, secretary for the Ohio Nurserymen's Association at the time, spearheaded the idea. The original purpose of the association was to discuss the mutual problems that confronted secretaries in the conduct of the affairs in their association and to improve, thereby, their services to their members.

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Keep tabs on these pests and diseases

Cottony camellia scale crawlers, powdery mildew on Cotinus, azalea leaf and flower gall, azalea sawfly, pale green weevil, red turpentine beetle, sequoia pitch moth and honeylocust plant bug are the latest pests and diseases to be on the lookout for right now, according to OSU Extension entomologist Robin Rosetta.

You can stay up to date on the pests and diseases that are rearing their ugly heads by checking in regularly at the "Looking for Trouble" section on the Pacific Northwest Nursery Integrated Pest Management homepage.

BOLI rolls out draft minimum wage rulemaking

The state Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) has released its draft rulemaking (PDF), spelling out implementation of the new, three-tiered minimum wage law that was approved by the Oregon Legislature. A public hearing on these draft rules was held on April 25 and written comments are due no later than 5 p.m. May 23.

New mandates specify different minimum wages depending on region of the state, with employers in the Portland area having to pay more than those in other regions. The new draft BOLI rules spell out wage and record-keeping requirements that kick in when an employee works in multiple wage regions for longer than an incidental period of time (4 hours per week). It also imposes new record-keeping requirements on all employers regardless of whether the workers cross regional boundaries.

Many Oregon nurseries are located near urban areas, and several have multiple farms — including possibly some inside the highest wage tier and others outside of it. The proposal has prompted concern that it will force agricultural employers with locations in multiple regions to either pay a higher wage and/or take on a far greater degree of recordkeeping.

"Rulemaking should not go beyond the legislative intent of the law that was passed," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "The Legislature said that employer location would be based on where the worker reports to work, period. The new wage law is going to make things difficult enough for farmers as it is, without these additional hoops to jump through." The OAN sent out an Action Alert to the membership on April 21 urging members to participate in the hearing and submit formal comments to BOLI.

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Energy Trust helps Peoria Gardens propagate greener greenhouses

A new case study (PDF) published by the Energy Trust of Oregon highlights the path to more energy-efficiency greenhouses taken by Peoria Gardens in Albany, Oregon.

The wholesale bedding plant nursery completed several energy-efficient greenhouse upgrades, including high-efficiency condensing unit heaters, thermal curtains, and triple-wall polycarbonate wall and roof coverings, all of which combined to improve growing conditions while controlling energy-related operating costs. The upgrades also qualified for cash incentives — totaling $219,100 thus far.

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Video outlines Oregon's mandatory sick leave law

A short, informational video produced by Jordan Ramis PC explains what businesses operating in Oregon need to know about the state's new mandatory sick leave law, which went into effect in January 2016.

The new law specifies that employees earn one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 40 hours per year. From that point on, however, implementation of the new law gets more complicated, depending on the total number of employees and other factors.

OAN regular and associate members who have questions about the new law can receive up to 30 minutes per month of free legal consultation through the Legal Access program, in partnership with Jordan Ramis PC. To use this member benefit, call Steve Shropshire at 503-598-5583 or toll free at 888-598-7070.

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Fall Creek names new international chief operations officer

Fall Creek Farm & Nursery Inc., a global blueberry breeding and nursery stock company with headquarters in Lowell, Oregon, has named Oscar Verges as international chief operations officer. Verges will be responsible for Fall Creek's international subsidiaries including Europe, Mexico and Peru and will oversee Fall Creek's licensee relationships in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and South Africa.

"With the blueberry industry's extraordinary growth globally and our company's commitment to serve the world's blueberry growers, Oscar's rich leadership and management experience in the produce industry throughout Latin America and Europe is perfectly suited to carry forward our mission and vision to bring optimal success to growers and to play a key role in helping to further build and support the blueberry industry in these developing geographies," said David Brazelton, president of Fall Creek.

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Seminar to address 'Staying Competitive in a Changing Economy'

The Oregon Employer Council-Clackamas County will present an informative seminar on May 12. "Staying Competitive in a Changing Economy" will help employers reassess their recruiting strategies and selection process in order to attract and retain top talent — and remain competitive. The seminar will take place at the Monarch Hotel (12566 SE 93rd Ave., Clackamas). Cost is $49.

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SAVE THE DATE: June 15 — Biological pest management workshop in English & Spanish

The Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides is hosting a workshop and educational tour/demonstration that will offer new approaches to manage common pests on nursery plants. "Jump on the Biocontrol Bus: Introductory Biological Pest Management for Nurseries & Greenhouses" will train field and greenhouse growers in beginning methods of biological control, and will be offered in English and Spanish.

The workshop will take place at the OSU North Willamette Research & Extension Center (NWREC), located at 15210 NE Miley Rd., Aurora, Oregon. Cost is $20 for morning workshop only, $35 for morning workshop plus educational tour and demonstration, and includes lunch. Pre-registration is required.

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Registration now open for Urban Watershed Mentors training

The West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District is presenting a series of in-depth training sessions for urban watershed mentors. Participants create a restoration plan and work with community leaders who will implement the plan. The plans address invasive plant control, native plant establishment and wildlife enhancements. The training sessions run from May 10–May 22. Cost is $40.

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Farwest Show registration goes live

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OAN Resource Guide

OAN Resource Guide

For our valued members, we have put together the 2016 OAN Resource Guide — a free download for members only.

This 20-page PDF will help you get more from your OAN membership investment. It includes the full list of current OAN board, staff, chapter and committee contacts for the 2016 membership year. In addition, it has information about the member benefits that are available to you.

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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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