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Farwest needs volunteers, Angi Bailey appointed to farm bureau post, Trump endorses plan to slash legal immigration, more
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
August 9, 2017    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Nursery industry tops list of Oregon's ag commodities

With an estimated $909 million in annual sales, Oregon's nursery industry reclaimed the top spot on the Oregon Department of Agriculture's list of the state's top agricultural commodities for 2016. That's an increase of 1.6 percent, up from $895 million last year.

"(The nursery industry) has always historically been number one, and the message is that it's slowly continued its growth," ODA spokesman Bruce Pokarney said.

The previous year, the cattle industry topped the list at $922 million, but it dropped to second place this year with a total sales of $701 million. The cattle industry "tends to be cyclical," according to the report. "The strong prices enjoyed in 2014 and 2015 weakened last year."

Here are the state's top 10 Oregon agricultural products in sales:

  1. Nursery — $909 million
  2. Cattle — $701 million
  3. Hay — $661 million
  4. Milk — $469 million
  5. Grass seed — $436 million
  6. Potatoes — $187 million
  7. Wheat — $185 million
  8. Pears — $181 million
  9. Wine grapes — $143 million
  10. Onions — $125 million

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Trump endorses plan to slash legal immigration

The president last week endorsed proposed legislation to slash legal immigration by 41 percent immediately and 50 percent after 10 years.

The Senate bill is cosponsored by Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and David Perdue (R-Georgia). It would change how applicants are prioritized, eliminating some aspects of preference for family members of current residents, and giving greater weight to the applicant's skills and whether they speak English. The AP report stated that the bill does not appear to be gaining traction in the Senate.

A series of fact checks by the Associated Press found that the president's comments were founded on faulty assumptions about who immigrants are, what work they are doing, and what impact they have on the larger economy. The New York Times also reported that a reduction in immigration will not necessarily mean more jobs for born-here Americans.

Even without a reduction in legal immigration thus far, Fortune reported on Tuesday that farmers in California are encountering greater labor shortages due to increased immigration enforcement, and that it is resulting in crop spoilage.

Farwest Show needs a few good volunteers

The Farwest Show is seeking volunteers to moderate seminars, build displays and staff various areas.

Volunteers receive an Education Pass as a thank you for your efforts to help OAN produce the biggest show in the West. Those who wish to lend a hand can call Ali Pennell at 503-582-2010 or email to find out about available shifts.

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Stone to speak at OSAM Summer Social and Legislative Update this Thursday

The Summer Social and Legislative Update, hosted by the Oregon Society of Association Management and Jordan Ramis PC, will take place from 4:30–6:30 p.m. this Thursday, August 10.

Jeff Stone, executive director of the Oregon Association of Nurseries, and Matthew Lowe, shareholder with Jordan Ramis PC, will provide an update on passed, amended and terminated bills and their impact on the cost of doing business.

Cost is $20. For more information, contact Amoreena Burke, OSAM administrative assistant, at 503-253-9026.

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Digger: Farwest Edition arrives in mailboxes

The triple-sized August issue of Digger contains the latest information you need to know about the 2017 Farwest Show, including the special Show Guide section (PDF), listings of Exhibitors by Product (PDF) and Exhibitors by Name (PDF), as well as a preview of the New Products Showcase (PDF).

You can also read this month's flipbook edition of Digger. Please send your comments on the issue to editor Curt Kipp at

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OAN Nursery Guide book arrives in mailboxes

The brand-new 2017–18 OAN Nursery Guide book is arriving in mailboxes all over the country. It's the industry's leading solution for finding what you need.

This year's volume includes 20,643 plant, service and supply listings, and includes information on 782 green industry companies that are OAN members, including 426 growers. Some 4,932 different plants can be found within the book's 348 pages.

Extra copies of the book can be picked up at the OAN office. All plants, products, services and companies are searchable online at

Did you miss the May 1 deadline to get your listings in? Or perhaps you'd like to update your free company profile or add photos? Simply log on to with your user name and password to get started.

If you need assistance with your user name, password, profile or listings, please call the OAN office at 503-682-5089 or 1-888-283-7219, or email us at We're here to assist you 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday.

Angi Bailey appointed to farm bureau post

OAN member Angi Bailey, co-owner of Verna Jean Nursery in Gresham, Oregon, recently joined an American Farm Bureau advocacy and communications training program — Partnership in Advocacy Leadership, or PAL. Over the next two years, she and nine other young farmers and ranchers chosen for the program will learn how to better tell agriculture's story to consumers, legislators, regulators and the media.

"It's an opportunity to grow and develop and become stronger in the way I communicate," she said.

The experience will build on Bailey's work as grassroots coordinator for Oregonians for Food and Shelter, an ag and natural resources lobbying group. She also served as the Oregon Farm Bureau's second vice president in 2015 and won the Outstanding Farm Bureau Woman Award during the state organization's 2014 annual meeting. She's a graduate of the American Farm Bureau's Women's Communications Boot Camp.

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More than 12,000 Japanese beetles detected by ODA, and counting

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has detected more than 12,000 adult Japanese beetles from detection grids placed in the Cedar Mill area, as part of an ongoing effort to eradicate the invasive pest. Last year, ODA placed 100 traps in the same area, netting 372 beetles and prompting the current eradication effort.

"We expected to retrieve more beetles in 2017 relative to the results of the 2016 surveillance activities because of the timing and number of traps that we deployed. What we didn't know was how many more," said Clinton Burfitt, manager with ODA's Insect Pest Prevention and Management program.

Despite the larger than expected number of beetles trapped this year, Burfitt remained optimistic that the pest can be eradicated. "We always planned on this being a five-year project so I don't think that changes; it just means that we will be needing to increase the treatment/quarantine boundaries for the second and third years," he said.

Current containment measures include directing landscapers in the area to use the quarantine drop-off site located at 1800 NW Cornelius Pass Rd. in Hillsboro, Oregon. ODA will also continue to maintain the trapping grids and record information; this year's surveillance activity will determine the 2018 response plan. If left unchecked, Japanese beetles can severely damage agricultural crops, residential lawns and landscaping.

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Invasive Species Cook-off set for Aug. 19

Featuring dishes such as Roast Nutria and Invasive Crayfish Etoufee, the Invasive Species Cook-off will take place from 5–8 p.m. August 19 at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Corvallis, Oregon. Tickets are a suggested donation of $10–$50/person at the door. Funds raised will help support the Institute for Applied Ecology's efforts in native habitat restoration, research and education.

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OAN now accepts American Express

After several inquiries from our members, the OAN is pleased to announce it has added American Express as an accepted form of payment, in addition to MasterCard, Visa and Discover. You'll notice the AmEx logo now appears on the Affinipay invoice payment portal. Questions? Contact Stephanie Weihrauch, OAN director of finance and administration, at 503-582-2001 or

Welcome to OAN's new members

Six new companies joined the Oregon Association of Nurseries in July. To these new members, welcome!

Brandon Youra
Portland, OR
Chapter: At Large

Columbia Fruit LLC
Denise Peterson
Woodland, WA
Clackamas Chapter

KPD Insurance and Risk Solutions
Brandy Lara
Springfield, OR
Willamette Chapter

Landstar Salem OR Agency
Wade Jackson
Salem, OR
Willamette Chapter

Rapid Garden POS
Bliss D'Sa
San Diego, CA
Chapter: At Large

Tom Ryan
Olympia, WA
Chapter: At Large

Plant donations and volunteers needed for scholarship fundraiser

The OAN Clackamas Chapter's annual plant sale at the Clackamas County Fair is a fundraiser for scholarship funds and the Small Grant Award Program. This year, the sale is scheduled to take place Wednesday–Saturday, August 16–19.

Proceeds from the sale will help fund three scholarships offered through the Oregon Nurseries Foundation: the Clackamas Chapter Award, and the Ed Wood and Larry Fitzgerald Memorial Awards. The chapter also sponsors the Small Grant Program Award, which funds requests for horticultural supplies from area community colleges and high schools.

Plant donations can be dropped off the week of August 7 at these locations:

  • Simnitt Nursery, 138 NE 22nd Ave., Canby, 503-266-9640
  • Willamette Nurseries, 25571 S Barlow Rd., Canby, 503-263-6405

Alternatively, plant material can be taken directly to the Clackamas County Fairgrounds (694 NE 4th Ave., Canby), on Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12. Volunteers are also needed for the sale setup on August 12. For more information, contact Adam Farley at 503-706-7913 or Brian Raab at 503-422-6135.

Crop insurance deadlines are approaching

Now is the time for growers in Idaho, Oregon and Washington to apply for 2018 crop insurance coverage or make changes to their existing coverage. Crop insurance provides protection against a loss in production due to natural perils such as storms and freezing weather. Closing dates vary by crop. August 31 is the deadline for coverage of canola and onions, and September 30 is the closing date for all other crops.

Crop insurance is sold and delivered solely through private crop insurance agents. A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers and online at the USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) Agent Locator. Producers can use the RMA Cost Estimator to get a premium amount estimate of their insurance needs online.

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Important Dates
  • Future Farm ExpoAugust 15–17 — Pendleton, Oregon » More info
  • OAN Clackamas Chapter Plant SaleAugust 16–19 — Clackamas County Fairgrounds (694 NE 4th Ave., Canby, Oregon)
  • Evelyn Schmidt memorialAugust 18 — J. Frank Schmidt Jr. Arboretum, 9500 S.E. 327th Ave., Boring, Oregon.
  • Farwest Show NEW DAYS AND HOURS!August 23–25 — Portland, Oregon. Wednesday, August 23 – Noon–5 p.m. | Thursday, August 24 – 10 a.m.–5 p.m. | Friday, August 25 – 10 a.m.–2 p.m. » More info
  • New Ideas Tour (Sunset Chapter) September 21 — Save the date. Details coming soon.
  • Oregon Water Law ConferenceNovember 2–3 – Portland, Oregon » More info
  • OAN Annual ConventionNovember 3–4 — Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, Gleneden Beach, Oregon. Registration and room reservations will open in September.
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