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Farwest opens tomorrow, Solution Center for Growers, Equipment Innovation Day brings out the big guns
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
August 26, 2015    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Farwest Show opens tomorrow!

The doors will open tomorrow for the 2015 Farwest Show at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland!

Preregistration is up 40 percent from last year, so expectations are high for a great turnout. Be sure to check out this year's new marquee feature: the Solution Center for Growers, presenting free live mini-seminars, demos and workshops with top industry speakers and experts (read more below).

Other Farwest week activities are already well underway. Equipment Innovation Day (see below) was held on Tuesday at GK Machines. The Farwest Nursery Tours and Retail Walking Tour are being held today.

Here are five ways you can keep up with all of the happenings:

  1. Download the Farwest Show app from iTunes or Google Play and turn on push notifications
  2. Follow @FarwestShow and @DiggerMag on Twitter, and post using the hashtag #FarwestShow
  3. Like the Farwest Show on Facebook
  4. Pick up your copy of Digger: Farwest Edition or read online for great articles, as well as details on exhibitors, seminars and special events (Pub Crawl, Women in Horticulture, Young Nursery Professionals and more).
  5. Visit

Farwest to unveil new show experience — The Solution Center for Growers

Organizers of the 2015 Farwest Show are introducing a brand-new attraction designed specifically for greenhouse and nursery growers — The Solution Center for Growers, sponsored by OBC Northwest Inc.

The center will serve as a learning program on the main show floor featuring free live mini-seminars, demonstrations and workshops. During more than 20 mini-sessions, top industry speakers and experts will present information and insight on specific grower-related topics, and growers will get to ask specific questions on how to achieve more efficient operations and increased profits.

"We're excited about the launch of The Solution Center for Growers," said Allan Niemi, director of events at the Oregon Association of Nurseries, producers of the Farwest Show. "Growers are going to get the insider's view to the hottest topics in production. It's a logical extension to our popular retail program and sure to be a mainstay in the future."

All Solution Center sessions are free to registered Farwest attendees. A complete schedule of topics and speakers can be seen at

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Equipment Innovation Day brings out the big guns

About 100 Farwest attendees trekked to GK Machine Inc. in Donald, Oregon yesterday (August 25), to get an up-close look at some massive labor-saving machinery.

The second annual Equipment Innovation Day, held the Tuesday before the 2015 Farwest Show kicks off on Thursday, gave growers the opportunity to experience cutting-edge equipment in action and talk with some of the top equipment manufacturers who are enhancing production efficiency for the nursery and greenhouse industry.

"Seeing in-person what these machines can do is what everyone is here for," Ryan Basile, 2015 Farwest chairman, said. "This was a great start to this year's Farwest."

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Get the all-new Farwest mobile app

Download the new and improved Farwest Show mobile app to get the most out of this year's event! Users will be able to get real-time updates, browse a map of the show floor, build a to-do list of exhibitors to visit and speakers to see, create a schedule with reminders so you don't miss out, and take notes and rate your favorite speakers. Plus, by downloading the app, users will be notified of exclusive raffles and prizes. The app is available for both iOS devices (including iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) and Android tablets and smartphones.

Save BIG on orders placed at Farwest

Here's yet another reason to attend the nursery industry show of the year — money-saving show specials from select exhibitors! You can save up to 10 percent on orders placed at the biggest trade show in the West. See the current show specials.

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Bonamici to hold six town hall meetings

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D–1st) will hold six town hall meetings during the next three weeks to hear from constituents and to discuss her work in Oregon and in Washington, D.C.

"It's critical that I hear from my constituents about issues affecting them," Congresswoman Bonamici said. "These town hall meetings provide me with a useful perspective that informs my work. I always appreciate hearing from my constituents about their ideas, concerns, and questions."

The first town hall will take place on August 29 in McMinnville, with stops in Tualatin (Aug. 29), St. Helens (Aug. 31), Cornelius (Aug. 31), Portland (Sept. 1) and Warrenton (Sept. 13). Click here for the full list of town hall meetings with locations and times.

Reminder: Make sure P. ramorum paperwork is in order

Ahead of the busy Christmas tree shipping season, Oregon nurseries are reminded of the change that was made to the USDA Domestic Quarantine Regulatory requirements for shipping hosts of Phytophthora ramorum, the pathogen known to cause sudden oak death. Only those nurseries with a current valid USDA issued P. ramorum compliance agreement signed on or after March 31, 2014, are authorized to use the federal P. ramorum certification shield. All others should remove or line out the previously issued federal shield from their shipping paperwork or packaging.

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OAN Events

Farwest Show
August 27-29 - The 2015 Farwest Show is far beyond what you've come to expect from a green industry show. At Farwest — the biggest show in the West — you'll find far more to see, make far more connections with thousands of top industry connections, and gain far more ideas. Farwest: Far From Ordinary.

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