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Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
September 6, 2017    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE


Fires across Oregon prompt air quality concerns

Oregon is under a statewide air quality alert from the National Weather Service. That's due in part to the effects of the Eagle Creek Fire, which erupted over the weekend. It has engulfed more than 30,000 acres of forest in the Columbia River Gorge, but it's only one of several fires that have filled the air with bits of tiny ash, which are seemingly everywhere.

Officials advise Oregonians to stay inside if possible, or otherwise wear masks that are labeled "N95" or "N100" if they must work outside for more than a few minutes. They say the common paper "dust" or "comfort" masks are only meant to trap large particles, and won't protect lungs against the small particles contained in smoke.

For employers and employees, Oregon OSHA has developed a tip sheet to address concerns about both indoor and outdoor air quality.


Trump sets timeline for ending Dreamer program

On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program — commonly known as the Dreamer program — will be phased out over the next six months.

The program was instituted by former president Barack Obama, and allows undocumented people brought to the United States as small children to apply for legal, two-year work permits. It was implemented by executive order after Congress failed to pass a similar program legislatively. Republicans said the executive order was an abuse of power, but then-president Obama said it fell under the administration's right to establish its own enforcement priorities.

Under the Trump Administration's announced timeline, no new DACA applications will be accepted. Permit holders whose permits expire between now and March 5 will be able to renew, provided they apply for renewal by October 5.

The six-month timeline is intended to allow Congress time to agree to a legislative fix, which Trump has said he will support.

Update: The Associated Press reported late Wednesday morning that 15 states and the District of Columbia have filed suit against the Trump Administration over its plan to end DACA.

Ryan: Dreamers can 'rest easy'

Tuesday's announcement caused widespread consternation among employers from tech to agriculture, as well as among many of the 800,000 individuals enrolled in the program. They now face the prospect of being deported to countries they were born in but might never have actually known. Perhaps in response, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Wednesday that enrolled "Dreamers" can "rest easy" and that Congress will take action allowing them to stay in the United States.

However, Ryan is bound by a promise made when he was elected House speaker, which was to not forward immigration legislation that is not supported by a majority of House Republicans. Some are open to a solution for Dreamers, but others are opposed to any form of what they consider amnesty.

It seems likely that any solution Dreamers will also need to include measures for border security, though not necessarily a border wall, as that is probably a nonstarter for Democrats.

Eugene Register-Guard: Oregon ag is stable, dynamic

The Eugene Register-Guard newspaper published an editorial in its September 5 edition highlighting the diverse nature of Oregon agriculture, with its 220 commodities and products.

The editorial said that agriculture has been a stable force in Oregon's economy, but dynamic in the way that various commodities have gained or lost sales, and positions in the sales rankings, over the years. Nurseries are no exception. Their prominence within Oregon agriculture has increased over time.

In 1984, nursery and greenhouse products were the No. 4 crop in the state. Since then, nursery and greenhouse products have become a consistent contender for No. 1, and inflation-adjusted sales have doubled.

NWREC announces Oktoberpest for Thursdays in October

Oregon State University and the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC) have announced the return of Oktoberpest, which is their series of pest management workshops for nursery and greenhouse growers.

The classes will be held Thursdays in October. The dates are October 5, 12, 19 and 26. Two of the class topics have been announced:

  • October 5 — Name That Bug! Recognition of Key Insect Orders of Ornamental Plant Pests, with Luisa Santamaria, professor of botany and plant pathology. This session will be taught in Spanish.
  • October 26 — Slime and Punishment: Integrated Pest Management of Snails and Slugs, with James Coupland, Rory McDonnell and Robin Rosetta.
  • The other two class topics, for October 12 and 19, will be announced soon.

All workshops will be held at NWREC, 15210 Miley Road N.E., Aurora, Oregon. Pesticide recertification credit hours are available for all sessions. To register, contact Jan Egli at 971-373-5912 or

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What did you think of this year's Farwest Show?

If you attended or exhibited in the 2017 Farwest Show, the OAN wants to hear from you.

You can share your thoughts by taking a short online survey. Once completed, you'll be entered for a chance to win one of five all-access show passes including seminars to the 2018 Farwest Show!

Next year's show will take place August 22–24, 2018 in Portland, Oregon.

Attendee Survey | Exhibitor Survey listening session on September 28

Oregon State University is conducting a listening session for, the Oregon Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Information Service. The session will be held on September 28, 2017 from 10 am – 3 pm at the Oregon Zoo.

Oregon Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Information Service will present online, science-based information about pest management and pesticide risk reduction in English and Spanish for use on mobile devices and computers.

This listening session is an opportunity for you to provide input about key elements of the project, including pesticide communications, pollinator health, and overall usability of the online service.

Please contact Weston Miller at 503-706-9193 or with questions.

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Welcome to OAN's new members

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

Bethel Excavating
Dennis Bethel
Turner, OR
Willamette Chapter

Peels Nurseries Ltd.
Gavin Sharma
Mission, BC Canada
Greenhouse Chapter

Plants Express
Kris Norman
Willow Springs, MO
Central Oregon Chapter

US Global Resources
Donn Sharp
Seattle, WA
Chapter: At Large

Sunset Chapter brings back New Ideas Tour for 2017

OAN Sunset Chapter is bringing back its traditional New Ideas Tour for 2017. The daylong event will take place from 10:30 a.m.–7 p.m. Thursday, September 21.

The tour will begin and end at Marion Ag's new fertilizer depot, 9400 St. Paul Hwy. N.E., Aurora. Stops along the way will include Smith Garden's new state-of-the-art greenhouse, the chance to see a new boom sprayer at Kraemer's Nursery that applies both granular and liquid pesticides, see new technology using RFID for caliper inventory at Arrowhead Ornamentals, and the chance to see new material handling systems at Woodburn Nursery. The event cost is $40 per person. Lunch and transportation between the sites is included for all participants.

The tour is sponsored by Wilbur-Elllis and by Robinson Nursery Inc. For details, contact Matt Gold at 503-628-3059 or

Register Today!

Important Dates

  • New Ideas Tour (Sunset Chapter) September 21 — Tour begins in Aurora, Oregon » More info
  • 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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Mesa de Maya Southwest Oak™ wins top prize in New Varieties Showcase

Nursery industry tops list of Oregon's ag commodities

Trump endorses plan to slash legal immigration

OAN Nursery Guide book arrives in mailboxes

OAN now accepts American Express

OAN Member Benefit: Discounted lodging at the Oregon Garden Resort

EPA begins rollback of Waters of the U.S. Rule


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Our cost-effective opportunities include the monthly Digger magazine, the Nursery Guide website and annual print version, the weekly Member Update e-newsletter, the annual Retail Nurseries & Garden Centers Guide, the Farwest Show and more. And all OAN members receive exclusive advertising rate discounts so download our Media Kit for all the details and contact Blair Thompson at 503-582-2012 or to learn more about how we can help your business grow.

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