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Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
September 13, 2017    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE


Register for OAN Annual Convention

Come to the beach to celebrate a great year at the OAN Convention, Friday–Saturday, November 3–4 at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort in Gleneden Beach, Oregon.

This year's theme is "Feelin' Good Vibrations." Join your fellow OAN members for a beach party blast. Enjoy social time with old and new friends, talk about the issues that are vital to Oregon nurseries, vote on revisions to the OAN bylaws, and honor the industry's achievers at the annual President's Awards Banquet. Bring your family – complimentary (and fun!) child care will be provided.

The fun schedule includes Friday night Hospitality Suites, the Saturday annual meeting (with continental breakfast before and lunch after), and the President's Awards Banquet that evening. All events and meals are free except the banquet, which is $69 per person for dinner.

All attendees must register at

For lodging, contact Salishan Spa & Golf Resort at 800-425-2300 and mention the OAN Convention to receive special rates starting at $135/night. You can also get those rates at Simply click on "check availability," fill in the group code (OAN 17), and click on "check availability" again. Rates good until October 13 or when room block is full.

Register today!


OAN Awards nominations due October 6

Who has inspired you? Do you know someone who deserves recognition for making the nursery industry better? The 2017 OAN Member Awards, to be presented at the OAN Convention, are designed to recognize these people in a variety of categories. But we need your help to identify the hardworking people who are constantly driven to improve their business, help their neighbors and contribute to our shared success. Please consider submitting a nomination.

Recipients will be honored at the President's Awards Banquet on Saturday, November 4, at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort in Gleneden Beach, Oregon.

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Please be SAFE when working near power lines

The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) is working in partnership with Idaho Power, Pacific Power and Portland General Electric — the three major regulated electric utility service providers in Oregon — to remind the agricultural community of important tips to ensure they stay SAFE when working near power lines.

Those working in the agricultural industry are reminded to stay SAFE:

  • Scan the area – always look around and look up to check for power lines and other potential hazards before starting work.
  • Avoid extending farm equipment, including irrigation pipes, within 10 feet of overhead power lines. Keep in mind that overhead lines can be as low as 18 feet off the ground, so always carry irrigation pipes, which are 30-40 feet long, horizontally. If required to tip up to discharge water or dirt build-up, scan for power lines overhead.
  • Frequently re-evaluate the area for changing safety hazards.
  • Educate fellow employees to ensure safety throughout the agricultural community.

"Serious injury or fatal electrocution can occur if farm equipment, including irrigation pipes, gets too close or accidentally touches a live power line," said Lori Koho, PUC Utility Safety and Reliability Administrator.

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Oregon Employer Council to present updates on employment law

The Oregon Employer Council will present a morning seminar on 2017 Employment Law and Legal Updates. It will be offered from 8–10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 26 at the Monarch Hotel, 12566 S.E. 93rd Ave., Clackamas, Oregon.

The main presenter will be Andrew Schpak, co-managing partner at Barran Liebman LLP. The seminar will cover what every business leader, manager, supervisor and HR professional needs to know in order to be fair, objective and most importantly, legal when working with employees. There will be a discussion of how recent and upcoming changes in employment law will impact managers, companies and employees. The cost is $49 per person.

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September Digger arrives in mailboxes

Our September cover feature is on awe-inspiring vines, but there's lots more to read about in the newest issue of Digger.

Eye-catching new varieties of Clematis, Passiflora and evergreen Hydrangea are in high demand. We look at the impact on gardeners, growers and retailers. Download a PDF of this article.

Please send your comments on the issue to editor Curt Kipp at

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2017 Society of Wetland Scientists-PNW Chapter Mini-Meeting

The 2017 Pacific Northwest Chapter meeting, "Applied Wetland Science in a Changing Northwest World", will be held September 26–27 at the Red Lion Hotel in Kelso, Washington. This year's meeting will take a plenary format with day one comprised of a dozen plenary talks on emerging topics in wetland policy, mitigation planning, restoration, and carbon accounting for climate change.

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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 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. 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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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. next 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, and the chance to see new material handling systems at Woodburn Nursery. For details, contact Matt Gold at 503-628-3059 or

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NWREC announces Oktoberpest lineup 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.

  • 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 12 — The Boring Workshop: A Primer on Insects that Bore into Nursery Stock, with Robin Rosetta and Nik Wyman.
  • October 19 — Meet the Neighbors: An Update on Emerging Plant Pest Issues with Robin Rosetta.
  • October 26 — Slime and Punishment: Integrated Pest Management of Snails and Slugs, with James Coupland, Rory McDonnell and Robin Rosetta.

All workshops will be held at NWREC, 15210 Miley Road N.E., Aurora, Oregon. Pesticide recertification credit hours have been applied for on each session. To register, contact Jan Egli at 971-373-5912 or

Important Dates

  • New Ideas Tour (Sunset Chapter) September 21 — Tour begins in Aurora, Oregon » More info
  • listening sessionSeptember 28 — At the Oregon Zoo, Portland, 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. » More info
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Ready to Grow Your Business with OAN Advertising and Sponsorships?

Our range of respected and engaging publications can strategically deliver your message to nursery industry decision-makers and help achieve your sales and marketing goals. From print to digital, all OAN publications offer advertisers the power to connect with a targeted industry audience and impact their buying decisions.

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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