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Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
September 14, 2016    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Analysis finds flaws in sick leave rules

From the perspective of agricultural producers, the proposed state rules to implement the new paid sick leave law still leave something to be desired, according to an analysis by the Oregon Farm Bureau.

On the positive side, the rules would not require businesses with a temporary location in Portland, such as a farm stand, to pay the higher Portland amount of sick time.

But on the negative side, the rules would not completely exempt family members from an employee count for the purposes of qualifying for paid sick leave. Under the rules, only family members working for a sole proprietorship would be exempted — those with S corporations, C corporations and LLCs would not.

Additionally, the proposed rules concerning employees paid by a piece rate are unfriendly to agriculture. Such employees are paid more for greater productivity. The rules would require that employers pay a productivity incentive to employees taking their paid sick days.

BOLI is accepting comments on the proposed sick leave rules through September 26. Comments on the draft rules can be directed to Paloma Sparks, Legislative Director, at, or Marcia Ohlemiller, BOLI Rules Coordinator, c/o BOLI, 800 NE Oregon Street, Ste. 1045, Portland, OR 97232 or

The OAN will be submitting comments on behalf of the nursery industry. If you have questions, comments or concerns, please contact Jeff Stone at

Oregon sets new blueberry harvest record

The Oregon Blueberry Commission estimated that more than 100 million pounds of commercial blueberries have been harvested across the state this summer, setting a new record. The estimate puts this year's harvest about 4 percent higher than in 2015.

The high yield was attributed mainly to maturing plants. Due to global demand for the fruit, growers have been planting blueberries on a large scale over the past 10 years. Now those acres are coming into full production and fruition.

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Japanese beetle detections climb in Cedar Mill area

The number of Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica) detected in the Cedar Mill area on the west side of Portland is at 337 and climbing, according to the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA).

Japanese beetles are a bright, metallic green with copper-colored wing covers. The grubs can be very destructive to turf, while the adults feast on a wide variety of trees, shrubs, flowers, fruits and vegetables.

Officials are still trying to establish boundaries for the infested area so that next spring, proposed mitigation efforts can begin. Such efforts would target the grubs in an effort to interrupt the pest's life cycle.

In the meantime, growers who believe they have found the Japanese beetle should report them to the Oregon Invasive Species Hotline at 1-866-INVADER or


OktoberPest workshops return this fall

Starting Oct. 6, Oregon State University and the North Willamette Research and Extension Center will present pest management workshops each Thursday during the month.

The first workshop is titled "Going Soft: Designing Target-Focused IPM Programs" and covers how growers can apply pesticides with minimal impact to pollinators and to reduced off-target movement of pesticides.

All workshops will be held at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (15210 NE Miley Rd., Aurora, Oregon). Pesticide recertification credits hours will be available for each session. For a full schedule of workshops and to register, visit the OktoberPest webpage.

September Digger arrives in mailboxes

With more than 6,300 industry professionals turning out for the largest green industry trade show in the West, Oregon's nursery and greenhouse industry continues to display strong growth — just like the high-quality plants, trees and shrubs grown here. Read the full recap of the 2016 Farwest Show, taken from the September issue of Digger magazine. Other articles are available here.

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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Minnesota proposes restrictions to neonicotinoid use

The governor of Minnesota and the state's Department of Agriculture (MDA) recently proposed sweeping restrictions to neonicotinoid use. Neonicotinoids are a class of pesticides that, when misused, have been implicated in the mass die-offs of bees and other pollinators.

Governor Mark Dayton issued an executive order on Aug. 26 outlining 10 "action steps" for the MDA to take, many of which will require new legislation and could seriously restrict when and how often Minnesota farmers can use neonicotinoids.

The proposals include legislation that would regulate seeds treated with neonicotinoids and impose limits on foliar applications of neonicotinoids. In addition, farmers would be required to prove their need for neonicotinoid applications before they can use them, among other measures.

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Energy Trust greenhouse rebate reminder

Have you upgraded your greenhouse by installing an under-bench heating system? If so, you may qualify for an energy rebate from the Energy Trust of Oregon.

Download and complete a rebate application, and submit it into Energy Trust to receive cash incentives. This is a simple way to save on greenhouse improvements, and keep saving over time.

Rebates for qualifying energy efficiency improvements purchased since Jan. 1, 2016 are due by Dec. 31, 2016.

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Register today for First Aid and Adult CPR training classes

The OAN Safety and Insurance Committee is presenting First Aid and Adult CPR training classes over the next five months, as a service to members and the industry.

Successful completion results in certification that is good for two years. Each class runs from 8 a.m.-noon. Classes are offered in Hillsboro, Boring and Wilsonville. Some are taught in English and others in Spanish. Check the OAN website for specific dates and locations. The cost is $40 for new and renewing certifications. Register and pay at, or call Debbie Hopkins at 503-682-5089.

Register today!

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

If you attended or exhibited in the 2016 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 2017 Farwest Show!

Next year's show will take place August 24–26, 2017 in Portland, Oregon.

Take the Attendee Survey | Take the Exhibitor Survey

Tee up for golf tournament to benefit homeless

On Thursday, September 15, Dennis' 7 Dees will present its annual Charity Golf Tournament benefiting Human Solutions, an Oregon-based nonprofit assisting homeless and low-income youth and their families. The fundraiser will be held at Langdon Farms Golf Club (24377 Aurora Road, Aurora, Oregon). Cost is $150 per person and includes 18 holes of golf with cart, breakfast, lunch, prizes and more.

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Important Dates

Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District Conservation Tour and BBQ
SEPTEMBER 17 — The Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District will host its eleventh annual Conservation Tour and BBQ from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. on Saturday, September 17. The event will be held this year at Hoffman Farms (22242 SW Scholls Ferry Rd., Beaverton). The farm features a drip irrigation system and a wetland project. There will also be a tour of a neighboring farm's streamside restoration project along the Tualatin River. These conservation projects protect water quality, reduce erosion, attract wildlife and support pollinators. To RSVP, log on to

OAN Annual Convention
NOVEMBER 4-6 - The Oregon Association of Nurseries' Annual Convention will take place at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon. Festivities kick off Friday evening with the hospitality suites reception. The Annual Membership Business Meeting and General Session will take place on Saturday, and the President's Awards Banquet on Saturday evening.

Reserve your room now! Special rates begin at $129/night. Call Sunriver at 800-547-3922 for reservations in this limited room block. Mention Oregon Association of Nurseries 2016 Convention for special rates. Special rates discount deadline is October 5 or when room block is full.

National Conference for Women in Sustainable Agriculture
NOVEMBER 30–DECEMBER 2 — The fifth National Conference for Women in Sustainable Agriculture will bring together farmers, educators and activists who are engaged in healthy food and farming. The goal is to share educational and organization strategies, build technical and business skills, and address policy issues aimed at expanding the success of women farmers and ranchers. This year, organization of the conference is being led by Oregon State University Small Farms Programs. The conference will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland (1000 NE Multnomah St., Portland). Cost is $200. » More info

International Master Gardener Conference
JULY 10–14, 2017 — Join Master Gardeners from around the globe at the 2017 International Master Gardener Conference (IMGC), hosted by the Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener Program. The conference will take place at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland. Keynote speakers include Renee Shepherd, a seed developer, gardener, entrepreneur and author; plantsman Dan Hinkley; and wildlife biologist John Marzluff. Early bird, discounted registration will open on October 10, 2016. » More info

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OAN Resource Guide

OAN Member Resource Guide

For our valued members, we have put together the 2016 OAN Member 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.

Download the Guide


Ready to grow your business with OAN Publications and Events?

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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