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Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
September 20, 2017    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE


OAN members to vote on bylaw revisions

At the 2017 OAN Convention, members will have the opportunity to vote on bylaw revisions that are intended to modernize the association's governance structure. The most significant change would call for representation on the OAN Board of Directors based on industry segments, rather than geographic regions.

"To be effective, the OAN needs to make sure it is representing the wishes of the industry, and Oregon's nursery industry is very diverse in terms of production types and retail versus wholesale," OAN President Mark Bigej said. "That's why we recommend implementing a board structure that makes sure every segment of the industry is represented in the decision making."

The changes were recommended initially by a Board Composition Task Force that Leigh Geschwill appointed during her year as OAN president (2015–16). The Task Force was led by Bigej, who was serving as president-elect at the time.

After the task force made its recommendations, they were discussed at last year's OAN Convention. Following input from members and approval from the OAN Board of Directors, the recommendations were translated into specific bylaw language. The board approved the specific bylaw changes at its September meeting and agreed to forward them to the membership for final approval.

Under the OAN bylaws, all members in attendance at the Annual Meeting, which takes place at the OAN Convention on November 4, shall be eligible to vote.

Members have several ways of learning more about the proposed changes:

  • The Board Composition Task Force report can be downloaded here.
  • The bylaw changes can be downloaded for review here.
  • A recent memo to the Board of Directors can be downloaded here.
  • A mailing soon will be sent to all OAN members detailing all the changes, including a comparison of the language before and after.
  • A webinar will take place sometime in October, where they can hear presentations on the changes and have the opportunity to submit questions. Watch for details.
  • A landing page with all of these materials has been created at

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Listening Session to shape funding for soil erosion projects

Join the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District for a listening session and barbecue for Multnomah County nurseries. East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District offers 75 percent funding to nurseries for projects that address soil erosion. This is an opportunity to sit at the table with other growers and have your experiences and insight heard and help shape this funding. The event is scheduled for noon on October 11 at J. Frank Schmidt & Son in Boring, Oregon.

Details and registration

SAIF board declares dividends

All eligible employers holding SAIF workers compensation insurance policies can expect to receive dividend checks in October, thanks to the safety record of employers over the past year.

The SAIF board of directors last week declared a $120 million primary dividend to be divided among policyholders based on their premium, and a $40 million safety performance dividend to be divided among policyholders based on each one's safety results. The typical employer can expect to get back between 21–37 percent of their premiums paid in 2016.

"Oregon employers and workers are the drivers behind one of the most successful workers' compensation systems in the nation," SAIF President and CEO Kerry Barnett said. "It's only right that we recognize their efforts to develop strong safety cultures that reduce workplace injuries, which reduces costs."

Over the past 27 years, Oregon workplaces have reduced the frequency of workers' compensation claims by 70 percent. This has resulted in a 71 percent reduction in rates. For more information, read the press release.

Register today for First Aid and Adult CPR training classes

The OAN First Aid and Adult CPR training classes will be held over the next five months.

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, Wilsonville, and McMinnville. 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 Kristen Urban at 503-582-2011 or

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.

Nominate someone today!

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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 800-452-2300 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!

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
  • Employment Law updates (Oregon Employer Council)September 26 — Clackamas, Oregon » More info
  • PNW Chapter Mini-Meeting (Society of Wetland Scientists)September 26-27 — Kelso, Washington » More info
  • listening sessionSeptember 28 — At the Oregon Zoo, Portland, Oregon » More info
  • OktoberPest 2017October 5, 12, 19, 26 — 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. » More info
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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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