Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Sign In   |   Join
Community Search
Member Update 10_11_17
Share |
Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
October 11, 2017    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE


House committee delays E–Verify, ag visa legislation

House Republicans are considering two workforce-related bills, according to Craig Regelbrugge, senior vice president at AmericanHort.

The first, known as the Legal Workforce Act, would force all U.S. employers to use the E–Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system within three years. The second, known as the Agricultural Guestworker Act, or AG Act, would transition the existing H-2A agricultural worker visa program to a new H–2C program.

The House Judiciary Committee had scheduled work sessions to mark up these bills, but postponed them due to concerns about the ability to get the bills through committee.

According to Regelbrugge, the H–2C bill "has some attractive features and also some significant shortcomings." AmericanHort is willing to support moving the bill through the committee, and is willing to work with House leadership to better address agriculture's needs in the bill. However, mandatory E–Verify without a solution to address workforce needs "would be disastrous," he added.

He noted that some of the Republican committee members are committed to opposing anything that would allow current but unauthorized agricultural and horticultural workers to transition to legal, work-authorized status.

Jeff Stone, executive director of the OAN, said the association is watching the bills.

"Enforcement only is a disaster for agriculture and the economy," he said. "We should be active in creating a new visa system that supports the needs of growers and provides a stable, legal workforce. We have been in contact with our congressional delegation and expressed our opposition to enforcement only policies."


Trump administration lists conditions for Dreamer deal

On Sunday, the Trump administration sent Congress a list of conditions that must be met before it will agree to provide legal status to people known as Dreamers, who are undocumented and were brought to the United States as children.

With this latest announcement, that promise has clear strings attached. They include construction of a border wall, stronger border security, the hiring of 10,000 new immigration agents, denial of federal grants to cities that don't agree to act as immigration enforcement surrogates, a mandate for businesses to use the E-Verify program, and enforcement to stop people from bringing their extended family members to the United States.

Bill seeks to clarify seasonal worker health care mandate

Last Wednesday (October 4), a bipartisan group of legislators including U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D–Oregon) introduced a bill to clarify the definition of seasonal workers as it applies to the Affordable Care Act and its related employer mandates.

House Resolution 3956 is known as the Simplifying Technical Aspects Regarding Seasonality (STARS) Act. It would define a "seasonal employee" as a worker who is employed on a seasonal basis for six months or less during the calendar year.

Currently, different definitions of "seasonal" are used when determining whether a business is a small or large employer under the law, and when determining which employees must be offered health insurance. The STARS bill would adopt a consistent definition of the term and apply it to all aspects of the law. Of note, the bill does not affect seasonal definitions used in temporary worker programs, just the ACA.

AmericanHort is circulating a letter of support for the bill, and the Oregon Association of Nurseries intends to sign on to the letter. "Employers need clarity so they fully understand the implications of their headcount and can plan and manage their business accordingly," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said.

Registration opens for Women in Ag Conference

The sixth annual Women in Agriculture Conference will be held Saturday, November 18 simultaneously at 40 locations throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

The conference is an opportunity for women to take part in an engaging and interactive day of inspiration, learning and networking. The featured speakers will be Alexis Taylor, director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and Ann Schwartz, owner of Blue Heron Farm, a grower of hardy bamboo and permaculture trees in Washington's Skagit Valley.

The event will have five Oregon locations: La Grande, Redmond, Roseburg, Salem and The Dalles. Each location in all five states will have a panel of local women farmers who will talk about their leadership roles, the challenges they have faced and how they have developed their skills with help from a mentor.

The registration cost is $25 until November 5 or $30 between November 6–17, including a light breakfast, lunch, conference materials and a tote bag. To register, log on to

Register today

Wilbur Ellis

Lane Forest Products

Anderson Pots


Jordan Ramis

Leonard Adams

Looking for work in the Green Industry?

Advertise here!

Allium 'Millenium' named Perennial Plant of the Year

The Perennial Plant Association has announced Allium 'Millenium' as its 2018 Perennial Plant of the Year. The herbaceous perennial is part of the huge genus that includes onions, garlic, leeks, shallots, scallions and chives.

'Millenium' was bred by Mark McDonough and introduced through Plant Delights Nursery in 2000. It flowers with masses of spherical rose-purple blooms, a uniform growth habit and neat, shiny green foliage. It is a pollinator friendly plant that's known to attract butterflies and bees. It has the added advantage of tolerating drought and heat. It grows in zones 4–9 and possibly zone 3 as well. It refers full sun and well-drained soil.

As a note on spelling, the plant name is spelled "Millenium" with one "n," as registered, but is sometimes listed incorrectly with two n's.

IPPS-Western Region meeting set for October 17–20

The Western Region of the International Plant Propagators' Society will hold its 58th Annual Meeting Tuesday–Friday, October 17–20, at the Holiday Inn in Wilsonville, Oregon. This year's conference theme will be "Growing in Diversity."

The conference will include tours of Oregon nurseries and speakers from throughout the region. Those attending will likely include plant propagators, nursery owners and plant production workers from throughout the western United States, but all are welcome. To register or for more information and the complete schedule, log on to or by calling 503-580-2960.

In Memoriam: Doris Brackett

The OAN is saddened to report the passing of Doris Brackett, who worked with the association for many years and later with Sester Farms in Gresham, Oregon. She died in late September at Oregon Health Sciences University from complications of leukemia at the age of 61.

She grew up in Madras, Oregon, and graduated from Oregon State University in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in nutrition. At the time of her passing, she was a Portland resident. She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Brackett, and is survived by her mother, Helen, and three siblings (Sharon, Bill and Debbie).

A graveside service was held September 29 in Madras, Oregon, and a memorial was held October 2 at Powellhurst Baptist Church in Portland, where she was a longtime member. Memorial donations may be made to her team (Doris' Dreamers) in the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society's annual Light the Night Walk in Portland.

Read the full obituary

Winter Trucks to Trade Shows Member Benefit Program

Sign up now through December! OAN Members can ship plant material to the green industry trade shows held in January and February across the country — MANTS, The Western, MGIX, NorCal and several others. Reservations taken on first-come, first-served basis; payment is required to reserve space. To sign up, contact Kristen Urban at

Trucks to Trade Shows

Read more

Oktoberpest continues with 'Boring Workshop'

Oktoberpest — Oregon State University's month-long series of pest management workshops for greenhouse and nursery operators — continues this week with "The Boring Workshop: A Primer on Insects that Bore into Nursery Stock." This week's presenters are Robin Rosetta and Nik Wiman of OSU. Those attending can receive three credit hours (one core and two other). An agenda can be downloaded here.

Workshops will be held each Thursday in October at NWREC, 15210 Miley Road N.E., Aurora, Oregon. To register, contact Jan Egli at 971-373-5912 or

Read more

Welcome to OAN's new members

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

W. B. Adams Insurance
Beaverton, OR
Sunset and Clackamas Chapters

Lacey, WA
Chapter: At Large

Register for First Aid and CPR 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. Classes are offered in Hillsboro, Boring, Wilsonville, and McMinnville. Some are taught in English and others in Spanish. Check for specific dates and locations.

Register today!

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. Learn more about the proposed changes at A mailing will arrive in member mailboxes next week with further details, and a webinar will be announced soon.

Learn more

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.

Register today!

Important Dates

  • Field Day will feature on the ground erosion product demonstrationOctober 18 — Gresham, 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
In case you missed it...

ICE announces 498 arrests in nationwide sweep

Trump talks immigration with GOP lawmakers

U.S. Rep. Bonamici learns about nursery worker shortages

SAIF board declares dividends

Be SAFE when working near power lines


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 new 2018 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.

The 2018 OAN Media Kit is now available
Follow OAN on Facebook Are your Co-Workers missing out on the Member Update

© Copyright 2017 Oregon Association of Nurseries
29751 SW Town Center Loop W., Wilsonville, OR 97070
Ph: 503.682.5089 | 888-283-7219 | F: 503.682.5099 | |

Email your story ideas, tips and comments to Curt Kipp, Director of Publications and Communications, or call him at 503-582-2008.

View Archive Editions.

Sign In/Renew Membership


10/26/2018 » 10/27/2018
Annual OAN Convention

Follow us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter Email Us

Copyright © 2018 Oregon Association of Nurseries All Rights Reserved.
29751 SW Town Center Loop W. Wilsonville, OR 97070 • Get Directions
Phone: 888-283-7219 • 503-682-5089 • Fax: 503-682-5099 • E-mail us