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Awards Nominations, National hydrangea test garden, more
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October 14, 2015    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Court puts new 'waters of the U.S.' rule on hold

A federal court has put on hold the EPA's new "waters of the United States" rule, which was announced back in the spring and was widely criticized by leaders from both major political parties as a case of federal overreach. Opponents, including most agricultural groups, fear the rule, if implemented, could subject marginal waterways to federal regulation under the Clean Water Act. The ruling resulted from the court's determination that opponents are sufficiently likely to prevail in their lawsuit against the rule.

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OAN awards deadline extended to October 21

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for making the nursery industry better? Our industry is made up of an incredible group of hardworking people constantly driven to improve their business, help their neighbors and contribute to our shared success. The OAN awards process is designed to recognize these people in a variety of categories, but we need your help to identify them!

The official OAN awards nomination form is available here: (Online | PDF). Completed forms must be returned no later than October 21, 2015. That means you have just one more week to get them in. Your OAN Awards committee will review every nomination as a critical aspect of the selection process.

Please join us when we honor these recipients at the 2015 President's Awards Banquet on Saturday, November 14. The banquet is part of Friends in Growin' Places: The 2015 OAN Convention at Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond, Oregon. Go to for details and to register. We hope to see you there!

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National hydrangea test garden to open in 2016

Work on a new hydrangea test garden is slated to start in spring 2016 at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, Massachusetts. New hybrid varieties of hydrangeas will be grown at the site and studied by professional growing experts from across the country.

The test garden was conceived as part of collaborative conversations among key attendees at the three-day Hydrangeas 2015 Conference held this past July. The initiative is being led by Dr. Michael Dirr, horticulture professor emeritus at the University of Georgia, in collaboration with growers from Bailey Nurseries and Ball Horticultural Company.

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AmericanHort to present webinar on changes to EPA Agricultural Worker Protection Standard

AmericanHort will present a webinar on "EPA's Worker Protection Standard Update — How It Will Impact Your Business" at 8 a.m. PST on Wednesday, Oct. 28. The one-hour webinar will look at how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has changed the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard, affecting provisions on mandatory training of farmworkers, pesticide exposure, recordkeeping and other requirements. There is no cost, but you must pre-register by clicking here.

Deadline extended to take nursery marketing survey

Researchers at Kansas State University have extended the deadline to this Thursday, Oct. 15 to participate in an online survey. Questions focus on marketing practices, their effectiveness and their economic impact. Results of the survey (available to participants who submit their email address) will benefit nurseries and garden centers across the country by learning how to reach customers more effectively.

In addition to helping our industry, there are personal incentives, including two chances to win a $50 gift certificate!

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OAN Events

Deadline extended to sign up for private pesticide applicator exam preparation course in Spanish

The deadline to sign up for this course has been extended by one week. Registration now closes on Friday, Oct. 16. The Spanish-language course is designed to help those interested in passing the Oregon private pesticide applicator exam. Classes will be held from Oct. 26–Nov. 21 at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center, and additional teaching and learning will take place online. Topics will include pesticide math, label interpretation, and laws and regulations. Cost is $40. For more information and to register, click here.

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Next OktoberPest seminar will address 'Germ Warfare'

Find out if you are getting the most out of your disinfectants at the "Germ Warfare" (PDF) workshop from 9 a.m.–noon on Thursday, Oct. 15 at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center. Attendees will learn about the different types of disinfectants and their modes of action, with a focus on how growers can adjust their protocols to manage plant diseases more effectively. Cost is $25. To register, contact Jan Egli at 503-678-1264 or

The OktoberPest series of seminars continues next Thursday with a discussion on advanced insect biological control for nurseries (Oct. 22), followed by a workshop on strategies to protect pollinators (Oct. 29).

More information about the OktoberPest Workshops

Two-part seminars on 'Family Agricultural Enterprise Succession' scheduled for this fall

The transition of farms and ranches to a new generation is one of the greatest challenges facing the agricultural industry. To address this issue, OSU's Extension Service and Austin Family Business Program is presenting seminars on agricultural enterprise transition and succession planning. People can attend in Medford on Friday, November 6, or in Klamath Falls on Saturday, November 7. A second, follow-up session will take place in Klamath Falls on Friday, December 11 and in Medford on Saturday, December 12. All seminars will run from 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

The seminars are open to family farm, ranch, agribusiness and small woodlot owners, and their successors, in both Southern Oregon and Northern California. At least one person from the current (owning) generation and one person from the next generation must attend both workshops. Cost is $40 per person.

For more information and to register, call 800-859-7609 or click here.

Anger management classes offered in Spanish this fall — Taller de ESPERE en Beaverton comienza el Lunes 19

This coming October and November, Adelante Mujeres, a local firm working with the Hispanic community, is hosting a series of free ESPERE training workshops.

ESPERE (Escuela de Perdón y Reconciliación—School of Forgiveness and Reconciliation) helps participants identify the ways in which they express anger and identify the emotional pain behind hostile emotions. The classes will take place at the Beaverton Activities Center (12500 SW Allen Blvd.) from 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. on Mondays from Oct. 19–Nov. 23. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. For more information, contact Leocadia Montero-Hainley at or call 503-537-8562.

Invasive Species Conference coming to Vancouver, Canada on Oct. 19–22

The North American Invasive Species Management Association will hold its annual conference October 19–22 in Vancouver, Canada. In addition to a great lineup of speakers and topics, the association will host on the final day a session on biocontrol, including information on agents currently being researched for a variety of weed species. The full agenda and registration information can be found at

Registration is live for the two-day 2015 OAN Annual Convention — Nov. 13–14

Registration is now live for the annual OAN Convention, which will take place Friday–Saturday, Nov. 13–14, at Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond, Oregon. This year's theme will be "Friends in Growin' Places," a reference to nurseries as well as the current economic rebound.

The agenda includes the return of the hospitality suites reception on Friday evening, the Annual Membership Business Meeting and General Session on Saturday, and the President's Awards Banquet on Saturday evening.

Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, convention is a great value. All sessions are free (including Saturday continental breakfast and lunch), except the banquet ($59 per person). People can choose to attend any or all sessions. Registration is required. Go to to sign up by October 30. Child care will be available. There will be optional golf on Sunday as well.

Discounted rooms are available at Eagle Crest. Just call the resort at 1-866-806-4921 and mention OAN. The deadline is October 23.

Thank you to these sponsors:

Allstate Benefits
Alpha Nursery Inc.
Al's Garden Center
Arrowhead Ornamentals LLC
Brooks Tree Farm
F & B Farms & Nursery
Heritage Seedlings & Liners
J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.
Kraemer's Nursery Inc.
OAN - Central Oregon Chapter

OAN - Clackamas Chapter
OAN - Emerald Empire Chapter
OAN Retail/Greenhouse Chapter
OAN - Sunset Chapter
OAN - Willamette Chapter
Park's Nursery
Simnitt Nursery
The H C Companies, ProCal
Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas Inc.

If you are interested in sponsoring the convention, contact Jeff Stone at 503-682-5089 or

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Get the 'wet and wild' winter forecast at OAN Willamette Chapter meeting

Meteorologist Phil Volker of ERF Company will share his insights into the upcoming weather season at a luncheon meeting of the OAN Willamette Chapter. Attendees will congregate at 10:30 a.m. on October 20 at the Days Inn Black Bear Conference Center (1600 Motor Court NE, Salem, Oregon).

According to some weather forecasters, this upcoming winter could bring the "Godzilla" of El Niños. That means much-needed rain could drench California and the Pacific Northwest, while Australia could suffer from drought, and other parts of the world might experience other highly disruptive weather events. The last truly massive El Niño appeared in 1997–98 and caused an estimated $35 billion in destruction and more than 23,000 deaths around the world.

Other topics to be discussed include three new laws that are expected to have a big impact on Oregon: the "ban the box" law regarding asking applicants about their criminal record, the new sick time requirements and legalized recreational marijuana.

Cost to attend the meeting is $25. You can register online or mail your meeting fee to Dave Malcolm, 1511 SW Skyline Blvd., Portland, OR 97221. Please make checks payable to Willamette Chapter. For questions, contact Denece Messenger at 503-510-4029.

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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 in October, as a service to members and the industry.

Successful completion results in certification that is good for two years. The classes teach adult CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators (AED). The First Aid portion covers medical, injury and environmental emergencies as well as how to handle minor situations. The cost is $42 for first-time or expired certifications and $32 for renewals. Register and pay at, or call Debbie Hopkins at 503-682-5089.

Three classes still available at the OAN office in Wilsonville:
English: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 29
Spanish: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Friday, October 16 and Friday, October 30

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Sign up now through December 3 for Winter Trucks to Trade Shows program

The 2016 winter trade shows are fast approaching! To help get you there, the Oregon Association of Nurseries is continuing its Trucks to Trade Shows program for members as an optional benefit.

Trucks to Trade Shows

OAN members can ship plant material to the key nursery events held in January and February across the country — MANTS, The Western, CENTS and others — at economical, less-than-load rates. This form has the per pallet prices for shipping to each of the seven shows the OAN will ship to. You must pay in advance and in full for the pallet(s) you wish to send. The deadline to sign up is December 3. Questions? Contact Mellissa Sumner at 503-582-2010 or

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In case you missed it

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Water Resources Department now accepting Water Supply Development applications

Energy Incentives Program offers $1 million in tax credits

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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 2016 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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