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Tornado hits Smith Gardens near Aurora

Smith Gardens Inc. is recovering from a tornado that caused major damage last Thursday afternoon at its greenhouse growing facility in Aurora, Oregon. Most of the damage was structural; less than 2 percent of crops were lost, and no one at the nursery was injured. Although there is a lot of cleanup work still ahead, the company expects to be able to ship all its orders.

"Seven of the 14 glass greenhouses sustained damage," said Wes Bailey, general manager of the location. "We are still getting a count of all the glass that needs to be replaced. So far, we have identified more than 3,500 pieces of glass from the roofs and sidewalls that need to be replaced. Structural damage was found in at least three houses, and our shade structure in the field was twisted up into a pretzel."

In a stroke of good fortune, the two houses that sustained the heaviest damage were empty of plants and workers because they were undergoing installation of Erfgoed flood floors.

"We were blessed that there were zero injuries through the incident," Bailey said. "We were very fortunate for that."

The company was forced to relocate more than 100,000 poinsettias to houses that are more protected.

"Rick and Elizabeth Peters from the Oregon Nursery Lean Consortium were here on Saturday all day helping move poinsettias – greatly appreciated," Bailey said. "We had a number of people from the industry reach out asking if they could help or support."

Canby Excavating has also helped the company with dirt work, drainage work, sweeping up glass and general cleanup. "They have worked for us on a number of projects around the property," Bailey said. "When they heard of the damage to the facility, they offered to come with any equipment and operators needed to help with clean up. Having companies like that willing to drop everything and come out in a time of need is greatly appreciated."

The tornado was well publicized, as it upturned two small airplanes that were parked at Aurora State Airport, which is located across Highway 551 from Smith Gardens. Several local TV stations came out to report on the damage at Smith Gardens and the airport.

Disaster relief available in seven Oregon counties

The US Department of Agriculture has designated seven Oregon counties as natural disaster areas due to losses and damage caused by excessive snow and rain, freezing, flooding and frost that took place between December 8, 2016 and February 25, 2017.

The primary designated disaster area is Marion County, but six other counties — Clackamas, Jefferson, Linn, Polk, Wasco and Yamhill — are also included in the disaster area designation because they border on Marion County. The designation means that farmers and ranchers in all seven of these counties are eligible for natural disaster assistance, including emergency (EM) loans from the Farm Service Agency.

Donations needed for ONPAC silent auction at convention

Organizers are looking for donated silent auction items to benefit the Oregon Nurseries' Political Action Committee. The silent auction will take place at Feelin' Good Vibrations: The 2017 OAN Convention, just before the President's Awards Banquet on Saturday, November 4.

Suggested donations would include gift certificates for trips, meals or products, as well as items suitable for the nursery or "just for fun." Items or baskets should be worth between $200–$2,000. Auction proceeds will be used to help support nursery friendly candidates for office.

Those interested in donating should contact Kathy LeCompte of Brooks Tree Farm at 503-393-6300 or, or Tom Brewer of The H C Companies Inc./ProCal at 503-686-8448 or

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!

Festivities will kick off Friday night with the free Hospitality Suites receptions, sponsored by Leonard Adams Insurance Inc., Crop Production Services, and the "Past Prez Hoppapalooza" presented by outgoing OAN President Mark Bigej and OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone.

Saturday morning's continental breakfast and Saturday lunch are also FREE to registered attendees. So is child care! All this is made possible thanks to our generous sponsors and contributors.

Sponsors: Crop Production Services, Grower's Nursery Supply, Inc., Harrell's LLC, Jordan Ramis PC, Leonard Adams Insurance Inc., Marion Ag Service Inc., Northwest Farm Credit Services, Nursery Connection LLC, OAN - Greenhouse-Retail Chapters, OBC Northwest Inc., Pivot Group, SAIF, Wilbur-Ellis Company, Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas Inc., and Youngblood Nursery Inc.

Contributors: Alpha Nursery Inc., Al's Garden & Home, Arrowhead Ornamentals LLC, Brooks Tree Farm, Columbia Bank, Dayton Bag & Burlap, Heritage Seedlings & Liners Inc., J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., Kraemer's Nursery Inc., LifeMap, OAN - Central Oregon Chapter, OAN - Clackamas Chapter, OAN - Emerald Chapter, OAN - Mt Hood Chapter, OAN - Willamette Chapter, Park's Nursery, and The HC Companies / Pro Cal

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NW Ag Show cancelled for 2018

The new owners of the Northwest Agricultural Show, EO Media Events LLC and the Capital Press, announced that they have cancelled the 2018 edition of the show that was scheduled for January 30–February 1, 2018.

"Based on feedback from longtime vendors, it became apparent that holding the show in North Portland presents challenges that have hindered its success, particularly in regards to attendance," the owners explained in a statement posted on the show's website, "We apologize to our show vendors, partners, sponsors and attendees for any inconvenience that this decision will cause. Please know that this decision was not made lightly as we recognize the 48-year legacy of the Northwest Ag Show and of Jim and Shirley Heater, the show's founders, and Amy and Mike Patrick, the show's longtime managers."

EO Media Events LLC and the Capital Press, which are both owned by EO Media Group (formerly the East Oregonian Media Group), purchased the show earlier in the year. The owners stated they intend to continue the show and are looking ahead to 2019.

Survey to guide boxwood blight research

Virginia Tech is conducting a survey on boxwoods, which is specifically aimed at identifying attractive groundcovers that can be used as companion crops. The survey is aimed at boxwood producers as well as landscape managers. The results will be used to help guide the future direction of boxwood research.

Dr. Chuan Hong at Virginia Tech and his team are leading this effort as part of a larger project. A focus of his research includes evaluating companion crops to boxwood, other than Pachysandra and sweet box. Both of these are susceptible to the pathogen that causes boxwood blight. Alternatives to them could help mitigate the spread of boxwood blight. The resulting list of groundcovers will be shared industry-wide.

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Oktoberpest continues with 'Meet the Neighbors'

Oktoberpest — Oregon State University's month-long series of pest management workshops for greenhouse and nursery operators — continues this week with "Meet the Neighbors: An Update on Emerging Plant Pest Issues." This week's presenters are Clint Burfitt, Oregon Department of Agriculture; Jana Lee, USDA/Agricultural Research Service, Corvallis; David Lowenstein and Robin Rosetta, Department of Horticulture, OSU/NWREC Extension. 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

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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 Members have received a mailing with further details, and a webinar will be announced soon.

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Important Dates

  • OktoberPest 2017October 19, 26 — Aurora, Oregon » More info
  • IPPS-Western Region meetingOctober 17–20 — Wilsonville, Oregon » More info
  • OAN Annual ConventionNovember 3–4 — Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, Gleneden Beach, Oregon. » More info
  • Women in Ag ConferenceNovember 18 — several locations » More info
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