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Welcome to the Oregon Association of Nurseries weekly Member Update
October 25, 2017    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE


Wildfires may have unanticipated benefit against SOD

Phytophthora ramorum, the pathogen that causes sudden oak death, has been spreading through the wild forests of the Southern Oregon Coast. The damp environment promotes the pathogen's growth and transmission, resulting in expanded quarantine areas over the past several years.

According to a report from Oregon Public Broadcasting, the recent fires have brought fire trucks and response vehicles to the area. Officials are concerned that these could track the pathogen to new areas. As a result, trucks are required to drive through a "weed wash" to remove contaminants.

But at the same time, fire is a tool that the U.S. Forest Service already uses to remove infected trees. Officials think that the fire may have burned more than 20 infected sites, resulting in a possible slowdown of the pathogen's spread. The Forest Service plans to investigate and see to what degree that might be the case.

"Although the vast majority of Oregon nurseries are located hundreds of miles away from the affected areas in the wild, the industry still is concerned about the spread of sudden oak death and watching carefully," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "Our nurseries work closely with Oregon officials to make sure that infected material doesn't move through the industry and is not shipped to markets."

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Webinar to outline OAN bylaw proposal

OAN members will be voting on proposed bylaw revisions at the 2017 OAN Convention, to be held November 3-4 at Salishan Golf & Spa Resort in Gleneden Beach, Oregon. (The vote will occur during the business meeting on Saturday, November 4.)

A webinar will be held Monday, October 30 where members can learn about the proposed changes and how they will affect the future of the organization. OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone and attorney Steve Shropshire of Jordan Ramis PC will give presentations and answer questions. The webinar will begin at 10 a.m. Please register at to access the webinar and dial-in instructions.

Members have received a packet in the mail that includes information on the proposed changes. This information can also be accessed online. Just log on to to obtain the material. If you have questions, please contact Jeff Stone at

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OAN Annual Convention – November 3–4

The 2017 OAN Convention, Feelin' Good Vibrations, is just over a week away! 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.

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. 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. All this is made possible thanks to our generous sponsors and contributors.

Sponsors: 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, Supervised Fuels, 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 Inc. / Pro Cal

Please be sure to thank these generous sponsors and contributors.

Wilbur Ellis

Lane Forest Products

Anderson Pots

Jordan Ramis

Leonard Adams


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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 HC Companies Inc. / Pro Cal at 503-686-8448 or

Oktoberpest continues with 'Slime and Punishment'

Oktoberpest — Oregon State University's month-long series of pest management workshops for greenhouse and nursery operators — continues this week with "Slime and Punishment: Integrated Pest Management of Snails and Slugs." This week's presenters are James Coupland, FarmForest Research, Almonte ON; Rory McDonnell, Crop and Soil Science Dept., OSU; and Robin Rosetta, OSU Extension/NWREC. 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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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

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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!

Important Dates

  • OktoberPest October 26 — Aurora, 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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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.

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