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Reps threaten to remove green offsets from transportation bill, House Speaker pledges no immigration reform while Obama is president, more
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NOVEMBER 4, 2015    |     EVENTS     |     ADVERTISE

Deadline extended to register for the two-day 2015 OAN Annual Convention

Registration for the annual OAN Convention has been extended to this Friday, November 6. Go to to sign up. The convention will take place Friday–Saturday, Nov. 13–14, at Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond, Oregon. To reserve a room, call the resort at 1-866-806-4921.

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.

For those interested, there will be child care available, as well as free consultation sessions for students considering their college options. There will be optional golf on Sunday as well. See for more information on all of these.

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.
Youngblood Nursery

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Action Alert: Reps threaten to remove green offsets from transportation bill

Two members of the U.S. House of Representatives are threatening to strip funding for green infrastructure from a long-awaited federal transportation bill. The three-year, $325 billion package will be considered in the House this week, as will numerous possible amendments to it. One of those may come from U.S. Reps. Vicky Hartzler (R-Missiouri) and Richard Hudson (R-North Carolina). It would eliminate federal funding for all landscaping and vegetation management projects on the nation's highways and roads. According to AmericanHort, that would be a very bad idea.

"If adopted, the Hartzler/Hudson amendment could jeopardize the structural and functional integrity of transportation projects," the national nursery, landscaping and floriculture trade group said in a statement. "Currently, trees, shrubs, and other plants are often critical components of infrastructure investment. This is because of the tangible value green infrastructure brings in terms of economic, human health and well-being, and ecosystem services benefits. Green infrastructure stabilizes soil, filters out air and water pollution, reduces the urban heat island effect, and provide visual and noise barriers, making these projects an essential component of transportation investments. The amendment would also halt cultivation of pollinator-friendly habitats along the federal rights-of-way, jeopardizing a key opportunity for restoring habitat and pollinator health."

Word of the amendment came as a disappointment to OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone, who has worked in partnership with AmericanHort and other state nursery trade associations to educate legislators locally and nationally on the critical value of green infrastructure.

"I am a believer in our industry playing a critical role in transportation infrastructure," he said. "This is not just beautification, but rather the implementation of environmental offsets."

Members and those in the industry are encouraged to contact their U.S. representative and encourage them to oppose the Hartzler/Hudson amendment, either directly or through this AmericanHort Action Alert. Click here to compose and send your message.

Wilbur Ellis

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New House Speaker pledges no immigration reform while Obama is president

Newly elected U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) has pledged not to consider any immigration reform measure as long as President Barack Obama remains in office. And if Ryan were to allow an immigration reform bill to hit the House floor once a new president takes office, it would be only if it had the support of a majority of Republicans.

The pledge was requested by U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Alabama), one of the House GOP's most ardent opponents of illegal immigration. Last week Brooks addressed the U.S. House of Representatives, submitting for the Congressional Record the letter agreed to by Ryan.

Many conservative Republicans have expressed concern about Ryan's past support for immigration reform. In 2010, Ryan voted against the Dream Act, which would have halted deportations for qualified illegal immigrants brought to the country as children, but he has also supported proposals such as giving immigrant farmworkers legal status and allowing undocumented students to qualify for in-state college tuition benefits.

Ryan reiterated his immigration pledge during a House GOP conference meeting last week, saying that the only bill that could be offered while Obama is president would be a border security measure. Business groups, on the other hand, believe in a comprehensive, three-legged immigration reform bill. Such a bill must include border security, but also a pathway to earned status for undocumented immigrants already present, and provisions for an adequate future workforce to help the American economy.

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Stone to participate in minimum wage forum

OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone will participate in a panel regarding the minimum wage issue as part of the Portland City Club's Friday Forum this coming Friday, Nov. 6. The event will take place starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Sentinel Hotel, 614 S.W. 11th Ave. in downtown Portland. The actual program will begin at 12:15 p.m. Non-members are welcome to attend for lunch or just as observers. The fee for lunch is $30. For those not eating lunch, the cost is $15. The program will also be streamed live on the Internet at For more information, click here. The appearance follows Stone's recent appearance on KATU's Town Hall program to debate the issue.

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Take advantage of discounted OAN member rates and achieve your sales and marketing goals with Digger advertising. OAN members can get 2016 Digger magazine ads at lower 2015 rates by reserving six or more ads before November 20. In addition, advertisers can receive the quantity discount of 4 percent off of a six-ad placement in Digger or 6 percent off of a 12-ad placement.

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November 20 is the deadline to secure 2016 Digger advertising at the lower 2015 rates. To strategically deliver your message to valuable customers and take advantage of these special rates, contact Blair Thompson at 503-582-2012 or

November Digger spotlights smaller trees

Trees that fit within the more compact, modern urban environment are featured in the just-published November issue of Digger magazine. Since the average home garden has shrunk by about 10 percent over the past 10 years, some growers are focusing on smaller trees that can accommodate today's smaller spaces.

You can also read this month's flipbook edition of Digger (Flash required; fast connection recommended). Please send your comments on the issue to editor Curt Kipp at

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Tips for optimizing energy-efficient greenhouses

The Energy Trust of Oregon offers cash incentives to nurseries and greenhouse operations that install energy-efficient equipment. But once installed, greenhouse operators must stay vigilant to make sure they are reaping all the energy savings possible.

Michael Camplin of GGS Structures, a commercial greenhouse designer, manufacturer and installer located in Ontario, Canada, detailed many of the ways in which greenhouses can optimize their energy-efficient operations. He noted that energy curtains offer a quick payback, for instance, but growers need to make sure they are taking full advantage of their impact by tweaking the climate control system from season to season and keeping it in good operational order.

Other tips include making sure doors aren't left open unnecessarily, replacing worn weather-stripping, and decreasing supplemental lighting as the days get longer.

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USDA grants fund growth of cider apple orchards and other specialty crops

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has earmarked $2 million in funding for growers and processors of fruit, vegetables, nuts, nursery plants and other specialty crops, according to a Capital Press report. The goal of the block grant program is to help farmers and processors gain market access, meet food safety requirements, improve training and other issues.

One beneficiary is the Northwest Cider Association. USDA awarded the group $54,000, which will be used to connect cider manufacturers with orchardists and nurseries to ensure a steady supply of cider apples. Sherrye Wyatt, executive director of the cider association, said the grant comes at a crucial time for the industry as cider makers plan expansion and need an assured supply of fruit.

Among the other specialty crop projects in Oregon to receive funding are the Oregon Hops Commission, the Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission, the Oregon Strawberry Commission and Oregon State University Extension.

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OAN Events

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.

Bonamici to meet with OAN Government Relations Committee on Nov. 10

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Oregon) will be the guest speaker at the November 10 meeting of the OAN Government Relations Committee. The committee helps shape public policies that benefit OAN members and protect member interests with legislators and regulators in Salem and Washington, D.C.

Bonamici is regarded as a good friend and supporter of the nursery industry. She represents the First Congressional District of Oregon, which comprises the Northwest portion of the state. She won a special election to fill a vacancy in early 2012 and was re-elected last November.

The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. in the conference room at the OAN offices, 29751 S.W. Town Center Loop West, Wilsonville, Oregon. All members are invited to attend and ask questions. Those attending are asked to RSVP to Jeff Stone at

Sprayer workshop set for Nov. 12

A free workshop on sprayer maintenance, setup and calibration from 8 a.m.–noon on Thursday, November 12 at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (15210 NE Miley Rd., Aurora). Topics to be discussed include sprayer operation and care; how to determine the fitness for use of boom and air blast sprayers; how to use spray equipment for efficacious, cost-effective pesticide applications; and techniques to accurately determine sprayer output and speed. You can also bring in your pressure gauge for a free checkup.

Four core pesticide license recertification credit hours are available to workshop participants. To register, email Peter Sturman at

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Meet Santa Claus at the OAN Christmas Party, Dec. 9

Join the OAN Clackamas Chapter at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9 for an evening filled with holiday spirit and a visit from Santa Claus! The Willamette Valley Country Club (900 Country Club Place, Canby) will serve some of their delicious appetizers and a superb buffet. Santa Claus will have toys for the kids, and door prizes for the adults. The Canby High School Cantalinas will entertain everyone with their festive holiday carols.

Cost is $25 for adults; $15 for children age 7–12; free for kids age 6 or less. Register online and pay by credit card at — or mail this reply form with your check to: Clackamas Chapter OAN c/o Alex Cooper, Chapter President, P.O. Box 3, Canby, OR 97013.

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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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Nursery tours provide policymakers a behind-the-scenes look at today's green industry

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

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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