The conference promises an opportunity to learn about the future of pesticides and biotechnology from OFS’ national partners, and dive into local issues and political updates as well.
Five organizations are collaborating on a boxwood health workshop for growers set for 8:30 a.m.–noon Thursday, October 20 at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center, 15210 N.E. Miley Road, Aurora, Oregon. Registration is now open and is limited to 40 people; those interested can sign up online. There is a $15 cost.
Our September issue of Digger Magazine recaps the just-concluded 2022 Farwest Show, while also discussing the hottest new hydrangeas, the importance of retaining workers, ways you can slash waste and boost profits, and the new integrated pest management (IPM) plan coming out of USDA Agricultural Research Service and Oregon State University.
The Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN) established the Oregon Nurseries Foundation (ONF) to manage scholarship funds raised and/or contributed by OAN members. The money is used to award scholarships to deserving students who are preparing for a career in ornamental horticulture and related fields.
The Northwest Nursery Crop Research Center (part of the USDA- Agricultural Research Service, or USDA-ARS, Horticultural Crops Research Center) in Corvallis, Oregon recently funded the creation of the first Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Strategic Plan for Oregon’s ornamental nursery industry.
Small margins and lengthy production timelines at nurseries mean that small changes implemented with Lean production techniques can add up to less waste and better margins — while better protecting workers.
In the current work environment, where labor is short and positions are hard to fill, employee retention programs are just as important as recruitment, and have become a cornerstone of business longevity. Here we look at strategies to retain talent.
The historic heat dome of June 2021 left homeowners panicked about their crispy hydrangeas and wondering how the plant can thrive as climate change continues to bring unprecedented weather events. Even before last year’s record-breaking temperatures, breeders saw the effects of climate change and began selecting for better heat and
Keeping up with growing plants is difficult. To get it done right requires a shifting strategy and an insane time commitment. And timing. The bottom line of the business is a direct reflection of the right work getting done on time.
The 2022 Farwest Show, held August 24–26 in Portland, Oregon, helped nursery professionals connect with each other, whether as exhibitors or attendees. “This year’s Farwest Show was upbeat,” said Allan Niemi, events director for the Oregon Association of Nurseries, which produces the show. “People told us they had positive conversations on the floor, met new people, learned at the seminars and had a good time.”